Our team

At Holiday Property Solutions we endeavor to build first class client relations and maintain them in a professional and constructive way so that we may 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 a truly multilingual workforce, speaking 7 languages and each team member, employed by one of our group of companies; Holiday Property Solutions, Happy Holiday Homes Sagl CH, Discovery Holiday Homes and La Fortalezza completed by several freelance members working from different countries in Europe providing a unique skill and quality, which makes our company totally complete and more than capable in ensuring client satisfaction and surpassing expectations it in every way.

Our Holiday Property Solutions Staff

Sara Cilia - CEO Holiday Property Solutions

Sara is a confident Argentinean Businesswoman, who boasts 12 years experience of managing 2 leading Milanese sport clubs and who has gained much networking experience with English speaking Expats; having lived for 6 years in London and Brussels, and 5 years on Lake Como and in Switzerland.

In 2006 Sara came to Lake Como to make her family's Real Estate ambitions a reality.

Sara has now succeeded and can claim 5 years of experience in Holiday Property lettings, Property management, administration, PR and Interior design. Her fully accredited Holiday Property Solutions Real Estate company has been one of the most recent success stories; providing a professional and dynamic Property Sales department to the Lake Como agency.

Sara can speak Spanish, Italian, English and her hobbies include golf, tennis, skiing and travelling. She is married to Harold Lubberdink and has two delightful children, Kevin and Amyra, as well as two playful dogs.

Bryan Vincencio - Building Construction Manager and Property coordinator HPS

Bryan originated from the Philippines where he grew up and resided for twenty five years. He finished his degree of Engineering Major in Civil Engineering in the best Technical University in the Philippines.

After finishing his degree, he worked as a Project Engineer in a leading developer for three years handling high rise condominium residential projects.

He decided to migrate in Italy with his wife and two children in 2007 and at present, he is working as a Building Construction Manager and Property coordinator in Happy Holiday Homes in Menaggio.

Best characteristic to describe him is that he is very responsible, versatile, and hard working.

George Castillo - Property Manager HPS

Born in the Philippines, George finished a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) at Saint Louis University as a working student. After obtaining this degree in BS ECE he worked as a Production Supervisor / Specialist with Japanese multinational giants like Toshiba Computers for 2 years and then later in Panasonic Mobile Phones for 3 years. After sometime he decided to brighten his horizon and look for a greener pasture and migrated to Italy in 2004 with his wife and daughter. At present he is working as Property Manager under Happy Holiday Homes banner and currently as Accounts / Administration head for Holiday Property Solutions Immobiliare SRL offices in Menaggio . He is best described for his ingenuity, grace, performance under pressure and drive for excellence. His technical skills proved to be very useful to make sure the HHH / HPS offices and rental properties are optimal and safe.

Manuela Carminati - Office Employee with HPS

I am 21 years old, was born and live in Menaggio. I love my hometown, the colorful landscapes over the seasons, the lights reflection on the water surface at night and bathing in the fresh lake during the warm summertime.

I am very attached to this sweet life and yet my greatest passion is to travel and visit new places. I think it is the best way to learn about the ways of the world.

As I am still studying and I am not able to move at the moment, I truly enjoy meeting people from all over the world and making them feel comfortable in this special place.

Andrey HPS - Sales Executive van Holiday Property Solutions

Andrey was born in Ishim (Syberia, Russia) where he grew up: he completed a diploma in industrial mechanic and at the same time he worked as professional cyclist. Amongst his major results as professional cyclist he achieved the Russian National Championship in 1997 and vice champion in 1996.

In 1999 he decided to move to Italy where he has been working for several years as cyclist too, finally in 2008 he changed work and move to Menaggio where he worked as surveyor mechanic in one of the most important silk firm of the area.

He is hard worker, very efficient, polite, loyal and it has also a strong passion for informatics items.

Furthermore, whenever someone is in trouble for something he is always ready to give a hand: he has indeed a strong problem solving capability.

