GI Mag 20-Under-40 2011

In a recent Board of Directors meeting, Kris Maichle was appointed and unanimously approved as President of Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc. The appointment reflects a promotion for Maichle, who has been General Manager of Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals.

Kris Maichle joined the Hodnett Cooper team in 2007 bringing years of resort and vacation rental management experience to the company. In his time at Hodnett Cooper, Maichle and the vacation rental team have grown the portfolio of vacation rental properties from 200 to just under 400 properties and has increased annual revenues. Kris Maichle is active in the Glynn County tourism industry and is the immediate Past Chairman of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  Maichle has served on Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce boards and is currently on St Simons/Sea Island Council. Maichle is active in the nationwide Vacation Rental Managers Association, and in 2011, he was recognized as a community business leader by Golden Isles Magazine in the “Twenty Under Forty” profile.

“Kris has been instrumental in the success and growth of Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals and we are pleased to recognize his leadership and positive contribution to the company,” said Roy Hodnett, Founder and Chairman of the Board.

Maichle’s position as President is effective immediately. “All of us at look forward to the ongoing value and innovative leadership Maichle provides to the vacation rental business of Hodnett Cooper,” said Pat Hodnett Cooper, President and Broker of Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc.

About Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals: Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is the largest vacation rental management company on St. Simons Island, Georgia with 50 employees and close to 400 vacation rental residences. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals welcomes approximately 10,000 traveling groups to St. Simons Island each year.

About Hodnett Cooper Real Estate: Operating as a separate company, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc. currently encompasses a team of more than 40 real estate professionals and services listing contracts throughout the Golden Isles. The Residential Rentals division manages over 400 long-term rentals. With offices on St. Simons Island, Brunswick and Oak Grove Island, Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, Inc serves a three-county Coastal Georgia area.


At Hodnett Cooper Real Estate and Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, many of us are proud University of Georgia alumni. Georgia-Florida weekend is always an exciting time on St. Simons Island and Hodnett Cooper is pleased to be a part of the Bulldog Nation. And we are pleased to welcome so many visitors to the Island on this beautiful Autumn weekend.

At Hodnett Cooper, we want you to have a good time and enjoy the Island. We also hope you will exercise caution and responsibility, as well as Stash Your Trash and recycle like all good Dawgs should.

Each year, Georgia fans gather on St. Simons Island to root for the Dawgs.  It is often during this weekend that visitors fall in love with our community and decide to make a piece of St. Simons Island their very own. Remember, even on game day, Hodnett Cooper agents are available to help find the perfect property for you.

Welcome to St. Simons Island and Gooooo Dawgs! Sic ‘em!

In addition to the historically beautiful weather on St. Simons Island, September and October (what we like to call “Septober”) are packed with activities to keep you busy. Here are a few to consider during your Septober St. Simons Island getaway. (Green headlines are links to additional information):

1. #SocialArt – An Exhibit Inspired by Social Media

Presented by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities

Friday, September 6 through Saturday, October 26

This interactive exhibit explores the effects of social media on human interaction.

Ritz Theater • 1530 Newcastle Street • Brunswick, GA


2. First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick

Friday, September 6 and Friday, October 4

On the first Friday of every month, the galleries, shops and restaurants open their doors from 5-8pm with special music, art, food and beverages. Stroll through the historic district to see what’s new!

Newcastle & Gloucester Streets • Brunswick, GA


3. Shrimp & Grits – The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival

Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22

The 8th Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival is a celebration of the area’s favorite dish. Set in Jekyll Island’s Historic Landmark District, the Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival features food, cooking competitions, a craft brew fest, live music and lots and lots of Wild Georgia Shrimp. Visit for schedule of activities and ticket information.

Historic District • Jekyll Island, GA


4. St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival

Tuesday, October 1 through Sunday, October 6

In its second year, the St. Simons Food & Spirits Festival celebrates the bounty of the Golden Isles while raising funds for Hospice of the Golden Isles. Events include wine tastings, tastings with local and visiting chefs, cooking classes, cocktail classes and much more. Visit for schedule of events and ticket information.

