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.
D-Brattleboro & Senate Majority Leader, Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
Becca Balint is the Majority Leader in the Vermont State Senate and represents Windham County. She’s in her third term and serves on the Senate Economic Development & Housing Committee. Becca also writes a popular weekly Op-Ed column in the Brattleboro Reformer that focuses on politics and culture. Prior to serving in the legislature, Becca had a career in education, teaching in both public and private schools, and at the Community College of Vermont.
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s leading carsharing network; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. She has recently co-founded her first nonprofit, NUMO, a global alliance to channel the opportunities presented by new urban mobility technologies to build cities that are sustainable and just. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.
She sits on the Boards of the World Resources Institute and Tucows, and serves on the Dutch multinational DSM’s Sustainability Advisory Board. In the past, she served on the boards of Veniam and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the French National Digital Agency, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.
Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s Nicols Prize as Urban Visionary, Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing, State of Vermont
Wendy Knight has been the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) since May 2017.
In her current role, Wendy oversees an 8-person marketing team and a $3M budget to market and promote Vermont to visitors and prospective residents, largely from out-of-state. VDTM manages marketing campaigns that attract 13 million visitors annually. Vermont’s tourism industry contributes $2.8 billion in economic impact to the state and provides every Vermont household with $1,450 in tax savings annually.
Additionally, Wendy is one of the creative and strategic directors for ThinkVermont, the state’s economic development marketing initiative, and Vice Chair of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC), a 15-member steering committee appointed by Governor Phil Scott to strengthen and leverage the state’s outdoor recreation assets to grow the economy.
Prior to joining VDTM, Wendy ran her own marketing and communications firm, Knight and Day Communications, where she developed strategic communications and marketing campaigns for a variety of international culinary clients, as well as global healthcare companies Aetna and Eli Lilly. She has also worked for several Vermont businesses and organizations including the Vermont Grape and Wine Council, the Vermont Futures Project, Eden Specialty Ciders, the Mt. Philo Inn, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
Wendy is a former New York Times freelance writer who has written two travel books and produced online travel videos for ABC News Now. She also served as a senior managing director for a 32-employee marketing agency in New York, director of public relations for an international culinary school, and acting executive director for CIGNA HealthCare of Northern New England. She is a former chair of the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House, and a former Select Board member of the Town of Panton, and chair of the Panton Town Hall Committee.
Director State & Local Affairs NE Region: Expedia Group
Joseph Montano is the Government Affairs Manager for the Northeast region of North America, for Expedia Group. – a leader in the online travel industry. Joseph works with local and state governments in both the United States and Canada to promote fair and sensible regulations in the travel industry.
Prior to joining Expedia, Joseph was the Deputy Political Director for the Hillary Clinton Campaign in Virginia. In this capacity he served as the political representative for presidential campaign in Virginia and was the point person for various constituency groups. Before this role, he was the Field Representative for Congressman John K. Delaney where he served as the Congressman’s representative in the community and with local organizations and government agencies.
Joseph holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Darren is the Co-Founder of Proper Insurance® and has 15 years’ experience working and developing specialty insurance programs. These programs include U.S. customs import bonds, marine cargo insurance, and short-term vacation rental insurance. His expertise consists of product development, underwriting, and sales.
While developing the Proper program, Darren was instrumental in obtaining Coverholder status with Lloyd’s of London who is the current underwriter. This is one of the highest designations a General Agent can achieve as there are only 4,000 Coverholders in the world.
Darren resides in Bozeman Montana with his wife Colleen, sons Hawksley & Cruz, and is an avid skier and fly fisherman. When he’s not working on insurance, he’s either skiing Bridger Bowl or Big Sky Mountain, or fly fishing the Madison, Gallatin, or Yellowstone River.
NYU Professor and author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowdbased Capitalism
Arun Sundararajan is Professor of Business and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, and an affiliated faculty member at NYU’s Center for Data Science and Center for Urban Science and Progress. His best-selling and award-winning book, “The Sharing Economy,” published by the MIT Press, has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Portuguese. His scholarship has been recognized by numerous Best Paper awards, two Google Faculty awards, an Axiom Best Business Books Award and a Thinkers50 Radar Thinker Award. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, written over 35 op-eds in leading outlets, and has given hundreds of talks globally.
Professor Sundararajan is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, and an advisor to or board member of organizations that include the City of New York, the City of Seoul, Walmart Corporation, Freddie Mac, the Female Founders Fund, OuiShare, Rally Rd., Samasource, and the National League of Cities. He has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of testimony to the United States Congress, the European Parliament, the United Nations, the Federal Reserve Bank (New York, San Francisco and Atlanta), the Federal Trade Commission, the White House and a range of government agencies and regulators globally. He is an occasional angel investor.
Professor Sundararajan teaches in executive education programs in the United States, Europe and Asia, focusing primarily on digital strategy, policy and governance. He teaches full-time MBA students about hi-tech entrepreneurship. He holds degrees in electrical engineering, management science and business from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the University of Rochester.
