Speakers

Host

Matt Landau
Matt Landau is a vacation rental industry advocate, storyteller, and facilitator. Matt’s hospitality career began in 2006 managing a fleet of vacation rentals in the historic district of Casco Viejo, Panamá where he earned the equivalent of a master's degree in hospitality and community building. Since moving back to the USA, Matt's platform VRMB.com has become a hub for education and collaboration, and his speaking engagements and live events challenge operators to think differently and to approach our work from new perspectives. Matt is also an avid ocean swimmer and will be attempting a 10km open water swim challenge in Mexico one week before the VRMA Executive Summit!

 

 Speakers

Rachel Alday

Born & raised in Chicago, Rachel found success early in her career in corporate marketing, eventually setting her sights west. She quickly fell in love with the mountains, our close-knit communities, and her future husband Rob Alday. Inspired by this mountain town life, along with a dedication to providing transparent, high-end service to both homeowners and guests, in 2010 Rachel & Rob set out to create Abode Luxury Rentals, a boutique luxury vacation rental & property management company that enabled them to share their love of these mountains with visitors near & far. They started with their first location in Park City, UT and as they grew their portfolio, along with their relationships with homeowners and guests alike, they decided to expand their services to another mountain town near & dear to their hearts – Jackson Hole.  Charmed by the local community and old-west culture, Rob & Rachel have continued to build their Abode family in Jackson Hole, splitting their time as locals in both Park City & Jackson Hole. Over 12 years, 180+ properties, and a diversified business portfolio including concierge, laundry services, HOA management, and a third expansion into Sun Valley, ID., Abode continues to be a force in their industry due to its proven expertise in destination marketing and deep commitment to high-end service.
 
Rachel is grateful to have held board & committee roles with local non-profits including Park City Rotary, Park City Institute, NAC, Temple Har Shalom, and Utah Clean Energy, while currently serving on the Park City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and leading development of a new lodging association in Jackson Hole. Rachel relishes raising their three young kids, Bear, Major & Annabel with a love for and in service of these mountain communities.

 

 

Ali Cammelletti
Ali Cammelletti of Spark Your Mindset brings over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry focusing on leadership and sales. Ali helps leaders build resiliency and improve performance by bringing awareness to opportunity behaviors and sparking mindsets. She does this through culture assessments, team building, one-on-one leadership coaching as well as customer service and sales education.

 

 

 

Robin Craigen
An industry leader and entrepreneur who leads an exceptional mission-driven team creating memorable vacations in exceptional mountain homes. Moving Mountains manages and offers vacation rentals in a handpicked selection of luxurious mountain homes and residences in Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek, Vail, and Breckenridge Colorado. In addition to assisting with your lodging reservation, Moving Mountains also specializes in full-service catered and hospitality packages designed to help you maximize your vacation experiences and have more time to relax. Quick Timeline: Founded in 1997 in Steamboat Springs, CO following 8 years in the British Virgin Islands offering luxury yacht charters, MM began with one home and over 20+ years has grown to manage over 200 high-end luxurious homes. In 2019 the company opened an office in the Vail Valley to begin an expansion to serve the ski destinations of Vail and Beaver Creek. In September 2021 Moving Mountains took over the operations of market leaders Paragon Lodging in Breckenridge, adding their 70+ luxury homes, and experienced staff to their team.

 

 

 

Valerie Gangas
Valerie Gangas, published author and co-founder of Juniper Holiday + Home in Southwest Michigan, has been actively public speaking since 2011, including at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and for the David Lynch Foundation about meditation and its benefits, as well as at the recent international VRMA conference in Orlando. Her passion is touching people’s lives through hospitality, “especially when we’re serving it up at the highest levels.” She holds a B.A. in Comparative Religious Studies and Women’s Studies from DePaul University and an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University. She is currently seeking her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Transpersonal Psychology.

 

 

Rachele Hobbs
#Hobbspitality is the name of the game for Rachele Hobbs, co-owner and CEO of Hobbs Realty, a third-generation family business established in 1977. Rachele applies her 39 years of hands-on experience to lead her full-service property management and real estate sales company. She is responsible for casting the vision of best practices for her team, built on relationships and a commitment to "going the extra smile" for owner, guest, and vendor services. Rachele guides her team with a strong compass of equity, innovation, and technology integration to deliver market-leading results for her 250+ property owners and thousands of guests. Among her greatest joys is the opportunity to work alongside her family, to call many of her property owners friends, and to provide unique vacation experiences. She joyfully serves as a panelist for numerous leisure travel associations and loves having industry colleagues on speed-dial for a fun brainstorming session.

