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Unlocked is a podcast series that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall as VRMB founder Matt Landau interviews some of the world’s most innovative vacation rental professionals. Sponsored by PointCentral, the goal of our podcast series is to share best practices and to remind vacation rental professionals that we have everything we need inside of us to succeed. Our featured guests are esteemed members of our Inner Circle community and you can learn more about the philosophy of ​our latest series here

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"I listen while pulling weeds in my garden. Perfect way of spending my morning."
- Sibylle, Villa Ausblick

"A podcast with a splash! Thoughtful, well-targeted, and useful delivery."
- Beth, Splashy Ventures

"High-quality, actionable, and timely. Pure gold."
- Matthew, Family Time Vacation Rentals

Unlocked is a podcast series that invites you to be a fly-on-the-wall as VRMB founder Matt Landau interviews some of the world’s most innovative vacation rental professionals. The goal of this podcast series is to share best practices and to remind vacation rental professionals that we have everything we need inside of us to succeed.
Coronavirus Update & Season 5 Podcast Announcement
What is the coronavirus doing to vacation rentals? This update episode of the Unlocked Podcast features Matt giving a heads[...]
My Top 20 Advocacy Tips for 2020
We're in-between podcast seasons right now. So I thought it might be nice to use this platform to share something[...]
Sean Miller Interviews Matt Landau
In this very special season finale episode of Unlocked with Matt Landau, our sponsor, Sean Miller of PointCentral turns the[...]
0-500 Properties in 5 Years with Brooke Pfautz
Brooke Pfautz is the Founder of Vintory, one of the only companies that I am aware of that helps property[...]
Homerun Hospitality with Emily and Jesse Cole
Jesse and Emily Cole epitomize a lot of vacation rental hosts using Airbnb to build a real estate portfolio. But that's where the Cole's stop being normal.
Our Future with Carole Lynn Sharoff
Carole Lynn Sharoff of Atlantic Vacation Homes in Massachusetts is one of the wisest vacation rental professionals we've met.
The Vacation Rental Paragon, Tim Cafferty
Tim Cafferty of Outer Banks Blue Realty in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina is one of the most admired and respected professional managers in the world.
Doing Things Properly with Tammi Sims
Tammi Sims is the VP of Customer at Properly, an industry-leading cleaning app with a host of deeper applications. Perhaps more importantly, Tammi (along with her partner Alex Nigg) are visionary vacation rental leaders.
The Fisherman with David Krauthamer
David Krauthamer never thought he’d be running a world-class hospitality business. But when his mother challenged him -- that he wasn't truly an entrepreneur until his side gig was his sole form of income -- he quit his job at AutoParts Headquarters and became a vacation rental pro.
The Conference Beat with Koryn Okey
If there is one person that has been a steady constant throughout the last decade of vacation rental mayhem, it’s Koryn Okey. She started out with a company called FlipKey and now works as the VP of Sales at Breezeway.
DNA of a Movement with Scott Shatford
Scott Shatford is the founder of AirDNA, which is (by my estimates) the most cited resource in the short term rental industry. I have been virtual friends with Scott since about 5 years back when he and I were sort of dueling vacation rental experts.
Dirty Laundry with Elizabeth Maora Sickels
Elizabeth Maora Sickels is one of those vacation rental people with infectious energy: she’s one of those people who you can’t help but want to listen to and hang out with and get excited about who knows what.
The New Southern Hospitality with Corey Jones
Corey Jones is the creator of Lucky Savannah, which in my humble opinion is one of the most impressive boutique vacation rental companies in the world. Corey got started in short term rentals, like many people, by complete accident
Made for This with Jodi Refosco
Jodi Refosco has built her Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations into a veritable empire in Deep Creek Maryland, but it wasn’t an easy start. She grew up with vacation rentals as the family business, but restarted in the depths of the financial crisis with a single property.
The Forcefield with CJ Stam
CJ Stam is a vacation rental legend to many who know him. He has built Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals into one of the best cabins getaway fleets in the American South, and now he is focusing on new purpose-built cabins for his vacation rental fleet.
Industry Pulse with Amy Hinote
In this interview, we learn the history of VRMIntel through Amy’s personal growth from finance and political science to vacation rentals. We then dovetail into a discussion about the venture capital pouring into the industry and what it means for independent owners and managers.
