Rio Exclusive was founded by Juliana Guzman and Arnaud Bughon in 2007, with a goal to provide luxury property accommodations for visitors to Rio de Janeiro, as an alternative to the traditional 5 star hotels. Arnaud and Juliana knew at that time - before "luxury" had really entered the Brazilian rental market like it has today - that Rio was on the verge of a ground-breaking change. That there was a demand for this hidden luxury market in Rio. They started Rio Exclusive with the renovation of a single rental property, and from there, Rio Exclusive not only burst onto the scene, but pioneered the way for Rio's luxury rental market. Since well before 2007 Arnaud and Juliana called Rio home, and through this advantage of being locals themselves, they were able to find the best luxury properties not available to anyone else. They were able to find the hidden jewels sprinkled throughout the beach neighborhoods, behind the facades of historic buildings.
By combining their local knowledge and connections, partnering with reliable local contractors and professionals, and packaging it all under Rio Exclusive, they were able to set the market and open up a new side of Rio, not previously known to those not living here.
Where We Went From There
Building on our success in Rio de Janeiro, in 2009 we began to offer our services in hot destinations like Buzios, Paraty and Angra. Our company expanded to include Colombia Exclusive in 2010, offering the superb quality of luxury vacation rentals we are renowned for in the growing new Colombian market.
In 2012 we set out to expand our offerings for the corporate market and develop comprehensive concierge services. We partnered with the most exclusive concierge service providers to be able to deliver the unmatched level of service our clients expect. We now manage luxury yacht rentals and helicopter service (for tours of Rio, or days trips to the beachside towns outside of Rio, such as Buzios and Angra), in addition to having full time executive drivers and chefs.
In 2013 we expanded further, and developed Latin Exclusive, in order to bring our service to those clients seeking the same level of luxury properties and services, but throughout other areas of Latin American, outside of Brazil.
Today, we work with the everyday traveler, families, executives, diplomats, politicians and international celebrities - for whom confidentiality and unparalleled quality of service is essential. For 2014, we have been preparing the very best accommodations for guests seeking to experience Brazil during the World Cup. As we look beyond the World Cup and towards 2015, we expect to expand our services even further, to new countries in Latin America, and continue to focus on our local knowledge, top level service and our goal of every client - whether a holiday rental, corporate relocation, or real estate investment - being a happy client, longing to return to Rio the minute they leave.
Our staff is multi-national and multi-lingual, made up of the best talent from around the world. We have members fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Turkish.
With such a wide range of team members we are able to support all of our customers’ needs and deliver an exceptionally international experience at the same time that we are well grounded in the local market.
- Juliana Guzman – Co-founder and Real Estate’s Director
Juliana Guzman is one of the founders of Rio Exclusive. Juliana was born in Bogota, Colombia to a family involved in the real estate market. Using the experience of working with her family as a foundation, she went on to improve her business skills by studying Financial Administration and International relations in London.
Juliana has since lived in the United States, France, Spain and Brazil. She is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. Her extensive international experience and the wide range of contacts she has accumulated gave her the basis on which to create Rio Exclusive in 2007 and build it into the number one luxury accommodation service in Rio de Janeiro.
Juliana brings invaluable business experience and a personal background in the Real Estate market to Rio Exclusive. Juliana is in charge of Rio Exclusive’s real estate and sales departments. With her invaluable and exclusive contacts in Rio and throughout the world, she is able to secure the most elite and luxurious properties for our clients.
When you choose our company to meet your real estate needs, you can count on an experienced director with the skills and contacts to bring you the very best.
- Arnaud Bughon – Co-founder and CEO
Arnaud Bughon is the co-founder and CEO of Rio Exclusive. He was born in France where he studied economics at the Sorbonne in Paris. He went on to have a distinguished career in investment banking, working as part of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Brazil was his favorite vacation destination while working in finance, however while there he noticed that there was distinct lack of luxury accommodations and services for the upper end of the market. With his extensive experience and connections throughout the world of finance as a base, he decided to found Rio Exclusive in 2007 to take advantage of the opportunity to build a truly luxurious, high-end vacation rental and service provider.
Arnaud built Rio Exclusive as a company tailored to the demands of elite clientele. His qualities as an experienced investor with a talent for business have helped Rio Exclusive to grow from its’ base in Rio de Janeiro to become Brazil Exclusive and now Latin Exclusive, with branches in Colombia and plans to expand further. Following the strict guidelines of only renting and selling properties that he himself would invest in, Arnaud has helped build an extensive network of loyal clientele.
Arnaud’s charismatic and professional demeanor has won the trust of owners, clients and partners alike. Arnaud is always seeking to build new business relationships, expand our high-end services, and to cultivate the high quality talent that works for Latin Exclusive. He speaks fluent French, English and Portuguese and is conversational in Spanish. With his financial background he brings a sharp analytical mind and an investor’s careful attention to detail. He directs the strategy, development and expansion of Latin Exclusive in current and new markets. Long term growth, client satisfaction and high returns for partners are the foundations upon which he has grown and will continue to expand Latin Exclusive.
