Elite Destination Homes connects select individuals and families with some of the world’s most inspiring vacation homes, so that they can relax, recharge and reconnect with the people and places they love most. Founded in 2005 by Bill Bisanz – an experienced traveler and real estate entrepreneur – Elite has developed a unique portfolio of properties that include beachfront villas, mountain lodges and historic European pied-a-terres.

 

The Elite Team

The members of the Elite team share a passion for travel and a commitment to helping you with an exceptional vacation experience. While our local concierge network stretches far and wide, we’d like to take a moment to introduce you to some key team members that work out of our corporate office.

Bill Bisanz, CEO

Mutual passions for world travel and real estate inspired Bill to found Elite Destination Homes in 2005. An entrepreneur with experience in management consulting, technology startups and international real estate, Bill is a graduate of the University of Texas and earned his MBA from Columbia University. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French, and travels as often as possible, usually with his family.

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Contact Jeanne

651-389-3843

Jeanne Larson, Managing Director

Jeanne combines her passions for fine real estate and international living at Elite. She works with the owners of exceptional vacation homes who engage Elite to professionally market and rent their real estate asset. Jeanne majored in Spanish and Economics at St. Olaf College and has an MBA from Georgetown University. She speaks Spanish and French. Jeanne looks forward to every opportunity to work with owners who wish to share their special home and its local culture with guests. She also enjoys swimming, skiing and working in her Minnesota vineyard.

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Contact Laurie

651-389-3804

Laurie Flum, VP Finance

Laurie joined Real Estate Equities – Elite Destination Homes’ parent company – in 1983. In June of 2010 Laurie joined the Elite Destination Homes team as Controller/Asset Manager and currently oversees its Accounting department and the property management companies who manage our homes around the world. Her focus and attention to detail ensures consistency with Elite’s real estate standards and global accounting practices.

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Contact Kathryn

651-269-9048

Kathryn Lynden, Fractional Ownership

Kathryn has traveled extensively and has firsthand knowledge of virtually every Elite home. Kathryn is committed to creating the perfect owner experience and ensuring that Elite experiences always exceed your highest expectations.

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Contact Chelsea

651-389-3862

Chelsea Swenson, Controller

Chelsea manages all the aspects of the finances for the Elite homes.  From managing the budget and tracking the rentals, to replacing the roof and working daily with the property managers, these homes are her top priority.  Chelsea has a passion for travel and deeply enjoys traveling to the homes to keep a keen eye on them.  Whether it be a gathering in her own home or remodeling an Elite home, all will be done with excellence. Chelsea holds a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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Contact Sasha

651-389-3861

Sasha Nicolle, International Villa Consultant

A connoisseur of studying languages Sasha has lived abroad on three different occasions. She studied French and Theatre History in Paris during college, where she became inspired to pursue teaching French. After her collegiate studies she moved to Rennes, France where she taught English to elementary age French students. After having taught for 5 years, she took a sabbatical to pursue her dream of living in Italy and learning Italian. She stayed in Rome with an Italian family where she was able to really take in la dolce vita! Having traveled to over 20 different countries, Sasha is able to combine her knowledge of languages, her familiarity with travel and her passion for people in her role at Elite as a home stay consultant to guests.

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Contact Cindy

651-389-3831

Cindy Flum, Accountant and Owner Concierge

Cindy combines a passion for numbers with prior customer service experience when working with each and every owner. Cindy handles day to day accounting tasks for the Elite Managed Homes while balancing owner’s pre-trip needs with just the right priority to ensure a truly Elite travel experience. Through collaboration with Home Managers and Local Concierge partners Cindy ensures each Elite guest has a memorable vacation. Traveling holds a special place in Cindy’s heart as she backpacked through eleven European Countries, allowing each new place to impact her with their individualized culture and beauty. Memories like this is what she strives to leave each Elite Customer with. Cindy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University Wisconsin-River Falls.

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Contact Mary

651-389-3811

Mary Harshman, Marketing Coordinator

At Elite, Mary makes every effort to provide homeowners with the best marketing packages, giving them full confidence and peace of mind. Whether it's working with the top ad channels in the industry or developing creative campaigns, Mary is always looking for ways to stay ahead of the game. She received her B.S. in Marketing Communications and Small Business Entrepreneurship from St. Catherine's University in St. Paul, MN.

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Contact Rachel

651-389-3830

Rachel Swansen, IT Administrator

Rachel handles the technological aspects of Elite to ensure that all tools and processes are running smoothly. She received her B.S. in Information Systems from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and brings a diverse background in both information technology and web development. Rachel’s love for travel has brought her all over the states and to some of the world’s most beautiful cities abroad. During her 6-month stay in the Netherlands, she was able to visit Brugge, Milan, Rome, Venice, Glasgow, Dublin, Cologne and Edinburgh. On her free time she enjoys reading, knitting and take artistic photos of her lovely cats.

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