LiveRez Honored by Boise Rescue Mission

BRM156This week we got a nice surprise from Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. They stopped by LiveRez headquarters and presented us with a plaque for donating 2,000 Thanksgiving Meals as part of our Race to 1000 Challenge last year.

To celebrate partnering with our 1,000th Property Manager Partner last year, we wanted to find a way to give back. So, we decided we would donate 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to the Boise Rescue Mission, which serves the homeless population of the Treasure Valley here in Idaho. Additionally, we put together a promotion in the lead up to signing our 1,000th partner to see if we could generate 1,000 acts of kindness before we hit the milestone. If we reached our goal, we said we would double our donation to the mission. Well, together, with our partners and other friends of LiveRez, we generated more than 3,000 acts kindness, more than tripling our goal!

This week we were thrilled to learn that our donation of 2,000 meals attributed for about 50% of the meals the mission was able to serve on Thanksgiving.

Thanks again to all our partners and friends who participated in the challenge. We were thrilled to be able to give back!

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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LiveRez Announces Winners of First Honey Badger Awards

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Earlier this month, LiveRez gave out its first ever Honey Badger Awards, designed to recognize team members that always put the team first, make others around them stronger and represent the culture and DNA of LiveRez.

This month’s winners are Andy Bangle and Heather Booth. Let’s learn some more about them.


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Andy is a network/systems engineer. His watchful eye ensures our software and our partners’ websites are up and running 24/7. He also makes sure our internal networks are up and secure, and even fixes our computers and printers.

Fun Fact:
Andy, a US Navy veteran, has visited 17 different countries and 20 states, sailed the Panama Canal, and crossed both the International Dateline and the Equator, officially making him a Shellback / Son of Neptune.


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Heather is an executive administrative assistant and event coordinator with LiveRez. She helps with special projects and assists in event planning, in addition to helping partners with support.

Fun Fact: 
Heather is a proud mom of three extraordinary kids. Her son just joined the Navy, where he plans to begin studies to become a nuclear engineer. Heather’s daughters are both national champion cheerleaders.

LiveRez Announces Tina Upson as New VP of Operations

Tina Upson - LiveRezLiveRez.com, the most widely used cloud-based software for professional vacation rental managers, announced today that Tina Upson has been named Vice President of Operations.

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz made the announcement.

“Tina started at the ground level and really learned the industry at its most basic level,” Lotz said. “Her passion and drive to truly work alongside our LiveRez partners made her a standout employee early on. Our partners and our entire team are thrilled with this promotion.”

Upson most recently served the role of Director of Support and Implementation. In 2015 additional responsibilities were added such as planning the company’s annual Partner Conference and working cross-functionally with the development, accounting, and sales/marketing teams to accomplish key company objectives.

Under Upson’s leadership, LiveRez had its best year ever in 2015, pioneering a direct integration with Airbnb, winning the Boise-Metro Chamber’s Travel Industry Excellence Award, releasing key technology upgrades, and signing up the company’s 1,000th property manager partner.

Upson is one of LiveRez’s longest tenured employees. She started with LiveRez the year it was founded, in 2008, and worked primarily on special projects. In October 2013, Upson joined the leadership team as Director of Implementation. During her time running the implementation department, she showed a keen ability to motivate her team, increase efficiency and get results. In May 2014, Upson absorbed management duties for LiveRez’s support department and shortly after assumed leadership of both LiveRez’s partner success division and its web design department.

“I’m confident that Tina has earned this role and that with her vision and dedication this will be a huge win for LiveRez,” Lotz continued. “She has tackled every challenge head on, and I am confident her leadership will take LiveRez to new levels.”

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).

Year in Review: LiveRez Counts Down its Biggest Moments in 2015

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2015 was a banner year for LiveRez! As we head into 2016, we wanted to look back on all the incredible events that took place in the past 12 months. Check out the list below to re-live our biggest moments in 2015.


LiveRez Partners with 1,000th Professional Manager

On Nov. 23, LiveRez partnered with its 1,000th professional vacation rental manager. What made this milestone so special for us was how it was done. In contrast to many of our main competitors which have grown through mergers, acquisitions and consolidation, LiveRez’s growth has been 100 percent organic.

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Second Annual Partner Conference   

In its second year, the LiveRez Partner Conference grew by leaps and bounds. Attendance nearly doubled from the first year, as professional managers came in droves to Sun Valley, Idaho from all across North America for five unforgettable days. Check out the video below to see a glimpse of how amazing the conference turned out.


LiveRez Integrates with Airbnb  

In 2015, we pioneered a direct integration with Airbnb. In the video below, Airbnb’s global head of vacation rentals Shaun Stewart explain why Airbnb chose LiveRez from 87 different software providers it researched.


Boise Chambers Awards LiveRez the 2015 Travel Industry Excellence Award

This year LiveRez took home the Boise Metro Chamber’s 2015 Travel Industry Excellence Award. One of the biggest highlights of the day was LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz’s acceptance speech. We may be a little biased, but we think it was easily the best of the awards banquet (and if the buzz on Twitter was any indication, we think others agreed).


