The Team That Paintballs Together Stays Together

Paintball1There’s nothing that builds a team faster than life-or-paint situations. On Monday evening, the LiveRez team literally had a blast at our paintball event here in Boise.

A couple things we learned from our paintball adventure on Monday:

  1. Paintballs hurt.
  2. It is possible to get eliminated in less than 3 seconds (just ask paintball magnets Tyler and Rob).
  3. Don’t get the big bowl at Mongolian Grill before paintballing. It makes you slower (see point 2).
  4. GoPro + Paintball = Awesome (thanks Heather and Justin for wearing the GoPro helment).

Speaking of GoPros, check out this video we made with the GoPro footage we took.

And, here are a few photos of all the fun we had!

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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 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!

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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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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 Wins Boise Chamber’s Travel Industry Excellence Award

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz accepts the Boise Chamber's 2015 Travel Industry Excellence Award.

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz accepts the Boise Chamber’s 2015 Travel Industry Excellence Award.

Today LiveRez won the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce‘s 2015 Travel Industry Excellence Award.

This is the second year in a row the company has been a finalist for the award, which is given to a chamber member company that “has made significant contributions in enhancing Idaho’s travel industry through recreational opportunities, transportation, lodging options, tourism, or other means.”

Other finalists this year were AAA of Idaho and Enterprise Holdings (the parent of Enterprise and National rental car companies).

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz accepted the award and gave a rousing speech, explaining how the company has grown over the years and at one point calling LiveRez the “honey badger” of the vacation rental industry. You can watch his speech below.

Here are a few photos from the event.

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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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Local Computer Class Visits LiveRez, Learns About Careers in Technology

On Monday, LiveRez played host to a special group of local students. Tom Holdridge’s computer class from Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School took a field trip to LiveRez to learn more about what a career in technology is like.

The group toured the LiveRez headquarters, getting to see every department within the company. Then, they were treated to a presentation from the LiveRez development team. Spearheaded by LiveRez VP of Development Casey Riley and his team, the presentation covered different technology career options and gave the students insight into what different LiveRez developers do on a daily basis, as well as the types of technology they use.

This is one of many classes Holdridge has brought to LiveRez over the years. In fact, in the past LiveRez has even hired some of his former students as summer interns.

Check out our slideshow of photos from their visit.

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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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2014 LiveRez Partner Conference Focuses on Ongoing Partnerships with Vacation Rental Managers, New Technology Innovations

Inaugural event leaves many attendees calling it the “best conference they’ve ever attended”

Priceline Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller gives keynote address at 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference.

Priceline Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller gives keynote address at the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference.

EAGLE, Id. –– LiveRez.com – the most widely used cloud-based software platform for professional vacation rental managers – announced new technology and showcased a strong commitment to its vacation rental manager partners at its inaugural partner conference, Sept. 7-12 in Boise, ID.

The conference – which drew more than 225 attendees from across the United States and as far away as Australia – left many calling it the best vacation rental industry conference they’ve ever attended.

“The LiveRez Conference exceeded my expectations on every level,” said Carol Smith of JFR Beach Rentals in Panama City Beach, FL. “I have been both a participant and facilitator at several conferences in the past, and I can honestly say that I have never been a part of a conference that was executed so well.”

The week-long event was stacked with big name speakers and major technology announcements.

Keynotes speakers included Priceline Chief Marketing Officer Brett Keller and Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Fosbury. The conference also saw a number of special guests, such as Idaho Governor Butch Otter, Boise Mayor David Bieter and Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.

The company also announced a host of new technology innovations, including its landmark project iVacationRental.com, a new industry portal that features only professionally managed inventory that is 100 percent bookable online in real time.

Other technology announcements included: a new mobile housekeeping and maintenance app, which features Google Glass technology; a state-of-the-art interactive reservation grid; responsive infrastructure for partner websites; updates to the company’s QuickBooks integration; search by map functionality for partner websites; and much more!

Additionally, the conference included a broad range of educational and networking opportunities. The first half of the week focused on larger breakout educational sessions and roundtable discussions, and the latter half moved into smaller, more specific workshops at LiveRez headquarters. Key among the topics discussed in the educational sessions was a strategy to decrease partners’ reliance on listing sites like HomeAway/VRBO.

Each night was capped with a spectacular reception, from an epic party and live band at the tiki-bar themed Reef restaurant in downtown Boise to a formal dinner to honor LiveRez partners at the top floor of Idaho’s tallest building. Monday night’s reception was especially heartfelt, as the company gave each partner a copper medallion highlighting their partner number, hand crafted by local artisan Delia Dante.

“From the moment we kicked off the conference with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the last workshop on Friday, I couldn’t have been happier with how the conference turned out,” said Tracy Lotz, LiveRez CEO. “I can’t wait until next year, when it will return even bigger and better.”

To see full coverage of 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference, including quotes from attendees, recaps, photos and videos, visit the LiveRez Blog.

About LiveRez.com

LiveRez.com is a complete 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.

Video Recap: 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference

There are so many memories from this year’s partner conference that will be everlasting. Friendships, community, collaboration, unforgettable speakers, shared ideas from partners and so much more.

In order to capture these memories, we put together a video recap of the conference that we feel highlights the spirit of the event. Check it out below!

 

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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