VRMA History

Welcome to the history of the Vacation Rental Managers Association, started in 1985. Please contact vrma@vrma.com with any additions or corrections.

1985-03-22 00:00:00

An Association is Born!

Seven managers from five companies, including John Kjellman of Victorex Software, Bill Jelivich of Monterey Dunes, Mickey Holzman of Pajara Dunes,Jim Morris of Lake Tahoe, and Bill Futrell of Sun River, met in Monterey, CA, to attend the first meeting of what would become the VRMA, cohosted by Monterey Dunes Company and Victorex Software.

1985-10-04 00:00:00

1st Association Annual Conference, Lake Tahoe

Ten vacation Rental managers gathered in Lake Tahoe for the first Annual Conference, which featured sessions on marketing and advertising and a presentation from the California Department of Real Estate.

1986-02-27 00:00:00

Association Structure Established

Representatives from ten vacation rental management businesses—including one from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina and one from Hawaii—met and established the association’s goals, objectives and leadership structure. Initial dues were set at $100 per company.

1986-10-15 00:00:00

Association of Vacation Home Rental Managers

Managers from 16 vacation rental management companies met at Indian Wells Racquet Club Resort in Palm Springs, Calif. The first election was held to establish the organization as the Association of Vacation Home Rental Managers. Thirteen charter members paid $100 each, and the first Board was elected.

1987-05-22 00:00:00

Incorporated in State of Oregon

Articles of Incorporation filed in Oregon to formally establish the Association of Vacation Rental Home Managers.

1987-10-20 00:00:00

1st Vendor Showcase

The first Vendor Showcase was held at the association’s meeting, held at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Representatives from 26 management companies attended.

1991-04-25 00:00:00

1st Western Regional Seminar

The first Western Seminar is held in Point Reyes, Calif.; 27 members attend.

1991-10-29 00:00:00

Name changes to Vacation Rental Managers Association

The 91-member organization changes its name to the Vacation rental Managers Association.

1992-05-15 00:00:00

1st Eastern Regional Seminar

The first Eastern Seminar is held in Sanibel Island, Fla.

1992-12-01 00:00:00

Membership Hits 100

The association hits the 100-member mark.

1993-11-07 00:00:00

Annual Conference - Hilton Head, SC

A record 114 attendees register for the Annual Conference, held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, breaking previous attendance records and bringing together 100+ managers in one place for the first time in the organization’s history.

1999-04-06 07:02:25

Western Regional Seminar- Jackson, Wyoming

1999-06-13 05:22:51

Annual Conference- New Orleans, Louisiana

1999-07-14 14:41:36

Eastern Regional Seminar- Savannah, Georgia

Total Attendance: 278

1999-12-01 00:00:00

Membership Hits 500

VRMA membership hits the 500-member mark!

2000-04-06 23:26:08

Western Regional Seminar- Lake Tahoe, California

2000-05-20 15:20:13

Annual Conference- Maui, Hawaii

Total Attendance: 389

2000-05-29 04:47:09

President Tim Cafferty

Served from 2000 to 2002

2000-06-23 21:07:58

Eastern Regional Seminar- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Total Attendance: 347

2001-03-22 05:25:46

Eastern Regional Seminar- Charlotte, North Carolina

Total Attendance: 243

2001-05-17 01:34:50

Western Regional Seminar- Vancouver, British Columbia

Total Attendance: 100

2001-08-03 01:42:51

Annual Conference- Atlanta, Georgia

2002-04-19 17:39:52

Eastern Regional Seminar- Asheville, North Carolina

Total Attendance: 218

2002-05-03 01:32:25

Western Regional Seminar- Scottsdale, Arizona

Total Attendance: 137

2002-10-27 22:01:24

Annual Conference- Las Vegas, Nevada

2002-10-30 06:29:39

President Lucy Kawaihalau

Served from 2002 to 2004

2003-03-28 15:01:46

Western Regional Seminar- San Diego, California

Total Attendance: 132

2003-04-25 14:35:34

Eastern Regional Seminar- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Total Attendance: 291

2003-10-11 02:48:11

Annual Conference- Orlando, Florida

Total Attendance: 572

2004-03-26 15:14:11

Western Regional Seminar- Tuscon, Arizona

Total Attendance: 126

2004-05-14 13:22:43

Eastern Regional Seminar- Savannah, Georgia

Total Attendance: 304

2004-07-02 09:51:42

Annual Conference- San Francisco, California

Total Attendance: 587

2004-10-30 17:30:53

President Kathy Stratton

Served from 2004 to 2005

2005-03-11 03:28:16

Eastern Regional Seminar- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Total Attendance: 384

2005-05-13 06:22:08

Western Regional Seminar- Reno, Nevada

Total Attendance: 121

2005-10-17 04:30:41

Annual Conference- Atlanta, Georgia

Total Attendance: 532

2005-10-30 01:15:06

President Pedro Mandoki

Served from 2005 to 2007

2006-01-01 00:00:00

Discover Vacation Homes is founded

To help grow industry awareness, eight vacation rental management companies in the Orlando area found Discover Vacation Homes, a public relations campaign focusing on the professionally managed vacation rental industry. The campaign sees substantial growth; in 2009, the initiative’s founders give the campaign to the Vacation Rental Managers Association as a member benefit, giving members new publicity opportunities and a chance to leverage industry media outreach.

2006-03-31 14:28:03

Western Regional Seminar- Santa Clara, California

2006-05-05 02:40:41

Eastern Regional Conference- Charleston, South Carolina

Total Attendance: 293

2006-10-21 08:03:10

Annual Conference- San Diego, California

Total Attendance: 653

2007-04-27 14:29:31

Eastern Regional Conference- Norfolk, Virginia

Total Attendance: 321

2007-05-17 01:02:35

Western Regional Seminar- Snowbird, Utah

2007-10-13 00:00:00

Annual Conference - New Orleans, LA

VRMA Annual Conference in New Orleans, La., hits all-time record of 674 attendees.

2007-10-30 06:48:01

President Jim Kempski

Served from 2007 to 2008

2008-04-02 01:04:03

Eastern Regional Seminar- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Total Attendance: 331

2008-04-30 02:06:27

Western Regional Seminar- Las Vegas, Nevada

Total Attendance: 114

2008-10-25 13:16:40

Annual Conference- Chandler, Arizona

Total Attendance: 526

2008-10-30 17:17:20

President Alex Risser

Served from 2008 to 2011

2009-03-31 17:51:34

Eastern Regional Seminar- Charlotte, North Carolina

Total Attendance: 214

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