Theo Kracke

Theo Kracke


Theo Kracke founded Paradise Retreats in 2006. Using the business philosophies of Integrity, Innovation, and Value, Paradise Retreats has grown to become a leader in property management in Santa Barbara County. Theo has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 1981, when he entered UC Santa Barbara. After graduating with an Honors degree in Business Economics, he founded Techstyles Sportswear in his garage in Goleta. Techstyles became a leader in the resort apparel industry, consistently shipping 80,000+ garments each month to tourist resort destinations around the country. In 2004, Theo sold Techstyles and began exploring new entrepreneurial opportunities.

In 2006, it was obvious to Theo that Santa Barbara needed a property management company that applied proven business principles to their operations. With the experience gained from his prior business, he built a company that achieves that goal.

Theo has recruited a team of competent professionals in every aspect of property management. From Property Administration, Guest Relations, Property Services, and Accounting, a loyal and hard-working staff are striving to maximize the success of every property. This is achieved while also providing excellent customer service to our valued Guests.

Theo, his wife, and their 2 children aim to enjoy the best that Santa Barbara offers. Whether surfing from his parcel on the Hollister Ranch, regularly hiking the mountain trails of Montecito, exploring the Channel Islands on his boat, or just enjoying downtown activities with the kids, a philosophy of “work to live” permeates Theo’s lifestyle.

“I appreciate the beauty, sophistication, and creativity of the Santa Barbara community. Everyone I know is committed to a balanced life of professional work satisfaction, health, and happiness. I strive to create a company which reflects those values.”


John McWhirter

Property Administration Manager

With a background in Real Estate and Property Management, John is a perfect fit for the Paradise Retreats’ team. With a positive and energetic attitude, he looks forward to conquering challenges each day.

Originally hired as a Property Inspector in 2014, it quickly became apparent that John would be an important asset in the office. It has always been John’s desire to be a part of a fun and growing company, and it shows with his versatility, and enthusiasm for his job.

“I can’t wait to see what we do next! It’s amazing to be part of a team that works really hard, and hungers to be the best at what we do.”

John’s family has been in the Santa Barbara area for many generations, going back to the early 1900’s, and he is proud to call this special area home. John’s interests are sports and technology. He is a musician at heart, and has played in bands (and in churches) throughout Santa Barbara County.

“My wife and I love being a part of this community. It is great to share it with so many people from different places all around the world!”


Tera Neumann

Guest Relations Manager

Tera has been a proud member of the Paradise Retreats team since March 2013. With a degree in Communication and Public Relations, she began her career in the hotel industry, working in Marketing, Events, and Guest Relations.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Tera decided one day that it was time for a change. She packed up her car, and drove across the country to the gorgeous city of Santa Barbara. Although she misses her family dearly, she is proud to now call Santa Barbara home. Tera enjoys spending time outdoors and going to the beach with her wife. They both love writing and are currently working on individual pieces of fiction.

“I find such fulfillment in living in Santa Barbara – a thriving, charming, magical city, with an incredible variety of arts and cuisine.”

As the Guest Relations Manager with Paradise Retreats, she is a perfect fit for this high energy, fast moving company. She is thorough and relaxed in the face of competing priorities. She also understands the importance of innovation, which makes it easy for her to implement systems that make her department more efficient and accurate. Most importantly,Tera knows the importance of building relationships and understanding guests’ wants and needs.

“Every time I help a guest, or work on ways to make our company better, I am excited to know my effort is making a difference in every guest’s stay at a Paradise Retreats’ vacation rental.”


Nate Nienhuis

Accounting Manager

Originally from Grand Rapids Michigan, Nate graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University in May 2012 and immediately came to work for Paradise Retreats.

As the Accounting Manager, Nate understands the importance of detail and loves to continually learn to help improve the company. He is a hard worker with an upbeat and enthusiastic approach to each day. Nate attributes his drive and motivation to his experience as a college athlete.

He loves the city of Santa Barbara, and especially appreciates the beauty of the properties he helps to manage.

In his free time, Nate enjoys spending time with his wife. Together, they share a love of soccer, surfing, and spending time with their families.

When it comes to his job at Paradise Retreats, Nate’s greatest satisfaction is when a guest has a “hassle-free” vacation, and departs Santa Barbara feeling happier than when they arrived.


Joseph Bounds

Property Services Manager

Joseph joined the Paradise Retreats team in the Summer of 2015, bringing a wealth of knowledge to his position.

He is no stranger to the rigors of management in a fast-paced company. As a General Manager, Operations Manager, and Sales Manager in the Fitness Industry, Joseph has a vast background to draw from as our Property Services Manager. He is fully versed in impeccable customer service, and is a strong and clear communicator.

Having worked in construction, Joseph is a “hands-on guy”. He enjoys the satisfaction of taking a project from beginning to end, whether it’s building large office infrastructure, or a simple home improvement project!

Family is paramount to Joseph. Along with his wife and 3 children, he makes it a priority to get outside and explore the beauty of the central coast, visiting favorite places like Ellwood Butterfly Preserve, the Natural History Museum, and the Botanic Gardens. With pride, Joseph claims he has hiked every single trail (on and off the map!) in Santa Barbara.

“I am excited to lead a strong Property Services Team at Paradise Retreats. I take great pride in building and maintaining valuable relationships with staff, property owners, and visiting guests. I’m committed to making a positive difference in this fast-growing and fun company!”