Recap: 2014 VRMA Annual Conference

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LiveRez’s Juston Clarkston with Joy Pohjalainen (left) of Tybee Joy Vacation Rentals and Cynthia Elliott of Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals at the 2014 VRMA Annual Conference.

History was made at this year’s VRMA Annual Conference. The 2014 edition of the conference shattered attendance records. In fact, with more than 1,000 vacation rental professionals in attendance, the 2014 VRMA Annual Conference was the largest industry event in history.

The LiveRez team was there and out in force. So were LiveRez partners. It was so amazing to be around so many great people and to get to spend time with so many of our partners.

Here are a few highlights from the event:

  • LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz gave an amazing speech to attendees Monday morning, emphasizing the concepts of partnership that LiveRez was founded on.
  • On Monday night, more than 100 attendees came to our LiveRez Partner Reception at the Shoreline Restaurant in the Marina Tower. Congrats to Mill Pond Realty, winner of our Bose Headphone giveaway at the reception.
  • On Tuesday, LiveRez’s Tyler Hurst gave a well-attended presentation on closing bookings over the phone with LiveRez partner Lyndsey Garza of Pointe West Properties.
  • Tuesday afternoon, LiveRez gave away two big-screen TVs. Our big winners were Seabrook Cottage Rentals and Sandpoint Vacation Rentals.

For more updates on how the conference went, follow the #VRMA2014 hashtag on Twitter, check out our photo gallery (below), and see our own social media coverage on LiveRez’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Pictures from the 2014 VRMA Annual Conference

The 2014 VRMA Annual Conference is in full swing. Here are a few pictures from the conference so far. Check back as we’ll be adding more pictures as they come in.

To find more coverage of the event, check out LiveRez on its social media channels:

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LiveRez’s Tyler Hurst Announces Bid for VRMA Board Position

Hurst’s announcement comes after more than 10 percent of professional manager VRMA members signed a petition to add him to the ballot

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LiveRez Director of Sales and Marketing Tyler Hurst.

EAGLE, Id. –– Today LiveRez.com – the most widely used cloud-based software platform for professional vacation rental managers – has announced that its Director of Sales and Marketing, Tyler Hurst, will run for a position on the board of the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA).

Hurst’s official announcement comes after more than 10 percent of the professional vacation rental management companies in VRMA’s membership signed a petition to have him put on the ballot.

“I am humbled by the outburst of support for putting me on the ballot,” Hurst said. “If elected, my No. 1 priority will be to support the long-term best interests of professional vacation rental managers first and foremost.”

In addition to a large mandate from existing VRMA members, Hurst has also secured a number of endorsements from vacation rental industry leaders, like All Star Vacation Homes CEO Steve Trover, a former VRMA President.

“Having recently been involved in VRMA leadership for five years, I can say unequivocally that Tyler Hurst will be an excellent VRMA board member,” Trover said. “I’ve worked closely with Tyler for the past six years. In that time, I’ve known him to be honest, sincere, extremely intelligent and well informed about both our industry and the needs of vacation rental managers. If elected, I know he’ll work hard to support and defend the best interests of professional managers.”

Since joining vacation rental software provider LiveRez in 2008, Hurst has played an active role in the VRMA on a volunteer basis, attending nearly every industry event in the past six years, regularly presenting at the annual conference and regional seminars, and even serving on the legal affairs and education committee. And, in addition to his work with the VRMA, Hurst also currently serves as chairman of the Idaho Young Republican’s Association.

To learn more about Hurst’s campaign for the VRMA Board, visit LiveRez.com/votefortyler.

About LiveRez.com

LiveRez.com is a complete, online, vacation rental property management solution, focused on making vacation rental property managers fully operational online and thereby increasing bookings. LiveRez.com offers an all-in-one cloud-based platform, featuring best-in-class websites optimized for online bookings, a full-featured reservation and property management system, a robust CRM system, an exclusive connection to QuickBooks for trust accounting, and a unique “Pay-for-Performance” approach, which provides a mutually beneficial partnership between LiveRez.com and its vacation rental manager partners. The company’s largest competitor is HomeAway Software for Professionals.

To learn more about LiveRez.com, please call (800) 343-2891 or visit LiveRez.com. And, to receive timely updates from the company, follow LiveRez.com on Facebook, Twitter (@LiveRez) and Google+, or visit the company’s vacation rental software blog. LiveRez.com is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz to Speak at 2014 VRMA Annual Conference

A pioneer of vacation rental technology and online marketing, Lotz will speak Oct. 27 in San Diego at the Vacation Rental Managers Association’s Annual Conference

LiveRez's Tracy Lotz and Priceline's Brett Keller

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz (left) with Priceline Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller (right) and All Star Vacation Homes CEO Steve Trover (center) on Monday, Sept. 8 at the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference in Boise, ID.

EAGLE, Id. –– Today LiveRez.com has announced that its CEO Tracy Lotz will speak at the 2014 Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Annual Conference, which runs Oct. 26-29 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA.

A 20-year veteran of the industry, Lotz has helped pioneer a number of advancements in the vacation rental space.

In 1994, he created one of the industry’s first websites where professional managers could list their properties online. In the mid-2000s, he helped bring online bookings to the industry. And in 2008, he launched LiveRez, the first truly all-in-one, cloud-based software platform for vacation rental managers. Just six years later, LiveRez is now the most widely used cloud-based software platform for professional vacation rental managers.

His most recent project is another landmark effort. At the company’s recent conference for its users (called partners), Lotz announced the ongoing development of iVacationRental.com, the first major website in the industry that will feature only professionally managed inventory that is 100 percent bookable online in real time.