 

 

 

Madeline List
Ms. List's zeal for travel and consumer insight led her to Phocuswright, where she supports syndicated, special, and custom projects. Prior to joining the team, Madeline worked in qualitative and custom research for the finance and beauty industries. She has a B.A. in business and politics from Brandeis University, where she became a Circumnavigators Club Foundation Scholar, studying sustainable ways to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in seven countries. Madeline currently resides in New York City. In her spare time, you can find her training at circus school, playing guitar, and trying new recipes from countries she's visited. 

 

 

Nir Maimon
Nir Maimon, President and Co-Founder of Maimon Group, oversees all back-end operations, with a focus on management and technology. He adopts a Servant Management style, guiding team members in their daily tasks and professional growth. Continuously learning, Nir draws insights from business literature, consulting companies, and implements progressive technologies, including AI. He spearheaded the development of LPMS, a B2B platform connecting partner companies, real estate brokers, and agents to collaborate effectively. Currently, Nir is dedicated to expanding the LPMS network and enhancing services based on partner feedback. 

 

 

Lino Maldonado

Lino Maldonado is the President at BeHome247, the leading unifying operations platform for property managers in the residential and hospitality industries that provides complete visibility, control and automation over many daily tasks from a single dashboard. In his previous role as VP of Operations for Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, he managed over 3,500 vacation rental properties and led the growth and innovations teams nationally. Maldonado sits on a number of state-level boards such as the Government Affairs Committee for VRMA (2024 Chairman), VISIT FLORIDA (2018-19 Chairman), The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (2016 Chairman), and was selected by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Gulf Consortium. Lino is married to Vicki, has three daughters, Stephanie, Maci, and Madison, and recently their first granddaughter, Emerson.

 

Jacobie Olin
Jacobie Olin is the President of C2G Advisors, the leading advisory firm in the short-term vacation rental industry. Having completed 40+ transactions for greater than $300M since 2020, Jacobie is an expert in consulting and guiding sellers throughout the sales process. He has been involved in short-term rentals, litigation consulting, food & beverage, and real estate for over a decade.

 

 

 

Jason Sprenkle
Jason Sprenkle is the CEO of Key Data Dashboard, the leading provider of analytics and data for the vacation rental space. He previously co-owned 360 Blue (acquired in 2020 by Natural Retreat), and he was a co-founder and CEO of Glad to Have You (acquired by Expedia). Prior to that, Jason was a luxury real estate developer and a software attorney.

 

 

 

Chris Stephenson
Chris Stephenson joined Homes & Villas by Marriott Bonvoy in 2019, as one of the original team to found this new venture for Marriott International. In his role, Chris is accountable for managing growth for all Global markets, Account Management & Connectivity. Chris joined Marriott International in 2015 in the Global Operations team, leading Innovation, Design and Development initiatives. In this role, he worked across Marriott International’s portfolio of 31 hotel brands and all global markets to bring new ideas to life through insight, design, prototyping and testing. During his tenure Chris worked on the launch of the Moxy brand, devised the food and beverage strategy, created digital guest experiences and oversaw Marriott’s initial pilot into home rentals (Tribute Portfolio Homes), as the operations lead in Europe.

 

 

Nicolas Wegener
Since founding SendSquared in 2018, Nicolas has dedicated himself to developing the platform, adapting quickly to customer needs, and building the team that has made SendSquared what it is today. As a lifelong entrepreneur, he thrives on all the fundamentals of building companies. Before SendSquared, Nicolas spent 20 years in the tech industry as an entrepreneur, previously focused on tools for the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Nicolas has engineered, designed, and built international, multilingual psychometric software, CRM, and ERP solutions for Fortune companies such as Korn/Ferry Intl (KFY), Westport-based Bridgewater, CHS (CHSCP), Disney (DIS), Hanes (HBI), and China International Intellectech Corporation (中智上海概要). Just prior to founding SendSquared, Nicolas co-founded LeMond Companies with Greg LeMond, where he was the COO and board member.