Irene Aviles – Founder & President
Before founding Private Trade Winds, Irene Aviles spent nearly 20 years as a senior executive in the real estate business. Among other projects, she spearheaded the repositioning and redevelopment of over 8,000 apartment units, and led investor-relations efforts with high net-worth individuals, public & private pension fund investors, REITs and investment banks. In addition, Irene has pursued her passion of developing and managing various collections of private luxury vacation homes since 1984.
Read Irene’s personal story of founding Private Trade Winds here.
Chief Financial and Investment Officer — Hugo F. Aviles
Mr. Aviles is the financial and investment partner, bringing a track record of 25 years of successful entrepreneurship to the company. He has a true macro & micro understanding of the capital markets, investment markets, and real estate industry where he has developed and managed several successful real estate companies and over $1.8 billion of real estate projects. Mr. & Mrs. Aviles have a successful history of working together for over 20 years.
Read Hugo's personal story and love for villa travel here.
Director of Sales - Andra Minnehan
Andra worked in direct sales and sales management for over 25 years before joining Private Trade Winds. With a proven track record of sales in the travel, cosmetic, entertainment and recording business, Mrs. Minnehan is accustomed to high volume sales and large account management. In her previous role as National Sales Manager for a major music distributor, Andra consistently exceeded goals for accounts such as Costco, Wherehouse Entertainment, Tower Records, Walmart, Sam's Club and Fry's Electronics.
Read Andra's personal story and love for villa travel here.
Design Manager - Jill Lewis
As the Design Manager for Private Trade Winds, Jill uses her decade of experience as an interior design expert to maximize the pleasure of PTW’s traveling guests, and to maximize value for PTW’s vacation homeowners. Prior to joining Private Trade Winds, she designed the interiors of over 200 luxury homes while working at Kreiss Collection, as well as building her own practice doing specialty projects for private luxury home owners. Jill has travelled all over the world, and has lived in places as diverse as Beirut, Australia and Switzerland. Today, she is particularly passionate about the culture and architecture of Europe, and she is leading our efforts to acquire more villas in Italy, France and Spain.
Among other responsibilities, Jill heads the Private Trade Winds Villa Evaluation Team, a multi-disciplinary team that personally inspects every property considered for entry into our worldwide villa portfolio. Sometimes we call it our “Tough Love Team,” because they insist on the extremely high quality in comfort, design and amenities that our traveling clients have come to expect. They look first for absolute pristine cleanliness and a fresh feeling throughout. Kitchens must be well-equipped, with attractive matching silverware, a complete set of matching kitchenware, and matching high-end appliances such as coffee-makers. Kitchens to be designated as “gourmet” must have amenities such as commercial-quality ranges and sub-zero refrigerators. Jill was one of the primary architects of our 100-Point Luxury Assurance Test.
Read Jill’s personal story and love for villa travel here.
Information Technology and Accounting - Brittany Mason
Brittany manages PTW’s accounting department, and has developed many of PTW’s “back end systems”, including our reservation database and our industry-leading trading program (which allows for vacation homeowners to trade time at their property for time at a different property in our villa portfolio). She has over 20 years of experience in combining her unique skills: business analysis, computer programming, and accounting expertise. Prior to joining Private Trade Winds, Brittany managed large scale development projects for corporations such as Mitsubishi Motors and Automobile Club of Southern California.
Read Brittany's personal story and love for villa travel here.
Travel and Customer Service Manager - Janet Anderson
Janet has been a travel industry professional for over 20 years, and is the hands-on supervisor of our travel department. Among other things, she works with all of our travel consultants to provide the most thoughtful and personalized service possible for our clients. Janet is also a key member of our Villa Evaluation Team, which travels the globe identifying the finest private vacation residences for our villa portfolio. Before joining Private Trade Winds, Janet was with Liberty Travel, one of the U.S. leaders in leisure travel.
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Asset Manager - Judy Sweetland
Judy has over a decade of experience in private home management, vacation management, and finance. As Asset Manager for Private Trade Winds, she is entrusted with the care and nurturing of all of our properties. She helps locate promising properties, negotiates special rates and inclusions for PTW clients, and oversees all of the property managers who are on-site at our 400+ locations.
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