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 Donates $5,000 to Fight Vacation Rental Regulations in San Diego

LiveRez's Brittany Funk speaks at a civic meeting in San Diego on the topic of vacation rental regulations.

LiveRez’s Brittany Funk speaks at a civic meeting in San Diego on the topic of vacation rental regulations.

LiveRez is all in with its partners, fighting for fair vacation rental regulations in San Diego. The company recently donated $5,000 to the San Diego Vacation Rental Managers Alliance to help protect its partners against proposed regulations.

Additionally, LiveRez’s own Brittany Funk has been active in the fight locally, attending all of the civic meetings where regulations have been discussed. LiveRez is committed to winning this fight and will continue to stand by its partners until these proposed regulations are struck down!

Short-term rentals have come under fire recently across the United States, but the battles in San Diego have been especially fierce. One such proposal would essentially outlaw short-term rental by limiting rental stays to more than 30 days. Another proposal being pitched would only allow home sharing, meaning that owners could only rent out homes that are their primary residences, many times just an extra bedroom. Either one of these proposals could put many professional management companies out of business.

You can learn more about these issues — and how you can help — at SDVRMA.org.

LiveRez's Brittany Funk (center - front row) sits alongside LiveRez partner Maurice Maio of King of the Beach, at a Pacific Beach  Planning Group meeting in March.  Many of LiveRez's partners in San Diego have been working tirelessly to oppose unfair rental regulations in the city.

LiveRez’s Brittany Funk (center – front row) sits alongside LiveRez partner Maurice Maio of King of the Beach at a Pacific Beach Planning Group meeting in March. LiveRez has been working hand-in-hand with its partners in San Diego to oppose unfair rental regulations in the city.

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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 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’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).

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.

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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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2014 VRMA Eastern Seminar Recap

LiveRez's Juston Clarkston with LiveRez partner Lyndsey Garza of PointWest Properties.

LiveRez’s Juston Clarkston with LiveRez partner Lyndsey Garza of PointWest Properties.

LiveRez would like to thank all of our amazing partners who came out in force for the 2014 VRMA Eastern Seminar. For those partners that couldn’t make it, here’s a brief recap.

  • This year’s conference set a new record for attendance, with 502 attendees.
  • By our calculations, LiveRez was once again the software most used among seminar attendees.
  • Monday morning LiveRez spoke before a packed crowd during its Gold Sponsor speech.
  • Monday night LiveRez hosted a highly-attended March Madness Viewing Party. And we hear that a good time was had by all.
  • On Tuesday, LiveRez Director of Partner Success Sharon Clark led a panel on Overcoming the Challenge of Difficult Guests and Owners. LiveRez partners Justin Ford of On the Water in Maine and Jennifer Kitts of Carolina Beach Realty joined Clark on the panel.
  • Once again, LiveRez was the winner of the VRMA’s coupon code competition, which goes to the vendor that attracts the most signs up to the conference with its coupon code discount.
  • And just for fun: How did LiveRez Director of Sales and Marketing Tyler Hurst warm up for the Eastern Seminar? He caught a shark!
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LiveRez’s Tyler Hurst and the Catch of the Day.

VRMA West Just Around the Corner

Don’t forget, there is still time to sign up for the VRMA Western Seminar that is coming up later this month. For more information and to get our coupon code for $100 off your registration, see our Guide to the Regional Seminars at the LiveRez Blog.

Learn More About LiveRez
LiveRez is the fastest growing vacation rental software provider for professional vacation rental managers. The company’s cloud-based, end-to-end platform offers fully integrated solutions for reservation management, trust accounting and online marketing, with high-ranking, high-conversion dynamic websites and an extensive affiliate marketing program. The company is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager’s Association (VRMA).

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