About Us

We create personalized holiday experiences for discerning guests in luxury vacation rentals around the world.

The Rental Escapes Difference

Experience

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

Trust

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

Passion

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

Brian Schwimmer, CEO

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

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, CMO

Willie Fernandez

CMO

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 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 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 Singer

Senior Villa Specialist

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

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Ashton Thorne, Senior Villa Specialist

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 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

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’s visited 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 her guests 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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Alan Cundall, Villa Specialist

Alan Cundall

Villa Specialist

Alan joins Rental Escapes with a wealth of industry experience and a deep commitment to service. Alan returns to Montreal having worked in the Caribbean and Mexico for nearly a decade in the villa rental industry in many different capacities. A very meticulous individual, he instinctively anticipates a guest's every need and takes pride in delivering the perfect vacation experience. Whatever you may need he is definitely the person to make it happen and will do so with a big bright smile.

A passionate world traveller, Alan loves to explore new destinations and enjoys the unique adventures each place offers. He also has an appreciation for the comforts and luxuries of home. A lover of the outdoors, you will often find Alan hiking, canoeing, and camping in all corners of Quebec and Ontario. When not out exploring, Alan enjoys playing golf or going for a jog to clear his mind.

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Ali Ellis, Villa Specialist

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 and Event Management. Her passion for travel led her to continue her studies in Australia where she spent several months studying and exploring the 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 a handful to thousands of attendees. As a Villa Specialist, Ali applies her love of travel and aptitude for organization to carefully curate experiences for her guests.

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Deane Saunders, Villa Specialist

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

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 would satisfy 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 now ready and committed to bringing the best service to travellers, and understands what it truly takes. Aside from being an avid surfer, she is also an abstract acrylic painter, and loves to cook Korean cuisine. Her "joie de vivre" is contagious and transpires in her work.

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Erin O'Neil, Villa Specialist

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 20s she spent a good deal of time extensively exploring Europe. It wasn’t until a fateful stay at a private home in Jamaica in 2014 that Erin fell in love with the villa vacation lifestyle. She decided to leave her career in insurance to pursue a new career in 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 she feels like eating, fully embracing the adage “will travel for food.” Wherever a guest wants to go, or whatever they want 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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Randee Zeitz, Villa Specialist

Randee Zeitz

Villa Specialist

Randee studied Law at Montreal's McGill University before beginning a varied and successful career in the corporate world. She worked as a talent recruiter specializing in the fashion industry and worked for more than 10 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

Sam Olson

Villa Specialist

After graduating from the Desalt Faculty of Management at Mcgill University, Sam chose to take the road less travelled and spent time working as a musician. She was the lead singer of a band, and wrote and produced music for other artists, tv and film. Eventually Sam decided to put her education to use and began working in marketing. After a few years, Sam's passion for travel and hospitality led her 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 weekends travelling the West Coast. These days, her thirst for travel tends to lead her to a lounge chair on the white sandy beaches of Riviera 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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Bianca Tropiano, Senior VIP Concierge

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 and cities and speaks four languages. She began her career at Rental Escapes as a Personal Concierge where she showed an exceptional capacity 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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Talia Barnum, VIP Concierge

Talia Barnum

VIP Concierge

Talia is a Vancouver, British Columbia native with a degree in Business Management and a passion for travel. Some of Talia’s earliest memories are of travelling to destinations around the world with her family, who themselves moved to Canada from the United Kingdom. Among her favorite destinations are Fiji, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Italy and France, but Talia’s yearly go-to travel spots are Sayulita, Mexico and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica for surfing. Talia fell in love with the sport at 10 years old!

In fact, Talia is an accomplished track athlete, high-level soccer player and national gold medal volleyball player. When she is not working, Talia enjoys keeping active by hiking, spinning, running and working out. This balances well with her other passions for food and wine, trying out new restaurants and bars around Montreal. Joining the Rental Escapes Concierge team was a natural choice for Talia as she enjoys sharing her passion for travel, experience and appreciation of life’s finer things with her guests to help them build unforgettable memories.

