Meet Our Advisory Board
We are excited to introduce our new Advisory Board Team Members.
Attorney, Bynum Law
Richard Bynum is a former software developer who transitioned into a 20-plus-year legal career primarily working with small to medium-sized software companies. He is currently Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel at Cloudera, Inc., and also assists entrepreneurs and small businesses through his own firm, Bynum Law. Additionally, Mr. Bynum manages three short-term rental properties in Emerald Isle, NC; Pinehurst, NC; and Sugar Mountain, NC.
“From the first moment I spoke to Lorraine, I was inspired to want to help her to transform the world into what she sees it can be—one in which people with disabilities can travel with greater ease and comfort. It will be my great pleasure if, in some small way, I can contribute to helping to make this change happen,” said Bynum.
Vice President of Client Relations, Find Rentals
Cindy Dahlen is Vice President of Client Relations at FindRentals.com and is the owner of three businesses: 3D WebWizard, a business growth firm focused on the vacation rental industry; ThePlace2Stay.com, a vacation rental listing site; and Herman Tech Works, a business feasibility study company. Known as a forward-thinking and dynamic leader, Dahlen builds and revitalizes organizations through driving operational improvements and optimizing resources. As an executive and business owner, she leverages her diverse experience to design and deliver evaluations and plans of action to create best-in-class products and services which generate increased sales, profit, and market share.
"Being a part of something meaningful and important was on my bucket list, so when the opportunity to be a part of what Becoming rentABLE is doing, I was excited to get on board," said Dahlen.
Director, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism
Travis Napper attended Louisiana Tech University, earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2006 and received his CDME (Certified Destination Management Executive) designation in 2016. Napper is the Director of Tourism within the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism. Napper previously served as President & CEO of the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Director of Orientation at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA before his move to Arkansas. Napper serves on the Board of Mississippi River Country (MRC) and Travel South USA. He is a member of Destinations International, previously serving on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He was recognized as a future leader in the industry through DI’s 30 Under 30 program in 2013.
“I am honored to be able to serve and help with Becoming rentABLE. It is not only an opportunity to serve but to learn, too, and with what I learn we can continue to improve accessible travel in Arkansas and beyond,” said Napper.
Co-Founder and Vice President of Growth, SUPERHOG
Leo Walton is a cofounder of SUPERHOG, a company which provides intelligent vacation rental guest screening and damage protection for direct hosts, property managers, and platforms. Previously Walton spent seven years running the supply function at Onefinestay. Walton is passionately committed to building, improving, and revolutionizing the vacation rental industry. As the VP of Growth at SUPERHOG, he works closely with operators and hosts to unlock growth and streamline operations. Having experience of the property management side, Leo also has an acute understanding of the pain points which SUPERHOG sets out to solve, including guest screening, deposits, chargebacks, and property damage. Walton serves on the board of the Short-Term Accommodation Association of the UK.
“Lorraine and her team are trying to connect the dots and raise awareness more generally to encourage PMs to add more features to make properties accessible, and I’m keen to help anyway I can,” said Walton.
CEO, Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia
Luanne Welch is an industry leader supporting individuals & families living with disabilities and behavioral health challenges. Welch has been a part of the Easterseals family for over 35 years, dedicating her career to disability services. She is a strong community advocate and is recognized as a turnaround leader reorganizing financially challenged entities to reposition them for sustained, healthy growth. A graduate of NC State University, Welch serves on the Board of Trustees of Benchmarks NC, Board Secretary of i2i Center for Integrative Health, Vice Chair of UCP Regional Affiliate Council, and Advisory Board Member at Open Minds.
“I am truly honored to serve on the Advisory Board for Becoming rentABLE. Lorraine Woodward created Becoming rentABLE from her own life experience, expertise and passion to create a better path for others. Her entire team is committed to changing the accessible short-term rental industry which will make a huge different to millions of Americans with disabilities and their families. I am so excited to be a part of this change,” said Welch.