The Eastern Seminar took place in Orlando, Fla. April 7-8, while the Western Seminar followed suit on April 28-29 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Buzz about these events started early:
Your VRMA Board of Directors kicked off the Eastern Seminar by meeting to review VRMA's strategic priorities...
...while other attendees had time for a little fun before the seminar started.
Both Seminars kicked off with general sessions discussing how to proactively work with local governments to prevent unfair regulations. The Eastern Seminar focused specifically on efforts in Florida, while the Western Seminar provided case studies from communities across the U.S.
At #VRMAWest opening session about government relations for vacation rental managers!— Mt Hood Vacations (@MtHoodRentals) April 28, 2014
Following these informative sessions, it was time for Ask An Expert, which provided additional networking opportunities. Attendees broke into small discussion groups based on the topics that affected them most. Each discussion group was facilitated by a discussion leader who was an expert in that specific topic:
Both Seminars featured sold-out Vendor Showcases, allowing managers to have access to more tools, connections and resources to maximize efficiency and boost revenue.
With the record crowds came additional opportunities for networking. Here are just a few of the highlights:
And of course, with a record 21 educational sessions offered at each Seminar, there were plenty of takeaways for all attendees.
Great takeaways at #vrmaeast today. 2014 is off to a great start.
— Smoky Mountain Cabin (@SmokyMountainTN) April 8, 2014
— Lou Zameryka (@LouZameryka) April 8, 2014
Thnx to everyone at @vrma this week for helping me learn more about the industry. 1st takeaway: there are great people in this industry!
— johndirgo (@johndirgo) April 28, 2014
Lots of great ideas at #vrmawest . Almost TOO much. Just kidding, there's never too many good ideas.
The Seminars closed with a keynote from Aaron Wolowiec, who helped attendees formulate an action plan based on their seminar takeaways.
All of this added up to two record-breaking Regional Seminars:
New record for #vrmaeast! 502 attendees!— VRMA (@vrma) April 8, 2014
— VRMA (@vrma) April 29, 2014
New #vrmawest attendance record: 255 attendees! Thank you!
Thanks to Seminar photography sponsor RealVoice, photo galleries let attendees re-live their experiences at the Regional Seminars:
Miss a session? Want to revisit what you learned? Presenters were encouraged to provide handouts and copies of their presentations for attendees to reference after the Conference. Additional session materials will be posted as they become available.
And of course, be sure to join the fun of our next event! Registration for the 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, Oct. 26-29 is now open. Learn more.
Thanks @vrma for a great conference, so great to be a part of the group. Super excited for San Diego!— TDG (@TDistinguishedG) April 30, 2014