2015 Western Seminar
April 13-14, 2015
Portland Marriott Downtown Riverfront
2015 Eastern Seminar
April 27-28, 2015
Marriott Norfolk Waterside
All VRMA members and industry leaders are invited to submit proposals to present concurrent sessions at the upcoming VRMA Regional Seminars.
As the Conference Committee strives for Educational Excellence, they seek presenters who have a passion for their topics to further the industry. A wide variety of sessions are needed, from those presenting cutting edge thought leadership to those providing tactical application of the fundamentals.
Use this opportunity to showcase the expertise, innovative solutions, and forward thinking that enables you to exceed industry standards.
Frequently Asked Questions:
All vacation rental industry professionals are encouraged to submit presentation proposals. The Conference Planning Committee is especially interested in receiving proposals from those who work for/own vacation rental management companies. You work every day to find innovative ways to increase revenue, improve homeowner satisfaction and keep guests coming back. You are an expert in vacation rental management; share your expertise!
YOU are an expert in your field. You already have a treasure trove of best practices you can share based on your daily experiences in the industry. Sharing this knowledge elevates the entire professionally managed vacation rental industry.
The time you put into preparing for a presentation will come back to directly benefit your company. Take it from other managers who have previously presented at VRMA events:
"I was approached to present at the VRMA Western Seminar and was a bit hesitant due to the fact I've only been in business for six years, and the time commitment to properly prepare my presentation. I accepted, and was pleased I did so for two reasons: 1)The time I put into my presentation came back already to benefit our company as I had to look deeper into our own operations, ask questions, and research the best approach to some areas I was neglecting. 2) When I presented, I felt likeit opened the doors to several other attendees feeling comfortable to approach me, give me their contact info, and further discuss ideas with me. Great networking opportunities were created."- Sarah Bradford, Owner, Winter Park Lodging Company, Winter Park, Colorado
"I highly encourage others in the industry to do what I've done and volunteer to do a presentation, sit on a panel, moderate an ask the experts topic ... and GROW. When you take the time to put yourself out there for others in your given industry; to watch you, listen to you and ask you questions; you begin to hold yourself to a different daily standard. Others who are like-minded begin to flock to you to share knowledge on their expertise and the vacation rental industry becomes a cultivation for life instead of job or career. Please reflect on what you do each day in your market and take a moment to share it with VRMA so we can all flourish."- Emily Eiland Gonzalez, Marketing/Public Relations Director, Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Gulf Shores, Alabama
Presenting doesn’t have to be scary! Presentation formats may include individual presenters, groups of presenters, and panels. If you have an idea for a presentation but are nervous about presenting, we encourage you to do one of the following:
Approximately 21 educational sessions will take place during each Regional Seminar. With limited presentation slots, not all submissions will be selected.
The Conference Planning Committee carefully examines all presentation proposals submitted by the deadline. Presentations are vetted based on past attendee feedback and how well the proposal meets VRMA’s educational goals. With limited presentation slots, not all submissions will be selected.
VRMA strongly believes that Regional Seminars are educational events to serve the best interest of its attendees. Speakers are to avoid any appearance of commercialism in their sessions. VRMA also believes that an objective presentation that meets the educational needs of the audience will do the best job of enhancing the credibility of the speaker and VRMA.
Everyone who submits a presentation proposal will receive a response by February 13, 2015 regarding whether their proposal was accepted.
If your presentation is selected, each concurrent session presenter will work with a Conference Planning Committee member prior to the Seminar to ensure session content meets the VRMA's educational goals.
Most concurrent sessions will be 60 minutes. All proposals will be considered for 60-minute sessions.
All concurrent session rooms will be equipped with the following:
Presenters must agree to the following guidelines:
All presentation proposals must be submitted via the online form by the submission deadline.