Dynamic Voices Inspiring Change

Speakers

Meet Our Inspirational Speakers at the Here to Stay Conference

Ethan has been an Aussie short-term rental host since 2019, managing the two properties he owns with the help of his wife and two dogs. Now with 10+ years experience in the short-term rental, travel and tourism industry. Ethan started out his time with Hospitable.com as a customer, before joining the team and becoming Director of Hospitable Australia, APAC Team Lead, and Senior Customer Advocate. Ethan helps fellow hosts to use the power of automation to save time and improve guest experience. 

Follow me on LinkedIn

Calling the Snowy Mountains NSW home I’ve had a diverse small business and admin background. In 2011, we founded a full-service boutique real estate agency focused on the best possible visitor accommodation experience. I have served on the boards of the Tourism Snowy Mountains and ASTRA, and I am passionate about regional potential and the role of ASTRA in the accommodation sector. My time with ASTRA was during the formation of the NSW CoC for STRA, with the legislative process as my specialty. I have continued to serve on the NSW Property Services Expert Panel for the last three years as their property management and STRA specialist.

Follow me on LinkedIn

Justin Ford, a globally recognized expert in short-term rental (STR) safety, has significantly improved safety standards in STRs worldwide. With numerous international newscast appearances and over 100 podcast interviews, he champions global STR safety initiatives and frequently presents to industry organisations. As Director of Safety & Certification Programs at Breezeway, Justin has overseen 100,000+ STR safety inspections, advancing Breezeway’s mission through its property care software. A runner-up for the ShortTerm Rentalz ‘Shortyz’ Pioneer Award in 2023 and 2024, Justin continues to shape the STR industry.

Follow me on LinkedIn

I have been a property investor for 28 years and changed from permanent rentals to short term rental properties 18 years ago. Over the years I have developed a financial formula that I follow when searching for our next investment, if the formula is followed then the properties will generate around 20% return, some of mine are now at 30-40%. Being able to run the properties around my family gave me an enormous sense of achievement, one I wanted to share with other mums. Property Mums now employs mums to look after 160 plus homes. Watching the difference our little Property Mum economy makes is the best feeling in the world.

Follow me on LinkedIn

Rebecca Cribbin is an accomplished entrepreneur, CEO, and award-winning advocate in the Short-Term Rental (STR) industry. Over 14 years, she built one of Australia’s largest privately owned STR Property Management business, emphasizing best practices and work-life balance. Rebecca shares her expertise as a mentor and keynote speaker globally, offering insights like her “10 Commandments for STR Management Success.” She founded Holiday Rental Experts for training, coaching & outsourcing while scaling her business, Holiday Rental Specialists. Beyond business, Rebecca champions the STR community in Australia and supports education for underprivileged children in Africa. Her commitment to philanthropy and empowering women and children underscores her impactful leadership in the industry.

 

Follow me on LinkedIn

I have been in the Vacation Rental Industry for over 21 years and joined Key Data in November 2022 as Vice President of Business Development, to help internationalise and expand the business outside of the US. Prior to Key Data I was Sales Director at Awaze UK for 19 years and have seen a huge amount of change and development in the industry, spanning two decades. At Awaze, I was responsible for partnerships and integrations with 500 brand partners, thousands of travel agents, affiliates and in the latter decade, the partnerships with the OTAs. This is an industry that I love with a passion!

Follow me on LinkedIn

Simon Lehmann boasts 20+ years in the vacation rental industry, expertly navigating its complexities with stakeholders worldwide. He offers tailored, data-driven solutions to enhance operational excellence and profitability. A passionate speaker, Simon regularly engages global audiences at short-term rental conferences, sharing insights that foster sustainable growth.

Follow me on LinkedIn

From newcomers to seasoned operators,

Here to Stay has something for everyone.

Everything Short-Term Rental

Here to Stay is a two-day conference run by the industry for the industry.

30+

Speakers for panel discussions, masterclasses, and keynote sessions.

Industry Collaboration

With other ASTRA professionals from around Australia.

Trade Exhibition

Showcasing products for everything from marketing and guest experiences to operations and accounting.

Cocktail Awards Night

With an evening of networking and music at Rivershed, Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane.