MAY 19th – 20th, 2019

Join us for a two-day summit in Historic Downtown Brattleboro.
The Short Term Rental Summit is for Vermont short term rental hosts & vacation property owners, designed to celebrate & acknowledge their phenomenal success in our state, to build sustainable business skills, & inspire
awareness of state policies.

We are expecting this valuable summit to sell out, don’t miss out.
$25 Opening Reception & Keynote, Sunday Summit
$55 Registration, Monday Summit

MAY 19th – 20th, 2019

The Short Term Rental Summit is a two day summit for Vermont short term rental hosts & vacation property owners, designed to celebrate & acknowledge their phenomenal success in our state, to build sustainable business skills, & inspire awareness of state policies.

We are expecting this valuable summit to sell out, don’t miss out.
$25 Sunday, Opening Reception & Keynote
$55 Registration, Monday Summit

SHORT TERM RENTAL SUMMIT PROGRAM

The Summit will be held May 19th at the Stone Church and May 20th at the Latchis Hotel in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting our vision.

May 19thOpening Reception

The Stone Church, 210 Main St. Brattleboro, Vermont

1:30 – 2:30pm

Registration

2:30 – 3:30pm

Fireside Chat with Airbnb & VRBO

Airbnb and Expedia staff are advocating for hosts throughout the northeast. Now is your chance to meet and ask questions about this crucial work.

3:30 – 3:50pm

Welcome to the Summit

  • Wendy Knight, Comissioner of Tourism and Marketing: State of Vermont

4:00 – 5:00pm

Keynote: The Sharing Economy

  • Robin Chase, founder Zipcar and author of Peers, inc.
  • This is so much bigger than just renting out your home. Robin will present via live streaming and will include a question and answer session as though she was right there with us in the room! She will explore the inception of the sharing economy, the power, and the reach. Listen to her plea on how this type of innovation can make a difference with climate change.

    5:00 – 6:00pm

    Mingle with your Vermont Host Community

    Complimentary Aqua Vodka cocktail with Aqua ViTea kombucha & picnic boards of vermont tastes

    May 20thSummit Sessions

    The Latchis Hotel, 50 Main St. Brattleboro, Vermont

    7:45 – 9:00am

    Registration

    Front Porch Forum AM Fueling Station: with Side Hill Farm preserves and other Vermont goodies prepared by The Purple Chef!

    Beverage Pop-Up Bar: Mocha Joe’s Coffee and Sap! seltzers & sodas

    9:00 – 9:30am

    Keynote: The Future of Capitalism in this new form of Economic Exchange

    Arun Sundararajan, NYU Professor and author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowdbased Capitalism

    9:30 – 10:30am

    Policies & Ordinances

    Where have we been and where are we going? What policies need to be in place to support this new economy and visitor driver around short term rentals.

    Moderator: Howard Weiss-Tisman, VPR

    • Senator Becca Balint, D-Brattleboro & Senate Majority Leader, Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
    • Joe Montano, Director State & Local Affairs NE Region: Expedia Group
    • Douglas Farnham, Policy Director: VT Department of Taxes
    • Wendy Knight, Comissioner of Tourism and Marketing: State of Vermont
    • Liz DeBold Fusco, Northeast Press Secretary: Airbnb

    10:45 – 11:45am

    #1: Manifesting the Vermont Vibe

    You are an ambassador for your community and Vermont. Meet hospitality masters who create the ultimate Vermont experience for their guests in addition to promoting our vibrant downtowns, fresh foods, outdoor activities and natural beauty.

    Moderator: Megan Smith, Consultant Inn Partners

    • Keith Arnold, Hospitality Consultant: duo Restaurant & the Lounge
    • Brian Maggiotto, Innkeeper: The Inn at Manchester, VT
    • Julie Hernandez, Short Term Rental Host, Plymouth, VT
    • Amanda Thurber, Short Term Rental Host, West Brattleboro, VT

    #2: Safety of Your Guests & Your Rental Property:

    Expert advice on fire prevention and other ways to keep your property safe from harm. Understand importance of maintaining a healthy environment for your guests and learn which permits may apply to your location, and who can help.

