DENVER, Aug. 28, 2020 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) recently named Evolve Vacation Rental CEO and Co-Founder, Brian Egan, as a finalist for their Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Mountain Desert Award.
Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses that transform our world. Egan was selected as a finalist from a competitive pool of nominations by a panel of independent judges.
Egan started Evolve with Co-Founder, Adam Sherry in 2011. The two hospitality vets believed the vacation rental industry was going to be big, yet the experience felt less than ideal for everyone involved – so they set out with a mission to make vacation rental easy for everyone.
Egan shares, “We were struck by the idea that there was no widely recognized hospitality company in vacation rental playing the role that Marriott and Hilton play in the hotel industry – creating exclusive partnerships with property owners, establishing consistent standards and delivering exceptional guest experiences at scale.”
This acknowledgement comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic – a time in which many businesses in the travel sector are struggling to survive. In contrast to many other hospitality companies, Evolve has thrived – with demand for vacation rentals surpassing 2019 levels.
Egan continues, “The fact that we went from 5 straight weeks in which cancellations dramatically exceeded new bookings, to 3 consecutive months of record-shattering booking volume, is a powerful testament to the passion and perseverance of our incredible team. Their innovation and flexibility have been essential as we continue to navigate these turbulent times.”
Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Nominees are evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.
About Evolve Vacation Rental
Evolve Vacation Rental is a hospitality company with a mission to make renting a vacation home easy for both guests and homeowners. We help guests rest easy knowing our homes are verified, our support is 24/7, and if their stay doesn’t meet our standards, we’ll make it right. We also make vacation rental stress-free for homeowners, partnering with them to book more and keep more of what they earn thanks to our industry-low 10% management fee.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy