Brian experiences Paris with son Hawken, and daughters, Chloe and Emma
Brian Sharples, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. He raised over $400 million in private funding to acquire market-leading vacation rental websites around the world. Through an aggressive product and service strategy, Sharples has built HomeAway into a cohesive global network backed by a unified technology platform.
Sharples is the former president and chief executive officer of IntelliQuest Information Group, a supplier of marketing data and research to Fortune 500 technology companies. There he pioneered the development of subscription-based statistical research services and electronic survey systems. He also completed two successful public offerings and the subsequent sale of IntelliQuest to WPP Group.
An expert in technology brand strategy, Sharples has counseled several major brands, including Apple, Microsoft and Dell. He is also a passionate entrepreneur and angel investor with involvement in dozens of startups. He currently serves on the board of directors for consumer internet companies RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE), Gogobot, Looknook, and Twyla, and B2B content provider, Fexy Media. He is an investment advisor to venture capital firm, Institutional Venture Partners, and private equity firm, Tritium Partners. Sharples also serves on the board of KLRU, the non-profit PBS affiliate in Austin.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in math and economics from Colby College and a master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Carl visits Disney's Hollywood Studios with his wife, Suzanne, and sons Kevin, Jack and Connor
Carl Shepherd, Co-founder and Chief Development Officer
Shepherd co-founded HomeAway with CEO Brian Sharples and oversees the company's worldwide corporate development efforts including mergers, acquisitions and key partnerships.
For six years, Shepherd served as the chief operating officer of Hoover’s Online. Under his management, the business developed into a leading source for business information online, culminating in an IPO in 1999 and the eventual sale of the company to Dun & Bradstreet in March 2003.
His career began as a consultant, working for what is now Accenture and establishing a practice based in the advertising industry. He also served as chief financial officer of magazine publishers Texas Monthly, Inc. and Hanley-Wood, Inc. Shepherd holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Texas Christian University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tom enjoys a trip to Kingstown, Rhode Island with his wife, Karen, and daughters Julia, Anna and Ivy
Tom Hale, Chief Operating Officer
Tom Hale serves as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of the product experience on a global basis, including engineering, product management, product marketing and customer experience. Known for his passion for product development and enhancing the user experience, Hale is also an avid traveler and owns a vacation rental.
Hale has nearly 20 years experience in product development. Prior to HomeAway, he was the Chief Product Officer at Linden Lab from 2008 to 2010, where he led the renovation of all aspects of the Second Life experience.
Before Linden Lab, Hale was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Redpoint Ventures (a capital investor in HomeAway) focused on social networking and virtual goods marketplaces.
From 1995 to 2007, Hale held a variety of senior leadership roles at Macromedia and Adobe Systems Incorporated. At Adobe, he headed the Adobe Acrobat business and drove the redesign of the Acrobat user experience. At Macromedia (acquired by Adobe in 2005), Hale played key roles in making Macromedia the standard for web development, evolving the Flash Player into a platform for video, mobile content, and rich internet applications (RIAs), and starting up the company’s knowledge worker division.
Currently, Hale is an independent director for Intralinks (NASDAQ:IL) and serves on the Board of Directors for ReachLocal.
Lynn cools off at her vacation rental in Rockport, TX
Lynn Atchison, Chief Financial Officer
Atchison joined HomeAway as Chief Financial Officer in August 2006 and is responsible for managing all financial aspects of the company. She has nearly 30 years of finance and operations experience, including expertise in financial management and reporting, securities filings, facilities management and legal and human resources. This experience earned her the title "CFO of the Year" for large private Austin companies in 2009 and again for public Austin companies in 2014.
Prior to HomeAway, Atchison was CFO of Infoglide Software, where during her tenure revenue grew more than 160 percent. Likewise, in her positions as senior vice president and CFO at Hoover’s Online, Atchison helped lead the business from a private to a publicly-owned company, increasing revenues by ten times and was instrumental in the sale of the company to Dun & Bradstreet in 2003.
She has also served as vice president and CFO for Travelogix Inc., a senior manager for Ernst & Young LLP and spent time in private practice. Atchison holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Stephen F. Austin University. She currently serves on the Austin Technology Council board of directors.
Mariano and his family on holiday in Whistler, BC
Mariano Dima, Chief Marketing Officer
Mariano Dima joined HomeAway as Chief Marketing Officer in July 2014. Prior to HomeAway, he held leadership roles at some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including PepsiCo, Inc., Vodafone, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) and Visa Europe Ltd— a career that has spanned 20 years and multiple continents. Most recently, Dima served as the CMO for Visa Europe where he oversaw the brand’s strategic marketing, brand communications, advertising, sponsorships and insights and analytics. His seven-year tenure with the company was punctuated by the wildly popular 2012 Olympic-integrated marketing campaign, "Life flows better with Visa”.
