Southern Rentals & Real Estate – a locally owned and operated provider of Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama vacation rentals, residential leasing, real estate sales and association management services – recently held its annual summer kickoff party at the Destin Bay House and honored its outstanding employees, or Southern Stars, for the first quarter of 2016.

“Southern Stars are those employees who go above and beyond, not only for our guests, owners and clients, but for fellow employees, as well,” said Rashanna Etenburn, Human Resources Manager of Southern. “We are excited about the new Southern Star program and the ability to recognize and reward these employees.”

The Southern Star is awarded to one employee from each division of the company. Each recipient receives various prizes, including a cash bonus, as a thank you for their achievements and service. The first triannual winners Kathy Martinez of Southern Vacation Rentals, Donna Adams of Southern Residential Leasing, Mandy Muncy of RE/MAX Southern Real Estate and Teri Burke of Southern Association Management were honored with Southern Stars for going above and beyond within their division of the Alabama and Northwest Florida rentals and real estate company.

Southern Rentals and Real Estate is a premier provider of vacation rental, residential leasing, real estate and property management services in Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama. Established in 1995, the company is owned and operated by two sets of brothers, Brad and Mike Shoults and Kevin and Kerry Veach, and Susan Carleton. Southern represents nearly 1,000 vacation rentals, approximately 1,100 long term rentals, countless real estate opportunities and more than 40 associations along the Gulf Coast. The Southern family of companies includes Southern Vacation Rentals, Southern Residential Leasing, Southern Real Estate Sales, RE/MAX Southern and Southern Association Management. For more information, visit