VRS441 – VRMA Spring Forum Report with Lance & Elaine Stitcher


This episode of the Vacation Rental Success Podcast is sponsored by Beyond
An automated dynamic pricing solution that utilizes real-time market data to ensure your prices maximize revenue and occupancy


Conference season is back in full swing and while we’d love to go to them all, it’s not practical or possible, so we’ll be bringing a report from each one by our favorite attendees.

The April VRMA Spring Forum in Chicago was the first real opportunity to get large numbers of property managers together following the pandemic and it was a welcomed reunion for many attendees, as well as being a first for others.

Lance and Elaine Stitcher are owners of Seaside Vacations in Ocean City, MD, and Chincoteague Island, and have experienced massive growth since they were last on the Vacation Rental Success podcast.  In this episode, we catch up on what’s been happening in their world and ask them to talk about their experience of the Spring Forum.

They took six of their staff to the show and discuss the impact of the first event on them and what their takeaways were.

Lance and Elaine share:

  • Their growth from 150 – 300 properties in less than 2 years
  • How the pandemic delivered their two best seasons
  • Why they took their staff to the Spring Forum and how it will empower them
  • The best in educational takeaways – with a shout out to Steve Milo & Justin Ford
  • How they navigated one of the biggest vendor halls ever and discovered the Wall of Bacon
  • The three best speakers
  • Why exit and succession planning is so important
  • The importance of good hiring

Links Mentioned:

Seaside Vacations

Sojo Amenities

Xplorie

Breezeway

Travel Net Solutions (Track)

Data and Revenue Management Conference Nashville