Multiple Locations • St. Simons Island & Brunswick, GA


5. St. Simons Island Antique Show

Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6

Stroll through Postell Park from 9am-5pm where antique dealers from all over the Southeast showcase antique furnishings, jewelry, collectibles and more.

532 Beachview Drive • St. Simons Island, GA


6. CoastFest 2013

Saturday, October 5 – 10am – 4:30pm

The 17th Annual CoastFest highlights Georgia’s coastal ecosystem in a family-friendly, educational environment. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources gathers more than 70 exhibitors ranging from recycling to animal life to coastal weather.

For more information contact: Nancy Butler at GA DNR/Coastal Resources Division at (912) 264.7218 or email:

1 Conservation Way • Brunswick, GA


7. Glynn Art in the Park Fall Festival

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13

Presented by the Glynn Art Association, the 44th annual event features fine arts and crafts in Postell Park on St. Simons Island.

529 Beachview Drive • St. Simons Island, GA


8. Under the Oaks Half Marathon, 5K and 10K

Saturday, October 12 – 7am

Whether running, cheering or observing, this is sure to be a fun event on Jekyll Island with beautiful scenery! Half Marathon begins at 7am, 10K begins at 7:30am and the 5K begins at 8am. Visit for event information and registration. (Registration closes Tuesday, October 8).

Great Dunes Park • Jekyll Island, GA


9. Golden Isles Live! Piano Concert with Umi Garrett

Tuesday, October 5 – 7:30pm

Child piano prodigy Umi Garrett is only 12 years old, yet she made her first television appearance in 2009 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She performs around the world and will bring her talent to Glynn Academy. Individual tickets available at the door.

Glynn Academy • 1001 Mansfield Street • Brunswick, GA


10. The Island Players present “Spamalot”

Friday, October 18 through Sunday, November 3

October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, November 1, 2, 2013 at 8:00pm
Matinees: October 20, 27, Nov. 3 2013 at 3:00pm

This hilarious award-winning musical, based on work by Monty Python, tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. Tony award winning music includes “Always Look for the Bright Side of Life,” “All for One” and “Whatever Happened to My Song?” among other memorable and upbeat tunes.

Pier Village/Casino Theater • 530 Beachview Drive • St. Simons Island, GA


11. St. Simons Island SUP Challenge

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26

In its fourth year, the Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Challenge is sponsored by Davis Love III’s Paddle & Putt shop on St. Simons Island. It is the largest and most widely attended paddleboard race in Georgia and benefits CURE for Childhood Cancer. For more details, visit the Facebook page


12. Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee

Saturday, October 26 – 11am

This 14th Annual showdown aims to settle the age-old question once and for all, who makes the Best Brunswick Stew? The day’s events include a 5K run, Pooch Parade, live entertainment, classic car show. All the while sample and vote for the Best Brunswick Stew from dozens of entries!

Mary Ross Waterfront Park • Brunswick, GA


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The Sea Gate Inn, managed by Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, announced today that it has been named to the Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list for 2013, an annual ranking of the best-reviewed hotels as determined by Expedia, the world’s leading full-service online travel agency. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels available in the Expedia global marketplace, as judged by more than 1 million annual guest reviews. As the largest full-service online travel agency in the world, Expedia, Inc. has unmatched traveler insight and local market destination expertise.

The exclusive 2013 list designates only 650 hotels as Insiders’ Select hotels, from among more than 150,000 properties available on Expedia-branded sites worldwide. Insiders’ Select helps travelers make confident decisions by identifying the hotels in their destination that have been recognized by other travelers as delivering an excellent overall experience.

“We at The Sea Gate Inn are consistently focused on delivering superior customer service and ensuring our guests have an enjoyable travel experience,” said Kris Maichle, General Manager at Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals. “We appreciate the value that a positive experience has on online travel reviews and the impact this has to our business. We are delighted to earn placement on the Expedia Insiders’ Select list.”

