Using technology to tie together vacation rentals and major sporting events, Mike Doyle expanded what was initially conceived around the idea of weekend apartment rentals for visiting college football fans and leads Rent Like A Champion as the company expands to the Avondale area for the 2017 NASCAR season. In fact, he says, “Our business is entirely technology-based. We connect homeowners near big sporting events (mainly PGA tournaments, NASCAR races and college football stadiums) with traveling sports fans.” Explaining the company uses technology to help facilitate a home rental between those two parties, he says the website handles all the logistics, such as payments, insurance, contracts and security deposits. But the online business adds a concierge level of customer support in working with interested homeowners.
Doyle notes Rent Like A Champion has been successful by focusing on event-based home rental, namely those surrounding big sporting events, and observes, “There is no shortage of big-time sporting events in the Greater Phoenix area — the Phoenix Open, NASCAR, ASU football, Spring Training and more. We have been getting inundated with requests from travelers looking to book in the area, and decided the time was right to launch the market.”
The company fosters synergy with other local businesses, says Doyle. “Partnerships have been key to our success around the country. We have partnered with event organizers (including official partnerships with six PGA Tournament events), services that our guests will want access to (parking, tailgating services and more), as well as local landmarks that our guests should check out.”
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