Meet the Team

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Cozi was founded by Matt and Jenna Durrette, who started in the Texas Hill Country rental industry as newlyweds after college. Two years ago, Matt took a gamble by quitting his day job to dive full-time into his passion for vacation rentals, event venues, and real estate.

Last year, Matt was joined by his childhood friend Scott Heyman, a tech guru and self-described “well-rounded nerd” who was once a backup kicker for a Top 10 college football team.

Together, Matt and Scott strike a balance between their “tech and touch” philosophy: apply cutting-edge technology with good, old-fashioned personal touch. Their mantra not only helps guests to have memorable experiences with top-notch customer service, but also helps their owners and investors maximize their luxury vacation rental revenue.

Meet the rest of the valued Cozi team below!

Matthew Durrette, Founder/Owner:

From an early age, Matt began “honing his chops” in hospitality: at 12, he started off as a cart boy at his local golf club in Virginia, eventually working his way up to pro shop manager. After college, however, fate took Matt in the direction of a first job at global aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman, in Baltimore, MD.

While in Baltimore, Matt met his future wife Jenna, who helped him reconnect to his background in hospitality: together, the two developed a side hustle managing properties and investing in real estate in Baltimore, Maryland. Matt and Jenna managed their growing business while juggling work and and Matt’s MBA classes in Marketing and Analytics at St. Joseph’s University. After a few years, Matt took a leap by resigning from his day job to focus full-time on Cozi.

Over the years, Matt knew his wife’s Texas roots would one day sign him up for a one-way ticket to the Lone Star State. But secretly, he was excited about the prospect; ever since Jenna first took him to her hometown in Dripping Springs, TX, he had already begun falling for the people, the landscape, and that special Texas Hill Country way of life.

As Founder and CEO of Cozi, Matt is helping to share the beauty and the excitement of the Texas Hill Country, through his passion for vacation rentals, phenomenal event venues, and an unforgettable guest experience. Reach out to Matt anytime at matt@cozivr.com.

Jenna Durrette, Owner:

Proudly born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Jenna majored in Apparel Design and Manufacturing at Texas Tech. For five years, she worked at Under Armour in Baltimore, Maryland, as Technical Design Lead; today, she is the brains behind Cozi’s business and creative strategy. She loves the Texas Two-Step, traveling, and hiking with her rescue dog, Maker, whom Matt and Jenna named after their passion for bourbon. She is also a “lights-out” dessert maker, according to Matt Email Jenna at jenna@cozivr.com.

Scott Heyman, Co-Owner, Chief Technology Officer

Once a kicker for the Penn State football team, then an aerospace engineer for the U.S. Navy, Scott is a man of many talents. But as his wife Bailey would say, Scott’s biggest asset is his kind heart. As Chief Technology Officer, Scott helps lead development of new technologies and features that lead to better guest reviews, and higher revenues, for our clients. Email Scott at scott@cozivr.com.

Ricardo Pavon, Customer Solutions Manager:

As Cozi’s Customer Solutions Manager, Ricardo loves helping Cozi customers turn a need into an opportunity for success. His wife Susanna Pavon is a highly skilled violinist, while Ricardo loves playing the guitar. Together, Ricardo and Susanna also love traveling and exploring new cultures. Reach Ricardo at ricardo@cozivr.com.

Francisco Ramirez, Customer Solutions Representative:

As Cozi’s Customer Solutions Representative, Francisco loves being able to take care of our guests and making them feel at home. He and his beautiful wife Cassandra Ramirez have two daughters, Genesis Nicole and soon Elysa Joy, and a playful German Shepherd named Max. He loves spending time with God, going to church, doing outdoor activities with his family, movies, football, music, and grilling. Reach Francisco at francisco@cozivr.com.

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