Entrepreneur & Consultant
Keith Arnold is the entrepreneur and visionary behind duo Restaurant in Denver and Brattleboro. It is an even tie of passions between restaurants and entrepreneurship for him. He is the driving force behind ensuring that wowing guests, employees, and venders alike, remains the top goal of the teams at both restaurants. He purchased his first restaurant in Denver Colorado in 2002. duo in Denver opened in 2005 with press like “One of the Five Best Restaurants for locavores in Denver”- Huffington Post, and “ Top 100 Farm-to-Table restaurants in America” – Gourmet Magazine. He did his first restaurant consulting in 2011, and duo in Brattleboro is his 4th restaurant.
Another passionate focus for Keith is being a dad to two daughters, teaching them the importance of vintage car ownership and racing. Keith lives in Dummerston, Vermont with his wife and two kids
Vice-President of Tourism: Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Ronda Berns is currently serving as the Vice President of Tourism for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. She is the editor and publisher for the Official Vermont Vacation Guide, a bi-annual publication and the fulfillment piece for the state, and the digital products created in partnership with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to attract more visitors to Vermont. She also holds the position of lobbyist for Vermont’s tourism and hospitality, liquor and transportation industry.
Co-Founder, Inn Partners
Heide Bredfeldt of Inn Partners has been assisting current and future Innkeepers for over thirty years, with her spouse and business partner, Bill Oates. Heide’s background as a psychotherapist and former Innkeeper, provide her with insight and understanding of the personal side of Innkeeping. Heide has a gift of matching the right buyer with the right Inn and her knowledge of what guests want and expect is a resource to new Innkeepers. Problem solving and personal issues in a family business such as Innkeeping is also a specialty of Heide’s. Whether you are considering Innkeeping as a possible next career, or you are already an Innkeeper, Heide is always available to talk.
Public Health Inspection Manager for the Food and Lodging Program at the Vermont Department of Health
Andy Chevrefils is the Public Health Inspection Manager for the Food and Lodging Program at the Vermont Department of Health. Andy has held this position since 2016. Prior to this position Andy has worked in various programs in the Environmental Health Division at the Department of Health. Andy graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Andy has diverse experience in the environmental health field as a field inspector and program coordinator.
Executive Director, Vermont Division of Fire Safety
Director Desrochers has been employed by the Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety over 28 years. The Division is responsible for plan review, code enforcement, and permitting of all public building construction throughout the state.Director Desrochers provides testimony on all issues affecting the division and promulgates rules to amend the national codes and to address specific safety issues or emerging trends in Vermont to reduce fire fatalities and injuries. Michael has also been very active on numerous legislative study committees and is very active in the discussions surrounding short term rentals.
Policy Director, VT Department of Taxes
Douglas Farnham is currently the Economist and Director of Policy, Outreach, and Legislative Affairs for the Vermont Department of Taxes. He has served the Department since 2011 as a project director, business analyst and IT liaison as well as a section chief and subject matter expert for several tax types. Most recently he was the Director of Property Valuation & Review. Prior to joining the Department, Douglas served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. Douglas earned his B.A. from the University of Vermont and his Masters of Public Administration from Norwich University. Douglas is originally from Marshfield, Vermont and returned to Vermont in 2007 after completing his military service. He is currently living in Montpelier with his wife, Marlena, and their son Xavier.
John Fay is a Permit Specialist with the State of Vermont’s Environmental Assistance Office. His job is to help landowners and business owners navigate the state permits and approvals that pertain to their endeavors.
Economic Development Consultant, Town of Wilmington, VT
Gretchen Havreluk is contracted by the Town of Wilmington VT as Economic Development Specialist. She collaborates with federal and state agencies to improve small businesses. She recruits sustainable businesses & entrepreneurs to rent empty downtown buildings. She has written and managed over 2 million dollars in grants for the town of Wilmington. She has been awarded the 2018 SoVermont Leadership Award for excellence in Economic Development and the 2018 Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce Person of Year.
Town Planner, Conway NH
Tom Irving has worked with municipal governments for over 4 decades in New Brunswick, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, North Carolina and New Hampshire. He holds a BA in Resource and Development Economics and a Masters in Urban and Rural Planning. He is currently the Planning Director for the Town of Conway.
Founder, Noise Aware
David Krauss has been in property management for more than a decade, helping property managers solve the problems of the evolving short-term rental industry. Krauss experienced one of these problems first-hand when one of his Airbnb guests spent a weekend partying and trashing his property. A cease and desist letter and a lot of angry neighbors forced Krauss to sell the property and lose $30,000. With friend and CEO Andrew Schulz, Krauss created NoiseAware to give property managers a non-invasive way to ensure that their property isn’t misused.
President, Ski Vermont
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President Short Term Rental Association of Nashville