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The Rental Escapes Difference

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Our business is run by industry professionals with many years of experience in the luxury holiday market.

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We work with the most reputable property management companies in each destination. Our homes are personally inspected to meet a high standard of luxury.

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We love our jobs and we love to travel. That's why we always help service any request; small, big, and over-the-top.

Our Team

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Brian Schwimmer

CEO and Co-founder

Brian has been involved in the Travel Industry, International Real Estate and online startups for the past 20 years. As CEO and co-founder of Rental Escapes, he is responsible for setting the company's strategic objectives and leading Rental Escapes' growth and acquisition strategies in new markets around the world.

Brian has established a customer-centric culture at Rental Escapes, where exceeding travelers' expectations is the goal for each and every team member, from the Marketing team to the Reservations department. This philosophy has helped make Rental Escapes one of the fastest growing villa wholesalers in the world today.

Beyond Rental Escapes, Brian enjoys traveling with his family, playing golf, and is an avid sports fan.


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Daniel Bakerman

COO and Co-founder

Daniel is an entrepreneur with a solid background in travel, sales, online marketing and website development. He has more than 25 years of management experience under his belt and before co-founding Rental Escapes, he held an executive position at a successful online marketing and technology company in his hometown of Montreal.

As COO of Rental Escapes, Daniel spends his days (and nights!) ensuring that all of the company's various departments and teams operate smoothly and efficiently to ultimately deliver a memorable and seamless experience for our guests. When he's not working, Daniel loves spending time with his family, dining, and traveling.


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Willie Fernandez


Willie Fernandez’s experience in the travel industry spans more than 30 years across the cruise, hotel, vacation and villa industries.He is also an accomplished and award winning digital marketer who has transformed some of the industry’s most recognized brands.As CMO, he is responsible for Rental Escapes' brand strategy and marketing initiatives.He also oversees the agency relations and product teams who liaise with our travel advisor partners and villa suppliers.

When he is not at his desk, you can usually find him competing nationally on the BASS circuit.He also enjoys spending time with family and traveling.


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Samantha Meehan

Vice President of Guest Experience

Samantha hails from Ontario, Canada where she graduated with an Honours Specialization in Language and Literature. She took her studies further to complete a Bachelor of Education as well as a Masters of Education.

With family living in Canada, The U.S., and Panama, Samantha is no stranger to the world of travel. Having worked in the travel industry for more than 10 years, she works daily to assist her team in providing the best experience for guests and partners when working with Rental Escapes! Her interest in world culture led her to explore many different countries and she shares that with her guests to help paint the picture of what a good trip can do to bring one closer to themselves, their loved ones, and their world. Being able to travel anywhere, stay in luxurious properties, and interact with new people is a growing passion for her.

It's through Samantha’s experience in education and travel that she can create the best vacation for her clients at Rental Escapes. Her dedication and affinity for detail propel her to accommodate all requests, no matter how big or small they might be.


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Justin Verrall

Director of Sales and Development

Justin is a native Montrealer who studied Commerce and Psychology in College. With that he brings over 15 years of sales and marketing experience and a thirst for travel. While running their own online business, Justin and his wife spent 5 months traveling to Hawaii, New Zealand, Bali, Thailand, Hong Kong, the UK and the Caribbean before settling back in Montreal.

When Justin isn't practicing photography and music he's working hard to help his team deliver the best experience possible with a heightened level of service, support and attention to detail. It's this experience and his unrelenting drive to help others that has brought him to Rental Escapes.


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Amanda Singer

Senior Villa Specialist

Amanda has spent the last ten years working and living in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, where she developed andmanaged sales and customer care centres for a variety of companies. Her travels afforded her the opportunity to live in fabulousproperties around the world and ignited her passion for travelling. Amanda is always looking for the next occasion to experience anew country and she particularly enjoys helping guests who want to leap out of their comfort zone and plan their first stay in a newdestination.


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Ashton Thorne

Senior Villa Specialist

With more than 10 years of experience working for luxury travel brands under her belt, Ashton joined the Rental Escapes team in 2015 when she moved to Montreal from Canada's east coast.Her vibrant personality, experience and passion for travel, made her a perfect fit for our reservations team.

