It is my pleasure to say hello to you as the new president of VRMA. I believe many of you know me already, but for those of you whom I haven’t yet had the pleasure to meet, please reach out and say hello!
My daughter and I run a business on the southern coast of Maine, and I have been part of this industry for over 35 years. Let me know what you feel VRMA is doing right, what we could do better, and most importantly, how you can better serve VRMA.
I would also like to take this time to extend a huge thank you to Ben Edwards for his service to VRMA. We are fortunate to have had his leadership and insight bringing us into 2017. Through the efforts of Ben and your board of directors, VRMA is in a good, solid place and going in the right direction. Ben will remain on the board through this year as our past president.
We have a lot to be pleased about, and I’d like to thank one segment of our association in particular: our member vendors. They are bringing us timely technology and products to help us better cope with the increases in our businesses. We benefit greatly by our vendor involvement in VRMA. They offer their services for presentations at conferences and their input as members. Managers get a narrow vision of our world, whereas our vendors are dealing with vacation rentals on a more global scale. They help us to broaden our scope.
Moving into 2017, our association has big things in store, starting first and foremost with a new name, logo and website. You may have noticed it in this issues of Arrival. That’s right, our name has changed from Vacation Rental Managers Association to Vacation Rental Management Association.
Also in 2017, VRMA has a clear focus on our strategic goals of Advocacy, Education and Membership. In meeting these goals, we are helping our members fight the increasingly ugly specter of rental restrictions and providing a positive voice. The education we receive at VRMA sets us apart and allows us all to function at our best; our membership and networking at conferences is always growing.
Now let me reveal my New Year’s resolution: To meet and spend time with more VRMA members. It’s time for you to make some resolutions, too, and I hope they will include VRMA.