He joined HPS team in 2012 and he is now focused on sales area, especially with the Russian customers but he likes working for others markets as well.

He has strong sale skills coming from his experiences in the sale area: in the past he also worked in Italy as salesman for a long period and it is for this reason that he has a deep knowledge of the Italian market and also of Italy: a very important feature to match client’s needs and market supply.

He currently lives in Menaggio with his wife and two delightful children.

Giuliano HPS - Sales Executive van Holiday Property Solutions

Giuliano was born on Lake Como and completed a surveyor diploma in industrial mechanic in 2003.

Then he graduated at the Catholic University of Milan, a Bachelor in Communication in 2007, a Master degree in 2009 in International Relations and European Integration at the faculty of political sciences.

During this period he also cooperated with Mountain Link, an American mountaineering agency and was used to help guides in trip on mountains like Mount Rosa and other Alps’ giant, but on the beautiful mountains of Lake Como as well.

In 2009 he left Milan and got back on Lake Como where he can enjoy most of his passion such as sky alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing.

He worked as assistant in a Fiscal Consultancy in 2010 where he discovered his passion for economics items and decided to get back studying to obtain a master double-degree in Economics and International Policy, half attended in Lugano at the University of the Italian Swiss and half in Milan at ASERI (post-graduate school of Economics and International Relations).

During this period he worked at Porto Letizia as guide for people that wanted to visit the mountains around lake Como, where he met a lot of interesting people, that were happy to hear local histories and legends but also to understand many details of the lake area from a local.

In 2013 he graduated in Economics with a thesis on the international payment system and after that he begun his cooperation with HPS in the sales area.

He is hard worker, open minded and with a multitasking attitudes. Between their passions and hobbies there are modern and medieval history, international politic, economics and financial items mountain and spent time into the wild nature with his son and wife.

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

Viviana HPS - Office Employee with Holiday Property Solutions

Viviana was born on Lake Como where she also grow up and studied tourism at the high school; She is in loved of the lake and always she highlights that even the most beautiful place seen in the world is not as beautiful as the Lario is.

She has been working for several years in an incoming luxorius tour operator and now she brought her communication, organisation skills and problem solving attitude at HPS.

She is hard worker and also willing to improve everyday, other characteristic to describe her is that he is very responsible, versatile, and hard working.

Aquino Chad Chevie - Assistant Property Manager HPS

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

He has been working as house keeper where he gained a lot of experience in maintenance, really helpful for his current work at HPS. He also worked as bell boy, valet parker and motor mechanic.

Smart, versatile, kind and hard worker are the main features to describe him: he arrived in Italy in 2009 and joined HPS in 2009 since when he has been giving its fundamental contribute to solve many different kind of problems.

Richard Nebres - Assistant Property Manager HPS

Richard was born in 1978 in the Philippines, where he grew up and studied Management and Informatics, achieving the surveyor’s degree: he worked in the Philippines Silicon Valley, managing and organising work for many people.

In 2005 he decided to move to Italy with his family and they currently lives in Como.

Richard is hard working, with a problem solving attitude that allow him to fix almost anything.

His work experience in a chemistry firm gave also him an improvement in maintenance works, allowing him to become a very versatile and smart technician.

He currently put his technical knowledge to solve every kind of problem for rented properties, being particularly careful to satisfy users as fast as he can and with a high quality service as well.

Our Happy Holiday Homes Staff

Managing Director Happy Holiday Homes Sagl Lugano

Born in the Netherlands, Harold graduated from the TH-Rijswijk in (Hons) Technical Business Administration (Ing) and lived in Milan for 12 years, and spent 3 years in London and 3 years in Brussels. His work involved managing products, sales and divisions for multinational companies; spending 8 years with Monsanto, 7 years with Bayer and 2 years with Euronil, before moving in 2006 to beautiful Menaggio on Lake Como, with his wife Sara and two children, Kevin and Amyra.

