After 9/11, there was a battle for control of the company, and he took a job with ‘The Bradford Group” which had a collectibles website called the “Bradford Exchange.” He was their head of eCommerce and they relocated him to Florida to start another division.
Steve wanted to create his own opportunity to use technology in the travel industry. He has a love of travel and started with a few properties in Florida. People started asking him to manage their properties and decided to take his property management business “Vacation Rental Pros” full-time in 2006. He started his business during a recession and did not hire anyone initially and then started hiring reservation agents.
People were still traveling during the recession. Every year, he would add more properties and in 2009, started acquiring other property management companies. He bought one company per year between 2009-2014. In 2016, he started to expand beyond Florida, focusing on geographical diversity, different seasons, different customer bases, and looking at both the beach and mountains. It was the right decision. He bought companies mostly nearby but decided to expand to both New Mexico and Hawaii. Today, his brand VTrips encompasses over 1600 properties across five states.