Michael Farner joins Nomad Temporary Housing as Senior Vice President, Client Development

SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Michael Farner, CRP, GMS-T, has joined the leadership team at Nomad Temporary Housing as Senior Vice President, Client Development.

Michael has over 13 years of comprehensive experience supporting the mobility industry through his passion for customer service, relationship development, and partner management. Michael joins Nomad from Quicken Loans where he was a Regional Director of National Sales and led a team responsible for building and supporting relationships with partners through the Corporate Relocation, Real Estate Agent Relations, and Affinity lending channels.

Gavan James, President and CEO of Nomad, shares “We are thrilled to have Michael join our organization at a time of incredible growth.  His stature in the relocation industry, combined with his warmth and client centric style, make him a perfect fit for Nomad.”

Michael is an active member of Worldwide ERC and holds both the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Global Mobility Specialist-Strategic Talent Mobility (GMS-T) designations, as well as serving on WERC’s Certification Review Board.  In addition, he has been a featured writer for Mobility magazine.

A graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, Michael resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife Kendell, and their three children Nora, Nicholas, and Nolan.

Nomad Temporary Housing was recently awarded a Gold Service Excellence Award from RELO Direct, citing the organizations’ shared vision, partnership and alignment.  Nomad has provided temporary accommodations to RELO Direct and its valued clients for more than six years, in locations all over the globe.

Employing a unique model of technology and personalized customer care that provides a bidding platform of more than 750 vetted partners worldwide, Nomad offers a single point of contact for clients.  Nomad utilizes its vast array of partners to offer thousands of apartments and suite hotel rooms to clients in the locations they need, with the selection of choice they demand. Our top clients report Nomad’s service delivery is a step above any other global serviced accommodation brand. For more information, please visit www.nomadtemphousing.com.

For additional details, please contact Heather James at 619.313.4300 or hjames@nomadtemphousing.com.

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Nomad Temporary Housing Wins Gold Service Excellence Award From RELO Direct

SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – RELO Direct, at its recent 7th Annual Corporate Forum Event, honored Nomad Temporary Housing with a Gold Service Excellence Award.  Nomad has provided temporary accommodations for RELO Direct and its valued clients for more than six years in locations all over the globe.

“At the core of everything RELO Direct® does is a commitment to meeting and exceeding the expectations of our clients and their relocating employees,” said Oliver Dubester, Director, Global Supply Chain Management. “In order to achieve that, we must partner with the best supplier partners available since they act as an extension of our own organization. Throughout our relationship, Nomad Temporary Housing has shared this vision for service excellence and we are grateful to be aligned with them.”

Karl Thuge, Partner and EVP with Nomad, noted, “We are very proud and humbled to receive this award.  The Nomad team and our 1000+ global partners work extremely hard to provide RELO Direct with multiple options for every request, that have been carefully vetted to match the needs, wants and desires of each guest.  Everyday, we strive to exceed the service expectations of our clients.  We are grateful to be held in such esteem.”

Nomad Temporary Housing received the top rating in the most recent 14th Annual, Relocation Managers’ Survey© conducted by Trippel Survey & Research, LLC.  Nomad is ranked #1 in Overall Satisfaction, Net Satisfaction, Loyalty, Innovation and Partnership, and Willingness to Recommend. Further, Nomad also received numerous other service awards from our valued clients in the last twelve months.

In mid-2016, Nomad was honored to be named Corporate Housing Provider of the Year for the Americas by the Forum for Expatriate Management.

Nomad Temporary Housing©, based in San Diego, California is a leading provider of temporary apartments, serviced apartments and extended-stay hotel solutions around the world. Nomad utilizes its vast array of partners to offer thousands of apartments and suite hotel rooms to clients in the locations they need, with the selection of choice they demand. Our top clients report Nomad’s service delivery is a step above any other global serviced accommodation brand. Nomad also has offices in Calgary, London and Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.nomadtemphousing.com

For additional details, please contact Gavan James at 619.313.4300 or gjames@nomadtemphousing.com

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Nomad Temporary Housing ranked #1 in 2016 by Relocation Managers on the Trippel Survey!