Ashton has travelled throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. She has personally inspected and stayed in many of our luxury villas in destinations like Barbados, St. Martin, Anguilla, Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.Ashton prides herself on being able to use her vast knowledge of the industry to curate the perfect vacation for her clients and provide superior customer service!


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Keith Diebel

Senior Villa Specialist

Keith's love of travel developed early in life as a kid growing up in Toronto, Canada. When he wasn't indulging in his original passions, playing hockey or soccer, he enjoyed travelling to destinations around the world with family and friends. His passion for the tourism industry ultimately led him to study Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University. Keith has travelled extensively through many Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada. His favorite destinations to date have been Hawaii, Thailand and Los Cabos.

Keith's travels eventually led him to Montreal where he lives and works at Rental Escapes, talking to guests about the places he's been and helping them plan their own unforgettable experiences. These days, when he's not travelling or playing sports, he is playing music, as he has drummed for more than 10 years.


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Tania Lee

Senior Villa Specialist

Before choosing to pursue her career in travel, Tania studied accounting in university and worked as an accountant for 10 years.She held positions in a large accounting and consultancy firm, and Cirque du Soleil before joining the Rental Escapes team.Tania has travelled to more than 30 countries and destinations all over the world. She counts India, Morocco, Turkey, Colombia,and South East Asia among her favorites, but her absolute favorites are Tulum, Mexico and New York City where she lived for 2 years.These days though, Tania prefers to enjoy the sun-and-sand destinations of the Caribbean over some of the more adventurous places she’svisited in the past.

Tania is also a huge foodie, particularly when it comes to pizza, and can probably name the best place to grab a slice anywhere herguests are going. She also really enjoys indoor spinning and drone photography, particularly in the sea (despite being a really bad swimmer).


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Ali Ellis

Villa Specialist

Ali was born and raised in Indiana, where she attended Indiana University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Tourism, Hospitality andEvent Management. Her passion for travel led her to continue her studies in Australia where she spent several months studying and exploringthe region. She had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and Indonesia and has plans to continue exploring the world.

After completing her studies Ali worked in customer service and as an event planner, managing and organizing events ranging in size from ahandful to thousands of attendees. As a Villa Specialist, Ali applies her love of travel and aptitude for organizationto carefully curate experiences for her guests.


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Deane Saunders

Villa Specialist

Deane was born in London, England and developed a passion for travel at an early age after his first trip to Barbados.When he was 17 years old, he relocated to Spain where he began a successful ten year career in International Real Estate.His experience selling luxury properties helped him develop his expert instinct for customer service. When working with clients,Deane always strives to go above and beyond to exceed their expectations.

These days, there's not much Deane enjoys more than meeting new people and immersing himself in new places and other cultures.Whether it's city life in Paris or small villages in Portugal, Deane loves exploring new locations and of course trying the local cuisine.His first-hand knowledge of overseas destinations allows Deane to plan exotic, luxurious vacation experiences that his clients never forget.


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Elly Hong

Villa Specialist

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Montreal, Elly's passion for travel began growing at an early age.She earned a college degree in Travel & Tourism, followed by a B.A. in Urban Planning Specialization from Concordia University.After spending five years working in project management for tech companies, she decided to pursue a career that wouldsatisfy her love for travel and joined Rental Escapes.

After having travelled all around the globe to surf in Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Morocco, Hawaii, and more, she is nowready and committed to bringing the best service to travellers, and understands what it truly takes. Aside from being anavid surfer, she is also an abstract acrylic painter, and loves to cook Korean cuisine. Her "joie de vivre" is contagiousand transpires in her work.


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Erin O'Neil

Villa Specialist

Erin has always enjoyed travelling. Growing up, she travelled throughout Mexico and the Caribbean with her family, and in her 20sshe spent a good deal of time extensively exploring Europe. It wasn’t until a fateful stay at a private home in Jamaica in 2014that Erin fell in love with the villa vacation lifestyle. She decided to leave her career in insurance to pursue a new careerin the luxury villa rental space, and she never looked back.