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Laurence Viger, Personal Concierge

Laurence Viger

Personal Concierge

Laurence is a native of Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec. From a young age, she showed her adventurous spirit and passion for exploring new countries. Living in Latin America for almost a year, perfecting her Spanish (and dance moves!), it became clear to Laurence that she wanted to work in the travel industry. She studied Management in Switzerland, where she created many valuable connections with colleagues from around the world. During her studies, she had a year-long internship at the Ritz-Carlton, in Spain, where she enriched her customer service skills. After graduating from the University of Derby in Hospitality Management, she had the opportunity to work in Iceland as team manager for a total of two years.

Passionate about languages and cultures, Laurence is fluent in three languages and is currently learning Arabic and Russian. When she is not organizing the details of her client's perfect vacation, she is always in the kitchen, with friends or in nature. She enjoys big festive dinners with friends and family - there is always a good reason to celebrate! She is a self-taught baker and a half-marathon runner, planning her first marathon for Summer 2023.

Laurence is known to treasure creating the most memorable vacations for her clients and even her family and friends! Joining the Rental Escapes team was the next best step for her and working to create unforgettable moments for the travellers makes her feel right at home.

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Marina Paradisis, Personal Concierge

Marina Paradisis

Personal Concierge

Marina is a native Montrealer with a background in event planning and management. She is fluent in three languages and has a passion for 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 to her core, always the one to coordinate trips and activities with her friends and family. Even her own day-to-day is planned to the very end!

Marina has travelled frequently to many destinations in North America, the Caribbean and Europe, but her favorite – her home away from 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 Personal Concierge, planning the nitty gritty details of her guests’ trips, Marina loves dining with friends 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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Isabelle Mathieu, Partnerships Manager

Isabelle Mathieu

Partnerships Manager

Isabelle has enjoyed a distinguished career in travel since graduating with honors from Algonquin College with a degree in Travel and Tourism. She worked in corporate travel, leisure travel and luxury travel before joining Rental Escapes. Isabelle has traveled extensively, experiencing more than a dozen different countries throughout the Mediterranean, Caribbean, North America and Central America. Most memorable, were her four humanitarian trips where she got to live with local families, help build houses and work in schools.

Isabelle brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the team and is passionate about travel. Whenever possible, she always recommends that her guests make sure to enjoy the local flavor of the destinations they visit and experience the uniqueness of their surroundings. As Partnerships Manager, Isabelle is focused on growing our selection of properties and local experiences through strategic partnerships with top-tier companies. She also works very closely with our Travel Agent partners providing support and tailored offers for them and their guests.

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Amanda Gabrielli, Social Media/Marketing Coordinator

Amanda Gabrielli

Social Media/Marketing Manager

Amanda was born in Florida, but moved to Montreal when she was very young. She studied English Literature at university before deciding that her true passion lay in a more visually creative area of study. And so, she earned a professional photography degree. In addition to documenting her travels to some of her favorite destinations like Vancouver, Cuba, Israel, New York City and Las Vegas, she worked as a food photographer and popular restaurant blogger for several years. She still knows the best spots to eat around Montreal.

Having grown up in the digital age, Amanda has always been an avid user of social media. It wasn't long before she leveraged her background in photography and creative writing to build a successful career in social media marketing and advertising. With nearly a decade of experience under her belt, Amanda helms our social media presence and helps communicate Rental Escapes' unique luxury offerings to the world.

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Adam Cartwright, Web Content Manager

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 Manager

Angela Doric

Web Content Coordinator

Angela was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario where she attended University and earned and Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management. Her passion for travel and sense of adventure have led Angela to travel extensively — preferably off the beaten 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's beautiful 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 a life in Canada's most exciting city. Her penchant for travel led her to Rental Escapes where she works with our team to carefully curate our 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 Lineham

Web Content Coordinator

Brittany was born in Vancouver, British Columbia but spent time living in Calgary and Toronto as she gradually moved east towards her current home in Montreal. She studied fashion marketing in college and worked in marketing, and in the airline industry for nearly six 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 property listings and content that customers use on the Rental Escapes website everyday. In her downtime, Brittany enjoys spending time with 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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