SAN DIEGO, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Nomad Temporary Housing was ranked #1 in both Overall Satisfaction, and Net Satisfaction, in the 2016 Relocation Managers’ Survey. The survey was conducted by Trippel Research & Survey, an independent relocation industry research firm. The survey was distributed to 1,236 corporate relocation managers.

Nomad’s top rankings in both categories outpaced all others. The Net Satisfaction score of 64% was far ahead of the second place finisher, with a score of 40%. Overall Satisfaction was 9.00 out of 10, significantly ahead of second place finisher 8.18. In 2015, Nomad also received top rankings in this survey.

“Our entire team is excited to see these results for the second year in a row”, says Gavan James, founder, president and chief executive officer of Nomad. “Nomad delivers these results through our unique choice model. Our dedicated staff works with over 700 certified partners, who combine strengths to give a truly exceptional temporary housing experience.” Nomad’s executive vice president Heather James adds, “These results are a collaborative effort of our hard working associates, and the exceptional temporary housing partners in each market that share our vision of quality and service.”

Nomad Temporary Housing was also recently awarded the “2016 Corporate Housing Company of the Year EMMA” award by the Forum for Expatriate Management.  In addition, Nomad has received numerous other service awards from our valued clients in 2015 and 2016.

Nomad was recently ranked #422 on Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500″ list of the fastest growing private companies in America, with an 1126% revenue increase in three years.

Employing a unique model of technology and personalized customer care that provides a bidding platform of more than 750 vetted partners worldwide, Nomad offers a single point of contact for clients.  Nomad utilizes its vast array of partners to offer thousands of apartments and suite hotel rooms to clients in the locations they need, with the selection of choice they demand. Our top clients report Nomad’s service delivery is a step above any other global serviced accommodation brand. For more information, visit www.nomadtemphousing.com.

For additional details, please contact Heather James at 619.313.4300 or hjames@nomadtemphousing.com.

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The Sharing Economy, Part 3 of 3

This is the last in a series about the Sharing Economy – a world where we rent out anything to anyone when it’s not in use! Today, you can rent an empty futon or bedroom on Airbnb, grab a ride from a dude on Lyft, rent someone’s ski boat on Boat Share, and even hitch a ride on a nifty helicopter via Blade. The last one is not really part of the Sharing Economy, but it is pretty cool.

So, while Nomad is the only unbiased temporary housing supplier in the world, this blog is a bit biased toward a temporary apartment rental through Nomad or one of our industry partners versus reserving one on Airbnb.

Temporary apartments are not cheap – they average around $135/day in the USA and the stay is usually a minimum of 30 days. On Airbnb, you can find a place for less, even half that, and sometimes lower. Folks – you get what you pay for. Airbnb may be right for you……until it isn’t.

Temporary apartments rented from one of over 450 USA companies that are professionally managed buys you more than the apartment and furniture. It buys you peace of mind and attentive response to any service requests. It buys you access 24/7 to a service hot-line. It buys you extraordinary consistency in product, even when delivered from so many different companies. The reason is these companies cater to Fortune 1000 companies who demand this level of service, apartment product, and professionalism. Each apartment is fully cleaned and reset between guests.

Renting from most Airbnb “hosts” means you are renting from a private individual who is renting a spare room, spare bed, or their primary dwelling while they are away. While most are nice and caring, they are usually not trained pros in the business. You may show up and find their belongings and clothes in the closet. Or, who knows what in a dresser or bathroom drawer. The furniture may be fabulous, or well, not so fabulous. The Host may be reliable, meaning he is there when you arrive. Or he may not show, or be 5 hours late. He may fix a major maintenance issue, or he may not. He may have it spotless, or you could find it icky. She may show up and gain entry without your permission. The comforter may have been cleaned between you and the last guest, or, not so much.

Now, Airbnb is worth $25 billion today (yes, that is billion with a b) and millions stay in some sort of accommodation with them each year. Most are happy with the service and find the accommodations just fine. By the way, the ratings you see online may be a bit suspect, you can read about this on the internet and judge for yourself.  If you are a vacationer looking for a short one week stay, it may be perfect or it may not be everything you thought it should be. Just beware when you book for a month or more your tolerance level may be low for anything less than perfectly clean, high quality accommodations with professional service.