Erin has stayed in incredible properties around the world (her favorites have been Ani Thailand and Casa Aramara).Her favorite destinations are Italy, Maui, Napa and Mexico, but Erin mostly chooses destinations based on what shefeels like eating, fully embracing the adage “will travel for food.” Wherever a guest wants to go, or whatever theywant to do, chances are, Erin’s done it. That’s what makes her such a great addition to the Rental Escapes team.


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Laura Muller

Villa Specialist

Laura is a passionate traveller with more than 15 years of experience serving customers in insurance, luxury event planning and account management roles. She has travelled throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico and Canada, usually preferring to venture off the beaten path. A part of travelling that Laura enjoys most is learning about new cultures and she always prefers to spend more time in fewer locations so she can enjoy a truly authentic experience. Some of her fondest memories are of the months she would spend visiting family in Hungary, or driving up the California coast with the top down. Laura credits her first solo trip to St-Petersburg, FL when she was 16, as the experience that sparked her love for travel. To this day, she still experiences the same thrill navigating airports, making her way from one gate to another, as she did that very first time.

At Rental Escapes, Laura is able to apply the planning and service skills that she has honed over her career to help guests meticulously plan luxury vacations and memorable experiences. She loves getting into the details and making sure that her guests pick a home and a destination that are a perfect fit. She feels great pride when her guests return home relaxed and excited to plan their next trip.


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Randee Zeitz

Villa Specialist

Randee studied Law at Montreal's McGill University before beginning a varied and successful career in thecorporate world. She worked as a talent recruiter specializing in the fashion industry and worked for more than10 years in the Toy & Novelty industry in various management positions.

Randee travelled a lot growing up, visiting many Caribbean destinations like Cayman Islands, St. Lucia, St. Barts, St. Martin, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Aruba; but she truly fell in love with travel when she was lucky enough to travel through Europe before beginning her Law degree. She spent time in numerous cities in the UK, France, Span, Italy and Greece. In fact, it was in Corfu that Randee almost chose not to return home for Law School at all, but ultimately did.

Since making a major career pivot and choosing to join the team at Rental Escapes, Randee has never looked back. She is passionate about helping our guests plan their perfect escapes and these days, when asked what she does for a living, she tells people she makes dreams come true.


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Sam Olson

Villa Specialist

After graduating from the Desautels Faculty of Management at Mcgill University, Sam chose to take the road less travelled and spent timeworking as a musician. She was the lead singer of a band, and wrote and produced music for other artists, tv and film. Eventually Samdecided to put her education to use and began working in marketing. After a few years, Sam's passion for travel and hospitality ledher to pursue a career in the travel industry.

Sam has travelled extensively through Europe, South East Asia and has lived in Los Angeles, where she spent her weekendstravelling the West Coast. These days, her thirst for travel tends to lead her to a lounge chair on the white sandy beaches ofRiviera Maya and the Caribbean. Becoming a Villa Specialist has allowed Sam to satisfy her passion for travel,while helping others see all the wonders that the world has to offer. Sam truly believes that travel leads to a richer life.As the saying goes, "why not take the scenic route? You never know what you'll see and learn along the way!"


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Steph Paperman

Villa Specialist

Steph has always had the travel bug. Growing up, she was lucky enough to travel pretty frequently, visiting some of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Asia, and South America. In her university years, she explored Europe with friends and travelled to countless destinations across the United States. These experiences left her with a real appreciation for experiencing other cultures whether through visiting museums or sampling local restaurants!

After graduating from business school with a marketing major, Steph spent more than a decade working in the fashion industry. Her position afforded her the opportunity to travel quite often and was always fascinated by the impact different cultures have on fashion. Eventually, Steph realized her passion wasn’t for the clothes but for the places that inspired them. As a Villa Specialist for Rental Escapes, Steph gets to live her passion every day, whether it's by visiting beautiful homes in destinations around the world herself, or experiencing the excitement vicariously through her customers!