“Expedia strives to provide value to our travelers,” said John Morrey, vice president and general manager, “Value reflects an everyday commitment to excellence on the part of the hotel. For these hotels, customer satisfaction is paramount. And when we publish the list, we reward those hotels by lifting them up and increasing their visibility through every stage of the booking process. We are focused on empowering travelers with the information and tools they need to make confident travel decisions and to book the trips that are right for them.”


About Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc is the largest vacation rental management company on St. Simons Island, Georgia with over 400 homes, condominiums and hotel suites in inventory. Properties include The Beach Club at St. Simons, St. Simons Grand, North Breakers, Shipwatch, The Sea Gate Inn, as well as private homes. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc employs a team of professional vacation planners who find guests the perfect accommodations and is a member of the Vacation Rentals Management Association (VRMA). For more information, please visit https://www. or call toll free 888-638-4750.


About The Sea Gate Inn

Located on St. Simons Island, Georgia, The Sea Gate Inn features 24 luxurious suites. Each suite features one bedroom, spacious bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining area and private balcony. The Sea Gate Inn overlooks a green space and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Built in 2008 and managed by Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, the Sea Gate Inn is a favorite St. Simons Island destination. For more information, please visit https://www. or call toll-free 888-638-4750.


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Hodnett Cooper Best Of

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is pleased to announce that we have been voted “Best Vacation Rental” in Elegant Island Living magazine’s annual readers’ poll. We strive every day to provide unparalleled guest service, the best online user experience and the best selection of vacation rental properties on St. Simons Island, Georgia. We are honored to be recognized by the readers of Elegant Island Living magazine.

As Elegant Island Living mentions in the July “Best of 2013” issue, St. Simons Island was recently voted among the Top 10 Island in the United States in the 25th annual Conde Nast Traveler “Best in the World” Readers’ Choice Awards.

Hodnett Cooper is pleased to welcome thousands of guests to St. Simons Island each year. And to be recognized as the best vacation rental company in one of the best island destinations is quite an honor. We thank all who voted. And we continue our efforts to be the best each and every day for each and every guest.

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc announces the launch of Hodnett Cooper Premier, a new website showcasing its portfolio of luxury vacation rental residences on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Hodnett Cooper Premier properties are all exquisite with unique features such as seaside swimming pools, deepwater docks, and separate guest quarters. In addition, the Premier properties have service enhancements that cater to the luxury traveler.

One of the latest trends in luxury travel is the resurgence of multi-generational vacations. Hodnett Cooper Premier homes are large enough to accommodate grandparents, parents and children and have enhanced amenities and services that make planning and traveling easier for busy families. Homes in the Hodnett Cooper Premier collection offer accommodations with up to twelve bedrooms that sleep thirty.

Each Hodnett Cooper Premier vacation home rental includes a personal travel concierge who assists with travel details such as dinner reservations, event tickets, tee times, pre-arrival grocery shopping and guest needs throughout their stay. And each home is stocked with a starter supply of Bulgari toiletries.

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc currently manages over 400 vacation rental condominiums and homes on St. Simons Island, Georgia, a treasured destination for families in the Southeast for generations. Hodnett Cooper Premier reaches out to a new audience of luxury travelers that may not be familiar with beautiful St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc and Hodnett Cooper Premier is the largest vacation rental management company on St. Simons Island, Georgia with over 400 homes and condominiums in inventory. Properties include The Beach Club at St. Simons, St. Simons Grand, North Breakers, Shipwatch, The Sea Gate Inn, as well as private homes. Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals, Inc employs a team of professional vacation planners who find guests the perfect accommodations and is a member of the Vacation Rentals Management Association (VRMA). For more information, please visit www. and or call toll free 888-638-1991.

Shiphouse Deck

In a contest that ran from January 4, 2010 to April 30, 2010, SeaPak awarded (4) Coastal Getaways for two to St. Simons Island.

Winners will stay at the St. Simons Grand, known for its luxurious collection of private oceanfront condominiums, from September 9 to 12, 2010. From a beautiful living room and balcony, winners will enjoy unobstructed vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.