One last piece of advice: Google “Airbnb Horror Stories”, or click this link: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/3kurgz/airbnb_hostsguests_any_horror_stories/

-Gavan James

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Nomad Temporary Housing Wins Superior Quality Service Award From Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide!

San Diego, CA (November 2, 2015)-At its recent 15th Annual Graebel Relocation Alliance Conference, Graebel honored Nomad Temporary Housing with the award for Superior Quality Achievement as chosen by guest/transferee.  Nomad provides temporary accommodations for Graebel and its valued clients in locations all over the globe.

Heather James, partner EVP with Nomad, exclaimed “This is so exciting!  The team works extremely hard to exceed the service expectations of our guests, and this kind of recognition really drives them even more.  We are grateful to be held in such esteem.”

Earlier this year, Nomad Temporary Housing received top ratings in the 13th Annual, 2015 Relocation Managers’ Survey© conducted by Trippel Survey & Research, LLC.  They were named #1 in Overall Satisfaction, Net Satisfaction, Loyalty, Innovation and Partnership, and Willingness to Recommend.

Nomad Temporary Housing©, based in San Diego, California is a leading provider of temporary apartments, serviced apartments and extended-stay hotel solutions around the world. Nomad utilizes its vast array of partners to offer thousands of apartments and suite hotel rooms to clients in the locations they need, with the selection of choice they demand. Our top clients report Nomad’s service delivery is a step above any other global serviced accommodation brand. For more information, visit www.nomadtemphousing.com

For additional details, please contact Gavan James at 619.313.4300 or gjames@nomadtemphousing.com

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The Sharing Economy Part 2 of 3

In Part One of this series, I noted the explosion in the Sharing Economy. You can’t go a single day without reading about Uber’s $50B valuation, Airbnb’s $17B valuation, or some other Sharing Economy venture.

Uber of course is under tremendous pressure due to the questionable legality of a portion of their business in many cities. As for Airbnb, simply Google “Airbnb Hell Stories” for an eyeful. This part dives into the legality of Airbnb style rentals. First though, I am not an attorney. I am a professional temp housing company owner who wants you to use my service, you may see a bias in my blog. Please note though I have attempted to be as accurate as possible.

In regard to Airbnb or many Craigslist listings, the under 30 day rentals are almost always illegal. They often are offered in buildings not zoned as hotels. For rentals of less than 30 days in length, unless you are renting from a hotelier in a building zoned, built and taxed as a hotel, you are at risk – sometimes life and death risk. If an employer allows rentals to be paid for by corporate cards in unlicensed hotel operations, they too are potentially at risk. An employee who receives payment for a rental by their employer should have limits on what types of accommodations he or she can seek when the company is involved if the company wants to shield themselves.

Risk comes from two areas. The first is “Fire and Life Safety”. Hotels are built to rigorous city zoning codes. These building codes require the hotel to evacuate guests in a fire or other threatening event quickly. The codes almost always call for wider stairwells, a higher level of fire suppression, a higher degree of use of materials that slow a fire, and other key life saving features. Apartment complexes, condo properties and single family homes rarely have these protections as they are designed for permanent renters.

The worst case scenario is the death of an Airbnb guest in a rental in an apartment fire. Say you rented a private apartment not zoned as a hotel for five nights in downtown Chicago. You are on the 38th floor, unfamiliar with the building, and die before you can get out. The family of that renter would have recourse against the Airbnb host, the property management company managing the building, the building owner and possibly even Airbnb. Airbnb has recently added language to their agreements advising all parties that the host is the person who must insure legality of their rental. I find that interesting as a way to shove off liability. Yet they know full well 90% of all their stays are not legal. I doubt they want to reduce 90% of their listings, to do so would crash their $17B valuation. With this in mind, many juries might include Airbnb in the chain of liability in a court case.

The next risk is compliance to apartment building, condo HOA, and other House Rules that prohibit illegal short-term rentals on their properties. An interesting trend has developed in New York City. City zoning officials simply do not have the time to police the thousands of illegal listings on Airbnb, Craigslist and other Sharing Economy listing platforms. Instead, the city is going after apartment owners who do not self-police these illegal rentals. The city sends a single or multiple listing telling the building owners/managers they must rid themselves of the listing. The process is working, landlords, co-op boards, and condo HOA’s are sending eviction letters, or threatening eviction.