    Moderator: John Fay, Permit Specialist: VT Department of Environmental Conservation

  • David Krauss, Co-Founder: Noise Aware & Rent Responsibly
  • Heide Bredfelt, Owner: Inn Partners Consulting
  • Michael Desrochers, Director: VT Division of Fire Safety
  • Andrew Chevrefils , Health Inspection Manager: Vermont Department of Health
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm

    Lunch

    1:15 – 2:15pm

    #1: Insurance: Too Scared to Ask?

    Insurance experts share the truth about short term rental coverage, costs and owner liability. Don’t be scared to ask questions!

    • Darren Pettyjohn: Co-founder: Proper Insurance

    #2: Superior Hosting

    The elusive 5-star rating – how to earn it! Distinguish yourself with amazing hospitality!

      Moderator: Tyann Marcink , Worldwide Community Ambassador for Touch Stay Digital Welcome Books

    • Jenny Dewar, Short Term Rental Host, Bennington, VT
    • Linda Fondulas, Short Term Rental Host, Bridgewater, VT
    • Eva Sollberger, Short Term Rental Host, Burlington, VT
    • Domenica Mastroianni, Co-Founder & CEO, Stock the House

    #3: How can online platforms benefit Innkeepers?

    Innkeepers can capture customers without lowering rates, using on-line reservation platforms such as Airbnb. Learn how!

    • Megan Smith, Consultant: Inn Partners

    2:15 – 3:15pm

    Afternoon Snacks

    2:30 – 3:30pm

    Community Case Studies

    Be inspired by how different communities are engaging with short term rental hosts to: develop policies, increase housing stock, and improve their local economy.

    Moderator: Susan Mcmahon, Executive Director: Landmark Trust USA

    • Gretchen Havreluk, Economic Development Director: Wilmington, VT
    • Dean Trefethen, Planning Director, Laconia, NH
    • TBD, Town Planner: Lennox, MA
    • Tom Jackman, Town Planner: Stowe, VT

    3:45 – 4:30pm

    Call to Action: Strength in Numbers

    Let’s harness the power of this community.

    As a community let’s continue learning, striving for greatness and being nimble when policies and regulations come up for discussion.

    • Megan McCrea, President: Short Term Rental Association of Nashville
    • David Krauss, Co-Founder Noise Aware & Rent Responsibly

    OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 19TH

    AT THE STONE CHURCH, 210 MAIN ST. BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT

    Opening Reception: May 19th
    The Stone Church, 210 Main St. Brattleboro, Vermont

    1:30 – 2:30pm

    Registration

    2:30 – 3:30pm

    Fireside Chat with Airbnb & VRBO

    Airbnb and Expedia staff are advocating for hosts throughout the northeast. Now is your chance to meet and ask questions about this crucial work.

    3:30 – 3:50pm

    Welcome to the Summit

    Wendy Knight, Commissioner of Tourism: State of Vermont

    4:00 – 5:00pm

    The Sharing Economy

    • Robin Chase, founder Zipcar and author of Peers, inc.

    5:00 – 6:00pm

    Mingle with your Vermont Host Community

    Cash Bar & Appetizers

    SUMMIT SESSIONS: MAY 20TH

    AT THE LATCHIS HOTEL, 50 MAIN ST. BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT

    May 20th
    The Latchis Hotel, 50 Main St. Brattleboro, Vermont

    7:45 – 9:00am

    Breakfast & Registration

    Coffee, VT baked goods and local preserves

    9:00 – 9:30am

    Keynote Speaker

    What does this new form of economic exchange mean for the future of capitalism?

    Arun Sundararajan, NYU Professor and author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowdbased Capitalism

    9:30 – 10:30am

    Policies & Ordinances

    Where have we been and where are we going? How can be proactive in this new economy.

    Moderator: Howard Weiss-Tisman, VPR

    • Senator Becca Balint, D-Brattleboro & Senate Majority Leader, Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
    • Joe Montano, Director State & Local Affairs NE Region: Expedia Group
    • Douglas Farnham, Policy Director: VT Department of Taxes
    • Wendy Knight, Commissioner of Tourism: State of Vermont
    • Molly Mahar, President: Ski Vermont

    10:45 – 11:45am

    #1: Manifesting the Vermont Vibe

    You are an ambassador for your community and Vermont. Meet hospitality masters who create the ultimate Vermont experience for their guests in addition to promoting our vibrant downtowns, fresh foods, outdoor activities and natural beauty.