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Bianca Tropiano

Senior VIP Concierge

Bianca holds a degree in Hotel Management & Tourism and is a passionate traveler. She has visited over 25 different countries andcities and speaks four languages. She began her career at Rental Escapes as a Personal Concierge where she showed an exceptionalcapacity for working with guests to plan memorable experiences, and achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction.Now, as a Senior VIP Concierge, Bianca continues to works closely with our team of Concierges to support them and our guests;sources and vets the best suppliers around the world; and works with her own guests to plan their holidays.

When she's not spinning a thousand plates, Bianca likes to relax with a good book. Preferably, somewhere with a beach and pool.


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Marina Paradisis

VIP Concierge

Marina is a native Montrealer with a background in event planning and management. She is fluent in three languages and has a passionfor travel and all things beautiful. Before joining Rental Escapes, she spent more than 6 years working in the event industry,handling vendor relations and planning and coordinating events of all sizes. Those who know her would say she is a planner toher core, always the one to coordinate trips and activities with her friends and family. Even her own day-to-day is planned tothe very end!

Marina has travelled frequently to many destinations in North America, the Caribbean and Europe, but her favorite – her home awayfrom home – is still Greece. Her earliest memory of travelling as a child was of her first trip to Greece, where her mother was born.Next on her list are Italy and the South of France.

When she’s not working as a VIP Concierge, planning the nitty gritty details of her guests’ trips, Marina loves dining withfriends and trying new restaurants – especially in new cities. She will even plan the occasional event on the side, just for fun!


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Noémie Agar

VIP Concierge

With over 10 years of experience in customer service and a background in Mathematics & Statistics, Noémie uses her problemsolving and analytical thinking skills to go above and beyond the client’s needs to ensure an unforgettable experience.Having touched many diverse fields such as marketing, accounting, hospitality and sales for the Fairmont Hotels,Noemie’s varied experience helps her achieve a clear and creative understanding of what her customers are seeking.

Noémie is passionate and romantic at heart. This translates into her love of helping people live new meaningfulexperiences and create new memories. She believes that it is the little things in life that make the biggest difference.During her free time, she enjoys working out and loves browsing through natural health stores.As a coffee enthusiast, she is actively searching for the best cup of coffee in the world.Having traveled to Australia, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Mexico among other countries, she will confirm that she has comeclose but she won’t stop searching!


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Alexandra Faraone

Personal Concierge

Alexandra joins the Rental Escapes team with more than twelve years of customer service and digital marketing experience,having worked with several brands to help build their communities and put initiatives in place to increase customer satisfaction.She has also always loved to travel, visiting several destinations in Europe, South East Asia, Mexico, the Caribbean,Central America, and the United States. She is equally passionate about all the research and planning that goes intogetaways of all sizes - whether it's across the ocean to Hawaii or an hour north to the cabin for a weekend.Now as a Personal Concierge, Alexandra uses her empathy, and ability to understand her clients’ needs, to help them plan theholidays of their dreams.

When she’s not planning luxury getaways, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, getting into a good British crime drama,or, like a classic Italian — trying to emulate her late-Nonna's recipe for tomato sauce!


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Tarah Dowling

Personal Concierge

Tarah started traveling at the age of fifteen when she began to work as an international fashion model. She has traveled to 24countries and lived in half of them. Her expertise and enthusiasm for travel motivated Tarah to pursue a career in hospitality and tourism gainingover 10 years of experience working as an estate manager, managing properties worldwide. As a Personal Concierge for Rental Escapes, Tarahuses her ability to multi-task and quick problem solving skills to coordinate all the details of her clients' trips and provide an exceptional level ofservice.

Tarah continues to remain a passionate traveler. When she is not working or traveling, she is constantly researching new destinationsand experiences that she can recommend to her clients.


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Adam Cartwright

Web Team Manager

Adam brings experience, eagerness and a scrupulous nature to an already amazing team. His work ethic and drive are second to none. Though not a frequent traveler, Adam's eagerness to learn has given him extensive knowledge of different places around the world. That knowledge has helped him move through the ranks at Rental Escapes. Adam is responsible for ensuring that every property in the Rental Escapes portfolio looks fantastic and provides our loyal travelers with a complete picture of all the features and amenities that the villa has to offer.

