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Our Story

The birth of Amelia Island Getaways marked the realization of a long held dream of Summer Smith Joseph. Summer graduated from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in 2013 with an impressive academic record. Most notably, she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the recipient of the Excellence in Management Award given to the top management student in her graduating class. Throughout college Summer managed all aspects of vacation rentals for her parents’ properties on Amelia Island and found her calling in property management. To acquire a thorough understanding of the vacation rental industry, after graduating Summer interned at Hilton Head Rentals and Golf, one of the largest and most successful companies in an intensely competitive market. She gained an exhaustive working knowledge of the business from former owner and CEO, Tom Ridgway and his staff. (Please see Tom’s endorsement below.) Summer chose to apply her exceptional organizational skills and relentless desire to please her clients by launching her fledgling business venture on Amelia Island in 2014.

Wesley Joseph, an honor graduate of Valdosta State University, began his career in the service industry over 10 years ago by launching a startup company while still in college. Also finding a passion for the vacation rental industry, Wesley sold his successful business and joined the Amelia Island Getaways team in 2018.

Amelia Island Getaways, a family owned and operated business, offers hands-on personalized attention to each of its clients. Setting itself apart through meticulous attention to the details of all aspects of vacation rental management is the tireless goal of this boutique rental company. The Amelia Island Getaways team has an intimate working knowledge of this splendid barrier island, partnerships with many local vendors, and an unparalleled insight into the everchanging demand within Amelia Island’s unique market. Amelia Island Getaways also places an immense importance on continuing education as it is vital to maintaining a sustainable competitive advantage and staying up to date on current vacation rental industry trends.

Amelia Island Getaways operates within a business of trust to be the responsibility broker between two parties. Amelia Island Getaways always seeks to conduct business with the highest ethical standards and strives to maintain the utmost integrity in every facet of the business. Amelia Island Getaways prides itself on communication and transparency with owners and guests as these are key components to lasting relationships and success in this industry. Let Amelia Island Getaways partner with you to ensure a pleasurable and profitable rental experience!

“Summer distinguished herself from the very beginning of her internship at Hilton Head Rentals & Golf. Never have we had an intern so highly self motivated and so driven. She dove into every facet of the business and took her experience with us to the next level. Here was a bright, energetic, enthusiastic individual who clearly was driven to master all facets of vacation rentals. Summer’s dedication and passion for entering the vacation rental industry was clearly evident as she demonstrated the diversity of talents and skill sets necessary to launch her business. Her intuitive insight into advertising, marketing, reservations, operations and accounting ensured her path to success. Of equal importance in managing her business were her observed sensitivity to cultivating outstanding property owner and customer relations. I have never met or had the privilege to work with an individual so talented and ready to master all the skills required to develop, launch and lead a vacation rental management company.”

Tom Ridgway
Former CEO and Owner
Hilton Head Rentals & Golf