Our team

At Holiday Property Solutions we endeavor to build and maintain first-class client relations, enabling us to assist you in every aspect of property ownership. We provide answers to questions and find solutions to problems so that you don’t have to.

Our team is truly multilingual, speaking seven languages. Each team member is employed by Holiday Property Solutions and Lake Como Holiday. We also work with freelance employees based in different countries of Europe who bring their own unique skills and qualities to our service. This combination gives our company an all-round expertise, ensuring client satisfaction and surpassing expectations in every way.

Our Holiday Property Solutions Staff

Sara Cilia - CEO

Sara is an experienced Argentinian businesswoman who boasts 12 years’ experience of managing two leading Milanese sport clubs. She has also gained valuable networking experience with English- speaking expats, having lived for six years in London and Brussels, and ten on Lake Como and in Switzerland.

In 2006 Sara came to Lake Como to make her family's real estate ambitions a reality - and having resoundingly succeeded, she can now claim five years’ experience in holiday property lettings, property management, administration, PR and interior design. Her fully accredited Holiday Property Solutions Real Estate company has been a recent success story, adding a professional and dynamic property sales department to her Lake Como business.

Sara speaks Spanish, Italian and English and her hobbies include golf, tennis, skiing and travelling.

Giuliano Pertusi - Sales Executive

Giuliano was born on Lake Como and obtained a diploma in industrial mechanics in 2003. He then graduated in Communications from the Catholic University of Milan in 2007, and followed that up with a Master’s in International Relations and European Integration in 2009 from the Faculty of Political Sciences.

Giuliano has also cooperated with Mountain Link, an American mountaineering agency, and has experience of helping guides on trips up mountains such as Mount Rosa and other giants of the Alps, as well as on the beautiful mountains of Lake Como. In 2009 he left Milan and returned to Lake Como, where he can indulge his passion for mountaineering and ice climbing.

He worked as assistant to a firm of financial advisors in 2010, where he discovered his passion for economics and decided to return to studying, obtaining a double Master’s in Economics and International Policy from the Italian Swiss University of Lugano and the ASERI in Milan (a centre of postgraduate study in economics and international relations). During this period he worked at Porto Letizia, guiding people exploring the mountains around Lake Como, which brought him into contact with many interesting people eager to hear local histories and legends, and to learn about Como from a local.

In 2013 he graduated in Economics with a thesis on the international payment system, after which he began working for HPS in sales.

A hard worker, open-minded and happy to multitask, Giuliano’s many passions encompass modern and medieval history, international politics, economics, finance, his beloved mountains, and spending time immersed in the wonderful landscapes of the Lakes with his wife and son.

He and his family currently live between Intelvi Valley and Lake Como.

Simone Fiorentin - Sales Executive

Simone is the smart new face in the office, helping Sara in the sales department. During two and a half years in London - which he loved - he took his first steps in real estate - with Harrods Estates, no less - in the capacity of doorman, then Concierge Supervisor, for a prestigious residential complex in Belgravia.

He has also worked in hotels in London, the Como area and Saint Moritz and returned to Como six months ago, drawn back by the beauty of the place in which he grew up. Eager to implement the knowledge and skills he has gained to ensure visitors to Como appreciate everything the place has to offer, he feels he has found the perfect opportunity at HPS.

Serafin Cilia - CEO

Bryan Vincencio - Building Construction Manager and Property Coordinator

Bryan is from the Philippines, where he grew up and resided for twenty-five years. He graduated in engineering (specializing in civil engineering) from the best technical university in the Philippines.

After graduation, he worked as a project engineer for a leading property developer for three years, managing high- rise condominium residential projects.

He decided to move to Italy with his wife and two children in 2007 and currently works as a building construction manager and property coordinator for Happy Holiday Homes in Menaggio.

The best words to describe Bryan are responsible, versatile and hard-working.

George Castillo - Property Manager

Born in the Philippines, George holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) from Saint Louis University, where he studied while working part-time. After graduating, he worked as a production supervisor / specialist with Japanese multinational giants like Toshiba Computers for two years, and then spent three years as production supervisor at National Panasonic Mobile Phones production plants. Decided to seek a greener pasture, he moved to Italy in 2004 with his wife and daughter. At present he is working as property manager under the HPS Property Management banner, and as head of accounts and administration for the Holiday Property Solutions office in Menaggio . He is best known for his ingenuity, grace, performance under pressure, with sheer drive for excellence. His technical skills have proved to be very useful in ensuring that the HPS / HPM offices and rental properties are optimally and safely maintained.

Viviana Pianarosa - Office Administrator

Viviana was born on Lake Como and grew up there with her family. She completed a Diploma in tourism at the local high school in Menaggio in 2004. She is starting right away working in hotel, Bed and Breakfast, in tourism field and in an incoming luxury tourism based on Lake Como too.

She is traveling quite a lot around Italy and in the world but she always says that there is no beautiful place in the world like ‘Il Lario’ (as the lakeside is locally known); for this reason she decided to create her own family on the central lake area, too.

She is hard worker and also willing to improve every day working side to side with her coworkers. Other characteristics to describe her are : Responsabile, versatile, patient and she is always trying to find a solution in every situation (problem solving).

Elisa Rava - Office Employee & Concierge

Elisa was born on Lake Como and completed a diploma in tourism in 2007. Then she graduated at the University of Insubria in Como, a Bachelor in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation in 2013 and a first level Master degree in 2014 in International Hospitality Management.

During this period, she also spent a while in the USA to improve her English and was in touch with the Russian community there. During her studies, she worked as well as a waitress, a cashier at the supermarket and employee at the newspaper stand.

Elisa worked as receptionist during her Master degree at Grand Hotel Victoria in Menaggio and then changed to Hotel Regina in Gravedona, finally landing at Menaggio office. She is a hard worker, open minded and with a multitasking attitude. She lives in Lenno and knows many things about our beautiful lake, pitch perfect to be the Lake Como entertainment coordinator.

Aquino Chad Chevie - Assistant Property Manager

Chevie was born in the Philippines in 1980. He studied at the Albatross Academy in 1996 and 1997, then joined the Don Bosco training centre, where he obtained a diploma as a fitter machinist.

A man of many talents, Chevie has worked as bellboy, valet parker and motor mechanic, but also has a great deal of housekeeping expertise under his belt, from which the HPS property portfolio has benefitted.

He can be summed up as smart, versatile, kind and a hard worker. He arrived in Italy in 2009, joined HPS shortly after, and has proved a valued contributor and impressive problem-solver ever since.

HPS also collaborates with freelancers throughout Europe who bring their own expertise, style, language abilities and flair to our portfolio of properties and services.

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