The St. Simons Grand offers a variety of amenities, including a gracious courtyard with a large swimming pool and hot tub, peaceful lagoons with fountains, and a private pathway to the ocean.
In addition to accommodations, winners will receive round trip air travel, a historic trolley tour and boat tour, an exclusive chef-lead cooking class, a gourmet dinner hosted at the St. Simons Lighthouse, 18 holes of golf on Jekyll Island, and $300 in spending money.

The recently announced winners, include: Brittany Shaughnessy of Riverside, CA; Linda Burnett of Austin, TX; Mary Vallner of Montello, WI; and Catherine Buchanan Jordan of North, VA.

We are hiring! We have a seasonal inspector position available (May – August) in our growing vacation rental management division. 

The ideal candidate will be energetic, motivated, and team oriented. Weekend work, a valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation is required. Please apply in person at 520 Ocean Boulevard, St. Simons Island – or via email at resumes@

On Friday, April 2 the Atlanta Journal Constitution printed a story about Hodnett Cooper vacation rental owner, Jack Gerblick. See below. Article by C.W. Cameron.

It’s almost five hours door to door from Jack Gerblick’s home in Dunwoody to his vacation cottages on St. Simons Island.

In 2000, he bought his first lot there and built the house he calls “Yellow Jasmine.” Two years later he purchased a second lot, built “Tag Knot” for family and friends to enjoy, and moved his first house into the community rental program.

It wasn’t long before he started offering both houses for rent, and now he enjoys the houses when they’re not rented. They’re already reserved for family use this summer, when his oldest daughter, Natalie, will marry at the Jekyll Island Club. The houses are needed for his five brothers and sisters who are all traveling to St. Simons with their kids.

Why a beach house was important: Gerblick grew up vacationing at Delaware beaches, and as he and his family moved south, they vacationed on the Outer Banks, at Kiawah and Hilton Head in South Carolina, and at Sandestin Resort in Florida. When he was ready to buy a vacation home, he knew he was looking for an area that felt more like a community than a resort. St. Simons fit the bill.

A wonderful beach: “This is a great beach,” Gerblick said. “The water rises 7 feet from low to high tide, which is amazing. When it’s low tide, there are 400 to 500 feet of beach, perfect for riding your bike.”

He and his children enjoy dropping their sea kayaks on the marsh side and paddling around to the ocean. The town’s year-round residents give St. Simons a neighborhood feel, which is just what he was looking for.

A great property: It was on a bike ride that he and his daughters first saw Coast Cottages being developed. The charming cottages and red-brick streets drew them in. They built the fourth house in the development, hiring a local architect to create their cottage with its tin roof and wooden siding.

“We painted it yellow because that’s my daughter Kate’s favorite color and named the house ‘Yellow Jasmine,’ ” Gerblick said.

If you have owning rental property in mind: Gerblick’s choice of property worked out beautifully when he decided to begin renting his first home.

“If people are going to spend $3,500 to $4,000 a week to rent a place, they want to be close to the ocean, they want pools, they want their kids to have a safe environment to play in, and they want all the high-end features like flat-screen high-definition televisions,” he said.

He added that the house must have plenty of room to sleep 10 to 12 people, with a big enough kitchen and dining area that everyone can enjoy meals together. Designing a house so the bedrooms have en suite baths is another must.

Upkeep is critical: The beach environment can be tough on buildings, so exterior maintenance is key. Painting every three or four years keeps the wood in good shape, and meticulous attention to the caulking will keep the elements at bay. A good property manager who lives in the community makes it possible for Gerblick to follow things from Atlanta.

Community information

Realtor Len Hoshall, vice president of Hodnett Cooper Real Estate, said he’s comfortable predicting that St. Simons Island’s property values have seen all of the fallout they’re going to. The mix of primary residences and second-home rental property is about even. The rental market has remained strong the past three years. Homes are available on St. Simons from the $250,000s. There are still older beach homes available as well as larger new construction.

See the entire story here.


Just for fun, the Hodnett Cooper team donned an interesting array of Halloween Costumes on Friday. We saw everything…  from a vampire to a doctor. A $100 prize went to the most original costume, “Mamma.” We had a blast dressing up, and our guests and clients enjoyed the fun.