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January 25th, 2016
Vacation Rental Managers Association Selects SmithBucklin for Full-Service Management

Chicago-based SmithBucklin was selected by the Vacation Rental Managers Association to provide full-service association management. VRMA’s headquarters will be in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1985, VRMA is the professional trade association of the vacation rental property management and hospitality industries. VRMA leads the way in innovation, promotion, education and advocacy in the vacation rental industry, worldwide. Members include hundreds of the most well-established vacation rental managers and suppliers, representing tens of thousands of professionally managed vacation rentals, condos and villas.

“We chose SmithBucklin because we wanted a partner that best understands and shares our mission and vision,” said Ben Edwards, VRMA President. “SmithBucklin has the collective talent, experience and enthusiasm to help unlock the possibilities and potential of our diverse, global membership.”

“Among the many reasons we are excited about this opportunity to work with VRMA is the alignment we see between the services and resources we can offer the association and the opportunities and aspirations that VRMA has expressed to us,” said Matt Sanderson, Executive Vice President & Chief Executive, Business + Trade Industry Practice. “We are confident that the unique combination of SmithBucklin’s scale and depth of capabilities can help VRMA reach its potential.”

SmithBucklin will work with the VRMA Board to develop a strong strategic vision for the organization. The team also will lead all aspects of the association’s operations, including growing and developing the membership base, managing the annual conference and events, expanding the organization’s government relations efforts and overseeing its marketing and communications.

“VRMA’s promise is to provide its membership with the necessary tools to build a global reputation as the preferred option for vacation stay. We look forward to achieving that promise,” Sanderson said.


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