General Sessions

    Opening General Session: Hotels and Vacation Rentals: The Past, Present, and Future

    Monday, October 14 at 8:30 am

    The world’s largest hospitality company, Marriott International, recently announced their official entry into the home rental industry via their Homes & Villas platform. There has been much interest in Marriott’s entry in this space, their long-term vision, as well as their relationship with professional property managers.

    Jennifer Hsieh (Vice President, Homes & Villas, Marriott International) will speak to these and other pertinent topics related to this major announcement, and her Homes & Villas team will also be on hand to answer additional questions.

    Come to hear about how they got here, what’s next, and how VRMA and its members will play a role moving forward!

    Presented by:
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    Jennifer Hsieh
    Vice President, Homes & Villas, Marriott International

    Survey Says: Industry Visionaries on What’s Next for Vacation Rentals

    Monday, October 14 at 4:45 pm

    A team of supplier pioneers—co-founders of HomeAway and FlipKey and Vacasasit on a panel with some of the brightest property managers in the business to address big picture, forward-looking industry questions on distribution, consolidation, franchising, technology, and more. Following panelists’ answers to each question, results of a pre-conference survey sent out by VRMA and VRM Intel addressing these same topics will be revealed, Family Feud style.

    Moderated by:

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    Amy Hinote
    Founder and Editor, VRM Intel

    Supplier Panelists:

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    Carl Shepherd
    Founder, HomeAway

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    Founder and CEO, Breezeway
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    Chief Commercial Officer, Rented.com

    Property Manager Panelists:

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    Sarah Bradford
    Owner, Winter Park Lodging Company
    & Steamboat Lodging Company

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    President, Meyer Vacation Rentals
    Sarah Bradford (2).png Tim Cafferty
    President, Sandbridge Blue Realty Services & Outer Banks Blue Realty Services
    TOBIAS WANN (1).png Tobias Wann
    CEO, OYO Vacation Homes

    VRMA Battleground

    Tuesday, October 15 at 8:30 am     Sponsored by   pc16-b-beyondpricing.jpg

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Watch a group of start-ups as they compete for the title of VRMA Innovator of the Year! You’ll be the judge as they present fresh ideas and the products and services that will shape the future for vacation rental managers. Each pitch will be followed by questions from a panel of industry experts and a final audience vote to select the winner.

    Closing General Session: CarePackage: How to Get More Word of Mouth Referrals in Your Vacation Rental Management Business 

    Wednesday, October 16 at 11:15 am

    Most vacation rental managers want more of those golden nuggetsthe word of mouth referralbut they struggle to get them in a systematic way. In this keynote, Matt will provide attendees with a clear understanding that building strong relationships with their clients and contacts can be a powerful marketing tool. Attendees will leave inspired to take action and will be armed with the knowledge and clear takeaways they can implement in their businesses immediately, resulting in a closer connection with clients, prospects, and vendors.

    Presented by: Matt Ward