Harold is a natural born linguist, speaking 7 languages whilst having excellent communication skills and a can-do attitude and zealous drive towards work and life.

His main hobbies and interests include his family, windsurfing, skiing, tennis, golf and foreign cultures.

Arthur Hylkema - Project Manager Happy Holiday Homes Sagl

Arthur is a multi-lingual Dutchman who was born on Lake Maggiore and since moving back in 2000, now lives there with his growing family.

Arthur has over 15 years experience of working as an Export Manager in the north European export sales industry and is highly organised and confident speaking with foreign businesses and clients in 5 different languages.

From 2010 Arthur joined the Holiday Rentals team of Happy Holiday Homes Sagl in Lugano and with the aid of his excellent networking skills he has since helped develop the Lake Lugano office and also the newly emerging Lake Maggiore Holiday property branch. He has developed his abilities as a Property Manager on Lake Maggiore and is now working as Project Manager for several projects within the companies and coordinating and streamlining existing processes and developing new activities. He is enjoying the responsibility and rewarding challenges ahead!

In his spare time Arthur enjoys the company of his lovely wife and their two daughters and son. Preferably on his boat on the lake.

Eric Pieters - Programmer at Happy Holiday Homes Sagl CH

Eric is born in the Netherlands. He takes care of all the programming for the company.

Eric has studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

He likes a lot of things like sports (especially tennis, basketball and football), travelling, foreign languages and quizzes.

He walks whenever he can in the mountains around Lake Como but would like to spend more time on the mountains!

Eric works best with a headphone of music on his head, listening usually to Pink Floyd.

Sue & Richard Vaughton - Owners Discovery Holiday Homes in the UK

After leaving school, Sue gained a BA Hons degree in Photography. She worked as a Medical Photographer at Leicester Royal Infirmary before pursuing the same career at the Military Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she met her husband, Richard.

After a brief spell in Scotland, they moved to Cernobbio, Lake Como with Richard's job in Lugano, Switzerland in 1988. After several years there they moved back to the UK & lived in Buckinghamshire for 5 years; had two boys, Danny (19) & Sam (16), before moving down to Devon where they have remained for the last 13 years.

In that time, Sue owned & managed a large residential property portfolio before moving into the self-catering holiday industry which became ‘The Preferred Apartment Company’, a small collection of seven luxury 5* holiday properties in Torquay.

After 5 years, these properties were sold and she became a Holiday Rental Agent in the local area before joining Harold & Sara in their business on Lake Como. Throughout this time, Richard & Sue have established, in partnership with a leading website development company, one of the world's largest portfolio of leisure destination portals (Discovery Travel Network & Discovery Holiday Homes).

This powerful network of websites now supports all the marketing activities on Lake Como.

Hobbies include family, her two dogs, piano, interior design, property & travel.

Lydia Del Renzio - Booking Team Member Discovery Holiday Homes in the UK

Having been born in London, Lydia soon moved with the rest of her family to the Kent Coast in England and resided there for 17 years where she attended Clarendon House School and went on to further her education by gaining a BSc Hons Degree in Property Agency and Surveying at the Royal Agricultural College.

During her time at University she actively took part in sporting events, and charity events such as Rallying round England, and pulling a tractor by rope for several miles! The time at University led to a number of successful job roles working in Land Management, and property management in London. Having been prepared for the volatility in the UK property market, a move in the right direction took her to Menaggio, Italy in June 2008 where she is now enjoying a fulfilling, rewarding, and most exciting job role. Main skills are, interpersonal communication, organisation, and speedy decision making. Hobbies include tennis, her dog, countryside rambles, wildlife, music festivals and travelling.

Danilo Gerletti - Happy Holiday Entertainment

Danilo was born on Lake Como and successfully completed a higher education course in Hotel Management in the resort town of Bellagio.

