With Michael Driedger, CEO of Operto, Alex Nigg, CEO of Properly, Humphrey Bowles, CEO of Guardhog and Jeremy Gall, CEO of Breezeway. Moderated by Jessica Gillingham, Director of Abode PR and founder of PillowTalk Media.

Session description:

SAFETY. This is what we all want to experience when we stay in someone else’s home. Lack of perceived safety and lack of confidence in the product, remains the main objection of non-renters to short-term rentals.

As many of us agree, vacation rentals, with the privacy and space that they can provide are the type of accommodation that seems most suited to a post-pandemic world. But how can we make sure we can inspire enough trust for guests to stay with us and what can be the role of technology in making sure our potential guests are confident in us enough to start to book?

Speaker Bio’s

Moderator: Jessica Gillingham, Abode PR

Jessica is the director of Abode PR – a boutique public relations agency and consultancy specialising in working with clients in the international short-term rental, hospitality tech and proptech space. 

Jessica writes and speaks regularly on topics related to public relations, the short-term rental industry and the travel industry. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a non-executive director of Visit Bath and publisher of industry resource PillowTalk Media

Michael Driedger, CEO of Operto

Michael is the co-founder and CEO of Operto Guest Technologies, a property automation system that provides intelligent control of smart home/IoT devices at scale. Operto improves guest experience and operational efficiency for hotels, vacation rentals and serviced apartments.

Prior to founding Operto in 2016, Michael had more than two decades of experience in architecture, building design, and construction and has a passion for energy efficiency, sustainability, and intelligent systems that are designed to improve our overall quality of life.

Humphrey Bowles, CEO of Guardhog Technologies

Co-Founder and CEO of GUARDHOG Technologies, Humphrey is a p2p expert. He’s been involved in the short-term economy since 2010, has been a Superhost for 16 quarters straight, and worked at a leading OTA before co-founding GUARDHOG. Humphrey believes prevention is better than cure and advocates that combining preventative trust-tech tools with market-leading protection is the key to providing marketplaces with a full trust and safety solution.

Jeremy Gall, CEO of Breezeway

Jeremy Gall is a serial entrepreneur with a history of delivering great products to vacation rental managers over the past fourteen years. In 2006, Jeremy founded FlipKey.com, and grew the guest-review platform into one of the world’s largest vacation rental businesses before TripAdvisor’s acquisition in 2013.

Jeremy is currently the Founder & CEO of Breezeway, a property operations & messaging platform that helps property managers automate their operations and service interactions. Jeremy has shared in-depth analysis of the vacation rental market on national travel shows and publications, and is a regular presenter at VRMA conferences, MIT and Boston College.

Alex Nigg, CEO of Properly

Alex Nigg is the founder and CEO of Properly (getproperly.com), a complete quality management solution and certification platform for short-term rentals to uphold essential standards for cleaning, disinfection, and maintenance. Alex has long been considered a thought leader in the short-term rental industry, particularly regarding standardization and professionalization in cleaning and management.

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