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RVA Names Tammy Halsted Business Development Manager
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, June 5, 2014

Longboat Key, FL (June 5, 2014) – Tammy Halsted is named Business Development Manager of RVA. In her new role at RVA, Halsted will be responsible for welcoming new homeowners into the program, promoting a referral program to local real estate agents and representing RVA at local Chamber and CVB functions and events. Her vibrant personality and wealth of contacts within the area, particularly on the island of Longboat Key, made her an ideal candidate to help take RVA to the next level.   

“Tammy is the ideal candidate to help drive strong company goals; aimed at owner satisfaction as well as community involvement. She is the consummate professional and her leadership skills coupled with broad industry experience will serve RVA well,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “I look forward to the energy and commitment to excellence Tammy will bring to our growing company.”

A native of Texas, Halsted brings over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry in various capacities, namely with the Tampa and New Orleans Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Marriot International, Wedebrock and Re/Max Excellence Real Estate companies. Halsted is also active in the local community, volunteering at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Board of Directors and Chamber Ambassador, as well as the Sarasota Players Theater and American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 

RVA offers hundreds of private homes, condominiums and resort-style properties in the popular destinations of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Lido Key.  To inquire about RVA call 800-237-9505 or visit our website at

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


What Makes RVA Different?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, July 18, 2013
We recognize that as a homeowner, you have an abundance of vacation rental options, both local and global, to choose from when selecting the company to entrust your investment home with. Therefore we've compiled a list of the Top 15 Reasons to Choose RVA.

1. Our website. A large majority of companies have websites with dated appearance
and functionality when attracting potential guests to your home. The website company we use, Visual
Data Systems, specializes in vacation rental services and is considered the premier in the industry. RVA
averages approximately 300,000 unique visitors each year to our website. We are also one of the few area
management companies that offer online booking capabilities for our entire inventory - even monthly rentals.

2. RVA is the Suncoasts oldest rental and property management company, with over 25 years experience in the local marketplace.

3. RVA employs a state-of-the-art reservation tracking system that enables us to track our offline and online marketing efforts, as well as to capture actionable data about our guests and prospects. This tool enhances our current reservation sales efforts by increasing conversion rate on inquiries and overall revenue potential.

4. Our Tracking: The program we employ for tracking our website, eblasts and all other marketing avenues is the same provider enjoyed by The American Cancer Society, RE/MAX, and Costco.

5. Our experienced vacation planners are available for live reservation calls 24/7 in order to meet our guests needs at their convenience.

6. No other local company offers direct online booking capabilities for our travel agent market through a dedicated log-in service at This service allows agents to book our inventory directly 24/7 using a secure username and password. A TRUE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

7. RVA has enjoyed long-standing relationships with many International wholesale and tour operator contracts exposing your home to an even larger database of potential guests.

8. Most of the local property management companies dont understand or fully utilize search engine optimization or pay-per-click advertising todays key ingredients for effective online pursuit. RVA consistently appears at the top of Google search rankings for keywords relevant to our operating business both through paid and organic results.

9. Many companies cannot allocate necessary marketing funds to place an advertisement in one of the annual Chamber or Convention & Visitor Bureau guidebooks. RVA is committed to supporting our local community and tourism partners, and therefore places advertisements with all of the area support avenues including: Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Visit Sarasota County, Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and VisitFlorida.

10. Due to limited budgets and lack of expertise, most companies choose to outsource their marketing services. This hinders their ability to change marketing tactics in real-time fashion a trend that is essential given the heavy Internet exposure in todays travel marketplace. This also places important decisions in the hands of someone who may not have local, intimate knowledge of the product or consumer.

11. No other local company has the same relationships, preferred rankings and discounted contracts with online distributors including Expedia,, LeisureLink, Travelocity, Orbitz, and HomeAway.

12. RVA has an extensive Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in case of a severe weather emergency to protect our mutual guests as well as your home during and post natural occurrence. This plan is reviewed and practiced regularly by our management team in the event of a true emergency. Vital steps in all stages of our ER plan includes communication with our owners either via email or telephone, depending on the individual circumstances.

13. Our local Chamber or Convention & Visitor Bureau organizations offer cooperative advertising with big- name players like Travelocity or The Boston Globe on an annual basis that most companies are forced to decline based on limited marketing budgets. We see the value in shared advertising in publications that cater to our target market. The benefit of participating in a cooperative campaign is to penetrate consumer markets that, with stand-alone effort, would be outside our reach. In 2012, RVA participated in five (5) cooperatives based on their effective penetration of our marketplace.

14. For the convenience and satisfaction of our mutual guests, we provide key lock boxes for each home in our program in the event of guest lock-outs. This facilitates a quick resolution and enhances service delivery.

15. Many property management companies function on a limited number of employees to facilitate their normal operations, but in our opinion this causes a dilution of expertise. RVA offers specialized departments, such as marketing, reservations, and housekeeping and maintenance, that provide expertise and daily attention from professionals experienced in the specific area.

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