NoiseAware taps Kevin Locraft as CEO
US: As part of its aggressive growth plan and expansion into new hospitality segments, noise resolution monitoring company NoiseAware has tapped Kevin Locraft as CEO.
Locraft joins the NoiseAware team after spending the past nine years growing Expedia / Vrbo’s short-term-rental business.
As vice president of partner success, Locraft led Expedia’s 400-person, short-term rental-focused, acquisition and account-management organisation. In addition to his ability to build and lead large teams, Locraft brings expertise in strategy, M&A and business development.
NoiseAware co-founder Andrew Schulz said: “Kevin has been a long time supporter of NoiseAware’s mission. Adding his industry expertise and executive leadership experience to further our category leadership was an obvious choice.”
Schulz co-created NoiseAware in 2015 to solve a growing threat to the rapidly accelerating short-term rental industry: guest in-stay nuisances, starting with noise. NoiseAware’s privacy-safe technology is designed to proactively resolve noise-related issues that can lead to property damage, fines, injuries, and complaints.
Since 2015, NoiseAware has monitored over three million stays on behalf of property managers, owners, and hosts across the globe, protecting their properties and profits so they can focus on delivering exceptional guest experiences. NoiseAware also partners with communities nationwide to incentivise owners and managers to protect their neighbourhoods from noise-related disturbances, while advocating for “fair and balanced” regulation.
Locraft said: “The industry is professionalising and NoiseAware’s technology is key to the continued growth and sustainability of the short-term-rental market. I am excited to be joining this incredible team.”
With Locraft’s arrival, Schulz will assume the role of chief growth officer, to expand NoiseAware’s product portfolio.
Locraft continued: “Watching Andrew for nearly seven years, I developed great respect and admiration for his ability to envision a new category and assemble the team to bring it to life. I am thrilled that he will continue to help us identify future areas for innovation and growth.”
Last April, the company announced that it had raised $8 million in a Series A funding, in a round led by S3 Ventures and Thayer Ventures. The round positioned NoiseAware to accelerate its product innovation and market expansion, as well as to strengthen its “world class” team.
Schulz appeared on ShortTermRentalz’ webinar earlier this week on “How do successful property managers prevent disturbances when they are off property?” [sponsored by NoiseAware] – listen to the recording in full at this link.