LiveRez CEO a Finalist for Innovator of the Year Award

Tracy Lotz - CEO LiveRez

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz was recently announced as a finalist for “Innovator of the Year” at the 2016 Idaho Innovation Awards.

The 20-year veteran of the vacation rental space was one of only three finalist competing for the award. Lotz joined eventual winner Because International Founder Kenton Lee and TSheets CEO Matt Rissell as top choices for the prestigious award, which is voted on by a selection committee consisting of leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities.

During his 35-year career as an entrepreneur, Lotz has proven himself as an innovative leader. He’s helped pioneer a number of advancements in the vacation rental space and has been a leader in bringing many aspects of the industry online, from advertising and bookings to management software and even the vacation rental home itself (through adoption of smart home technologies).

Here are a few highlights 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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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!

 

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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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VRM Intel Writes Glowing Review of the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference

VRM-Intel1Yesterday, VRM Intel — the leading, independent source for vacation rental industry news — published a glowing review of the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference.

The article includes a great summary of the conference, mixing in pictures of the event and quotes from LiveRez partners and industry professionals.

Find out what the leading source of vacation rental industry news is saying about the conference. Check out the article today!

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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2014 LiveRez Partner Conference: Day 2 Recap with Photos

Idaho Governor, Boise Mayor, Olympic Gold Medalist and New Technology Announcements Mark Day 2 of the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference

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Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Fosbury with LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz.

Day 2 of the 2014 LiveRez Partner Conference is in the books, and what a great day it was. The morning started with two very special guests: Boise Mayor David Bieter and Idaho Governor Butch Otter. It was such a pleasure to have both of them take the time of their busy schedules to come and talk to conference attendees and welcome them to Boise and the great state of Idaho.

Next, came the keynote speech from Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Fosbury. Fosbury forever changed the sport of high jumping by introducing a revolutionary new technique now known as the “Fosbury Flop.” During his speech, Fosbury talked about the process of developing his new technique, how he overcame early failure and turned doubters into believers. His inspiring speech took conference attendees behind the scenes of the 1968 Olympics, where Fosbury was a key member of one of the most dominant US Teams ever. It was during the 1968 Olympics that Fosbury’s flop technique gained widespread attention, when he won the Gold Medal breaking US and Olympics records in the process. His technique is now the standard method used by high jumpers worldwide.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter and Boise Mayor David Bieter welcome conference attendees Tuesday Morning.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter (left) and Boise Mayor David Bieter welcome conference attendees Tuesday Morning.

After a full docket of educational sessions, it was time to announce new products! LiveRez technology leaders Brian Sevy and Casey Riley showed partners all the new technology they are working on, including a new mobile app for  housekeeping and maintenance, a real-time property status dashboard, a new tape chart (reservation grid), improved image management, responsive websites and much more. Then, they turned over the reins to LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz and LiveRez Chief Strategy Officer Steve Trover, who introduced partners to LiveRez’s landmark project iVacationRental.com, the first major website that features only professionally managed and 100% real-time bookable inventory.

The day finished with an amazing reception at The Reef, a tiki-bar themed restaurant in downtown Boise.

Check out the slideshow below to see pictures from Day 2. And don’t forget to check out yesterday’s blog with pictures and recap from Day 1.

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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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