Timeshare resale and rental advertising company BuyaTimeshare.com is celebrating its 15th year in business this week.
Beginning with an idea while studying as an undergraduate student at the University of Tampa, president and CEO Wesley Kogelman decided in 2000 to create an online marketplace where timeshare owners could easily connect with buyers and renters online to facilitate transactions.
Coinciding with the rapid impact Google had on the growth of online search, Wes became a pioneer in the online timeshare resale industry, having begun his business prior to all of his current major competitors. It is the experience over the past 15 years which has translated into the success the company has enjoyed.
“We saw early on the effect Google was having on the internet and how search would change the exchange of information,” Kogelman said. “There was a pent-up market of timeshare sellers and buyers who had no way to interact, except by traditional newspapers or local real estate offices, and the internet became the great equaliser where owners could transact directly with buyers and renters.”