Just over twenty years ago, two sisters had a dream of sharing their quirky hometown of Tybee Island with guests from all over the world. Having lived on Tybee Island and in the Savannah area their entire lives, Amy Gaster and Carrie Gaster Efird developed a bond with the area that inspired them to start Tybee Vacation Rentals (TVR) in 2000. The family-owned and operated company is headquartered on Tybee Island, Ga, and is now a leading property management company with vacation homes on Tybee Island and in Savannah, Georgia.
As the world shines a spotlight on women leaders, Amy and Carrie reflect on all that they have accomplished as female leaders and entrepreneurs. From 2000 to now, Tybee Vacation Rentals has built a reputation for exceptional guest services, operational excellence, innovation through technology, and community involvement through sponsorships and volunteerism.
"The success of our company is a result of our commitment to providing the best experience to our property owners, guests, employees, and to our local community,” said Amy Gaster, President and Co-Owner. “We also take a hands-on approach to promote our destination and representing the vacation rental industry and our business in a positive and responsible way.”
The past 20 years have generated remarkable growth. From a dozen properties and just the two company owners in the beginning to over 300 properties and 80 year-round employees today. Tybee Vacation Rentals has consistently led the way locally for technology and innovation by becoming the first in the region to offer online booking, browser-based search functionality, secure keyless entry, and dynamic pricing. In 2020, Tybee Vacation Rentals took another step towards the future by constructing a new state of the art, environmentally friendly, Housekeeping and Linen Headquarters that includes a professional laundry and four long-term rental apartments designated for workforce housing.
“Operations is the backbone of any successful property management company and delivers on promises made by our incredible marketing and sales teams. We have focused on being a leader in our industry. TVR offers full-service and professional property care to our clients, develops and maintains high standards in our portfolio of homes, and provides a quality lodging experience to our guests,” said Carrie Efird, Co-Owner and Design Consultant.