Get to Know The Casai Growth Team
At Casai, we are hungry to revolutionize hospitality around the world. We have recently launched Casai in Brazil with over 70 boutique apartments in São Paulo and now in Rio de Janeiro. This adds to our ever-growing collection of apartments in Mexico City. Our growing success is a testament to the work of our strategic Growth Team at Casai.
Our Growth Team is split into two: Expansion and Real Estate. The Expansion Team works together to form a strategic approach to our growth, whereas the Real Estate Team sources properties in prime locations. The two teams work together with the Architecture and Design Team to scout new spaces and ensure the location, lighting, finishing details and layout all match the premium experience we offer our guests. Keep reading to meet the team bringing Casai to Latam’s prime locations.
Daniel Hermann – Chief Growth Officer
Daniel has been with Casai since September 2020. Before, he worked as Head of Growth Capital at Selina. He also spent more than 10 years structuring M&A transactions in Latin America at Citigroup, Bradesco BBI and Banco Votorantim. Daniel holds a BA in Economics from PUC-SP and a Master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
“Casai will be one of the largest, and surely the best, hospitality companies in Latin America. For guests, we will be synonymous with quality and a unique experience. For landlords and investors, we will be the preferred and most profitable partner. And for employees, the best company you will ever work for.” – Daniel Hermann
Rafael Meninelli – Expansion Director
Rafael joined the Casai team in Brazil in April 2021 as our Expansion Director. Prior to Casai, Rafael was the Vice President at EY-Parthenon in São Paulo, where he prepared an Annual Strategic Plan, which included recruiting, training, client base development, and external and internal marketing initiatives. He spent over nine years with Ernst & Young as a Business Valuation Senior Consultant in Chicago, U.S., and Transaction Advisory Services Manager in São Paulo. Rafael holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Insper and a Postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance & Investment Banking.
Andrés Mendoza – Real Estate Director (Mexico)
Originally from Venezuela, Andrés joined Casai in April 2019 as our Real Estate Director. Previously, Andrés worked at NMS Capital Oficial as Finance and Expansion Manager. He holds a Bachelors degree in Administration and Management from the Universidad Fermín Toro.
Patricio Musi – Real Estate Director (Getaways by Casai)
Patricio has over 10 years of experience in the Real Estate industry in Mexico. He previously held the role of Real Estate Director at Selina, signing contracts with over 15 properties. Patricio also co-founded and is CEO of 10x Ventures, which specializes in the creation of long-term value for customers, markets, and relationships. It has a special focus on real estate developments in the tourism sector in Mexico. Patricio holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Fundación Universidad de las Américas Puebla.
Fernanda Marques – Real Estate Director (Brazil)
Fernanda has been with Casai since March 2020 as our Real Estate Director in Brazil. She is a Real Estate and Business Management professional with experience in growth strategies and innovation for the Real Estate market. She has played a huge part in Casai’s expansion to Brazil, finding the perfect locations and apartments to form part of our growing international portfolio.
Fernanda has experience in high-growth and fast paced environments, at both national and multinational companies. In her previous roles as Senior Lead of Real Estate Sourcing and Senior Associate of Real Estate Underwriting & Analytics at WeWork in São Paulo, she developed and conducted Real Estate expansion strategies and deal negotiations. Fernanda holds a degree in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
João Felipe Calmon – Real Estate Manager (Brazil)
João joined Casai in March 2021 as our Real Estate Manager in Brazil. Prior to Casai he was Commercial Coordinator at Opportunity in Rio de Janeiro. He has extensive experience in Real Estate with over nine years working in REITs, Real Estate Development and Rental Market. João graduated in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) with an MBA in Business Management from Real Estate Development and Construction from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).
Rafaela Vila – Real Estate Manager (Brazil)
Rafaela recently joined Casai from Hantei Engineering in Florianópolis, where she was Legal Manager for over eight years. She was responsible for the legal-administrative management of the company’s main activities and negotiations. She also prepared and administered all the contractual deeds and other real estate demands of the company, providing support for any and all negotiations. Rafaela holds a degree in Law from the University of Southern Santa Catarina in Tubarão, Brazil.
Nadege Guinoiseau – Real Estate Manager (Mexico)
As Real Estate Manager in Mexico, Nadege creates interpersonal relationships with the local Real Estate community and oversees the process of acquiring new apartments for the Casai portfolio. Nadege finds and analyzes units in Mexico and negotiates the leases and revenue and property management contracts. She also ensures that the apartments are delivered perfectly to the operations team by working alongside the design team.
Previously Nadege worked at WeWork as Senior Associate Real Estate Sourcing in Mexico. She holds a degree in Communication and Media Studies from the Universidad Anáhuac.
Mateus Zanolo – Real Estate Analyst (Brazil)
As a Real Estate Analyst on our Brazil Real Estate Team, Mateus is responsible for market research and Real Estate analysis. He also creates pitch decks, investment memos, teasers and delivers internal reports and presentations of his findings.
Prior to Casai, Mateus worked for Cushman & Wakefield in São Paulo as a Real Estate Consultant and Investments Analyst. He evaluated retail stores using the direct comparative approach and collected and presented Real Estate investment fund data.
Mateus holds a degree in Business Administration from the Fundação Getulio Vargas.
Marcelo Filho – Real Estate Intern (Brazil)
Marcelo has joined Casai as a Real Estate Intern while he studies Business Administration at the Fundação Getulio Vargas. This is his “first real job” and he is responsible for carrying out market research, Real Estate analysis and making commercial calls to source more units in Brazil.
“What I love the most about Casai is how we are growing so fast and I get to be a part of it. This Startup environment with great people and a fantastic mindset will help me grow in my profession for the future.” – Marcelo Filho
Érica Moraes – Real Estate Intern (Brazil)
Érica has recently joined Casai in Brazil as a Real Estate Intern. In her role, Érica searches for new apartments that fit with the Casai design and are based in prime locations, as well as economic research to influence team decisions.
“I’m just a rookie at Casai, but from day one I realized the importance of the Growth Team. As my first job, I’m very excited to be developing my personal career alongside the expansion of Casai. The work environment is as incredible as the Casai apartments.”
Want to work with one of the most exciting and innovative startups in the hospitality industry in Latin America? Join our Casai Growth Team! Check out our careers page to see what positions are available.