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About Victorex
Victorex has been providing computer software, hardware, hardware maintenance, and programming services for over twenty years. Although we have provided products and services to a wide variety of businesses, today our focus and expertise is in providing the reservations, management and Internet software that Vacation Rental Managers and Timeshare Resorts need to operate at maximum efficiency in today's Internet-driven global economy. We are also skilled webmasters and provide website hosting services for Vacation Rental Managers and Timeshare Resorts.

This page provides some history about Victorex. For more information about our current products and services, please Click on the appropriate link to the left. Or, Click Contact Us and call, FAX or E-mail us with your request for information.

Victorex was founded in the late 1970's by John V. Kjellman, who remains active in the business as our president and chief technology officer. In the pre-PC days, we worked primarily with Alpha Microsystems minicomputers, and operated a thriving computer maintenance service in the San Francisco Bay Area, that serviced a wide variety of business and educational institutions, including wholesale tour operators, home builders, occupational health services providers, dentists, steel fabricators, schools, vacation rental managers, and several other types of business. Our forte (and reputation) in those days was being the best in Northern California at keeping mission-critical Alpha Microsystems computers running with minimal downtime.

Despite our early focus on hardware (that's where the money was!), we were busy developing software. First came cashflow analysis software for one of California's leading home builders. That software is still in use (2014). Then came our Computerized Accounting and Payroll System (CAPS), which was highly-regarded at the time by the many firms that used it. (It is still in limited use.)

At the same time, we were working on what was one of the first software packages for vacation rental managers written to run on a "microcomputer." This project was commissioned by Mickey Holzman, the west coast dean of Vacation Rental Management, and president and co-founder of Holzman and Daw, Inc. Holzman and Daw was founded to provide home and condominium owners at Pajaro Dunes on Monterey Bay, California with an alternative to the developer for property management and vacation rental services.

As time passed, we spent more and more time on our software for Vacation Rental Managers, which became known as RPMRS (Resort Property Management Reservation System). As word spread, we installed RPMRS in the offices of several leading west coast Vacation Rental Managers, the most successful of which, Lake Tahoe Accommodations, remains our largest customer today (Click Links to Resorts). Lake Tahoe Accommodations now operates from four offices in two states.

In addition to developing RPMRS, and helping to keep customers' systems running, John Kjellman assumed a leading role in helping all Vacation Rental Managers operate more efficiently, more wisely, and less stressfully. The first step was to co-host with Bill and Doll Jelavich a meeting of five Vacation Rental Managers (Spring 1985 at Monterey Dunes Company), where information and ideas were exchanged. Solutions to common problems were discussed, and participants learned that Vacation Rental Management brought with it certain problems that couldn't be eliminated, but which could be managed. More important, the participants came to realize they were providing a very valuable service to both owners and renters that they should feel proud about, and that they should be compensated fairly for their efforts.

This first meeting led to several others, and soon Vacation Rental Managers from the east coast were traveling to attend the west coast meetings. About two years after the first meeting, what is now the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) was formed. John Kjellman was named head of the first executive committee, then served as the association's executive director for a couple of years, under the presidencies of co-founder and first president Bill Futrell, and second president Byron Hendricks. Mickey Holzman, another of the founders, was a later president of VRMA.

Meanwhile, development of RPMRS continued, as we answered the calls of our existing customers for software to handle their growing businesses (growth that was in many respects made possible by RPMRS). The most significant enhancement was full support for shared-ownership properties, which was added to meet the needs of B.J. Enterprise in Chelan, Washington (no longer in business), and Ridgepine (The Ridge) in Sunriver, Oregon. We created an add-on module that supports all types of shared-ownership (Timeshare) plans, yet allows for the separation of the tasks of maintaining owner calendars from that of vacation rental reservation-taking. This makes it easy for reservationists who may have only a casual knowledge of Timeshare programs and week codes to book reservations in shared-ownership units, just as they do for single-owner vacation homes.

Today our work is focused in three principle areas:
  • Development and support of Internet vacation rental search engines and software for online bookings.
  • Development of RPMRS to provide improved support for companies managing multiple resorts and resort offices.
  • Development of Application Service Provider (ASP) services, to allow any Vacation Rental Manager or Timeshare Resort to obtain the full capabilities of our RPMRS software via the Internet, without the purchase of new software or hardware.
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