Alex & Annie Vacation Rental Podcast
Marketing Consolidation & Acquisitions

How Mike Flaskey Sold Diamond Resorts for $1.4 BILLION (with a 4 Billion Estimated Value) to Hilton Grand Vacations

Feb. 22, 2023

In today’s episode we welcome Mike Flaskey , Former CEO of Diamond Resorts International and Founder of Mike Flaskey Entertainment, as he gives his second public interview since leading the sale of Diamond Resorts to Hilton …

Leadership & Personal Branding Mentorship Marketing Software

You Can Only Be a Local in One Place, with Casago CEO Steve Schwab

Feb. 8, 2023

Principles, Values and Culture are the Foundation of a Successful Company In today’s episode, Alex and Annie welcome Steve Schwab , CEO of Casago . He shares his unintentional entry into the vacation rental industry and how …

Guest: Steve Schwab
Marketing Software

CAPTURE IT! The Value of Email Capture as a Vacation Rental Marketing Solution, with Arthur Colker

Jan. 11, 2023

SUCCESS IN THE VACATION RENTAL SPACE ISN’T ALWAYS INTENTIONAL and Arthur Colker is proof of that. Arthur is the CEO and founder of StayFi, and in this episode, discusses how he accidentally fell into the short-term rental an…

Guest: Arthur Colker
OTAs / Distribution Marketing Software

How a Young Entrepreneur is Re-imagining Guest Experience Technology, with Francois Goello

Dec. 14, 2022

Francois Goello who is the founder of Enso Connect joins us today for an interesting tale of how a terrible guest experience led to him founding one of the slickest guest apps on the market. Francois tells us how Enso Connec…


Top 6 Tips to Recession Proof Your Marketing, with Pete Dimaio of TravelBoom

Dec. 7, 2022

Pete Dimaio of TravelBoom Marketing is BACK for a three-Pete! This is Pete's 3rd appearance on the show, and today he joins us for a very timely and relevant topic. As we head into 2023 and an economic forecast that is anyth…

Guest: Pete Dimaio
OTAs / Distribution Marketing Software

How Strategic Marketing and Technology Paved a Path to Success for Casiola, with Dennis Goedheid

Nov. 30, 2022

Dennis Goedheid has built a budding empire in Orlando, that has recently spawned into Miami and Aruba. His entrepreneurial journey began in Belgium, where he learned the fundamentals of marketing and branding which he has a…

Leadership & Personal Branding Marketing AirBnB

Behind the Success of Every Small Business is a Family, with Lauren Madewell

Nov. 23, 2022

Lauren Madewell joins us today to share the story of her family's business, Auntie Belham's Cabin Rentals. The company is ran by Lauren and her sister Mallory, along with their Dad, John Madewell, who fell into vacation rent…

Marketing AirBnB Advocacy & Legislative Issues

Fireside Chat with Airbnb Brand Ambassador, John Hildebrand

Nov. 16, 2022

John Hildebrand of Hilde Homes joins us today for a discussion on all our favorite topics! John's company is based out of Scottsdale, AZ with properties in Arizona and California and has risen to fame as a Brand Ambassador f…

Marketing Software Revenue Management Spotlight On Exceptional Property Managers

The Vacation Rental Power Couple: Lance & Elaine Stitcher of Seaside Vacations & Sales

Oct. 12, 2022

Lance & Elaine Stitcher are owners and co-founders of Seaside Vacations & Sales, a premiere vacation rental management company that represents nearly 300 properties in Chincoteague Island, VA and Ocean City, MD. This power c…

Marketing AirBnB

5 Ways to Drive Direct Bookings Before the OTAs Put You Out of Business, with Vanessa Humes

Sept. 21, 2022

Vanessa Humes of ICND joins us today to share the top 5 strategies for building a book-direct vacation rental brand. As we often talk about on the podcast, building your house on someone else's land puts your business in a d…

Guest: Vanessa Humes
Mentorship Marketing Conferences & Events Advocacy & Legislative Issues

The Billion Dollar Question: Can Limited Edition Be Scaled? With Matt Landau

Sept. 14, 2022

Matt Landau is one of the most respected thought leaders in vacation rentals. Founder of VRMB, Matt has built an information-sharing media empire, driven by one simple yet effective concept. As he tells us, "If you have a ti…

Guest: Matt Landau
Marketing AirBnB

Creating Shoppable, Revenue Driving Experiences, with Minoan Founder Marc Hostovsky

Aug. 24, 2022

Marc Hostovsky, CEO/Founder of Minoan Experience, joins us today for an enlightening look at e-commerce and how vacation rental companies and hosts now have the ability to make their properties a shoppable, revenue driving e…

OTAs / Distribution Marketing Destination Marketing

What Every Marketer and DMO Should be Thinking About, with Stuart Butler, CMO of Visit Myrtle Beach

July 27, 2022

We often talk about the importance of not building your marketing house on someone else’s land (Airbnb, Vrbo, Google etc), but in this episode we discuss how creative marketers are building their brands on their own channels…

Guest: Stuart Butler

The Six P's of Preparing for the Disaster Zone, with Pete Dimaio

June 29, 2022

We are so excited to welcome Pete Dimaio, VP Of Client Success for Travel Boom Marketing, back for his second tour of duty! (Pete joined us back in March on Episode 19 ). Pete is here today to talk about a very timely and i…

Guest: Pete Dimaio
OTAs / Distribution Marketing Destination Marketing

Creating a Sustainable Competitive Edge, with Ed St. Onge, President of

May 4, 2022

Tune in for Part 2 of our episode with Ed St. Onge, President of and Founder of the first ever channel management software for hotels, EZ Yield. On last week's episode, Ed took us through the early days of channel an…

Guest: Ed St. Onge