Our Executive Board

Our Executive Board is elected by the NWVRP members at our biennial membership meeting. In addition to the four officers elected by the membership, an At-Large Member is elected by the NWVRP members from each Full Member State or Province, and a non-voting State Representative by the NWVRP members from each Associate Member state. 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.

President
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.

Vice-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 12 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.  Brian and his wife, along with business partner Sally, started Beachcomber Vacation Homes 6 years ago. Along with his previous board experience, Brian sits on several advisory boards with in the industry.

Secretary
Andy Morris

Seattle Vacation Home

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. 

Treasurer

Danña Kittell
Starfish Vacation Rentals

Danna Kittell is the founder and owner of Starfish Vacation Rentals on the Northern Oregon Coast.  What started with the purchase of a second home in Arch Cape in 2003, developed into a service focused management company headquartered in Manzanita.  Along with her husband Geoff, Danna has personally purchased, renovated, and redecorated three vacation rentals, and helped many of her homeowners do the same.  After graduating from Cal Berkeley, Danna spent several years in financial planning before taking time off to raise her three kids.  With a passion for travel and hospitality, the short-term rental industry has been a natural fit.  For the past three years, she has served as the Treasurer of the NWVRP as well as chairperson of the annual conference in 2018.

British Columbia #1
Blake MacKenzie
EMR Vacation Rentals, Inc.

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 withing 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.

British Columbia #2
Deidre Langlois
Checked in Victoria Vacations Inc.

Deidre has been in the tourism industry for 20 years both in the personal mainstream and custom international adventure travel.  Her love of travel came from living abroad in Taiwan for four years learning Mandarin Chinese and teaching art and English.  After spending many years in custom travel in 2001 she started Big Earth Adventure Travel which was a retail and web based custom adventure travel company.  Dealing with local operators in cities all over the world was a skill she thought she could use in her hometown of Victoria.  Checked in Victoria Vacations Inc was started in 2008 and is a registered travel agency that manages furnished rentals.  She brings both her travel skills to the industry in regulation compliance and a holistic experience for each guest.  Deidre’s family has operated a property management company for 40 years in Victoria so putting her love of travel and property together has been a good fit.

California #1
Toni LeGras
Beachside Rentals Inc.

Toni LeGras has over 30 years of experience in Short Term Rentals and Real Estate Services. Toni's experiences include, providing leadership and vision while working within tourism marketing boards, the local government and the community. Toni is currently president of Beachside Rentals Inc., a vacation rental company based in the California beach town of Cayucos. She has worked within the vacation rental management industry for over 25 years and currently serves on the Visitor’s Alliance Cayucos as co-chair, the Visit SLOCal board representing the Un-incorporated area of San Luis Obispo, and the CalTravel Board of Directors At Large Director.

California #2
Dede Harrington
Beach House Rentals

Dede lives in Santa Cruz, CA and has been a vacation rental manager for over 20 years.  She is passionate about hospitality and committed to the vacation rental industry.  Dede is a partner at Beach House Rentals and Fetch My Guest.  She served for more than a decade as a Director for the Capitola Business Association, past board member for the Santa Cruz Visitor Association, past board member for NWVRP, and is instrumental in increasing marketing within her community.  Prior to working within the Vacation Rental Industry, she was a human resource manager for Union Bank of California.  Her greatest strengths are communication, brand awareness, creativity, and marketing.

Hawaii #1
Larry Oldfield
Ola Properties

Larry Oldfield has nearly 20 years' experience in the Vacation Rental industry managing his own properties as well as over 100 vacation rental homes for his clients at Ola Properties.  Larry and his wife Arlene Kelly started Ola Properties in 2008, in their spare bedroom and have grown it to be the largest Vacation Rental management company on the Leeward Coast of Oahu and the Ko Olina Resort, where they live and work.  Larry is currently serving on the Advisory Board of Streamline Vacation Rental Software.

Hawaii #2
Ted Klassen
Kona Coast Vacations

Ted is the managing partner of Kona Coast Vacations (KCV). Ted and Jane were looking to escape those Canadian winters and found a home in Kailua Kona.  Ted joined Kona Coast Vacations in 2011 and let the team to numerous "Fastest Fifty Growing Businesses in Hawaii" awards.  Since 2006, Kona Coast Vacations has grown from a small boutique operation to the leader in Short Term vacation rentals on the island of Hawaii with about 275 managed properties.


Idaho #1
Adam Patterson
Kabino

 

Oregon #1
Matt Tesdall
Sisters Vacation Rentals LLC

Matt Tesdall has been a sucessful businessman since he graduated from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.  He owes his scussess 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. 

Oregon #2
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.

Washington #1
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.

Washington #2
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 a spent a lifetime in the industry.  At the age of 18, 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 complexes 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 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 a 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.