Dima has been recognized over the years as being an incredible visionary in the field of marketing, receiving acknowledgement on such lists as Marketing Week’s inaugural “Vision 100” for marketers that will shape the future of marketing; Campaign magazine’s “Top 10 Marketing Directors” in 2012; and Marketing Week’s “Power 100” from 2009-2013.
Dima holds a degree from the University of Buenos Aires and currently resides in London with his wife and two daughters.
Jon shares a moment with his daughter, Sydney
Jon Gray, Chief Revenue Officer
Jon Gray serves as HomeAway's Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing delivery of global revenue and management of the business development, sales and regional business teams.
Gray is one of the original HomeAway employees, joining the company in September 2004 before it was officially founded in 2005. During his time with the company he has served as director of global marketing strategy and analysis, director of operations, general manager of HomeAway.com, senior director of North American Marketing and, most recently, Senior Vice President of the Americas. He has helped facilitate more than 10 vacation rental site acquisitions. He was also instrumental in launching HomeAway’s marketing strategy, sales and online marketing departments. Prior to HomeAway, Gray worked for Austin Ventures, one of the investment capital firms that has funded HomeAway since its inception.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and an Acton Master of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship from St. Edward’s University.
Jeff on vacation with his family in Cabo.
Jeff Hurst, Chief Strategy Officer
Jeff Hurst serves as HomeAway’s Chief Strategy Officer where he oversees strategy and growth businesses, including e-commerce initiatives and HomeAway’s activities in Asia Pacific.
Hurst joined HomeAway in 2010 as the Global Director of Strategy and Planning and assisted the company in completing a successful IPO in 2011. In 2012 he transitioned to lead HomeAway’s commerce initiatives as the Global VP of Ecommerce where he was responsible for enabling easy and secure payments across the HomeAway sites as well as implementing online booking for travelers and commission-based pricing for owners.
Prior to HomeAway, Hurst was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he worked with consumer brands on corporate strategy, M&A and pricing. Hurst has an MBA from Stanford and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Lauren, daughter Emerson and son Grant.
Lori in a bamboo forest with her family.
Lori Knowlton, Chief People Officer
Knowlton holds the position of Chief People Officer where she enjoys the unique human resources challenges that naturally accompany the complex, fast-growing international environment of HomeAway. Since joining the company in 2007, Knowlton has focused her time on refining the company’s results-driven culture, recruiting top talent in a global market, post-acquisition employee engagement and global rewards. Prior to HomeAway, Knowlton held HR leadership roles for several publicly traded, multi-national technology companies. Knowlton also has a rich background in software start-ups and has supported many and varied acquisitions at prior companies.
Knowlton’s passion for travel, entrepreneurial business and people come together perfectly at HomeAway. In her spare time, she aspires to learn Spanish from her daughter, hopes to exceed her Fitbit goals and enjoys mentoring early stage companies through TechStars Austin.
Knowlton holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Steve enjoying the water with his family
Steve Davis, Chief Information Officer
Steve Davis serves as HomeAway's Chief Information Officer, overseeing data engineering, security, cloud engineering, technology and information systems. During his more than eight years with HomeAway, Davis and his team have partnered with all aspects of the organization to deliver enterprise solutions designed to grow the business and increase scale and efficiency. With HomeAway's many acquisitions, Davis has perfected the art of rapidly integrating employees, systems and platforms.
Davis has more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale IT organizations for companies experiencing explosive growth. Steve specializes in recruiting and retaining the best engineering teams in the world and enabling them to align with the business to drive transformational change.
Prior to joining HomeAway, Davis was the Chief Technology Officer for Hire.com, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider to a large percentage of the Fortune 100. He also spent time as Vice President of Product and Technology for an Intel-backed startup focused on managed cellular backhaul and WAN services, where he helped to pivot their business model resulting in an acquisition.
Jeff enjoys a vacation to Maui with his wife, Amber, and children, Nina and Dylan
Jeff Mosler, Chief Service Officer
Jeff Mosler holds the position of Chief Service Officer and is responsible for global services, trust and security and customer operations.
Mosler joined HomeAway from Amazon.com where he was the General Manager of Customer Advocacy and Global Outsourcing. There he managed a variety of internal and external resources that provided support for all Amazon product lines and partnerships in each of its global subsidiaries. During his tenure at Amazon.com, he also served as General Manager of UK and France Services and as Director of Finance for Global Services. Earlier in his career, Mosler held senior roles at Microsoft, Dell and Exxon.
Mosler holds bachelor degrees in both economics and chemical engineering from the Wharton Management and Technology dual-degree program at the University of Pennsylvania.