What’s in a name?
In the HomeAway offices, there’s one topic that pops up in conversation from time to time; the similarity between our company name and ‘Home and Away’, the ever-popular Australian TV show. It’s a common enough error and one that’s easy to make. Confusing the two is a trap that our friends and families have fallen into, and even a couple of our colleagues have confessed to mistakenly letting slip the name of the antipodean soap opera during their job interviews.

So to clarify who’s who, here’s a quick guide.
Meet the HomeAway Team
Brian Sharples
Brian Sharples
Chief Executive
Formerly the president and chief executive of IntelliQuest Information Group, Brian Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd. He has a master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Carl Shepherd
Carl Shepherd
Co-Founder & CSO
Carl Shepherd oversees HomeAway’s worldwide corporate development efforts, including mergers, acquisitions and key partnerships. He was previously chief operating officer of Hoover’s Online.
Tom Hale
Tom Hale
Chief Product Officer
Tom Hale serves as Chief Product Officer, overseeing all aspects of product and technology on a global basis. Tom has nearly 20 years’ experience in product development and holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard.
HomeAway Founders Tell All
Introducing HomeAway
HomeAway.co.uk can be traced back to 1996, when the predecessor to the current site
was established in London.

The HomeAway family is now spread all across the world, offering a global collection of sites to help families and friends create unforgettable travel experiences by staying together in holiday rentals. We provide travellers with the means to find their home away from home, where they can enjoy the added space, freedom and comfort of a holiday rental.
Unforgettable travel experiences
*Based on the average of the top 5% of owners advertising on HomeAway.co.uk in a 2013 survey
We are the the world's #1 choice for holiday homes. No matter what your destination, occasion, or budget, you can find your ideal accommodation – usually for less than it would cost to stay in a hotel.

If you own a holiday home, we can help you turn it into a rental success story with earnings up to £54,000 per year*. We provide you with all the tools and resources you’ll need to manage your listing and advertise your property to the 32 million travellers who visit our sites every month.
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Setting the scene for Home and Away
Home and Away is an Australian soap opera set in the fictional town of Summer Bay. Filming takes place in Palm Beach in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As it happens we have a great selection of holiday homes available to rent in Palm Beach, which means you could live like a TV star as part of your Australian adventure!
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However you found us, welcome, and we hope you find what you are looking for.

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