    • Keith Arnold, Hospitality Consultant
    • Ronda Berns, Vice-President of Tourism: Vermont Chamber of Commerce
    • Brian Maggiotto, Innkeeper: The Inn at Manchester, VT
    • Winner of “Tell us Your Story”, Short Term Rental Host

    #2: Protection and Permitting Priorities

    Safety of Your Guests & Your Rental Property: Expert advice on fire prevention and other ways to keep your property safe from harm. Understand importance of maintaining a healthy environment for your guests and learn which permits may apply to your location, and who can help.

    • John Faye, Permit Specialist for VT DOEC
    • David Krauss, Co-Founder: Noise Aware & Rent Responsibly
    • Heidi Bredfelt, Owner: Inn Partners Consulting Case Studies
    • Michael Desrochers, Director, VT Division of Fire Safety

    12:00 – 1:00pm

    Lunch

    1:15 – 2:15pm

    #1: Insurance: Too Scared to Ask?

    Insurance experts share the truth about short term rental coverage, costs and owner liability. Don’t be scared to ask questions!

    • George Redenbaugh, Airbnb Director of Insurance Solutions
    • Darren Pettyjohn: Co-founder Proper Insurance, nation’s leading insurer of short-term vacation rental properties.

    #2: Superior Hosting

    The elusive 5-star rating – how to earn it! Distinguish yourself with amazing hospitality!

    • Winner of “Tell us Your Story”, Short term rental host
    • Winner of “Tell us Your Story”, Short term rental host

    #3: OTA’s for Inn-Keepers

    Inn Keepers can capture customers without lowering rates, using on-line marketing platforms such as Airbnb. Learn how!

    • Megan Smith, Consultant with Inn Partners

    2:15 – 3:15pm

    Ongoing Snacks

    2:30 – 3:30pm

    Community Case Studies

    Be inspired by how different communities are engaging with short term rental hosts to: develop policies, increase housing stock, and improve their local economy.

    Moderator: Susan McMahon, Executive Director, The Landmark Trust USA

    • Miro Weinberger, Mayor: Burlington Tentative
    • Lennox, MA: TBD
    • Gretchen Havreluk:Wilmington VT Economic Development Director
    • Dean Trefethen, Planning Director, Laconia, NH

    3:45 – 4:30pm

    Strength in numbers, let’s harness the power of this community.

    Let’s continue learning, striving for greatness and being nimble when policies and regulations come up for discussion.

    • Megan McCrea, President: Short Term Rental Association of Nashville
    • David Krauss, Co-Founder: Rent Responsibly

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & VERMONT AMBASSADOR SPONSORS

    These are our Short Term Rental Summit Keynote Speakers & Vermont Ambassador Sponsors.
    Thank you to each for supporting this summit with their knowledge and enthusiasm. Click on their image to see their bios!

    SESSION SPEAKERS

    Keith Arnold: Entrepreneur & Consultant

    Senator Becca Balint: D-Brattleboro & Senate Majority Leader, Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs

    Heide Bredfeldt: Co-Founder, Inn Partners

    Andy Chevrefils: Public Health Inspection Manager for the Food and Lodging Program at the Vermont Department of Health

    Michael Desrochers: Executive Director, Vermont Division of Fire Safety

    Douglas Farnham: Policy Director, VT Department of Taxes

    John Fay: Permit Specialist

    Gretchen Havreluk: Town Planner, Wilmington, VT

    Tom Jackman: Director of Planning, Stowe, VT

    David Krauss: Founder, Noise Aware

    Tyann Marcink: Worldwide Community Ambassador for Touch Stay

    Domenica Mastroianni: Co-founder & CEO
    Stock the House LLC

    Megan McCrea: President Short Term Rental Association of Nashville

    Susan McMahon: The Landmark Trust USA

    George Redenbaugh: Airbnb Director of Insurance Solutions

    Megan Smith: Consultant with Inn Partners

    Dean Trefethen: Planning Director, Laconia, NH

    REGISTRATION

    Registration is with Brown Paper Tickets.

    SUMMIT SPONSORS

    Sponsored in part by:

    VT Ambassadors

    Regional Ambassadors

    Community Ambassadors

    Media Ambassadors

    SUMMIT SPONSORS

    Sponsored in part by:

    VT Ambassadors

    Regional Ambassadors

    Community Ambassadors

    Media Ambassadors