Last week, LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz received the 2018 innovator of the year award from the Idaho Innovation Awards. The award recognizes Idaho professionals who demonstrate innovative characteristics and thinking in their careers, accomplishments, and leadership.
Brian Larsen, attorney at Stoel Rives LLP and board member of the Idaho Innovations Awards, introduced Lotz in his award presentation. “He was one of the first people to provide a platform for vacation rental managers to advertise their properties online,” he said. “The two main qualities that make Tracy so innovative are his vision and discipline.”
Lotz was unable to attend the event but said in a statement, “Super honored and humbled last week to be named the Idaho innovator of the year by the Idaho Technology Council. While it is a great honor, there is no way that LiveRez would be what it is today without so many people involved: my nephew Jeremy Lotz, brother Bruce Lotz, Tina Upson, Rich Cook, David Worthley, Casey Riley, Mike Luna, the entire development team, my friends Kirk and Kathy Johnson, Mike Price, Chris and Lisa Hasvold, Craig and Laura Johnson, Matt Johnson, Brian Barsotti, Gary Gigot, Larry Schneider. Everyone who I currently work with at LiveRez, and even those who no longer do, contributed in so many ways.
And to all of our partners who use LiveRez, partners like Vacation Rent Payment, CSA Travel Insurance, Airbnb, without your support and input, we could never have built the platform LiveRez is today. As John Wooden used to say, ‘The star of the team is the team.’ This was a team effort. Nothing worth doing is easy, and this adventure certainly has been no exception.”
At the ceremony, Tina Upson, LiveRez’s vice president of operations, accepted the award on his behalf. She, too, credited the company’s success to its team members who execute on the “why” of their clients’ businesses. “At LiveRez we have a team that ruthlessly executes,” she said. “They completely take individual responsibility for their personal contribution to our brand.”
The Idaho Innovation Awards was started in 2006 by Stoel Rives LLP, a US law firm. Start-up incubator and co-working space Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council joined Stoel Rives in organizing and hosting the 2018 program.
Launched in 2008, LiveRez is a vacation rental software and services solution that includes a website, property management system, and online marketing services.