Sunday, December 4, 2011

HomeAway Appoints Director of Government Relations

Former Communications Director for Austin Mayor Joins Company to Focus Efforts on Creating Fair Rental Regulations in Municipalities Across the Country
AUSTIN, Texas, December 1, 2011 — HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWAY), the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, today announced the appointment of Matt Curtis to the position of director of government relations. In this role, Curtis manages all aspects of government relations, with a focus on developing strategy and implementation for cities to fairly regulate and benefit from the vacation rental industry while protecting the interest of property owners and travelers.

Curtis, who served as communications director for Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Mayor Will Wynn, was the political advisor and communication strategists on issues related to transportation, community relations and economic development. In this role, Curtis successfully managed projects including Austin’s downtown convention center hotel, the 2009 bond election and the recruitment of Facebook to Austin.

“HomeAway is fortunate to fill this position with someone who has years of experience working with cities and implementing progressive initiatives that benefit communities,” says Brian Sharples, CEO of HomeAway. “Matt’s arrival at HomeAway demonstrates our commitment to establish the vacation rental industry as a mainstream alternative to hotels, our goal of finding a workable and balanced solution with municipalities that is tax compliant and our commitment to protect our customers’ best interest so they may rent what they own and travel as they desire.”

Prior to his position as director of communications for Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Curtis served as the assistant director of business and community development for Capital Metro. In this position, Curtis managed the community involvement department, creating campaigns to support the region’s first commuter rail line.

For information contact: 
Eileen Buesing
Senior Director of Public Relations
HomeAway, Inc.
Office- 512-505-1554 

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