Interview with Stay With Dave (@staywithdave)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I am an entrepreneur, corporate traveler, and avid explorer who always loved furnished apartments over hotels but felt they lacked the customer service we all deserve. In 2013, I decided to find neighborhoods, buildings, artists, and local people that I loved and got them together to form StayWithDave. I have personally shopped for, decorated, stocked, and stayed in all of the homes in the collection. I will not rent a home until I have lived in the home myself.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
In 2019, a guest suddenly gave birth in one of StayWithDave’s downtown LA properties. We called an ambulance and our guest’s doctor to rush to our apartment.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Hire an operations manager as soon as possible. Work on preventative maintenance and extra detailed cleaning BEFORE way in advance of any guest arrivals.
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I am grateful to our friend Leila K, who shared her experience with short-term rentals in 2013 and encouraged me to explore this incredible industry.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
We must always support the local communities that support us. StayWithDave is involved with several local charities in each of the cities we operate.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Things will work out if you go to work!
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Yes. Please join us on Facebook and Instagram at @staywithdave
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
If you have a luxury home or apartment that you want to put on Airbnb or VRBO, contact us by visiting StayWithDave.com. We would love to talk to you.