Born in Florida, Adam has lived in Montreal since 1994. Outside of work, he is completing a college degree and plays competitive curling. Adam is an avid sports fan and loves to spend his weekends on the baseball diamond or the hockey rink.


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Angela Doric

Web Content Coordinator

Angela was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario where she attended University and earned and Graduate Certificate inHuman Resources Management. Her passion for travel and sense of adventure have led Angela to travel extensively — preferably off thebeaten path — often spending months at a time immersing herself in her surroundings. She is thoroughly familiar with Romania,where she has spent many months, but has also extensively explored Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba and other areas of Spain while living in Bilbao.In all, Angela has visited nearly a dozen countries across Europe. Recently, Angela embarked on a months-long road-trip across Canada'sbeautiful east coast where she lived out of a backpack and spent 5 weeks studying French in Nova Scotia.

Angela embarked on her biggest adventure yet when in September 2018, she decided to move on her own to Montreal, looking to establish alife in Canada's most exciting city. Her penchant for travel led her to Rental Escapes where she works with our team to carefully curateour website's content and inventory of properties. And, when the snow melts, she plans to run her first half-marathon.


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Brittany Lineham

Web Content Coordinator

Brittany was born in Vancouver, British Columbia but spent time living in Calgary and Toronto as she gradually moved east towardsher current home in Montreal. She studied fashion marketing in college and worked in marketing, and in the airline industry for nearlysix years before joining the team at Rental Escapes. Brittany has spent lots of time travelling around the Americas and the Caribbean,visiting destinations from California to Maine, New York to Florida, Punta Cana and Belize.But her favorite place to visit is New York City!

As part of the Web Team, Brittany uses her eye for detail and marketing know-how to curate and build the endless propertylistings and content that customers use on the Rental Escapes website everyday. In her downtime, Brittany enjoys spending timewith family and can usually be found with her head behind a book, reading anything and everything she can get her hands on!


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Eduard Balantsev

Full Stack Developer

Eduard was born in a small Pacific port city in Russia that was about a 7-days journey by train to Moscow.He soon found himself living on the other side of the continent where he studied Applied Mathematics in Simferopol, Crimea.While earning his degree, Eduard began working as a programmer and never looked back. Eduard made Canada his home in 2007 andhas continued to work steadily as a programmer in a variety of industries. He genuinely enjoys his work and approaches every taskwith enthusiasm, placing a great deal of importance on user experience. He has worked in teams of various sizes and has alwaysenjoyed mentoring interns or junior programmers, passing on his extensive knowledge and experience.

Programming may be Eduards first passion, but Volleyball and Ping Pong are definitely tied for second.Eduard is skilled at both and enjoys an intense game. But when he feels like a more relaxing diversion,Eduard usually enjoys bowling and playing billiards with friends after work.


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Mathilde Quilici

Marketing and Social Media Coordinator

Mathilde grew up in the south of France surrounded by olive trees and lavender. Although her region has all the makings of aparadise, she has always had a passion for travel. Mathilde has travelled through all corners of the earth including Bali,the United States and even the North Pole, but it is in Montreal where she decided to pitch her tent and join the Rental Escapes team.
With a degree in communication and strategic marketing, her role is above all to communicate the idyllicatmosphere of our villas through our marketing channels and social networks. In her free time, Mathildelikes to go out with her friends, work out, but especially take long nature walks with her golden retriever Riley.


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Yoky Hu

Accounting Coordinator

Originally from China, Yoky came to Canada to experience a new culture and study at McGill University. She earned her degree inLinguistics and Social Entrepreneurship. Yoky has studied many languages including French, Japanese, Russian and Latin.She is deeply attracted to the culture behind each language she learns and is very driven by her curiosity of the unknown.She has toured her native China extensively, as well as Singapore and Korea. While studying in Lyon, she explored France,Switzerland, Germany and other European countries. Since she has been in North America, she has been to a dozen cities in theUnited States and Canada.

When Yoky is not processing payments and helping balance the books for Rental Escapes, she is either planning her next roadtrip with friends, travel adventure, or relaxing at home with her two lovely cats.


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