Vacation Rental Design Summit Release Full Speaker Roster

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by Home Furnishings Business | March 21, 2023

Vacation rental designed by Summer Loftin_Photo Nick BurchellIn one month, the Vacation Rental Design (VRD) Summit debuts in High Point with a roster of more than 25 speakers from the design and short-term rental worlds. The two day event, produced by High Point x Design (HPxD) and High Point Market Authority brings together an emerging community of professionals passionate about the short-term (STR) industry.

When VRD Summit put out a call for speakers back in January, there were more than 80 people who raised their hands. “Building out the content for the Summit has led us to so many extremely inspiring people doing incredible work,” said Jane Dagmi, managing director of High Point x Design.

“Within our own design world, there are many designers deeply involved in vacation rental design and ownership, and we’ve also enticed experts from the STR industry to join us. There are a few people coming who have never experienced High Point Market before.”

Tapping into the expertise of interior designers, hosts, property managers, business strategists and real estate professionals, education sessions will hone-in on design as a differentiator in short-term rental success, the business of vacation rental design, the value designers bring to the table, and opportunities for designers in this market.

There will also be a panel called “Designing Responsibly,” which will be moderated by Alexa Nota, cofounder of the short-term rental education and community-building platform Rent Responsibly.

Raising awareness on important related issues such as sustainability, safety, inclusivity, and accessibility, one of the panelists is Lorraine Woodward who started Becoming rentABLE, an accessible short-term rental listing platform dedicated to finding solutions for people with disabilities and the aging community.

The VRD Summit’s full list of speakers includes:

Panel topics include niching in vacation rental design, creating a sense of place, vacation rental pain points and solutions, photography for rentals, and kitchen and bath design for rentals.

In addition to the panel discussions, there will also be individual presentations by  Jaye Anna Mize of Fashion SnoopsJoy Williams of Joyful Designs StudioLeslie Carothers of Savour PartnershipTobi Fairley of Tobi Fairley Design and Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Interiors. Butera, who owns two luxury rental properties, will deliver the Summit keynote.

VRD Summit is April 20-21, 2023, preceding the Spring High Point Market (April 22-26), and will be held at The Loft at Congdon Yards.

VRD Summit registration is open to architecture & design professionals as well as hospitality groups, developers, property managers, real estate agents, developers, investors, industry,  and the media.

Photo: Vacation Rental designed by Summer Loftin, Photo by Nick Burchell