Hostaway makes strategic hires and promotions to grow team

Canada: All-in-one vacation rental management platform Hostaway has announced two new hires to the business and two promotions across its team.

Travis Wheeler and Sukh Basra join the company as VP of sales and as director of marketing, while Maria Lopez Duran and Josh Loe have been promoted to vice president of product and chief customer officer respectively.

Hostaway, which launched in 2015, is also celebrating another milestone after employing its 100th team member. It now aims to grow to 200 people by the end of 2023.

Hostaway is fully-remote and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, while its employees are located worldwide across the United States, Australia, Finland, Spain, Sri Lanka and Mexico. The company sets out to help property managers around the world scale up their businesses by equipping them with the tools to automate operations, drive bookings and connect to all major global booking channels.

In addition, Hostaway claims to be the only combined property management software [PMS] and channel manager to be a preferred partner of Airbnb, an elite partner of Vrbo, a premier partner with Booking.com, and directly integrated to Expedia, Hopper and Homes & Villas by Marriott International.

Lopez Duran joined Hostaway in 2018 as head of product, while Loe joined Hostaway in February 2022 as VP of customer success. Both earned significant promotions last year, reflecting their experience, skills and achievements as part of the Hostaway team in ensuring the company delivers a world-class product to the vacation rental industry.

Upon joining CEO Marcus Räder and COO Saber Kordestanchi at the C-level, Loe said: “Over the past year, I’ve seen first-hand how Hostaway makes a noticeable difference to our customers’ businesses. We feed off that success in our team and strive to continue improving what we can do for our customers.

“As a business, we made significant investments in 2022 to build strong foundations for the future and help us grow sustainability – including new hires,” he added.

Wheeler joined Hostaway as VP of sales earlier this month, having previously held VP roles in e-commerce marketing, including at Springbot, Yaguara and Searchspring.

Wheeler said: “I’m excited to join Hostaway and bring some new insight to this innovative and growing sector. Hostaway is already the market leader in this space, but there are still so many more property managers there who have yet to try our solution in our core market – the US – and in emerging markets like Latin America and the Middle East.

“We have ambitious sales targets for 2023 and are already on the way to realising them,” he added.

Having accrued more than ten years of experience scaling early-stage and mature software businesses, Basra steps into the role of director of marketing. Through a comprehensive growth plan, he aims to turbo-charge Hostaway’s visibility and reputation amongst global stakeholders and potential customers.