Our team

Emerald Stay® is the first prop-tech to manage premium homes in non-urban destinations.

Our team is disrupting the fragmented vacation rental market by building a hospitality brand from the ground up. Guests can expect a consistent Emerald Stay experience with reliable tech at every touchpoint, while homeowners can sit back and digitally monitor how their property is being monetised, as well as pampered, while they are not there. It’s called Smart Ownership®.

We have offices in Geneva and Barcelona, and team members in each of our destinations. Last but not least, we have raised more than €10m from prominent investors in order to back our growth and are now profitable.



Best leisure property management company in 2021, at the global industry event by The Shortyz.


Sustainability in 2022, at the global industry event by The Shortyz.


Great Place to Work® in 2022 by the experts in workplace culture


HappyIndexAtWork® France Espana 2023

HappyIndexAtWork® is awarded by the ChooseMyCompany platform to companies that have demonstrated a positive work environment and a culture of workplace happiness.


WeImpactIndex® France Espana 2023

WeImpactIndex® is a label recognizing the companies whose employees most value the reality of social and environmental practices (ESG).


Superhost on Airbnb for all of our properties since our launch (average of 4.8/5.0 for hundreds of reviews)

The founders

Maxime Friess

Born to a hotelier family in the Swiss Alps, Maxime has a background in real estate private equity, market finance and investment banking. He is a graduate of Essec Business School Paris. His favorite dish is Sole façon Meuniere with a glass of Pouilly-Fume.

Laurent Lacourt

Born in the beautiful South West of France near Toulouse, Laurent has a background in entrepreneurship, technology and hospitality management. He is a graduate of Essec Business School Paris. His favorite dish is Duck breast with homemade fries with a glass of Bordeaux.

Maxime Friess & Laurent Lacourt, the founders of Emerald Stay

They talk about us

Who we are

We're a team based between Barcelona, Geneva and our destinations. Our background is in hospitality, technology, real-estate and finance.

About half of us have their boots on the ground, while the other half work at the head office managing guest and homeowner relationships, and building and operating our technology and distribution infrastructure. We love what we do, and who we do it with.

Fanny Chapel HEAD OF HR & HOSPITALITY of Emerald Stay

Head of HR & Hospitality

Fanny Chapel

Pauline Sale, Operations Supervisor of Emerald Stay

Operations Manager

Pauline Sale

Gregory Collette, Chief Technology Officer of Emerald Stay

Chief Technology Officer

Gregory Collette

Fabien Rialhe

Head of Operations, Alps

Fabien Rialhe

Caroline Verstraeten, Emerald Stay, Owner Relations Supervisor

Owner Relations Manager

Caroline Verstraeten

Thibault Leportier, Emerald Stay, Operations Executive

Owner Relations Supervisor

Thibault Leportier

Clementine Le Lay Rampelberg

Operations Supervisor

Clementine Le Lay Rampelberg

Dominique Duby

Maintenance Manager

Dominique Duby

Destination Manager, Alpe d'Huez

Manon Bouquerand

Sebastien Doat

Chief Financial Officer

Yan Emery

Sarah-Jane Stone

Destination Manager, Costa Brava

Sarah-Jane Stone

Ines Guillot

Destination Manager, Portes du Soleil

Ines Guillot

Mônica Villas Bôas

Project Manager

Mônica Villas Bôas

Chris Bonnet, Emerald Stay, Front End Developer

Front End Developer

Chris Bonnet

Communications & Brand Manager

Olivia Gauss

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Head of Distribution & Revenue Management

Axelle Legrand

Andre Prudente

Destination Coordinator, Portes du Soleil

Andre Prudente

Maëva Najm

Operations Executive

Maëva Najm

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Operations Executive

Carmen Chatman

Toni Esteva

Business Development Director, Mallorca

Toni Esteva

Destination Coordinator Pollensa

Destination Coordinator, Pollensa

Scarlet Morgan

Destination Coordinator, Costa Brava

Paula Mas Cipres

Lead Dev

Ricardo Huang Ying

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Destination Coordinator, Portes du Soleil

Romain Pergaud

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Junior Revenue Manager

Etienne Levillain

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Operations Executive

Audrey Piveteau

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Destination Coordinator, Chamonix

Apolline Dauvignac

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Destination Coordinator, Alcudia

Vanesa Vidal Pillado

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Destination Coordinator, Trois Vallees

Jeanne Vorger

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Content Intern

Ipek Marmara

Destination Coordinator, Chamonix

Antoni Daubier

Hospitality Intern

Clara Wehbe

Finance Intern

Raphaël Cailleux

Revenue Manager

Peggy dos Reis

Full Stack Developer

Ilia Zolas

Owner Relations Supervisor

Valeria Kadletz

Revenue Management Intern

Philippe Groff

Chief Marketing Officer

Thibaud Donzier

M&A Integration Manager

Gillon Hunter

Operations Executive

Paul Vilaret

Head of Field Operations, Spain

Gener Arenas

Destination Coordinator, Mallorca

Jennifer Schab Schellenberg



Year of founding


Number of team members


Average age is 33 years old

55% ♀︎
45% ♂︎

Gender breakdown: 55% women, 45% men. We are proud of our gender balance in managerial functions

Team member's perks

  • Flexibility to work remotely

  • Personal budget of 500€ unlocked on each work anniversary for work-related trainings, home office equipment and/or workout

  • 1 workday or 100€ per year for a charity of your choice

  • Discount on Emerald stays, during low season, on selected properties

  • Coaching program for Director level and above from 1st anniversary

  • Yearly team off-site

  • Occasional team outings

  • In Spain, a Cobee card to maximize your net income thanks to the use of benefits in kind

  • In France, some "tickets restaurant" from the 1st anniversary.

    Also, did you know that we pay bonuses when our team members sleep more, recycle and exercise?
    Find out more about this in our Medium article.

Emerald Stay office
in Barcelona



We offer a work environment that values and empowers people while fostering personal development. Our culture is dictated by the following values

Make Mistakes

We foster a creative environment where the best ideas win, where it is okay to make mistakes and unacceptable not to learn from them.


We don't accept the status quo and look for ways to leverage technology while empowering people.


We care about our team members, our partners and our clients, and make our passion and our work one and the same.

Speak Up

We are true people who give honest feedback, who are not afraid to share opinions and who don't talk behind one's back.

Think Big

While staying humble, we aim for the stars and work towards established goals and metrics.

Don’t Compromise

We are obsessed with quality, like a Swiss watchmaker.

Feeling aligned?

Then join our team! We’re looking for Jacks and Jills of all Trade who will strive in a quickly evolving environment.

B Corp® certified

B Corp® certified since 2022, recognizing our social and environmental work including 100% carbon compensation


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