2017 General Sessions

Join us for riveting general sessions with industry leaders, your opportunity to take a deeper dive into trends and hot topics.

Opening Keynote with Airbnb

Monday, October 16 | 8:30 am - 10:00 am


In 2016, Airbnb moved beyond accommodation with the launch of Trips, which brings together where you stay, what you do, and the people you meet — all in one place.

Nate Blecharczyk, Airbnb's Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, will discuss several new developments Airbnb has in the works, as well as the company's growth and aspirations in the vacation rental space and how Airbnb plans to better serve this growing market.

Presented by Nate Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Airbnb

HomeAway Opportunity Update

Monday, October 16 | 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Jeff.pngLearn about HomeAway's vision for vacation rentals, including the latest opportunities for property managers around the world!

Join Jeff Hurst, HomeAway's Chief Commercial Officer, to learn about recent changes in HomeAway's business model, market drivers disrupting business as usual, and new opportunities to exceed your prior success and grow your company with HomeAway's eCommerce marketplace.

Jeff also will share new HomeAway tools to optimize success for property managers, as well as ways HomeAway is raising the bar of professionalism and growing the vacation rental industry in today's uncertain regulatory and competitive environment.

Presented by Jeff Hurst, Chief Commercial Officer, HomeAway, Inc.

An Advocacy Case Study: Taking Action to Protect Vacation Rentals

Monday, October 16 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a Florida legislative session, panelists will discuss how the vacation rental industry in Florida and the rest of the nation are under increasing pressure from bans and restrictive regulations. In this “unfiltered” panel presentation, panelists talks about the very real dangers the vacation rental industry faces, and what to do about it.

Presented by Lori Killinger, Attorney and Lobbyist, Lewis, Longman & Walker; Representative Mike La Rosa, Florida District 42 (Osceola County); Senator Greg Steube, Florida District 23 (Sarasota)

Is There a Future for Property Managers?

Tuesday, October 17 | 8:30 am - 10:00 amLehmann Circle.JPG

The vacation rental management landscape continues to shift, with the traditional property manager continuing to see seismic changes in all facets of operations, including distribution and marketing. Join us for this general session to explore data around those changes and learn how to evolve and survive in this disruptive landscape during a candid, unfiltered conversation with vacation rental management experts. Discover strategies for adapting to diversify your marketing efforts, properly utilize the vast array of distribution options, and take control of your company’s brand and future.

Presented by Simon Lehmann, Senior Advisor, Phocuswright
Panelists: Ben Edwards, Manager, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties/Weatherby Consulting; Steve Milo, Owner, Vacation Rental Pros; Jodi Taylor Refosco, Owner, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales

The Great Rewrite

Wednesday, October 18 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Leonard.pngWe are living in a unique moment in history, when revolutionary change is occurring in all sectors at a frenzied pace. Join Leonard Brody, award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and best-selling author, to discuss the rapid pace of change, innovation, and disruption facing us all — and what to do about it.

Explore strategies for adapting your company to engage consumers, retain employees, and stay relevant. In addition, gain key takeaways for surviving and prospering in a constantly changing landscape.

Presented by Leonard Brody, Business and Technology Visionary

Differences Create The Sound: Overcoming Collaborative Insanity

Wednesday, October 18 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pmAlan Circle - 2.JPG

Ever wonder why working with others can feel like insanity? This high energy music infused talk will explain why it can be so challenging to work with other people and provide a process for how to overcome collaborative disasters. Banding People Together (BPT) founder and CEO Alan Schaefer combines behavioral science with lessons learned from touring the world as a recording artist, in a way that will help you show up as your best self at work and at home.

Presented by Alan Schaefer, Founder and CEO, Banding People Together