NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Veteran business journalist Joya Dass joins Brian Sharples, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, HomeAway, Inc. (AWAY) to discuss the company's industry, strategy, financials and positioning.
Click here to view video:
Sharples co-founded HomeAway® with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. Since then, he has raised nearly $405 million in private funding and acquired 17 websites, to create the world's leading online marketplace of vacation rentals.
Sharples is the former president and chief executive officer of IntelliQuest Information Group, a supplier of marketing data and research to Fortune 500 technology companies. While there, he pioneered the development of subscription-based statistical research services and electronic survey systems. He also completed two successful public offerings and the subsequent sale of IntelliQuest.
An expert in technology brand strategy, Sharples has counseled several leading companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Dell. He also created the IntelliQuest Brand Tech Forum Conference, which became an industry-leading symposium, and served as a consultant at Bain & Company early in his career.
He earned a bachelor's degree in math and economics from Colby College and a master's degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Brian's favorite thing about working for HomeAway: "The people who work at HomeAway are amazing and inspiring. We've been successful in attracting people who are passionate about our business, and seek to always make the experience better for our customers. There is no shortage of good ideas to make our service better for both owners and travelers, and as a result we continually challenge each other to push our limits and get better. That makes for a dynamic culture and a very rewarding work life."
About HomeAway, Inc. (AWAY):
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HomeAway, Inc. operates the world's largest online marketplace for the vacation rental industry. The HomeAway® marketplace brings together millions of travelers seeking vacation rentals online with hundreds of thousands of owners and managers of vacation rental properties located in over 145 countries around the world. HomeAway's websites include HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil and HomeAway.com.au in Australia. In addition, HomeAway® operates BedandBreakfast.com, a comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.
For more information on the opportunity to have your CEO discuss your company, please call NASDAQ CEO Signature Series, 978/461-3141.
The NASDAQ CEO Signature Series logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4839