Chris Ragland

With over two decades of experience, Chris is a dynamic leader known for his exceptional strategic management skills. He has played pivotal roles in numerous companies across diverse industries, fostering growth through team loyalty, vibrant culture, and personal development.

Chris’s expertise spans real estate, private equity, high-tech, and international business, catering to both global giants like Adobe and BMW and local businesses. Beyond his professional achievements, he passionately contributes to various non-profit organizations, serving on boards and committees, and earning accolades such as the Member of the Year Award from the American Association of Private Lenders. In 2020, he founded “Ragland,” his lifelong dream, collaborating with family offices and high-net-worth individuals on capital deployment strategies and launching investment funds.

Chris also serves as the Americas Region lead consultant for Synnecta, a German-based organizational development consultancy, and controls Ragland Holdings LLC, overseeing a diverse portfolio. Holding a BA in Entrepreneurship and an MBA in Global Entrepreneurship from St. Edward’s University, Chris is also near completion of his Doctoral program in Economics and Business from Universitat Jaume Primero in Castello, Spain. His journey is a testament to business excellence and impactful community engagement.

Myria Free, Sales & Leasing Manager

As Ragland Realty’s Sales & Leasing Manager, Myria leverages her experience in managing teams, orchestrating events and analyzing data while maintaining her innate ability to create and maintain a vital personal connection with Ragland clients. Myria came to Ragland Realty with an extensive background in culinary management, quickly channeling her commitment to excellence into her passion for real estate and investment. 

At Ragland, Myria manages leasing for all residential and commercial properties in the Ragland portfolio as well as those owned by the family offices with which they work. She also sells Ragland properties from the portfolio, acquires new properties – specifically multifamily value properties – for the fund, and manages short-term rentals for Ragland investors. Her aim is to optimize property management operations and facilitate investment property purchases and sales with a meticulous approach to ensure not just successful, but truly exceptional, transactions.

Myria’s community contributions also exemplify the values that Ragland Realty holds dear, as she volunteers with several organizations including Maximo Nivel, Keep Austin Fed, Austin Bat Cave, and Austin Pets Alive! Myria’s diverse interests and well-rounded approach to life are reflected in her ability to connect with Ragland Realty clients and understand their unique aspirations.

Jess Hamill, Development Manager

Ragland Realty Development Manager Jess Hamill amassed an enviable breadth of experience in his 30+ years in Construction Management and Wealth Development. After earning degrees in Physics and Construction Management, Jess’ career started large with his role as Project Manager of Skyline Builders in Austin, increasing the company’s volume almost 2000% in his first three years. During his 13- year career at Skyline, Jess worked his way to President and built the company up to one of Austin Business Journal’s 25 largest General Contractors. Jess then worked as an agent with New York Life Insurance Company out of the company’s Chicago General Office, becoming the top producing case count “new” agent in his first three years before moving to the Austin General Office where he mentored other agents while continuing his account service work.

Moving to Noble Capital as its Senior Advisor and VP of Wealth Management in 2015, Jess was responsible for the development and oversight of its Wealth Development division. Jess’ unique approach to income planning, tax strategy and use of alternative approaches to conventional retirement strategies tailored to the modern financial landscape grew that division to one of the strongest and fastest growing areas of the company’s business.

Now as Ragland’s Development Manager, Jess manages the entire development process, from feasibility analysis and acquisition, to structuring deals and financing. In keeping with the Ragland focus on a service-oriented approach to driving customer investment, Jess couples his development expertise and customer-centric mindset to each client engagement to assess and help prioritize their business needs.

Melissa Holgerson, Property Manager

Melissa Holgerson brings more than 20-plus years of experience to Ragland Realty as its Property Manager; she also brings a passion for curating Connections, Community and Kindness. Melissa’s career began in multifamily housekeeping and a drive to deliver well-managed apartment communities to residents propelled her up the ranks into property management. She now has experience in Texas, Kansas and Colorado.

Now, in Melissa’s current role as Senior Property Manager with Ragland, she is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of several properties in and around the Austin, TX area. She strives to deliver positive financial results, cost saving strategies, streamlined processes, strong vendor relationships, and excellent customer service.

Melissa believes in motivating her teams with a belief that passion and communication are keys to building and fostering a sense of community in Ragland properties. In Melissa’s spare time she keeps the community spirit strong by participating with her husband in the annual Walk MS and other National Multiple Sclerosis Society events. A self-proclaimed “foodie,” Melissa happily cooks for family and friends at holidays and other events.