In honor of Mother’s Day, we reached out to three vacation rental management companies owned and operated by mother-daughter teams who are helping to lead the industry. Each of these companies — Sand ‘N Sea Properties in Galveston, Texas, Seaside Vacation Rentals in York, Maine, and Meyer Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores, Alabama — are undisputed market leaders and manage a substantial share of their area’s rental inventory.
While located in very different destinations around the country, we found much in common between these companies. For example, each one of these companies was founded over 25 years ago (in fact, Meyer is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year), and each of the daughters worked their way from the ground up into leadership roles. In addition, these mother-daughter teams operate incredibly disciplined businesses, are influential in their communities, and demonstrate a remarkable level of trust and respect for each other.
Working on this article was an enormous privilege, and I am grateful to these amazing, strong women for the opportunity to share their stories and insight into managing properties in the ever-changing vacation rental industry. These leaders were extremely generous with the information and industry perspectives revealed in these interviews. So read closely and take note. There are many lessons on leadership, operations, and marketing throughout the following article. Take your time, and buckle up. These Mother-Daughter teams have a lot to teach you!