About Us

We create personalized holiday experiences for discerning guests in extraordinary places 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.


Management 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 15 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 20 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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Samantha Meehan, Senior Reservations Manager

Samantha Meehan

Reservations Director

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 7+ 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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Ashton Thorne, Senior Reservations Manager

Ashton Thorne

Senior Reservations Manager

Ashton was born and raised in New Brunswick where she graduated with a diploma in Travel & Hospitality. She realized her passion for travel during her first visit to New York City and now has plans to see the world. With almost 10 years of customer service experience working for luxury brands like Fairmont Hotels, she can intuitively plan amazing getaways for her clients.

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Justin, Senior Reservations Manager

Justin Verrall

Senior Reservations Manager

Justin is a native Montrealer who studied Commerce and Psychology in College. With that he brings over 12 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 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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Keith Diebel, Reservations Manager

Keith Diebel

Senior Reservations Manager

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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Amanda Singer, Reservations Manager

Amanda Singer

Reservations Manager

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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Parissa Taheri, Reservations Manager

Parissa Taheri

Reservations Manager

Parissa is a native Montrealer who studied Finance at Concordia University and worked in the banking industry for many years before pursuing a career in travel. Parissa’s interest in travel began at an early age and she frequently travels to visit her family and friends living in destinations around the world like Toronto, New York, California and London, England. In 2016, she spent four months traveling around South-east Asia where she was able to take in the beauty and culture of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Parissa brings almost 10 years of customer service and sales experience to the team and genuinely loves helping our guests create holidays they'll never forget.

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Sarah Murphy, Reservations Manager

Sarah Murphy

Reservations Manager

A lover of travel and culture, Sarah completed her BA in Cultural Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and her MA at Queens' University in Kingston, Ontario. She has also lived, and worked in Southern California, Vancouver and Whistler, BC as well as in Dublin, Ireland.

Sarah teaches meditation and is a martial arts enthusiast. She has traveled across South East Asia, training in meditation in the Himalayas and in Muay Thai in Thailand.

Her love of everything travel and culture is what brought her to Rental Escapes, and this enthusiasm is transferred to every request her clients bring.

Sarah's other loves include reggae music, chocolate covered almonds, and most dogs.

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Tania Lee, Reservations Manager

Tania Lee

Reservations Manager

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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Bianca Tropiano, Concierge Director

Bianca Tropiano

Concierge Director

Bianca is a native Montrealer with a strong passion for travel and tourism. While earning her diploma in Hotel Management and Tourism, Bianca travelled the world, visiting over 20 different countries and cities and learning four different languages. Bianca remains a passionate traveler who knows first-hand how the details make up the components of a memorable vacation. Paired with her extensive knowledge of worldwide cultures and social norms, she never fails to ensure an unforgettable travel experience for our guests.

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Tim Montgomery, VIP Concierge

Tim Montgomery

VIP Concierge

Tim hails from Buffalo, New York, and arrived in Montreal to receive his Master's degree from McGill University. He's a devoted world traveler with over 30 countries visited and 7 years spent working in Europe. Through his travels he developed a passion for interacting with new people and helping enhance their own explorations. Tim's world knowledge allows him to build unforgettable itineraries tailored to the precise travel style of each of his clients.

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Ali Ellis, Personal Concierge

Ali Ellis

Personal Concierge

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 Rental Escapes concierge, Ali leverages her event planning background and love of travel to help guests create the vacation of their dreams and experiences they'll never forget.

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Isabelle Mathieu, Reservations 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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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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Gaby Fasold Berges, Web Content Manager

Gaby Fasold Bergés

Web Content Coordinator

Gaby was born in Montreal but grew up in Thailand where she moved with her family as a child. She spent years travelling extensively through Asia and Europe, visiting more than 30 countries. Her unique upbringing afforded her the opportunity to explore the world and learn about many different cultures, picking up several languages along the way. In fact, it was through her extensive travelling — particularly to countries with ancient civilizations — that she discovered her passion for history.

Gaby eventually moved back to Montreal where she graduated from University with an honors history degree and sought a job in the travel industry. It wasn't long before she joined us at Rental Escapes, where her meticulous nature and penchant for travel make Gaby an invaluable part of the team.

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