Owner & Founder of Bear Tootin. Deva moved to Sevierville with her husband, Jerry in 2008. After 8 years of praying for a child, God blessed them in 2011, Deva quit her job to be a stay at home mom of their first daughter, Eden. Deva's brilliance would not allow her to do just one thing, instead it encouraged her to create an entire company from scratch called Bear Tootin Rustic Vacations. Their love & devotion for Christ and each other is truly inspirational. Deva, the mother of two girls, is a successful entrepreneur and business owner of two companies. Deva enjoys chaperoning her daughters Christian Club (Butterfly Believers), all day shopping trips with her friends, and exploring new adventures with her family.
Jerry moved to Sevierville from the small town of Cynthiana, KY in 2008. Jerry & his wife, Deva came to the area for bigger opportunities in this growing community where they now raise their two daughters, Eden & Tabitha. Jerry is a devoted Christian, beloved husband, and a wonderful father. Jerry enjoys homeschooling his girls, scenic drives in his mustang, and reading the bible.
Owner & CEO of Bear Tootin. Karlee (niece of Jerry & Deva) was born & raised in the small town of Cynthiana, KY. After graduating High School in 2014, Karlee moved to Sevierville with her husband, Caleb and daughter, Haydn to work for the family business, Bear Tootin Rustic Vacations. After a lot of hard work and dedication, Karlee earned 1/3 ownership of both Bear Tootin and Goose Creek Boutique in 2021. Karlee enjoys being outdoors, riding RZRS, camping and spending time with family and friends.
Wendy was born & raised in Honduras. In 2010, Wendy moved her and her family here to Pigeon Forge, TN. After 4 years of working for various cabin companies in the area, Wendy ran across Bear Tootin in 2014. After pursuing us for months, we decided to give Wendy and her family a try. This was ultimately one of the best business and personal decisions we have ever made. Wendy’s dedication and loyalty to us has been a true blessing. Wendy now runs our whole housekeeping department where she is overtop 8+ cleaning teams. Wendy enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and selling cars at her family owned car dealership: Navarro’s Auto Sales.
Kalab (husband of Karlee) was born & raised in Cynthiana, KY. Right out of High School, he worked 3rd shift at CMWA (Toyota Factory) in Paris, KY. After working in a factory for 5 years, in 2015, he made the decision to move his family to Sevierville and work for Bear Tootin. Kalab started cleaning hot tubs and quickly advanced himself to the next level. His hard work and dedication got him his maintenance manager position. Kalab now runs the whole maintenance department, is overtop 4 employees, and deals with 100+ property owners. Kalab enjoys coaching his daughter in softball, riding RZRS, and watching football.
Kara (wife of Greg) was born & raised in Henderson, KY. Right out of High School she began working accounts for Pittsburg Tank and Tower (water tanks) in Henderson, KY. After working in this industry for several years, on a whim, she and her husband (Greg) made the decision to move to Gatlinburg where they started cleaning overnight cabin rentals. In 2022, Kara began doing weekly maintenance inspections on our properties and worked her way up to Assistant Manager. Kara And her husband (Greg) have three children, one son Skyler and two daughters, Brooklyn and Kyra.They also have a spunky granddaughter that gets alot of their attention. Kara enjoys spending time with her family, boating, and camping.
Maintenance Team Member
Greg (Husband of Kara) was born in Owensboro, KY and raised in Henderson, KY. Right out of High School, he began working for the City of Henderson. After working for the city for 10 plus years, he made the decision to move his wife and their kids to Gatlinburg, where they started cleaning overnight rentals. In 2021, Greg was hired to work in the maintenance department for Bear Tootin. Greg and his wife (Kara) have one son, Skyler and two daughters, Brooklyn and Kyra. He also has a beautiful granddaughter who has him wrapped around her finger. Greg enjoys spending time with his family, grilling, boating and fishing.
Maintenance Team Member
Robbie (long time friend of Jerry) grew up in Cynthiana, Ky. He later moved to Topeka, KS where he lived life on the road building towers. Robbie has two daughters, Rhianna & Madison and one son, Jarrett. After several years on the road, in 2013, he decided to settle down in Sevierville where he was offered a job for Bear Tootin. His intelligence, knowledge, and loyalty has been a true blessing to our company. Robbie enjoys early mornings drinking coffee, visiting his grandchildren, and driving his corvette.
Brenda was born & raised in Honduras. In 2014, Brenda made the decision to move her and her kids here to Pigeon Forge, TN. Wendy (her sister) told her about the growth Bear Tootin was having and how we could use her as part of our company. She immediately joined the Bear Tootin team and has been a blessing ever since. Brenda's work ethic is outstanding and just like Wendy, her dedication is admirable. Brenda now helps Wendy run the housekeeping department and is overtop of our property inspections. Brenda enjoys decorating for events, dancing, and spending time with her kids.
Jacob was born & raised in Garden City, KS. Right out of high school, he became the security manager at Tyson in Garden City. In 2014, Jacob married his Jr. High School sweetheart, Mariah. Two years later, in 2016, they decided to move to Sevierville, Tennessee for a fresh start. After managing several tourist attractions in the area, Jacob was offered a position as a manager at the Bear Tootin laundry facility. He has one daughter, Ariah and one fur baby, Rudi. Jacob is a great problem solver, has a niche for numbers and getting the job done. He enjoys writing music, watching movies, and spending time with family.