TurnKey Vacation Rentals was founded by an experienced Internet travel team with a love of vacation rentals. We thought that the experience of booking and staying at a short-term rental should be better than a hotel. We feel the best way to grow the vacation rental market is to improve the homeowner and guest experience with better, less expensive management tools for owners, and a more consistent, easier to use vacation rental experience for consumers. Our mission is to provide the best and most value-conscious management experience for our homeowners and to provide a guest experience that keeps travelers coming back time and again.
Founder and Executive Chairman
John left HomeAway in the spring of 2012 to help co-found TurnKey Vacation Rentals. He began his career after graduating with a BBA in Finance from Wisconsin in traditional travel at Northwest Airlines. He started in revenue management and was later tapped to work for the Amsterdam-based KLM/NWA alliance. After graduating with an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Banczak joined Accenture’s Strategic Services group in San Francisco, specializing in eCommerce and business strategy for clients such as Microsoft and FedEx. After working at the Bay Area based lodging start up Worldres.com, Banczak was recruited to Hotwire, where he ran the company’s Airline, GDS and Car Rental operations groups. Shortly after Hotwire was acquired by Expedia, Banczak moved to BedandBreakfast.com, eventually becoming President. Banczak helped dramatically grow the company’s revenues and managed the acquisition of the company by HomeAway in 2010. Subsequently, Banczak ran the HomeAway Software for Professionals groups, leading the post-merger acquisitions of Instant Software and Escapia.
Founder and CEO
Prior to co-founding TurnKey, T.J. was the President & CEO of Limos.com from 2008-2012. Limos.com became the largest online marketplace for limo/car services and grew more than 50% each year. The Company expanded globally and launched partnerships with Orbitz, Sabre, Concur, Delta Airlines, LiveNation and OpenTable. In 2011 Limos.com was named in Forbes America's Most Promising Companies as the Top Travel Brand. Prior to Limos.com, T.J. was VP of Operations at IAC/InterActiveCorp from 2004-2008. IAC consisted of over 85 internet brands with 20 million visitors per day (8th ranked worldwide), including Expedia, Hotels.com, Ticketmaster, LendingTree and Match.com. He was responsible for IAC teams for technology, software development, procurement and call center/telecommunications. Prior to IAC, T.J. joined the Hotwire.com start-up team in March 2000 as corporate counsel. Hotwire.com became the fourth-ranked U.S. online travel company within 2 years of operations, generating over $1B in travel bookings. Hotwire was acquired by IAC in 2004.
Founding Board Member and Angel Investor
Goldreyer graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in business. After graduating, Goldreyer went into account management at Southwestern Bell, with responsibility for multi-million dollar customers including Texas Instruments and Exxon. A consummate entrepreneur, Goldreyer left Southwestern Bell to start BedandBreakfast.com in 1995. He grew the company into a top specialty lodging brand, and expanded its offering through the acquisition of several websites and lodging software companies. Goldreyer sold the company to HomeAway in 2010. Since then, he has invested in and advised several Austin-based Internet startups. In 2012, Goldreyer co-founded The Rockcliff Group to more actively invest in and manage a variety of technology and hospitality ventures with TurnKey Vacation Rentals being one of the first investments.