VacayHome Connect Partners with CiiRUS to Offer Exclusive Distribution Channels to the Vacation Rental Industry


Chicago, IL, June 27, 2016 – VacayHome Connect and CiiRUS are excited to announce a new partnership to provide CiiRUS’ professional property management customers access to new exclusive distribution channels, as well as other major online channels used by consumers seeking vacation rental accommodations such as HomeAway and  

VacayHome Connect, a leading provider of distribution and direct booking tools to the global vacation rental industry, has built an easy and seamless integration with CiiRUS to automatically receive updated descriptive content and images, rates and availability from CiiRUS clients to make their properties available for real-time booking through VacayHome Connect’s exclusive distribution network.  In addition to its innovative technology, VacayHome Connect optimizes the content for each channel and provides 24×7 telephone and email support to consumers using these channels, further improving conversion and allowing property managers to focus on running their business.

Randy Black, Owner of Florida Exclusive Management says “We have partnered VacayHome Connect since 2014 and they have quickly become one of our top seller for our vacation rentals. Until now we have used their extranet to manage rates and availability but as a long time CiiRUS customer, we are excited to not only begin using this new integration to make it easier for us to manage our rates and inventory, but also expand our distribution to VacayHome Connect’s additional channel partners. “

This partnership will allow CiiRUS customers to access VacayHome Connect’s exclusive distribution network reaching a number major global membership and loyalty programs. These programs provide the ability for members to redeem points for vacation rental accommodations. Previously this type of point redemption was available for other travel products but VacayHome Connect has introduced vacation rentals as a new option.

“We are happy to be able to provide our professional property manager customers with a new untapped market for travelers seeking vacation rental accommodations”, says Roberto DiCarlo, Co-founder and CEO of CiiRUS.  “We pride ourselves on using technology to allow our customers to reach new revenue sources while still operating efficiently.   As consumer interest in vacation rental accommodations grow, we continue to seek innovative partners like VacayHome Connect to extend our clients’ reach.   VacayHome Connect offers a unique combination of technology, industry know-how and support to help our clients fill occupancy gaps and acquire new customers. “

“CiiRUS is a very important partner for us, especially with their impressive customer base in Florida and other important vacation destinations” says Chuck Patton, SVP of Business Development for VacayHome Connect. “This new partnership allows CiiRUS’ professional vacation property managers  to rent homes to new consumers without needing to worry about optimizing content for each channel, handling consumer inquiries and general support for these online channels. “

Vacation rental bookings through distribution channels have assisted in the growth of popularity of alternative accommodations. Partnerships like those between VacayHome Connect and CiiRUS will serve to help consumers access and book more online reservations.   To learn more, visit our website at or call us at 855-378-7600.

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About VacayHome Connect

VacayHome Connect, the leading full-service distribution solution for the vacation rental industry, delivers property managers of both homes and resorts increased bookings across a variety of global travel sites like HomeAway, VRBO and, as well as a network of exclusive membership and loyalty channels and branded websites. Integrated with a majority of leading property management systems and channel managers, the VacayHome Connect Platform connects more than 100,000 vacation rental properties to millions of leisure customers to provide them an unparalleled shopping and booking experience.

About CiiRUS

CiiRUS combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information for the vacation rental business. CiiRUS has created a gateway allowing home owners, management companies and guests to communicate using one central system. The CiiRUS staff are a dedicated team of individuals located in Florida, USA and the UK with many years of experience in IT application development and multimedia technology experience in the vacation rental software industry. We deliver secure reliable software applications across international networks. For more information, please visit us at or contact

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Gregg’s extensive background in finance, strategy and operations uniquely positions him to lead MorCare through its next stage of growth while navigating the company through a rapidly changing healthcare technology and regulatory environment. He has a distinguished track record of working with middle-market companies to develop, implement and finance growth strategies, particularly in healthcare information and medical technology.


Jon Gray is an internet executive and general manager specializing in online marketplaces. From 2004 to 2017, Jon worked for Austin-based HomeAway, the world’s leading marketplace for vacation rentals. He started as a founding employee supporting merger and acquisition activities, led marketing and business intelligence, held various general management positions, and served as Chief Revenue Officer through the company’s sale to Expedia in 2015. During his tenure, the company grew from a start-up to a valuation of $3.9B at the time of Expedia’s purchase of HomeAway. Gray previously served on the Board of Directors at CanadaStays, and currently serves on numerous advisory boards. He also teaches MBA Entrepreneurship classes at the Acton Business School.

Michael Harbin is a leader in the travel technology space with more than 25 years of experience architecting and delivering solutions for leading airlines, hoteliers, global distribution systems, and travel management companies. He is known around the world for his innovative approach and passion for adding value to the entire business and consumer experience lifecycle. From his background in pricing and inventory management to company and team building at all levels, Michael has established a strong track record in creating and scaling next-generation travel systems.

Tom BoylenTom is a general market municipal trader at Performance Trust, having joined the company in July 2011. Prior to joining Performance Trust, Tom spent three years at BMO Capital Markets as Head of Trading and Underwriting, including tax-exempt and taxable products. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years at Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson, first as Vice President of Municipal Trading and then as Senior Vice President and Head of Trading and Underwriting.


