Partners Steal the Show at VRMA 2015 with Epic Speech!

LiveRez Makes Waves at VRMA Conference by Turning Over Gold Sponsor Speech to its Property Manager Partners

When it came time for LiveRez’s gold sponsor speech on Monday at the 2015 Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Annual Conference in New Orleans, not a single LiveRez employee took the stage.

Instead, one-by-one, more than 25 different property managers lined up on stage. VRMA President Ben Edwards, who announced LiveRez's Gold Sponsor speech, looked confused. The audience began to whisper. No one expected what was about to happen. 

Soon, it was evident that LiveRez – the industry’s most-used vacation rental software solution – would not be giving its normal address as the software gold sponsor of VRMA.

This year, it would be letting its users (whom it calls partners) give the presentation.  As a result, the audience learned firsthand what partnership really means.

Matt Tesdall of Family Time Vacation Rentals in Brian Head, Utah, spoke for the group, telling the audience how his business has doubled since he partnered with LiveRez. Tesdall and many of the other managers on stage had just returned from LiveRez’s Partner Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Midway through his address, Tesdall showed a video that LiveRez had premiered at its Partner Conference the week earlier.  The video focused on the concept of “Live” technology and how it factored into the origins of LiveRez and would be a driving force behind its new technology.

Coupled with the new technology, LiveRez had also announced plans for a new online community to bring its partners closer together and leverage the nation’s largest network of professional vacation rental managers. The technology itself was community-driven, built from the suggestions of hundreds of management companies worldwide and refined by the company’s advisory boards of property manager partners.

This type of partnership, Tesdall argued, is what makes LiveRez unique among software providers.

Addressing the other managers in the audience, Tesdall asked: “Would you stand up here on this stage and say this about your software partner?”

The Reaction

The speech has sent shockwaves through the industry. Shortly after the speech, LiveRez's booth at VRMA was swarmed by managers wanting in on partnership. Phone calls, text messages and emails have been pouring in. Shortly after the speech, VRMA Board Member and Topsail Realty President Mike Harrington echoed the sentiment of the attendees, calling LiveRez’s speech “The best (presentation) I’ve seen at any conference.”

Another former board member, Magical Memories COO Dan Kline, perhaps said it best:

“Usually successful companies don’t like to share their operating secrets with others, which seems to be the opposite with the LiveRez’ Partners,” Kline said. “Seeing a huge group of partners take the stage at VRMA 2015 to promote LiveRez shows that LiveRez is more than just a product, it’s a movement.”

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