Vacasa is the largest U.S. vacation rental management company and currently manages more than 10,000 vacation homes around the world. Hear from CEO Eric Breon about how he's growing Vacasa in the new Hybrid-Gig-Economy - a huge departure from the 100% peer-to-peer based Gig Economy because Vacasa hires the local vacation town housekeepers and property managers so that the home owner does nothing but sit back while their customers get the best vacation experience possible - and thus increasing the minimum wage in many cities - $15/hour and up - almost double the national minimum of $7.25.
He founded Vacasa in November 2009 after acquiring the responsibility of managing a family member's vacation home, and currently serves as the company’s founder and CEO. He has since grown the company from two to over 2,500 employees, with 60% year-over-year revenue growth. In October 2017, Eric secured $103.5 million in Series B funding, one of the largest rounds in the vacation rental industry.
Eric Breon founded Vacasa in November 2009 after acquiring the responsibility of managing a family member's vacation home, and currently serves as the company’s founder and CEO. He has since grown the company from two to over 2,000 employees, with 70% year-over-year revenue growth. In October 2017, Eric secured $103.5 million in Series B funding for Vacasa, one of the largest rounds in the vacation rental industry. Eric's background is in venture capital and analytics.
Mike or Michael Grabham is a curious start up guy that has been delivering revenue, new products and creative solutions in the startup chaos for 20+ years. He is a five time founder and is in relentless pursuit of knowing the customers better than any competitor. He recently invented a new product called Package Guard, to help stop package theft. He is a “make it happen” person driving growth across multiple revenue streams while inspiring and teaching employees on how to have fun and get things done, yes you can do both.
He has raised $3M from angel investors over the past 20 years, sold two companies and failed and has managed marketing, product, engineering and sales staffs throughout his career.
He is constantly learning from others having conducted more than 100 interviews with startup leaders at Startup Grind in Seattle and Bellevue each month. He loves helping smart people change industries, studying consumer behaviors and searching for the perfect glass of wine.
He and his wife started a nonprofit Survive the Streets which they help homeless in Seattle. He received his MBA from Seattle University and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, if that matters to anyone.