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Vacation Rental Design Summit Announces Speakers for Debut Event

The Vacation Rental Design Summit is coming up and was recently reported that Barclay Butera will be the Keynote speaker at the event as well as other exciting speakers.

The latest speaker added to the Summit’s line-up is Chicago-based interior designer and vacation rental owner Joy Williams of Joyful Designs Studio will trace her personal journey through real estate investing and provide actionable tips in a session she’s calling “The JOY and Grit of Building Wealth through Investing.” 

Joining Butera and Williams are Leslie Carothers, principal of Savour Partnership, a digital marketing consultancy, who will dive into social media in her presentation, “Content and Captions: Top tips for attracting ideal vacation rental investors.” And Tobi Fairley of Tobi Fairley Interior Design who will speak to “Building a Hospitality Brand.”

Fairley, a designer, business coach, and serial entrepreneur will describe her new hospitality venture unfolding in Arkansas. In a recent episode of her popular podcast, Design You, she talks about her new project and growing enthusiasm for short term rental design.

“In all of the conversations we’ve had with these speakers and panelists who we’ll be announcing soon, what’s quite evident is the passion these professionals feel for vacation rental design and the expertise with which they are moving through the market,” said Jane Dagmi, HPxD Managing Director.

In addition to the individual speakers, there will be six panels and shorter presentations featuring designers, property managers, photographers, realtors and other representatives from the short-term rental industry.

The Summit agenda also includes a vendor showcase, showroom tours, ample time for networking, and hospitality. On Wednesday evening, April 19, registered Summit guests are invited to a kick-off mixer hosted at Pandora’s Manor, a luxury bed and breakfast (where both Butera and Fairley have coincidentally designed rooms

The VRD Summit is a new conference that offers business development, focused networking, education, inspiration and resources to those who are currently designing or have a business interest in the vacation rental industry.

It is a B2B event open to Architecture & Design professionals as well as hospitality groups, developers, property managers, real estate entrepreneurs, investors and the media. Register online for the Spring ‘23 Summit:

VRD Summit, presented by High Point x Design (HPxD) and High Point Market Authority (HPMA), is the first event in the short-term rental space that is tailored to interior designers seeking to level up their existing design services and pursue new streams of revenue. The two-day immersive Summit takes place on April 20-21, 2023 at The Loft at Congdon Yards, and precedes Spring High Point Market which officially begins April 22 through the 26. 

VRD Summit registration is open to architecture & design professionals as well as hospitality groups, developers, property managers, real estate developers, investors and the media. For partnership and sponsorship opportunities email

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