HomeAway Vacation Rental Site Sees Strong Growth Since 2006
According to a news release dated November 17, 2012, “Big Four” accounting firm Ernst & Young has named vacation rental site HomeAway co-founder Brian Sharples as its National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Services Award winner.
Considered one of the USA’s most prestigious business recognitions, the award is bestowed upon visionaries who demonstrate innovation, financial success and personal commitment in creating and building top flight businesses.
Sharples launched HomeAway in 2005, and the following year he launched the company’s website after acquiring six vacation rental property listing sites. Understanding that choice is a ‘must-have’ for those seeking vacation rental properties, Sharples spent five years focusing on organic growth and building his customer base by purchasing 17 additional rental sites. Today, HomeAway features in excess of half a million vacation rental listings spanning 168 countries.
National Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Services Finalists
In addition to Sharples, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The YearServices national finalists were: Paul English, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, KAYAK, of Concord, Mass., one of today’s most popular online travel search sites with a core focus on making travel technology better, faster and easier; Jim Dixon, CEO, CompuCom Systems, Inc., of Dallas, Texas, a leading IT outsourcing specialist, providing managed solutions for mid-market and enterprise clients in the retail, technology, manufacturing, finance, energy, and healthcare industries; Robert Low, President, Prime, Inc., of Springfield, Mass., a leader in transportation service, including refrigerated, flatbed, tanker and logistics.
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