Cori Wheaton

Where are you based?

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Job Title

Senior Area Manager

How long have you worked at AvantStay?

Almost 2.5 years

How would you describe your job & responsibilities to someone who doesn’t work in your field?

In a nutshell, my job is to care! Care about the properties I manage, the guests that stay in them, the experiences that are had, and care about the homeowners that own these beautiful homes. I oversee a wonderful team who helps these goals come to fruition. We work hard to make sure our guests have a positive and flawless experience during their time with us. We treat our properties as if they are our own, with a focus on maintenance, cleanliness, and design.

How do you like to start your work day?

Sitting at my desk in my sun room with a cup of coffee, with my dog by my side growling at absolutely nothing out in the distance.

What teams do you collaborate the most with at work?

All areas of the operations department and the guest experience team.

What is your favorite thing about working at AvantStay?

The creativity and cohesiveness between all of the departments. We all work together to find the best solution and answer to anything and everything ranging from a guest issue, to product development, to marketing/sales strategies . We all want the best for each other and to grow to be better the next day.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join your team?

Be adaptable! Every day is different, and your plan for the next hour can change within one minute. It’s the best challenge and that’s what makes it so fun.

What is something that you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished in your role?

Growing the 30A market. I’ve helped build this market from 0 to 25 properties, while also investing in the Destin market’s operational growth and success.

Which AvantStay home is on your bucket list?

Blackwater Bay Hideaway in Pensacola ~ it’s in a very secluded and peaceful location on the bay, but still close enough to downtown where all the fun festivities are. It’s the perfect balance.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I have an identical twin sister. If you see someone in New York, there’s a 99% chance it isn’t me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time in my garden with my dog, Aspen. We’re growing pumpkins this year!

Before working at AvantStay, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I was a financial transcriptionist in college. I quit after I had to start transcribing medical diagnoses and eulogies, and moved on to a more positive and energetic job as a lead banquet server at our convention center. I got to serve during a Jimmy Buffett concert, so it was definitely the right move!

What is your favorite AvantStay memory?

Picking up what felt like 1 million burst water balloons in a courtyard at one of our properties with my director Chloe, as we prepped for a VIP guest arrival. We were very determined to get every last balloon.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

What’s your favorite Slack channel?

#avantstaymoments. This is a channel where we post behind-the-scenes footage from our properties in between stays, special moments with guests, and the like.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Italy! Nobody cares about anything other than doing what makes them happy, and it is beautiful to witness.

Published by Cameron Herget

As Brand Media Producer, Cameron crafts engaging content for emails, socials, and the Atlas blog, showcasing her versatility as a skilled writer and digital marketer. With her creative flair and strategic approach, she seamlessly blends captivating visuals and compelling narratives to bring AvantStay's brand to life in the digital realm.

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