Our Executive Board

Our Executive Board is elected by the VRNation members at our biennial membership meeting. The combined Executive Board works to accomplish the goals of building a strong vacation rental community, advocating the public image of short-term rentals and the promotion of member businesses.

Matt Tesdall
Family Time Vacation Rentals

Matt Tesdall has been a successful businessman since he graduated from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.  He owes his success to his personality, drive and family values.  Currently, Matt is the Co-Founder (with his wife Angela) and CEO of Family Time Vacation Rentals.  He currently operates in S. Utah and Central Oregon.  He started his business in 2007 with one property not knowing a recession was beginning.  In spite of this, word of mouth referrals from satisfied customers and property owners quickly grew his business during a time when the economy was facing challenges.  Today he currently manages over 160 properties and welcomes vacationers back year after year.  In fact, some of his most popular properties are booked well in advance!  Matt is a current board members of the Utah Vacation Rental Management Association.  He has also held multiple advisory board positions.  He enjoys networking with other business people and is always looking for ways to better not only his company, but the vacation rental industry as a whole.  He prizes motivation and technology and has been operating his muli-million-dollar business remotely for nearly a decade, while still providing personalized service.  While not working, Matt enjoys spending time in his home in Sherwood, Oregon with his wife of 28 years and five children.  He enjoys coaching his kids' youth basketball.  As well as an avid golfer, he enjoys visiting wineries, making craft beer, and is up for a travel adventure to any part of the globe. 

Vice President
Tera Lorimer
Luxury Getaways

Tera is the founder of Luxury Getaways, a vacation rental property management company in Glacier, WA. Having been born into a property management company founded by her mother in 1978, Tera has spent a lifetime in the industry. At the age of 8, Tera became a licensed Real Estate professional to broaden her skills and knowledge in the business. After moving to Seattle, she was recruited by a REIT to manage a large apartment complex in Redmond. Tera moved back to Whatcom County in 2003 where she married and started a construction company, Kestrel Homes, with her husband specializing in building ski chalets in the foothills of Mt. Baker. Kestrel Homes built and owns the first and only handicapped accessible vacation rental in the area, providing accessibility to all types of guests. Area homeowners approached Tera and asked her to provide property management for their newly built homes. Tera founded Luxury Getaways in 2008 to provide new 'hands on' alternative for upscale vacation rentals in Glacier. When Tera and her husband Ryan are not in the mountains building and managing vacation rentals, they are avid gardeners and boaters and love spending time on family adventures with their four young boys. 

Durk Johnson
Northwest Vacations

Durk is currently the General Manager at Northwest Vacations. Previously, he was the VP of Hospitality for Seabrook Hospitality. He was the Executive Director of VRHP, a national organization that specializes in housekeeping, maintenance, and laundry principles and procedures. Prior to his current roles, Durk, was the Vice President of Meredith Lodging where he over saw housekeeping, maintenance, and owner relations. Durk was previously the Director of Housekeeping for Vacasa in Portland, Oregon. Before Vacasa, Durk was the chief operating officer of Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Durk previously served as the chief operating officer of Meyer Services where he worked to diversify the services offered to property owners and unify back-of-the-house operations. Durk also served as the senior guest sales manager for Meyer Vacation Rentals, where he was responsible for implementing a search tool to assist sales agents to find the best vacation property for potential guests, and for raising the morale of the sales team. Durk previously served as director of operations for Deer Valley Lodging in Park City, Utah, where he oversaw housekeeping, maintenance, front desk, bell staff and skier shuttle. He has also served as a consultant on housekeeping efficiency and cleaning standards.

Immediate Past President
Brian Olson
Beachcomber Vacation Homes

Brian is an Oregon North Coast native who grew up in Seaside. Brian has been in the Vacation Rental industry for over 16 years and hospitality has always been in his blood. He has been involved with many local boards ranging from Downtown associations to the Chamber of Commerce. He is Currently the President of the NWVRP and the co-founder and President of Everyone for the North Oregon Coast. Brian and his wife, along with business partner Sally, started Beachcomber Vacation Homes 9.5 years ago. Along with his previous board experience, Brian sits on several advisory boards within the industry.


 Andy Morris
Seattle Vacation Homes

Andy is the co-Founder and General Manager of Seattle Vacation Home, where he applies a single minded focus on guest satisfaction to all aspects of the business.  His passion for travel and hospitality was fostered by his parents, and later developed the hard way... by years as a "road warrior" working as a management consultant, private equity investor, outsourcing executive and online travel industry leader.  Andy often combines other passions with his travel.  As an outdoor enthusiast, Andy summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.  He earned multiple SCUBA certifications in the Philippines.  He was part of a volunteer home building crew for Habitat for Humanity in Zambia.  In 2005, Andy participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in Mississippi.  As an ardent baseball fan, Andy has visited all 30 Major League Baseball Stadiums (plus 8 decommissioned venues).  Andy was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, and lived in Boston until moving to Seattle in 2010. 

Blake MacKenzie
EMR Vacation Rentals

Blake MacKenzie has over 20 years working in various fields within the tourism industry.  Blake's experiences include developing and marketing heritage and cultural tourism attractions, providing leadership and vision while working within tourism marketing boards, consulting and sales with tech start-ups, and currently is the president of EMR Vacation Rentals, a British Columbia based vacation rental company and has worked within the vacation rental management industry for over 17 years.  He is currently serving on the NWVRP board as Vice President for the last 2 years and prior as British Columbia Director for 1 year.