The last component to this is one with the most press – payment of hotel taxes. Some would think if a city successfully collects taxes the rental is then legal. This is not true on less than 30 day stays. The host may be in compliance with payment of hotel tax, but the collection of taxes does not in any way diminish the liabilities of short stays in apartments not zoned as hotels. The host, building owner, and manager would not be shielded from liability simply because taxes were paid.

In conclusion, cities are struggling to catch up with this new Sharing Economy. The bridge period will result in a great deal of confusion, until court cases create precedence. This is not to say these rentals do not have a place. They can be a wonderful options for a certain class of traveler willing to trade risk for rewards of a lower price or more unique housing option. That said, corporations may want to seek legal counsel before paying for these rentals found by their employees, or having these programs as part of their travel and relocation programs.

In Part 3 of 3, I will explore the rental dynamics or renting from Sharing Economy amateur landlords proving temp living versus the dynamics of renting from professional temporary housing companies. The devil is in the details!

-Gavan James

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Nomad Wins Gold From Brookfield Global Relocation Services!

Nomad Wins Gold From Brookfield Global Relocation Services!

SAN DIEGO, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Nomad Temporary Housing is the proud recipient of the Gold Premier Service Award for Temporary Living from Brookfield Global Relocation Services.  Out of more than 2,800 global supply chain partners, Nomad was the only company in the field of temporary living to be singled out for this honor.  A strategic partner for Brookfield for the past three years, Nomad has consistently maintained extremely high service scores throughout their business relationship and through very high volume time periods.

Cindy Salter, Executive Vice President, Brookfield, states, “Critically important is their cost and margin transparency. Thank you very much, Nomad!”

Nomad Temporary Housing recently received top ratings in the 13th Annual, 2015 Relocation Managers’ Survey© conducted by Trippel Survey & Research, LLC.  They were named #1 in Overall Satisfaction, Net Satisfaction, Loyalty, Innovation and Partnership, and Willingness to Recommend.  “With the Brookfield Gold Premier Service Award coming on the heels of the Trippel Survey scores, everyone in our organization is just thrilled.  Recognition of the effort and dedication that each employee puts forth every day is highly appreciated!” said Karl Thuge, Executive Vice President at Nomad.

Nomad Temporary Housing©, based in San Diego, California, is a leading provider of temporary apartments, serviced apartments and extended-stay hotel solutions around the world. Nomad utilizes its vast array of partners to offer thousands of apartments and suite hotel rooms to clients in the locations they need, with the selection of choice they demand. Our top clients report Nomad’s service delivery is a step above any other global serviced accommodation brand. For more information, visit www.nomadtemphousing.com

For additional details, please contact Gavan James at 619.313.4300 or gjames@nomadtemphousing.com

SOURCE Nomad Temporary Housing

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Nomad Temporary Housing Ranked #422 With 1,126% Three-Year Growth Rate On Inc 5000 List Of Fastest Growing Private Companies In America

Nomad Temporary Housing Ranked #422 With 1,126% Three-Year Growth Rate On Inc 5000 List Of Fastest Growing Private Companies In America

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Nomad Temporary Housing is proud to announce Inc Magazine listed Nomad Temporary Housing #422 on its 34th annual Inc 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Inc Magazine, and are humbled to be amongst such prestigious firms,” says Gavan James, Nomad’s President and C.E.O. “Our business model of providing unbiased options, with a choice of 75,000 temporary apartments worldwide via our extensive network, has been a true business interrupter within the industry.  Nomad’s cutting edge technology and industry leading reporting has really struck a chord with our clients.  We thank our associates, clients, and Nomad Certified Partners for this honor.”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22) is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000′s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

Nomad Temporary Housing recently received top ratings in the 13th Annual, 2015 Relocation Managers’ Survey© conducted by Trippel Survey & Research, LLC.  They were named #1 in Overall Satisfaction, Net Satisfaction, Loyalty, Innovation and Partnership, and Willingness to Recommend.

