The VRMB Faculty provides cutting-edge insight to the vacation rental industry. While our backgrounds and areas of expertise vary, all faculty members hold in common one of the Inner Circle's prestigious badges of achievement.
Wes is a builder of things, technology expert, and Lego fanatic. Previously a technology consultant to national brands, he now spends his days building his brand, writing code, and contributing to the broader business and technology community.
Nancy is an entrepreneur and small business executive with a focus on internet marketing, interior design, and VR management. She specializes in turning investment properties into profit centers. Nancy is a writer, blogger, and a consultant with an obsession for innovation and perfection. Find her Anna Maria Island Home Rental here.
Conrad is a Digital Marketing Consultant specializing in the vacation rental industry. With a focus on creating campaigns spanning SEO, PPC, Email Marketing and more, Conrad strives to create winning campaigns that get results. Contact Conrad via 91 Digital.
David is a serial entrepreneur who founded and exited an EdTech startup, consulted with Fortune 100 brands, wrote for Search Engine Journal, and recently sold one of the fastest growing property management brands in the country. He is laser-focused on developing SmokyMountains.com into the premier niche listing site in the country. In addition, David regularly blogs about business and life here.
Matt is a VR enthusiast based in the emerging historic district of Panama City, Panama. Originally from Princeton, NJ, Matt got an Int. Economics degree from the University of Richmond, and after exploring Central America post graduation, he accidentally fell into the vacation rental industry when he purchased Los Cuatro Tulipanes, the oldest existing luxury rentals in Casco Viejo.
Donna is owner of Sea Ranch Abalone Bay Vacation Rental and CEO of Abalone Bay Properties, LLC with properties across California, Washington and Virginia. She enthusiastically brings her broad experience in research, writing, teaching, advocacy, as well as developing and presenting at international conferences to the Vacation Rental Industry.
Marc learned the “tricks” during 15 years in high-end villa management and marketing in Asia. He now wears 3 hats of its own with a villa agency specialised in Asia (Eats & Retreats), a luxury rental marketing label (Unique Retreats) and a comprehensive PMS integrated with key partners (Klik.Villas). Recently, Marc opened the company's European office in Barcelona.
Jan Stevens is a professional residential interior designer of over 38 years. In 2004 Jan began vacation renting her family waterfront cabin applying her design aesthetic to make the property a stand out. Customer service, organization and professionally designed interiors have proven to be a successful formula leading to Jan’s small vacation rental management company, Bowen Island Accommodations (est in 2013).
Debi (and Rob) Hertert
A believer in the sharing economy, Debi tells the stories of short term rental hosts in the podcast Hosting Your Home. She is the organizer of the HomeSharePDX Meetup and Portland Host Facebook groups in Portland, serving as an educational resource for hundreds in the host community. Owner and manager of 4 vacation rentals on the Oregon Coast and Portland for over 10 years, and an early member of the Inner Circle, Debi is committed to her guests and hosts alike.
Bob is owner and hands-on manager of Casal dei Fichi in Le Marche, Italy. He moved from London 12 years ago seeking a new challenge and to find a more balanced way of life. Bob is continually fascinated by the evolving nature of the vacation industry and is chuffed to bits that he appears to have some flair in creating a great guest experience.
Drew is a dreamer and a programmer. Specializing in website and application development, Drew’s innovative and data-driven approach make him a leader in user-friendly, business compatible, sleek and accessible solutions for vacation rental companies and private property owners around the globe. In his personal life, Drew is very much a family man passionate about traveling with his wife and two sons.
Rick is a real estate investment entrepreneur and former advertising executive. He left the corporate world six years ago to follow his passion and grow his vacation rental brand; Oster Golf Houses. All of his vacation rental homes are designed and built specifically for golf groups. Rick enjoys creating unique marketing campaigns that appeal to his narrow niche.
Linda Lou Huiskes
Linda Lou is the owner of a 4-bedroom vacation rental villa on the island of Curacao. Having traveled the Caribbean for work and to escape the cold Dutch winters, she and her family fell in love with Curacao. This resulted in the purchase of Villa Seashell, which was also their home for a while! In the mean time Linda Lou moved to Aruba where she designs vacation rental websites for local owners.
Darik, a student of Business, Management, and the Vacation Rental Industry brings a scientific approach that results in increased income and profits. Starting with his own condo, he launched what would quickly become Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals a leading Vacation Rental Management Company with 50 properties under management. Leveraging this experience, he has recently launched Princeville Vacation Rentals to elevate the level of vacation rental management on The Garden Isle of Kauai.
Terry is the owner of two condos "Absolute Anna Maria" & "The Beach Sands" and the owner of Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals Inc. managing twenty five properties in Florida and North Carolina. With 25 years of experience in the vacation rental business as an owner and property manager he understands the unique challenges of hosting and managing. Terry divides his time between his home in Toronto and his properties on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Tara & Josh Conger
Tara & Josh are owners of The Conger Collection, a nearly two decade young, family owned and operated luxury vacation rental and property management company based in Wisconsin. Tara focuses on new business development through Conger Brokerage Services, and Josh spends the majority of his time working on business operations and concierge services through their EscapeNorth App, as well as their online rental portal for watercraft and merchandise at the Escape North Store.
Cavel is the owner of a luxury vacation rental in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. She travelled to Jamaica from London, for many years either staying with family or at a resort. The resorts she had visited did not encourage guests to leave the complex, and this resulted in tourists missing out on the authentic Jamaican experience.
It was after getting laid off from work, Cavel used the negative life changing event and turned it into an opportunity, opening a family friendly vacation destination of her own.
Sallie is a communications strategist and copywriter. Throughout her career in advertising and PR, she has helped clients and employers transform what they need to sell into something their target audiences can’t wait to buy. In the vacation rental world, Sallie dives deep into what prospective guests long for, then creates a communications strategy that compels them to shout, “THIS is the house I want!”
Sarah spent almost three decades living on an idyllic Greek Island until she and her husband stumbled into the vacation rental business back in 2005. They now own 3 Orlando vacation rental homes and love the satisfaction of helping guests plan dream vacations to the theme park capital of the world.
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