He also studied English Language and Literature in Kent and has worked at the English Hilton in Stratford-upon-Avon and, after completing a further course he worked at the Hilton in Mainz, Germany. A career with Hilton hotels developed and which saw Danilo travel around the world.

Lake Como later drew him back where he worked in a St Moritz hotel and later became the Food and Beverage manager of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo.

He has now brought his multi-lingual and communication skills to Happy Holiday Entertainment, providing as effective and valuable support to the Entertainment and Property Sales sectors of the company.

Danilo has a son from his first wife and he enjoys spending time with his family and Spanish partner, Maite. He also enjoys cooking, sport and travelling.

Our Free-lance Team Members

Karin Gulien - Freelance Booking Team Member

Karin originating from the Netherlands, Karin moved in 2002 with her husband (Interim Manager) and son (presently Student at Hotel Institute Montreux) to Melide, Switzerland.

After having finished her High School (Athenaeum) Karin studied Physiotherapy but decided in the third year that she had made the wrong choice which resulted in a switch to a private Institute for Secretaries where she followed the very well valued study for International Secretary.

After graduation she accepted several jobs as a secretary and finally became the private secretary of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of a large insurance company for medical doctors in the Netherlands, where she was also responsible for a team of secretaries.

After having given birth to her son, she stopped working as a private secretary as it proved to be difficult to combine the work as a high level secretary with the full time job of raising a baby (which had her priority).

When her son went to elementary school, she decided to buy a small boutique that she successfully managed for more than 12 years. She was not only responsible for purchasing, selling and choice of collection but also for the administration, human resources and the marketing of the boutique. When she sold the boutique because of her move to Switzerland, she had 6 employees, a steady clientele and a respectable turnover.

In Switzerland Karin spent a lot of time and put a lot of energy in helping her son with his homework for the International School of Varese. She did this with so much enthusiasm and dedication that as a result the teachers at the International School asked her to help other pupils to prepare for their exams. She successfully helped pupils with their courses Dutch, Geography, History, Mathematics, Science, Chemistry and Biology.

Since February 2010 she is working for Happy Holiday Homes as a Free-Lance member of the booking team.

Next to bookings she enjoys providing services and information to (potential) clients and to write e-mails in Dutch, German, English and Italian as her secretary skills never disappeared.

Daniel John Hadden - Freelance Booking Team Member

Born on the Kentish coast, Daniel has always had a taste for holidays and property alike. After finishing his BSc Hons Degree in Business Management at The University of East Anglia, in Norwich, Daniel worked for the UK's largest privately owned publishing company Haymarket in London. He then decided to independently travel around the world visiting such countries as Thailand, Malaysia, Loas to name but a few. He then decided to take the position of freelance Marketing Executive at Happy Holiday Homes, where he is determined to put Lake Como and Lugano truely on the tourist map. After travelling the world Daniel truely believes that the Italian and Swiss lakes are some of the most beautiful in the world.

Tamara Del Renzio - Freelance text Writer in the UK and Booking Team Member

Tamara was born in London to European parents and grew up on the Kent coast with her two brothers and sister.

She completed a higher diploma from Oxford Brookes in "Cities, Environment, Design and Development" and in 2008 completed her degree in "Property Agency and Marketing".

She has enjoyed a wide range of experience in the UK and Italian property sector including Property Managing and selling for London-based private developers, PA work to the Director of a Kent-based Property company and working on developments negotiating and selling.

In 2008 Tamara left the UK to work with HHH in the growing Holiday Property Bookings team. She then accepted new responsibility with the company as a Property Manager to some 50 foreign homeowners on Lake Como and then enjoyed the exciting challenge of developing the new Real Estate branch, Holiday Property Solutions, with Sara and Harold.

On returning to the UK Tamara worked with an international Pharmaceutical company and now works on the Kent coast as a freelance writer to Italian and UK holiday property companies and is also attempting to publish her illustrated Children's books.Her hobbies include travelling, cooking, history of art, illustrating and sport.

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