Jeff brings over 34 years of business development experience within the Global Capital Markets and Bankruptcy/Restructuring industries assisting high-profile clients with the distribution of highly confidential, time sensitive stakeholder communications, including initial public offerings, equity/debt registration statements, mergers & acquisition documents, spin-offs and Chapter 11 restructuring plans of reorganization. His clients include public and privately held corporations, top tier law firms, private equity, venture capital, financial advisory, restructuring and investment banking.


Mr. Jay J. Levin was President and Chief Executive Officer of PPOM, a Michigan-based, health care network management company serving more than one million individuals in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Kentucky. As a founding partner, he played key roles in acquisitions, marketing, provider network development and operations. He was also central to the negotiation and sale of a major portion of PPOM to the Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and the subsequent sale of the balance of the company to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.


Roland Jacobs is former chief marketing officer of Orbitz, the online travel agency, and currently is President & CEO of AspireUp, a strategic branding consultancy dedicated to helping companies grow. He is a recognized expert in the areas of marketing strategy and branding and consults with a wide range of clients, from start-up to Fortune 100 companies. In addition to his work as a consultant, Roland teaches marketing strategy as a guest lecturer in the MBA programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business. Previously, Roland was also the marketing chief for e-commerce companies Digitalwork and, and spent 10 years in brand management at The Clorox Company. He has and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Peter has extensive experience in the hospitality industry with a focus on e-Commerce, distribution and revenue management. The combination of these fields allowed him to create top line revenues with a focus on bottom line profits. In his previous role at Preferred Hotel Group as Director, eMarketing he has proven record of exceeding goals, achieving milestones and creating profitable new business opportunities. Other companies include Swissotel, Raffles International, Hard Rock Hotels and Le Meridien. Peter also used to serve on the board of the Digital Marketing Council of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). In his leisure time Peter serves as the President at the German American Cultural Center in Chicago (DANK Haus) where he is preserving and promoting his German heritage and language through activities including, but not limited to, maintaining a cultural center consisting of a museum, art gallery, library, and language school, and organizing educational and social programming focusing on and emphasizing history and traditions. He is also an avid traveler and tries to add new destinations around the globe to his long list of places he has already visited.

Jeffrey Ring is a senior technology development professional with extensive expertise in knowledge engineering, business intelligence, architecture assessment and web-based applications development. For more than 30 years, Jeff has successfully managed and performed major software development projects across a broad range of industries including health care, financial services, real estate and professional services. Jeff has led technical teams in the design, implementation and support of a range of web-based, data-driven applications and complex systems that support functionalities such as: CRM, inventory management, order processing, credit card processing, contract management, and sales and marketing statistics.


Chris works on the development of strategic partnerships that enable VacayHome Connect to efficiently support vacation rental managers and shared ownership developers/resorts that want to to distribute their inventory to consumers who have a growing interest in alternative accommodations. Chris brings over 20 years of experience building great products and helping travel suppliers efficiently promote and distribute their products through digital channels. He most recently served as Chief Product Officer for an innovative startup company in the loyalty space, building a revolutionary new platform that will enable consumers to use their loyalty program rewards for everyday purchases.


Some of the highlights of Tony’s career to date include the opportunity to speak at Timeshare and Tourism conferences worldwide and to work with a wide variety of clients across the Globe. He was privileged to serve as Chairman of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and was a founder and first Chairman of the Global Alliance for Timeshare Excellence (GATE). In addition to his job history he has completed assignments for more than 90 clients in over 30 countries and has provided advice and restructuring of marketing and sales programs for several financial institutions including the FDIC. He has worked in Corporate environments several times over his career and has served as a Board Director on numerous occasions.

Chuck began his timeshare career leading the re-engineering of RCI’s core exchange operating system, in the early days when Christel and Jon Dehaan ran the company, after a sterling early career at United Airlines. He then honed his craft in product, process and system development with Disney, Four Seasons USA, Marriott Vacation Club, Gold Key Resorts, and Grand Crowne Resorts. For over 25 years, Chuck has been relentlessly focused on delivering high impact results, rapid growth, and quality, ethical products and services. A strong leader in business development, e-commerce, marketing, product development, he is a Registered Resort Professional (RRP) and accredited by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). He is also a regular speaker at ARDA’s Spring Conferences and a genuine and consistent supporter of the quality and ethical standards of the vacation ownership industry.

Mike has spent more than 20 years working to make it easier for consumers to shop and book travel accommodations online while at Travelport, TravelClick, and Pegasus Solutions. As COO, he brings his enthusiasm for vacation rentals to professional property managers, innkeepers, vacation homeowners and shared ownership resorts by ensuring the company’s products and services remain affordable and generate incremental revenue. Customers value his expertise and innovative thinking to help them connect with consumers seeking vacation accommodations.

Sunil Aluvila, has been an innovator in ecommerce, digital marketing, product development and distribution in the vacation industry for more than 18 years. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, online travel technology, webstore and distribution platform development for the vacation rental and ownership industries. His expertise in the online travel distribution arena ranges across various channels, having worked as both a supplier and an intermediary.