John Pickart
Beachnest Vacation Rentals

John Pickart has over 20 years of experience in small business management.  As owner-operator of a café, vacation rental management business, and a logistics business – John advocates that solid business processes and proactive management are necessary for success.   A big-picture guy, John is able to delegate daily operations to his staff in order to take the steps for business growth.   As the former treasurer of the Pleasure Point Business Association in Santa Cruz, member of Le Tip International, and numerous local affiliations and volunteer positions, John is committed to supporting community.  John is a California native and has been very happily married for over 20 years to the love of his life, has one daughter on her way to college, has lived Aptos CA for over 13 years.  Prior to that, John lived and in worked San Francisco and Silicon Valley. John graduated with his BS degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA.

Adam Patterson

Adam Patterson is a successful entrepreneur and the owner of Kabino Vacation Rentals, a company that provides luxury vacation rental homes in various locations around the world. With a passion for travel and a keen eye for business, Adam started Kabino Vacation Rentals in 2008, with the aim of providing travelers with a unique and personalized experience.

Adam's entrepreneurial spirit was evident from an early age. Born and raised in the midwest, he showed a strong interest in business and entrepreneurship. While playing collegiate hockey at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, he earned degree in business administration with a focused track of entrepreneurialism.

During the great recession, Kabino Vacation Rentals was born to help reduce and stave off foreclosures within the real estate community Adam serviced. Since that time, Kabino has created a portfolio of properties in some of the most sought-after destinations around the world. With a focus on customer service, quality, and attention to detail, Adam has built a loyal customer base and a reputation for excellence in the vacation rental industry.

In addition to his work at Kabino Vacation Rentals, Adam is also an active member of the business community, participating in various entrepreneurial and business development programs. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with other entrepreneurs and is a sought-after speaker and mentor in the industry.

Overall, Adam Patterson is a dynamic and innovative entrepreneur who has made a name for himself in the vacation rental industry. With his passion for travel and commitment to excellence, he has built a successful company that provides travelers with unforgettable experiences and memories that will last a lifetime, while also protecting assets and securing the trust of property owners across the country.

 Mark Tolan
Seaside Vacation Homes

Nicole Twigg
Kiwanda Coastal Properties

Nicole Twigg has owned and managed Kiwanda Coastal Properties Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rental Management in Pacific City, Oregon since 2008.  This is a family business that Nicole has worked within since high-school when she cleaned, answered phones and mailed brochures & post cards to guests.  She now manages 60 properties on or near the coast, all within 3 miles of their local office.  Nicole works with several local organizations including the food pantry, a local non-profit working towards a park and skate park, solid-waste & recycling advisory, and advocating for the vacation rental industry in local government affairs.

John Dunning
NW Island Escapes

Following graduation from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor Degree in Business and Marketing, I held a number of positions in the banking and insurance industries before starting a natural foods company that ultimately became one of the largest makers of raw-milk rennetless cheese in the natural food industry.  As odd as it might seem, simultaneously i also started an equipment leasing company which I then ran for twenty years prior to selling it to a large community bank in Northern California.  Next, I came to the northwest and purchased a Windemere Rea Estate office in the San Juan Islands.  During this Windermere career path, I entered the vacation rental industry starting with 6 managed homes on San Juan Island, which grew into what is now Northwest Island Escapes, the largest vacation rental agency in the San Juan Islands.  Each year NWIE hosts more than 10,000 vacation guests to San Juan, Orcas and Lopez Islands so that they can enjoy what I have enjoyed for so many years.  These guests come to the island for all of the right reasons...to experience the peaceful, quiet life along with the natural beauty that is so much of these islands.  Our mission is to have them leave the Islands the way they found them on arrival.  Pristine and undisturbed.  I became a Board Member with NWVRP several elections ago while participating in one of our Sleeping Lady conferences.  I was so impressed with the educational program, the professional level of the attendees, and the future I saw for the organization that I volunteered to run for office.  I can truly say that my membership in NWVRP has been one of the highlights in my business career operating a vacation rental agency.

Dana Moraru
Tahoe Signature Properties

Dana Moraru is the founder of Tahoe Signature Properties, a business she started in 2012. Originally from Moldova, she’s received prestigious awards, including the Best of Truckee and Business Hall of Fame from 2018 to 2020. She happily runs her agency with her husband and two daughters. A Board Member of the NWVRP, Dana has been a rising star in the vacation rental industry and a leader when it comes to safety in rentals.

Kevin Jones
Curate Telluride

Kevin, Co-Founder Curate Telluride
Founder and Former Owner, Latitude 38 Vacation Rentals, Telluride, CO
After a decade of senior finance roles at Fortune 500 companies, Kevin moved to Telluride to begin honing his skills in real estate development and property management.

In 2009, founded Latitude38 Vacation Rentals in Telluride where it became the #1 market leader. Kevin is committed to the service of others and architecting opportunities. From being a 16 year volunteer firefighter, to serving on community Boards, to creating the first of its kind VR/Concierge Club House for Latitude clients and guests; Kevin is all about creating the opportunity for memorable experiences.

 Heather Van Wie
Cottages on the Key