LiveRez Releases Game-Changing New Technology  

2015 was a huge year for new technology at LiveRez, and 2016 is going to be even bigger. At our Partner Conference in October we dedicated a whole session to the new and upcoming technologies at LiveRez. We kicked off the presentation by debuting the video below.


Partners Steal the Show at VRMA 2015

Just days after the Partner Conference, we headed to the 2015 VRMA Annual Conference in New Orleans. But, when it came time for our gold sponsor speech in front of the entire conference, we decided to let out partners do the talking. It resulted in a moment we’ll never forget.


American Flag Profile Photo Creator App Goes Viral

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz is one of the most patriotic people you’ll ever meet. His gift to the world this past Fourth of July was a tool that allowed anyone to overlay an American flag over their profile photo on their social media channels. The tool went viral, with hundreds of thousands of people using it in just days. In the video below, Tracy tells a local television reporter the story behind the app.


LiveRez Partners with Full Circle Exchange to Empower Women to Rise Above Poverty

Giving back is a big priority here at LiveRez. So, when we were introduced to Full Circle Exchange – a nonprofit that empowers women to rise above poverty – we were instantly inspired by the work they do and wanted to help.  Multiple LiveRez employees started volunteering hours, and LiveRez become a corporate sponsor. Full Circle Exchange CEO Mark Priddy even spoke at our Partner Conference. If you haven’t seen his speech, check it out below. It’s a moving testament to the incredible work they do.  


LiveRez Adds New Team Members

Legendary UCLA Mens Basketball Coach John Wooden once said: “The star of the team is the team.” And, that couldn’t be truer at LiveRez. This year we added many amazing new members to our team that helped us have one of the best years on record. But 2015 wasn’t all work for the team; we did get out and have a little fun, as you can see in the video below of our recent Christmas party.


LiveRez Holds Workshops at Corporate Headquarters

This year LiveRez really kicked up its education program. A big part of that was offering two different training workshops at its corporate headquarters in Boise. Managers came from all over the US to get hands on training from the LiveRez team. This was in addition to annual Partner Conference and the hundreds of live webinars given throughout the year.  

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2015 was a great year. 2016 is going to be even better!


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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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LiveRez VP of Development Giving Back Through His Love of Star Wars

LiveRez VP of Development Casey Riley has been a huge force behind much of LiveRez’s new technology. But, he also knows a thing or two about “The Force.”

Casey has been a big Star Wars fan for years, and, as a member of the 501st Legion, he uses his love of Star Wars to give back to the community.

He was recently the subject of a mini-documentary published by the Idaho Statesman newspaper, which detailed how Riley and other members of 501st Legion create super realistic Star Wars costumes and then visit hospitals and make appearances at charity events to do good in their communities.

You can view the full video below.

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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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Idaho Business Review Publishes Front-Page Story on LiveRez’s Integration with Airbnb

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Just last week, the Idaho Business Review published a front-page (top-of-the-fold) story on LiveRez’s integration with Airbnb.

Among other things, the full-length article details how Airbnb selected LiveRez ahead of the 87 other vacation rental software providers it researched to pilot its expansion into the traditional vacation rental market.

This is the second front-page story the publication has written on LiveRez in the past few years, and one of many the Idaho Business Review has published in recent years.

To read the story at the Idaho Business Review, click here (or view the PDF Version).

And to the see the latest news and coverage of LiveRez, visit LiveRez.com/press.

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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LiveRez Announces Partnership with Full Circle Exchange to Raise $98,000 to Help Women across the US and Worldwide

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Today, on Giving Tuesday, we’re excited to announce the start of a long-term partnership with Full Circle Exchange, a non-profit social enterprise located in Boise, Idaho, dedicated to empowering women locally and globally to rise above poverty through job training, education, and sustainable economic opportunities.

Full Circle Exchange has made a tremendous impact on thousands of women, helping them break out of the cycle of poverty and doing so in a way that is both sustainable and dignified. The program is not simply about helping women, it’s about empowering them in ways that change their futures and build our communities.

Together, with the help of our worldwide network of professional vacation rental manager partners, we hope to raise $98,000 to support the amazing work they are doing both here in the U.S. and around the world. Even better, every dollar we raise between now and December 31 will be matched 100 percent, doubling our impact.

How You Can Help

As a LiveRez partner or friend of LiveRez, there are two primary ways you can help.

  1. Give a Donation – You can give a one-time donation or make an ongoing financial commitment to Full Circle Exchange.
  2. Start Your Own Fundraising Team – You all have networks of owners, guests, personal friends and family that may be looking for ways to give back. This is the perfect opportunity for you to share the word about Full Circle Exchange and give them the opportunity to join the cause.

To get started, go to LiveRez.com/fullcircle.

Together, we can make a big impact this holiday season!

Learn More About Full Circle Exchange

To learn more about the work Full Circle Exchange is doing, visit their website at FullCircleExchange.com.

Another great way to learn about their efforts is the check out the video below. We were blessed to have Full Circle Exchange CEO Mark Priddy speak at the 2015 LiveRez Partner Conference this past October in Sun Valley. His presentation is just amazing, and it’s already inspired to a number of partners at the conference to get involved.