Our Team

Susannah Peddie

Susannah is the founder and one of the owners of Southern Comfort Properties. She started the business with just one rental property and quickly expanded as she realized some of her friends had temporary housing needs and that many people come into town for: medical reasons, jobs, consulting, and more. As of December 2021, we have a portfolio of almost 40 rental properties which range from 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom budget rentals up to 6 bedroom/ 6.5 bathroom luxury rentals (and everything in between). We pride ourselves on providing the best customer service before and during your stay. Susannah recently expanded the business to manage others’ vacation rental properties in town.

Susannah is a mother, a wife, a volunteer, an artist (www.spfineprints.com), a clothing designer (www.sweatygirlclothing.com), an avid tennis player, and enjoys outdoor activities. She loves Gainesville because of the great community and the nature trails, gardens and parks.

Ed Rodriguez

Ed is a proud Gator alumni and a 20+ year successful executive at a top technology company in Florida.  With an entrepreneurial appetite, Ed began purchasing properties in Gainesville in 2016 along with Gregg and turned to Susannah for management.  Fast forward to today where he’s a Partner at Southern Comfort Properties (StayGainesville) applying his operational, sales and marketing expertise to help property owners realize the maximum income value for their rental.  He also is a Board Member and Operator at a startup tech company called ONRapp.com, focused on improving Community Engagement.  Personally, Ed has a passion for mentoring, snowboarding, painting, anything outdoors and of course, the Florida Gators!

Gregg Gelber

Gregg graduated from the University of Florida with a finance degree from the Warrington College of Business. While undergraduate students, Ed and Gregg formed a long-standing friendship and now with their mutual love for Gainesville, are building a real estate portfolio. With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Gregg utilizes that expertise in his partnership with Ed, Susannah, and the entire team at Southern Comfort Properties.
Gregg, his wife and two boys live in Miami, Florida. He enjoys exercising, painting and spending time with his family. In addition, he is passionate about creating awareness for breast cancer research.

Cindy Richter

Operations Manager
Cindy is a Texas transplant living in Gainesville, FL with her husband Eric. She is the secret behind the operations at Southern Comfort Properties (StayGainesville), responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of StayGainesville’s rental properties.  With over 5 years of experience in the vacation rental industry, Cindy has a deep understanding of the unique needs and challenges of managing a short-term rentals. She is skilled in property management, customer service, and team management, and is committed to providing guests with a memorable and enjoyable stay. Jane’s leadership and attention to detail have been instrumental in the company’s continued growth and success.

Jo Lee Mobley

Hospitality Manager

As the Hospitality Manager of the charming Camellia Rose Inn, Jo Lee brings a wealth of knowledge and warm touch to the Inn.  She has spent 35 years in the Hospitality Industry and is subject matter expert on anything Gainesville. Jo Lee excels in creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for guests, and is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the inn, including overseeing the staff, managing reservations, and ensuring that guest rooms and common areas are kept to the highest standards. Her leadership and attention to detail have been instrumental in the Inn’s success, and have earned it a reputation as one of the best bed and breakfasts in the area.

Ron Timmons

Chief Can-Fix-Anything! 
Ron is a crucial part of the Southern Comfort Properties team. Ron can fix anything and always with a smile. When any of our guests have an issue, Ron comes to the rescue. He can even help remodel our owners’ properties and is just an all-around great guy! We are lucky to have him on our team.

Ron, also an avid inventor, most recently invented a rear-wheel steering device and has an auto-backing trailer (www.bulletproofrearsteer.com and www.autobacking.com).

Wyatt Timmons

Sidekick to Chief Can-Fix-Anything!
Wyatt is also a crucial part of our maintenance team. Wyatt works alongside Ron to help our renters and owners with any of their housing needs.

Stephanie O’Grady

Reservations and Customer Service Manager
Stephanie is also a critical part of our team as she handles all of our reservations and customer service. She loves to help our renters find the best fit possible based on location, budget, and needs. She takes the very best care of all of our renters.