Regional Seminar Call for Presentations

2015 Western Seminar
April 13-14, 2015
Portland Marriott Downtown Riverfront
Portland, Oregon

2015 Eastern Seminar
April 27-28, 2015
Marriott Norfolk Waterside
Norfolk, Virginia


Calling all vacation rental industry experts!

Ever wanted to speak at a VRMA event? Here's your chance: The Call for Presentations is now open for VRMA's 2015 Regional Seminars. Presentation proposals are due Dec. 12.  

2015 Regional Seminar Format

We've listened to you-- and based your requests, Regional Seminar education is tailored to what vacation rental managers need most. The Regional Seminars are focused on providing executives the specific information they need to be effective. Meanwhile, supervisors, mid-level managers and department leaders will be given the tools they need in areas such as housekeeping, maintenance, reservations, and laundry (just to name a few).
VRMA needs your help to make the Regional Seminars successful. All VRMA members and industry leaders are invited to submit proposals to present concurrent sessions at the VRMA Regional Seminars.
As the Conference Committee strives for education excellence, it seeks presenters who have a passion for their topics to further training for the industry professionals on the frontlines.
Want to speak at an upcoming event, but need help coming up with a presentation idea? Know someone who would be an excellent speaker but who may need help coming up with a topic? We're here to help. Contact us for help with presentation proposals and topics or see the Call for Presentations Frequently Asked Questions page.

Proposal Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted via the online form. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or by a group of presenters. The Conference Committee encourages group presentations to include individuals from multiple companies.

Presentation Format

All sessions will be 60 minutes in length. All concurrent session rooms will be equipped with the following:
  • LCD projector & screen (presenters must provide their own computers)
  • Lavaliere and hand-held microphones for presenters 

Suggested Topics

Concurrent sessions focus on providing supervisors with tools to take back and begin implementing right away. Below is a list of suggested topics:
  • Housekeeping
    • Operational Processes
    • Best Practices
    • Regulations
    • Tools
    • Hiring
    • Skill Development/Accountability
  • Hot Tubs/Pools
    • Operational Processes
    • Best Practices
    • Regulations
    • Tools
    • Supplies
    • Skill Development/Accountability
  • Human Resources
    • Identifying critical skills for each department within your company
    • Hiring, firing, and training staff based on essential skills needed    
    • Implementing practices that ensure safety of staff members 
    • Utilizing performance reviews to improve productivity
  • Laundry
    • Operational Processes
    • Best Practices
    • In House Service vs. Outsourcing
    • Tools
    • Supplies
    • Skills Development/Accountability
  • Maintenance
    • Tools (Ex: Inventory)
    • Regulations
    • Operational Processes (Ex: Chargeability)
    • Skills Development/Accountability
  • Property Services
    • Training staff on skills necessary to perform their duties most effectively and holding staff accountable to standard practices
    • Effective and efficient operational processes
    • Managing inventory of tools and supplies
    • Valuation of property services functions
    • Evaluating benefits of in-house services vs. outsourcing
  • Reservations
    • Guest Services/Concierge Best Practices
    • Customer Service Training
    • How to Close Sales
    • Conflict Management
    • Phone Protocol/Best Practices
  • Strategy
    • Distribution/Pricing Strategies
    • Leadership Development
    • Market/Competitive Analysis
    • Market Trends
    • New Revenue Sources
    • Visioning