About Amelia Island Getaways
The birth of Amelia Island Getaways marks the realization of a long held dream of Summer Smith. Summer, a recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry Business College, enjoyed her very first vacation on the beautiful beaches of Amelia Island and has grown to love this unique island where many of her fondest vacation memories were created. A native of nearby Waycross, Ga., Summer successfully managed all aspects of vacation rentals for her parents’ properties on Amelia Island even while amassing an impressive academic record at UGA. Most notably, she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the recipient of the Excellence in Management Award given to the top management student in her graduating class. Summer has chosen to apply her exceptional organizational skills and relentless desire to please her clients to this fledgling business venture.
To acquire a thorough understanding of the vacation rental industry, Summer interned this past vacation season at Hilton Head Island Rentals and Golf, one of the largest and most successful companies in an intensely competitive market. She gained an exhaustive working knowledge of the business from owner and CEO, Tom Ridgway and his staff. (Please see Tom’s endorsement of Summer’s abilities below.) Summer has recently attended the National Vacation Rental Manager Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee to gain further insights in how to provide cutting edge service to owners and vacationers alike.
Amelia Island Getaways, in part due to its small size, offers hands-on personalized attention to each of its clients. Setting itself apart through meticulous attention to the details of all aspects of vacation rental management will be the tireless goal of this upstart enterprise. Summer has an intimate working knowledge of this splendid barrier island and its myriad of activities and amenities. We hope you will let Amelia Island Getaways assist you in creating the vacation memories of your dreams.
“Summer distinguished herself from the very beginning of her internship at Hilton Head Rentals & Golf. Never have we had an intern so highly self motivated and so driven. She dove into every facet of the business and took her experience with us to the next level. Here was a bright, energetic, enthusiastic individual who clearly was driven to master all facets of vacation rentals. Summer’s dedication and passion for entering the vacation rental industry was clearly evident as she demonstrated the diversity of talents and skill sets necessary to launch her business. Her intuitive insight into advertising, marketing, reservations, operations and accounting ensured her path to success. Of equal importance in managing her business were her observed sensitivity to cultivating outstanding property owner and customer relations. I have never met or had the privilege to work with an individual so talented and ready to master all the skills required to develop, launch and lead a vacation rental management company.”