During his speech at the VRMA Annual Conference – slated for the morning of Monday, Oct. 27 – Lotz will discuss important changes coming to the industry and highlight some of the new innovations being developed at LiveRez.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to speak at the world’s largest gathering of professional vacation rental managers,” said Lotz, whose company is a perennial Gold Sponsor of the VRMA. “Right now is a pivotal time in the history of the vacation rental industry. And I’m excited to discuss how LiveRez plans to help shape the future of this industry.”

About LiveRez.com

LiveRez.com is used by more professional vacation rental managers than any other platform. The LiveRez.com platform is a complete, online, vacation rental property management solution, focused on making vacation rental property managers fully operational online and thereby increasing bookings. LiveRez.com offers an all-in-one cloud-based solution, featuring best-in-class websites optimized for online bookings, a full-featured reservation and property management system, a robust CRM system, an exclusive connection to QuickBooks for trust accounting, and a unique “Pay-for-Performance” approach, which provides a mutually beneficial partnership between LiveRez.com and its vacation rental manager partners. The company’s largest competitor is HomeAway Software for Professionals.

To learn more about LiveRez.com, please call (800) 343-2891 or visit LiveRez.com. And, to receive timely updates from the company, follow LiveRez.com on Facebook, Twitter (@LiveRez) and Google+, or visit the company’s vacation rental software blog. LiveRez.com is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

So Many Reasons to Attend the 2014 VRMA Annual Conference

LiveRez's Juston Clarkston with LiveRez partner Lyndsey Garza of PointWest Properties at a recent VRMA event.

LiveRez’s Juston Clarkston with LiveRez partner Lyndsey Garza of PointWest Properties at a recent VRMA event.

The VRMA Annual Conference is just around the corner. From Oct. 26-29, professional vacation rental managers from all across the United States and abroad will convene at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA to learn from industry professionals, network with each other and vendors, and have a fun!

Last year more than 900 vacation rental professionals attended the annual conference, making it the largest event in vacation rental history. And this year, early registration numbers point to 2014 being another record breaking year.

The team at LiveRez will be at the conference in full force, and we can’t wait to see you. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to come, here are some great reasons to make the leap.

Save $100 on Registration

Professional managers that aren’t yet VRMA members can save $100 on their registration with our coupon code: LRAC. Just enter this code when you register for the conference online.

LiveRez's Tracy Lotz and Priceline's Brett Keller

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz (left) with Priceline Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller (right) and All Star Vacation Homes CEO Steve Trover (center) on Monday, Sept. 8 at the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference in Boise, ID.

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz to Speak

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz is a true pioneer in the online vacation rental industry. In last 20 years, he’s created one of the first major websites where professional managers could list their homes, he’s helped bring online bookings to the industry, and he’s launched a leading software company you might have heard of.

On Monday, Oct. 27 he’ll have the floor at the start of the first general session. During his speech, he’ll discuss industry changes and highlight some of the new innovations that LiveRez is developing. If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Tracy speak, you won’t want to miss his talk at the conference.  Click here to learn more.

Monday Night Reception

LiveRez is known for throwing some amazing events, not the least of which was our own conference last month.  At VRMA 2014, we’ll be throwing a grand event on Monday night of the conference. All LiveRez partners are invited. More details will be coming soon.

See Why Other Managers Attend

Before last year’s conference, we put together a blog post where we asked LiveRez partners why they attended VRMA events. To see all the reasons why managers mark the VRMA Annual Conference on their calendar, check out the article.

Education

The conference programming is now available at VRMA.com. You may want to check it out ahead of time and plan ahead for what educational sessions you want to attend. There are multiple options for each time slot. LiveRez’s own Tyler Hurst will be giving a special session titled, “Closing Bookings Over the Phone: 7 Traits Shared by the World’s Greatest Reservationists.”

GiveAways

Leave extra space in your luggage! The vendors at VRMA are notorious for giving out tons of SWAG (stuff we all get). You’ll want to save some extra space in your bag for all the free goodies you’ll be taking home. You may even be lucky enough to win one of the many showcase prizes (things like iPads and big screen TVs).

How to Register                                                                                                                                            

To register for the 2014 VRMA Annual Conference, click here.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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Sign up for October’s Vacation Rental Webinar: 5 Proven Fundamentals for Closing Bookings over the Phone

5 Proven Fundamentals for Closing Bookings over the Phone

October 15 at 2 p.m. ET

The next installment of LiveRez’s vacation rental webinar series is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. ET.

The webinar is titled: “5 Mobile Trends That Can Make (or break) Your Bank in 2014.” Here’s a brief description to whet your appetite:

When a guest calls you up and inquires about your properties, how good are your reservationists at turning that interest into a booking? Don’t leave valuable bookings on the table. Join us for this 45-minute webinar, where we’ll show you 5 proven fundamentals that are key to closing bookings over the phone.

The webinar is free, and all professional vacation rental managers and their staff are invited to attend. To register, click here.

And for a list of upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars, check out our webinars page.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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New Landing Page Lets You Re-Live the 2014 Partner Conference

To chronicle the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference, LiveRez put together a new page on it website, where you can watch conference videos, hear from conference attendees, see photos from the event, download session materials and more. Check it out via the link below!

Partner Conference Page

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the most widely used software platform for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation and property management, websites with online bookings, trust accounting, CRM, housekeeping and maintenance, reporting, reviews and more. LiveRez is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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