Advising you with a hand-picked team of experts
AJL Atelier prides itself in its unrivalled expertise, led by Simon Lehmann, one of the world’s leading vacation rental experts.
Simon is one of the world’s foremost experts on short-term rental and vacation rental. He leads AJL Atelier, a specialised vacation rental and business consultancy while also advising multiple companies as Board Member and Executive Chairman.
A sough-after speaker, panellist and moderator, Simon loves to broach high-level and technical topics alike, from the future trends of short-term rental to the specifics of online distribution in the top 5 OTAs.
Previously, Simon was the Co-Founder & Chairman of Vacasa Europe, former President of PhocusWright and ex-Board member of HomeAway, to name but a few. He’s also an accomplished operator, having led Interhome, Hotelplan Group and Swissport as CEO, Deputy CEO and EVP Commercial respectively.
Founder, Head of People & Administration
Cristina is the lighthouse in the ocean, the backbone and soul of AJL Atelier. As one of the founders of the company, she looks after the team – core members as well as expert contractors – and the administration of the Atelier, making sure that everything runs smoothly and stays on track, for employees, clients and partners.
With her intuitive personality, detail-orientated focus and fervent passion for coaching and developing team members, Cristina is an invaluable member of the team who is constantly creating value for our clients.
Cristina brings years of experience coordinating C-Suite executives and leading a variety of strategic HR initiatives such as improving company culture, tracking and boosting employee motivation, enhancing individual and team performance or developing and maintaining leadership talent pools.
Previously, Cristina worked in a number industries including Airlines, Ground Handling, Vacation Rental and Industrial Components Production.
Head of Operations & Senior Consultant
Gernot brings a profound understanding of the hospitality tech ecosystem and it’s dynamics. Before his focus on the short-term rental industry, he spent the last +5 years at the world’s largest OTA, Booking.com, where he gained wide-ranging knowledge of the hospitality tech ecosystem. He led product strategy, commercial development, and operations for newly established product teams and acted as “GM” in a fast-moving new product development vertical.
He is a big picture strategy thinker who is simultaneously able to zoom in and think through execution details. This is an extremely effective combination when evaluating businesses, and in gaining a strategic advantage.
At AJL Atelier, he’s leading the redesign of operational workflows and acts as strategic business adviser for the broad range of AJL’s the client portfolio.
Senior Consultant, M&A Advisor
Efe brings 10+ years of experience in financial and strategic consulting. Before joining AJL Atelier, Efe worked at Ernst & Young in the corporate finance team advising clients on services such as business valuation, financial modeling, and commercial due diligence.
After EY, he shifted his focus to strategy consulting, working on projects such as operational excellence and performance improvement.
Efe holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in global business and brings a strong analytical mindset to the team. He is detail-oriented but at the same time excellent at zooming out and changing perspective. At AJL Atelier, he is leading various consulting projects and M&A mandates
Ivan identified and oversaw the on-the-ground operations for a Property Management Company for a couple of years after some initial experience in the luxury hotel industry.
Having gained knowledge and experience working with an innovative Operations Management Tool, he is motivated and skilled at providing operational insights to Property Managers and Operations managers alike, advising on processes and best practices.
The practical and technological experience acquired enables Ivan to provide AJL Atelier and its partners further industry knowledge and a fresh perspective on the consulting services they provide.
Professional Host & Blockchain Innovator in Vacation RentalsAlberto Broggi stands at the forefront of revolutionizing the vacation rental industry through blockchain technology. As a leading figure at TripsCommunity, he has been instrumental in creating a decentralized alternative to traditional online travel agencies. At the heart of Alberto’s expertise is his role as the manager of Villa Volpe, a gem on Lake Orta, where he brings the charm of Northern Italy to life. His hands-on experience as a professional host has been pivotal in scaling TriesteVillas from managing 10 properties to an impressive 120 in just two years. His deep understanding of the hospitality industry, combined with his innovative approach to incorporating blockchain technology, makes him a unique and valuable asset in the vacation rental sector.
Markos brings a passion for research and answering questions with data. Before focusing on the short-term rental industry, he spent 4+ years as a quality assurance manager at an international logistics company, where he gained experience in data-led company performance and service quality improvement. His technical solutions and performance improvements led the company to be awarded the ISO 9001 certification.
Formerly a researcher in academia, he worked at ETH Zürich, where he used his technical expertise to investigate biological processes. He is now applying his scientific mindset and excellent analytical skills to solve business problems and provide a fresh perspective to clients.
At AJL Atelier he will use his expertise to strengthen our research capabilities and contribute to our industry knowledge with data-driven insights.
Administration Support Executive
Mirela has worked in a key support role for over 10 years, with a focus on companies in hospitality and service providers. She brings both passion and positivity to the whole team and although working remotely, her engagement is noted.
She is a hard-working, motivated individual, who always strives to achieve the best standard possible, at any given task.
Mirela demonstrates the ability to work under pressure, solve problematic situations as and when they arise and maintain a good work environment for the team. For her, it is important that every day brings new challenges and always something new to learn.