VRMA

    Exciting Changes for VRMA

    Dear VRMA Members:

    I am pleased to communicate exciting news that will assuredly take our organization to the next level. As part of our strategic planning efforts, the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) Board of Directors is looking to the future and has been exploring management options to best support us as we continue to evolve and grow. We are committed to increasing membership, enhancing our products and services, and strengthening our position in the industry through advocacy and public relations.

    Working with a consultant who researched providers in the industry, we undertook a detailed and thoughtful association management firm search process. After considerable discussion and reflection we have chosen SmithBucklin Corporation as our new management company, effective today, December 1, 2015. The vote for SmithBucklin was a unanimous board decision.

    Up to this time, VRMA has partnered with the Raybourn Group International in Indianapolis, Indiana for association management services. On behalf of the board, I would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for their support, guidance, and hard work over the years. As I am sure many of you are aware, their staff has been an asset to our organization, and we will miss working with them.

    We are excited about this opportunity to partner with SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. SmithBucklin has extensive experience in managing and growing professional trade associations such as VRMA. In particular, its experience in government affairs and advocacy efforts will assuredly help us navigate the ever-changing regulatory landscape and help fight anti-vacation rental legislation. This partnership also provides us with access to knowledgeable staff members who have developed and implemented successful strategies for other not-for-profit organizations to enhance educational offerings, expand membership, and build strong sponsor relationships with major players in the industry.

    We have officially moved our operations to SmithBucklin's Washington, DC office.

    Should you have additional questions or concerns, please see the management change frequently asked questions or contact me directly at bedwards@ndrp.com.

    Best regards,

    Ben Edwards
    VRMA President


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    About VRMA
    Founded in 1985 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) is a professional trade association serving the vacation rental property management and hospitality industries. VRMA provides educational and networking opportunities for our members, promotes the value of the vacation rental experience, and speaks as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth in the industry. For more information, please visit the VRMA website.
     
    About SmithBucklin
    SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Our mission is to achieve the missions of the client organizations we serve and provide uncompromised stewardship for their long-term prosperity. SmithBucklin offers full-service management and outsourced services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user communities, industry consortia, charitable organizations, corporations and government institutes. Founded in 1949, SmithBucklin has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis, Bethesda, Md., and San Ramon, Calif., and delivers seamless association and event management services worldwide. The company is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, please visit the SmithBucklin website or call 1-800-539-9740.
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