Nomad Temporary Housing©, based in San Diego, California is a leading provider of temporary apartments, serviced apartments and extended-stay hotel solutions around the world. Nomad also has regional offices in London, and Hong Kong. Nomad utilizes its vast array of partners to offer thousands of apartments and suite hotel rooms to clients in the locations they need, with the selection of choice they demand. Nomad’s top clients report their service delivery is a step above any other global serviced accommodation brand. For more information, visit www.nomadtemphousing.com

For additional details, please contact Gavan James at 619.313.4300 or gjames@nomadtemphousing.com

SOURCE Nomad Temporary Housing

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The Sharing Economy Part 1 of 3

I am simply fascinated with the concept of The Sharing Economy, and of course, how it impacts the industry of temporary housing.

Just think about it, there is so much stuff that is unused every day. Cars, driveways, parking spots, boats, apartments, second homes, primary homes, RV’s, even that tuxedo in your closet you wear twice a year. Platforms such as airbnb, Uber, Lyft and countless more or working to gain access and monetize all these partially unused items. Let your imagination run wild – we will see sharing economy platforms that help companies rent unused office space or a desk. Maybe gain access to a true private jet (with pilots of course!) without the use of a charter company, or let you rent out your private pool for a party, maybe even rent out your dogs to a lonely neighbor. The sky is the limit!

The genesis of all of this in my mind was eBay. They developed the seller/buyer star ratings, which infused “trust” into an internet transaction. Uber, and many others copied this, and it allows trust to occur between renter and the entity/person renting the item. If I owned a jet, trust me, I would be looking for five stars for any renter, and as a renter, I would only step into a 5 star rated aircraft.

The Sharing Economy has been around for a while. I started using eBay and Stubhub for concert tickets years ago, goodbye to overpriced scalpers. Now I work with scalpers that have market dynamics limit pricing, yea! Knock on wood, my tickets have always shown up and have never been fake.

In regard to housing, airbnb of course is king, for now. It amazes me a home owner with a $3 million dollar private home would rent the place for $1200/day. The homeowner leaves his clothes, art, possessions, refrigerator food, wine, spirits and oddities lying around. Conversely, what renter wants to open a fridge and see someone else’s food? Or, even peek in a nightstand of someone else’s home? Well, it is working. airbnb is valued at $17 billion. Thousands of apartments, flats, homes and villas are rented every week, worldwide. Some form of insurance is provided by the platform, so it works.

Well, does it work legally? Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series to shed some light on this.

-Gavan James

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Nomad Temporary Housing Opens Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nomad Temporary Housing, a global leader in temporary housing solutions, is pleased to announce the opening of its Asia Pacific regional office.  Located in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong, this office serves Nomad’s growing roster of Asia Pacific based clients, as well as established U.S. clients, with quality serviced apartment choices throughout the region.

This regional office handles all facets of service delivery throughout Asia Pacific, including India, China, Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia. Leading the office is relocation industry veteran Melanie Pilz, vice-president of APAC operations. Melanie brings 12 years of experience to Nomad, most recently as director of global operations with Brookfield Global Relocation Services in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

“Nomad’s extraordinary worldwide expansion is driven by current customers asking Nomad to establish operations in Asia Pacific”, said Gavan James, president and chief executive officer for Nomad Temporary Housing.  “This opening comes on the heels of our new office in London, which serves the EMEA region.”  Adds Nomad executive vice president Karl Thuge, “Our model is the only 100% unbiased choice delivery model, bringing together the widest array of serviced apartment solutions available globally.  We have over 300 four and five star properties throughout the APAC region, all offered under the formidable umbrella of a world-class service company.  These leading brand buildings feature a variety of amenities, and each offer quality short and long term stay accommodations. Unlike network providers that also manage a certain brand, we are free to offer the very best possible housing solutions, without bias, as we have no financial ties to any specific building or brands in a given market.”

Nomad Temporary Housing, based in San Diego, California is a leading provider of temporary apartments, serviced apartments and extended-stay hotel solutions around the world. Nomad utilizes its vast array of partners to offer 79,000 apartments and thousands more suite hotel rooms to clients in the locations they need, with the selection of choice they demand. Our top clients report Nomad’s service delivery is a step above any other global serviced accommodation brand. For more information, visit www.nomadtemphousing.com

For additional details, please contact Gavan James at 619.313.4300 or gjames@nomadtemphousing.com

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