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Julian Castelli

CEO

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George Trevino

CFO

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Jim Barsch

COO

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Jeff Berzolla

CMO

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Julian is the CEO and founder of VacationRoost. He is passionate about the vacation rental industry and has built a team that shares his vision for building the leading online marketplace for vacation rentals. As a veteran media executive with more than 18 years of senior-level operating experience and a world-class institutional background, Julian is also the CEO of Castles Media Company.

Before founding VacationRoost, Julian served as Chief Financial Officer of Primedia, a $300 million Internet media company that owns and operates leading brands: Apartment Guide/Apartmentguide.com, New Home Guide/Newhomeguide.com, Auto Guide/Autoguide.com, and Rentals.com. While at Primedia, Julian also served as President of the Autoguide.com business, and he was also responsible for the launch and development of Rentals.com.

Julian previously served as CFO of PageNet, a $1 billion public telecom company. He also was a founder and managing director of Cabrillo Advisors, a boutique financial advisory firm. Julian began his career as an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs and Co. in 1990, later serving as a strategy consultant with McKinsey and Company. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Amherst College. View full bio.

George leads the sales, back-office and financial teams for VacationRoost. He brings more than 20 years of senior-level executive experience in finance, accounting, operations, and sales and marketing to the company. He is also a founding member of the Castles Media team.

Prior to VacationRoost and Castles Media, George was Director of Finance with Nokia Inc. Enterprise Solutions business group, with global financial responsibility for the ES Sales and Marketing group. While at Nokia, George led Six Sigma projects, winning national and global awards and becoming a Six Sigma Certified Green Belt, making him a master at identifying and removing causes and defects of the business process.

George has held senior-level controller, director, and manager roles at GTE (Verizon) and ILD Telecommunications. His experience includes IPO filings, SEC filings and acquisitions. He has had extensive international business experience, having worked in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and China.

George has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. View full bio.

Jim Barsch joined VacationRoost in 2010 and brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Jim leads our Partner Service Division, Technical Development, Travel Agent Business, and general operations. In addition, he is responsible for exploring and evaluating potential business relationships with VacationRoost.

Jim’s love, expertise, and passion for travel have fueled his leadership in a number of companies. He has held executive positions with The Mark Travel Corporation, Pleasant Holidays, Morris Murdock Travel, and other nationally recognized tour wholesalers. He has led company startups and merger/acquisition implementations. Additionally he has been heavily involved in the technological transformation of several companies in the travel industry over the past 20 years.

He holds a Bachelors of Science in Travel & Tourism from Brigham Young University. View full bio

Jeff leads the marketing group at VacationRoost. He brings over 15 years of online marketing, sales, business development and technology experience to the VacationRoost team.

Jeff joined the VacationRoost family in late 2013 as part of the VacationRentalAgent.com (VRA) and HawaiianBeachRentals.com (HBR) acquisition where he served as the CEO. Jeff founded VRA and HBR in 2002 and lead its explosive growth to become a $25 million software and vacation rental company.

Past professional experience includes owning an online media consulting company, working for CDNOW and Mitsubishi International. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Richmond. View full bio