- Selva Bari – Commercial Director
Selva started working for Rio Exclusive in 2008 and has become an indispensable leader of our team. Her unique global experience, management skills and dedication make her one of our most valuable assets.
She was born in Germany, from Turkish parents, and has lived in the United Kingdom, Spain, France and the Netherlands where she earned a degree in International Business. Her upbringing and education have given her an incredible international experience and a global array of contacts which she brings to Rio Exclusive.
Her personal commitment and passion for high quality results have been major sources of the success of Rio Exclusive. Working with us she has become an expert at handling all the needs of a wide range of high-end clientele. She brings her experience, love and dedication to the task of managing the rentals department for Rio Exclusive. With an enthusiastic personality and problem solving approach she has become our point person for building relationships with property owners and ensuring the high quality of service we’re known for.
- Carlos Enrique - Comercial Executive
Carlos has worked for Rio Exclusive since its’ beginning in 2007 and has helped build it into the premier luxury real estate company it is today. Carlos studied Travel and Tourism as well as different courses on the Latin American market and luxury services. He brings years of experience in the hospitality industry to Rio Exclusive alongside his charming personality and skillful handling of any request from a client. Carlos is in charge of helping our Latin American clients from answering inquiries over the phone or through email to personally greeting many clients at check-in. He provides an excellent quality of service honed through years of experience.
- Diego Costa – Sao Paulo Manager
Diego joined our team in 2013 to lead our Sao Paulo branch and to manage the relocation and corporate support services which we offer. He completed a degree in Business Administration and also has a MBA in Human Resource Management. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and has excellent, well trained people management skills. Before joining our team he was in charge of Accenture’s mobility department for Latin America. Now Diego brings his expansive knowledge of corporate relocation to Sao Paulo Exclusive to ensure our company provides an unmatched service for our clients. With his deep knowledge of the market in Sao Paulo, Diego has the skills and dedication to provide you with the best accommodations and an unmatched concierge service for your stay in Sao Paulo.
- Erica de Castro – Operational Manager
Erica brings extensive experience in managing logistical operations and providing support for high-end clients. She brings her talent for organization, a careful attention to detail and a professional yet personalized approach to every problem. Erica studied Management at the prestigious FGV in Sao Paulo. She speaks Portuguese and English and has more than 10 years of work experience in tourism and operational logistics. She worked as a manager for one of Brazil’s most exclusive resorts and brings her attentive and dedicated customer service skills to work for you. With her friendly, enthusiastic personality and her careful attention to even the smallest details, Erica is an essential part of the team that keeps Rio Exclusive working to provide you with the very best.
- Gilmara Gross – Guest Relations Manager
Gil is our expert in client relations with years of experience working with luxury clientele. She was born in Brazil but has spent 25 years working in the high end fashion industry in the United States. She received clients from around the world and built a career out of her reputation for excellent service to the worlds’ elite. The world-wide network of contacts she built through her work and her extensive record of success makes her a tremendous asset for the Rio Exclusive team. Gil helps us secure access to the most exclusive properties in Brazil and provides the comprehensive support that ensures the complete satisfaction of our exclusive clientele.
- Charles Morphett –Special Events Manager
Charles studied Marketing and Public Relations in Australia and has taken a lead in expanding the services of Latin Exclusive since he joined us in 2010. He is the Rio Exclusive point person for the 2014 World Cup, where his extensive personal network of connections within the sports world will deliver our clients the very best possible experience. His sophisticated understanding of both the luxury and sports worlds and his personal charisma make him an invaluable asset for us and our clients. Charles is also in charge of managing our selection of properties and services in Buzios where he has rapidly established our company as the premium choice for exclusive luxury rentals. For clients who are here for the World Cup or other special events, he will be your main contact with Latin Exclusive and will ensure you have an unmatched luxury experience.
- Mike Rollins – Global Development Director
Mike was one of Rio Exclusive's original employees - having started in 2008 and becoming our Sales & Marketing Manager - helping build and grow the business into the market leader and award winning agency it is today.
He is a Canadian with a passion for travel and business. He graduated with an honours business degree from a leading Canadian university, has traveled throughout the world to over 30 countries, and has lived abroad in both the north and south of England, and Brazil.
Mike's role now is one which builds on his strengths of building relationships and growing a company. He is the Global Development Director for Latin Exclusive - Rio Exclusive's parent company. Not only does this role enable him to grow our portfolio into other exciting Latin America destinations, but also to continue to grow the portfolio within Rio, and throughout Brazil - in such highly demanded locations as Buzios, Paraty, Angra, Bahia and more.
He brings energy, enthusiasm and dedication to building and growing a boutique business, always with the end user - the guest - in mind.
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