The Advocate with Jennifer Frankenstein-Harris
Jennifer Frankenstein-Harris built her Great Ocean Condos business in New Smyrna Beach Florida into a 300+ property empire after being unable to find a technology-forward management company for a single property.
Finding Our Voice with Sarah Bradford
Sarah Bradford of Winter Park Lodging Company Co & Steamboat Lodging Company not only grew to 160 highly-respected properties from just a handful, she also hosts her own vacation rental podcast (Sarah and T) and holds some strong opinions about Norwegian-inspired design.
VRMA Wrap-Up with Terry Whyte
Terry Whyte is the founder of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals and the co-creator of the Property Management Software Selector Tool and the VRMB Keystone Awards, one of the most controversial yet hard-hitting reports in 2019.
Big Learnings & Takeaways from Season 3
This episode takes a look back on my favorite lessons from the season. It covers a number of interesting people, nuggets of wisdom, and core themes.
Technology’s Point Person with Sean Miller
Sean Miller is the President of PointCentral, the sponsor of this podcast. And I just want to say up front that including him in the series was not required or part of the sponsorship contract or anything: Sean's just a really interesting and smart guy...someone I was really curious to learn more about.
Short Term Rent, Long Term Win with Matt Hoffman
I've known Matt Hoffman for what feels like an eternity. I remember talking to him back when I was running my vacation rental business in Panama in 2008 and his passion and enthusiasm for vacation rentals has not faded since...if anything they've sharpened.
The Noise Captain with Christine Saba
Christine Saba is technically the Head of Growth at Noiseaware, which is the smoke alarm for noise. But her roles and responsibilities tend to spill over into all kinds of areas.
Vacasa Buys Wyndham Vacation Rentals
In this experimental podcast format, I am to address one subject matter that has the industry buzzing and break it down for our listeners. This episode addresses Vacasa's recent acquisition of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, effectively doubling their inventory to more than 20,000 homes.
Voice Activation with Dana Young
Dana Young is the owner of The Lodge at Palmer Lake and the Founder of Virtual Concierge Service is one of those people who is just unyieldingly passionate about technology.
A Theater of Growth with Cliff Johnson
Cliff Johnson, the co-founder of Vacasa who's now at Rented.com the was the first icon interview I ever recorded: it's fair to say that Cliff was the reason behind the whole icon series...I was talking to him at lunch, fascinated by his background and his attitude about life, and basically just really curious to learn more about him.
Non-Perishables with Lee Zeller of Accommodations in Telluride
Lee Zeller is one of my besties in the vacation rental space. Her company Accomodations in Telluride is a mainstay in[...]
No Time to Waste with Megan McCrea
Megan McCrea is one of the most impressive leaders in the vacation rental industry. I get the chance to meet[...]
Picking the Lock with Guglielmo Scarpa
Guglielmo Scarpa is a young Italian businessman who embodies the vacation rental pioneer spirit for me. He fell into the[...]
The Keystone Awards with Terry Whyte
A keystone is the architectural term for a wedge-shaped piece at the crown of an arch or bridge that locks[...]
One Industry Voice with Mike Copps of VRMA
Mike Copps is the Executive Director of the VRMA which aims to be the singular voice of vacation rental owners[...]
GSV Technology Rollup in the Vacation Rental Industry
In this experimental podcast format, I aim to address one subject matter that has the industry buzzing and break it[...]
The Love Language with Heather Bayer
Heather Bayer of the Vacation Rental Formula Podcast is like my BFF in the industry. We were both in Las Vegas for[...]
Keeping it Commercial with Sarah Nie
Sarah Nie is based in Asheville, North Carolina. And after she began her property management business, she began to be[...]
Our Vacation Rental Campaign with Philip Minardi
Philip Minardi is the Head of Public Affairs at the Expedia Group which owns HomeAway and VRBO (aka. verrrrr-bo). His[...]
Social Media Influencers with Kristi Kautz
Kristi Kautz used to work in the digital entertainment space, so she was familiar with the world of influencers before[...]
New Meaning to the Shared Economy with Bradie Beagley-Reiner
Bradie Beagley-Reiner went through an incredibly stressful process in the crackdown of vacation rentals in San Diego, California. And in[...]
