Pioneer of the World's Largest Vacation Rental Marketplace: HomeAway Co-founder and CEO Brian Sharples Named Ernst & Young

     Pioneer of the World's Largest Vacation Rental Marketplace: HomeAway
Co-founder and CEO Brian Sharples Named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of
                     The Year® 2012 Services Award Winner

Sharples honored for transforming the global vacation rental industry and
building the leading online marketplace for property owners and renters

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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 18, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Brian Sharples, Co-founder and
CEO of HomeAway, has been named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The
Year^® 2012 Services Award winner. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
Award is the country's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The
award encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognizes leaders and
visionaries who demonstrate innovation, financial success and personal
commitment as they create and build world-class businesses.

Sharples was recognized for combining his entrepreneurial desire and innate
ability to spot business opportunities to develop the world's leading online
vacation rental marketplace, HomeAway. He was honored at the Entrepreneur Of
The Year gala, the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth
Forum^® in Palm Springs, Calif. The Forum is the nation's premier gathering of
high-growth, market-leading companies. Awards were given in nine additional
categories. All Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners were
selected by an independent panel of judges from 244 regional award

"Brian's ability to first see an opportunity and then develop a successful
business model in an industry that was relatively unheard of just 10 years ago
is the mark of a true entrepreneur," said Bryan Pearce, Americas Director,
Entrepreneur Of The Year, Ernst & Young LLP. "He saw a gap in the market and
build a world-class business to fill it."

The birth of a global vacation rental marketplace

After building and selling a successful marketing data and research company in
his 30s, Sharples took some time to travel the world with his family and
figure out his next move. He quickly discovered that he much preferred renting
vacation homes – with their added space and full kitchens – over standard
hotel rooms, but he found the experience of finding and booking a home online
to be difficult. These frustrations uncovered what Sharples considered an
untapped market and led to his idea to build the world's largest vacation
rental marketplace. In 2005, Sharples co-founded HomeAway, and the following
year he launched the company's website after acquiring six vacation rental
sites. Understanding that choice is paramount for travelers, Sharples spent
the next five years focusing on organic growth for his vacation rental sites
and building his customer base by acquiring 17 additional vacation rental
sites. Today, the company has more than 640,000 vacation rental listings
across 168 countries.

Taking risks on the way to the top

Buying multiple companies in one day was not the only risk Sharples took to
ensure the success of his brand. In 2009, he made a huge gamble and ran an
advertisement during Super Bowl XLIV in hopes of raising awareness for both
the company and the industry as a whole. His risk paid off; the commercial
raised awareness of the vacation rental category by 15 percent and allowed him
to shift his efforts toward improving existing products and services, with a
focus on creating innovative marketplace technology. Thanks to Sharples'
commitment to developing the best online trust and security tools, HomeAway is
now recognized as the leading supplier of property management software in the
U.S., in addition to being the leader in the vacation rental marketplace.

Cultivating future growth

Sharples' determination and leadership have been instrumental in helping build
HomeAway, but like a true entrepreneur he sees the potential to expand his
online marketplace and continues to set goals for the future. Sharples is
currently striving to give travelers more options and expand HomeAway into all
markets where people want to visit. He also remains committed to his initial
mission to make finding and renting a vacation property as easy as booking a
hotel room.

National Entrepreneur Of The Year^® 2012 Services finalists

In addition to Sharples, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year  Services
national finalists were: Paul English, Co-founder and Chief Technology
Officer, KAYAK, of Concord, Mass., one of today's most popular online travel
search sites with a core focus on making travel technology better, faster and
easier; Jim Dixon, CEO, CompuCom Systems, Inc., of Dallas, Texas, a leading IT
outsourcing specialist, providing managed solutions for mid-market and
enterprise clients in the retail, technology, manufacturing, finance, energy,
and healthcare industries; Robert Low, President, Prime, Inc., of Springfield,
Mass., a leader in transportation service, including refrigerated, flatbed,
tanker and logistics. National Entrepreneur Of The Year^® 2012 Overall Award

Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Chobani, was named the Ernst & Young National
Entrepreneur Of The Year^® 2012 Overall Award winner.

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