Southern Vacation Rentals Announces Three New Area General Managers

New hire Jim Meeker joins Southern team members Dawn Robinson and Richard Lamar who were promoted to new general manager roles.

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"While it is always our goal to exceed expectations, Southern Vacation Rentals is very pleased to announce these new roles within our company, designed to bring customer service for our owners and guests to a whole new level,” said Marie Babin.

Destin, FL (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Southern Vacation Rentals -- whose vision is to be the most caring company along the Gulf Coast -- announces three new area general managers, who join the ranks of Wendi Patterson, general manager of the Forgotten Coast region. Dawn Robinson and Richard Lamar, long term Southern employees, have been promoted to these new roles, while Jim Meeker has been hired to join the Southern team. As general managers, each will oversee vacation rental operations and business development in their respective regions.

"While it is always our goal to exceed expectations, Southern Vacation Rentals is very pleased to announce these new roles within our company, designed to bring customer service for our owners and guests to a whole new level,” said Marie Babin, chief operating officer, Southern Management Group.

Dawn Robinson is the new general manager for Fort Walton Beach condo rentals on Okaloosa Island and Destin vacation rentals from downtown Destin through Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach. For the last eight years, she led Southern Vacation Rentals’ business development and will continue efforts to gain new properties on the Southern program while also growing the successful operations and guest relations in these areas. Robinson is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and has lived along the Emerald Coast for approximately 10 years.

Richard Lamar has been with Southern Vacation Rentals since 2004 after graduating from Auburn University. As general manager, he will represent Pensacola Beach vacation rentals and Perdido Key condo rentals through Pointe South, a Southern company. Lamar has grown from entry level assistant property manager to property manager and most recently, operations manager for Southern Vacation Rentals. In this new position, he will focus his efforts on overseeing nearly 150 vacation rental properties and growing those already successful local operations. A lifelong resident of Fort Walton Beach and active member of the community, he is a part of Young Professionals at the Beach, United Way Funds Distribution Committee and Northwest Florida Golf Trail.

Jim Meeker is responsible for Southern’s Panama City Beach vacation rentals and 30A vacation rentals and brings more than 20 years of experience as a general manager and corporate director to Southern Vacation Rentals. He is very familiar with the community, after growing up in the area and once serving as the marketing committee director for the Beaches of South Walton TDC (now Visit South Walton). Most recently, Meeker was general manager at Fairfield Inn in Vicksburg, Miss., where he surpassed revenue goals for six consecutive quarters and brought guest satisfaction up from the bottom to the top 20 percent in the Fairfield Inn system. Meeker holds a Hotel and Restaurant Administration degree from Florida State University.

Go Southern is a local, family owned group of companies under the Southern brand with vacation and long term rentals, real estate sales and association management. Owned and operated by two sets of brothers since 1995, Southern maintains a small company feel with big company reach and resources. Southern currently represents nearly 800 short term and 750 long term rentals, 30 associations and countless real estate properties throughout Orange Beach, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, South Walton, Panama City Beach and the Forgotten Coast. Ready…Set…Go Southern!

For more information about Southern, visit http://www.GoSouthern.com or call 855-844-7356.

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