The Biggest Lesson of My Career with Steve Milo
I only met Steve Milo a few years ago but he's been leading the PM charge for eons with his[...]
EP 23: Diamond In The Rough with Danna Kittell
Danna Kittell is the founder of Starfish Luxury Rentals on the coast of Oregon.  I have known Danna for many[...]
EP 22: Handmade Pricing with Zaira Guzman
Zaira Guzman is the Director of Sales and Revenue Management at Bluewater Vacation Homes in San Diego. Since San Diego[...]
EP 21: The Mood Board with Jean-Philippe Ramé
Jean-Philippe Ramé of 2 Be Apart in Lyon France is something of a vacation rental icon: he’s one of those[...]
EP 20: The Folio with Jeff Jenson
Jeff Jensen and his team of concierges at Utopian Luxury Vacation Homes believe that personalization is luxury: that placing your[...]
EP19: Saving Grace with Mike Harrington
Mike Harrington was the de-facto head of VRMA up until a few hours after this conversation. He’s also the President[...]
EP18: The Alliance with Eric Bay of the ANP
Eric Bay is a connector. He’s the kind of guy that every neighborhood would be lucky to have: he shoots[...]
EP17: Listing Site Independence with Jeremiah Gall
Jeremiah Gall is a vacation rental pioneer: he was one of the founders of the listing site FlipKey, which was[...]
EP16: Follow the Wall with Durk Johnson
Durk Johnson is a housekeeping guru. He’s the director of the Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP) but he’s also the[...]
EP15: Deep Diversification with Jeanne Dailey
I have the pleasure of meeting lots of vacation rental professionals each year, but it's not often that I come[...]
EP14: Top-Grading with John Dean
John Dean of Only Provence is what I like to refer to as one of the most limited edition property[...]
EP13: Collaborative Wisdom with Brad Stewart
Brad Stewart of Stewart Mountain Lodging in Sundance, Utah is one of my best buddies in the industry. I think[...]
EP12: The Acquisition with Alex Barba
Alex Barba was the General Manager at BCN Apartments when we recorded this conversation -- it's a boutique vacation rental[...]
EP11: The Auctioneer with Mailie Green
Mailie Green manages three vacation rental villas in Bali from her home in South Africa. And like any manager, she[...]
EP10: My Flotilla with Lawrie Lawrence
Lawrie Lawrence is a real estate guy. He loves real estate. he’s really good at real estate. And only recently[...]
EP09: Pretext Support with Bernardo Retana
Bernardo Retana of Otium Residences in Marbella, Spain has a great pedigree of hospitality and finance. But what I like[...]
EP08: The Limited Edition Episode
The vacation rental industry has exploded in the last few years with big players. Big players like AirBnB, HomeAway &[...]
EP07: Managing an Overseas Vacation Rental & Overcoming Tragedies with Ralph Moorhouse
Ralph and his wife Karen, like many people, fell in love with Paris. However, instead of doing what most people[...]
EP06: Slowly Growing & Automating a Boutique Vacation Rental Management Business with Jan Stevens
Jan Stevens’s journey in the vacation rental industry began when she inherited an old family fishing shack that they bought[...]
EP05: Creating a Successful & Fulfilling Niche Vacation Rental Business with Rick Oster
Rick Oster’s career has had many twists and turns. He spent most of his professional life climbing the corporate ladder[...]
EP04: Infusing Personality (and Totem Poles) into Your Vacation Rental with Teena Kulakowski
Teena Kulakowski is a former chemist who now runs the successful Four Seasons Lodge in New Hampshire. Her experiments have[...]
EP03: From Side-Hustle to Big-Hustle with Darik Eaton
Darik Eaton is the founder of Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. After the 2008 financial crash Darik closed down his business[...]
EP02: Building an Island Paradise Dream Life with Karla Gustafson
Lot’s of people dream of unplugging from “the grind” and escaping to some far off exotic island paradise. Karla Gustafson,[...]
Lumpy Mail & The Importance of Doing Things that Don’t Scale with Stan Horst
Stan Horst is one of the world’s few vacation rental veterans. He’s been hosting guests before the days of AirBnB,[...]