Steve Hood Co-Owner/General Manager
In 2001, Steve founded East Islands Rentals, Inc., as the Isle of Palms' preeminent luxury property management company dedicated exclusively to high-end homes.
From the beginning, the company prioritized customer service and has thrived over the years as homeowners recognize the team's dedication, including Steve's determination to maximize income while preserving assets.
With degrees in both business management with a real estate concentration and construction management, he brings to the company a deep understanding of all aspects of real estate sales and professional property management.
Kristy Hayes Assistant General Manager/Property Manager
As the newest member of the East Islands Rentals family, Kristy works closely with the team to gain the intimate knowledge of all of our lovely amenity filled homes. Kristy was drawn to East Islands Rentals because of their attention to every detail for our guests and homeowners in an effort to meet their every expectation. Her other intention in coming to East Islands Rentals is to help Mary enjoy more time paddle boarding and less time at her computer.
Kristy’s background on the island in hospitality management allowed her to jump right into our daily operations. While using her accounting background to apprentice under Mary, absorbing Mary’s vast knowledge while integrating her own ideas and styles. Kristy is already enjoying building relationships with homeowners, long-time repeat guests and guests new to the East Islands Rentals experience, that will likely join our long list of repeat guests.
Kristy grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for 15 years before settling in Mount Pleasant 8 years ago. Kristy is married to a contractor who takes pride in her having a vast knowledge of his trade. When she isn’t working or on a jobsite with her husband, Kristy enjoys being outdoors in our beautiful area with her 4 (yes four) boys ranging in age 15 to 5.
Jill Evangelista Guest Services Agent
Jill has been a reservationist with East Islands Rentals since 2015. Her first job was picking up loose nails left behind by the contractors that worked for her father’s company. Later, helping her father replace roofs and interior remodeling jobs during her college summer breaks while finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities.
Living on the north end of Isle of Palms for almost 20 years, she raised her children here and is personally invested in the island.
She has been part of the Island Turtle Team for many years. When she is not working, she can be found hunting driftwood and turtle tracks at the north end spit with her husband and SharPei.
Dee Ducey Field Operations Specialist
Devina "Dee" Ducey comes to East Islands with multiple years’ experience working specifically in vacation rentals and a extensive past in hospitality.
Dee started working with East Islands Rentals in 2016. She is a highly motivated and positive person who has a wide array of skills.
She originally hails from Iowa but has been in South Carolina for the past 16 years.
Dee has a degree in photography. When she is not out taking photos she is spending her free time with her two dogs Dudley and Diem.
Mary Curry Co-owner/broker
She is a licensed realtor with a strong background in finance, and has owned several successful companies including a bookkeeping and handyman business.
Through the years, Mary has purchased and remodeled several homes, giving her a working knowledge of home maintenance and repairs.
She's lived on the Isle of Palms or surrounding areas for the last 40 years and has a marketing degree from Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
Darla Hood Co-Owner/Broker In Charge
In 2001 Darla founded East Island Rentals with her husband Steve. The business began with just a few luxury homes, but quickly word of mouth spread and today it manages many of the top luxury properties on the island.
Property owners needed a local professional management company with their best interest in mind and appreciated East Island Rentals’ expert knowledge and personalized care of their homes.
In addition to her work with East Island rentals, Darla is also a licensed Real Estate Broker and has over 17 years’ experience selling multi-million dollar homes in the Charleston area. Prior to her work as a broker and business owner, she worked for United Airlines and American Express Travel.
Her extensive experience and knowledge of the vacation rental and real estate industry helps provide first rate customer service to both the property owners and vacation rental guests. Over the years, she has helped make East Island Rentals one of the premier vacation rental companies in the Charleston area.
When she is not working, you will find Darla at the beach paddle boarding with her two sons and husband, or entertaining family and friends at her home on the beautiful Isle of Palms.