The Luxus Group is truly a "Family" business, passionately
and creatively working to fulfill its mission.
We believe that the true value of our company lies in our people and we take great strides to ensure that our team is highly motivated and fully engaged to deliver the best possible experience for our clients.
Stephen founded Luxus in 2007 and through his role as President has been primarily responsible for the vision of the company directly overseeing the growth, brand development, strategy, philanthropic endeavors and corporate culture of the organization. Prior to launching Luxus, Stephen spent 10 years as the President and owner of two retail grocery stores, bringing years of experience and entrepreneurship to this new industry.
Before starting his career, Stephen attended the University of Idaho on a golf scholarship where he pursued a business degree in finance and accounting. During the summer breaks, Stephen remained active by owning and operating two small businesses, laying the foundation for a life of entrepreneurship. It was through this experience Stephen discovered his passion as a business owner, and immediately after school jumped into his career in the retail industry.
Much of the inspiration for Luxus came from Stephen’s family and their personal vacations. Stephen and his wife Carrie are Luxus owners as well, and love to travel with their children Kasha and Allegra to the various destinations. As with other Luxus owners, they believe in the model and are appreciative of the services offered to make their holiday experiences as memorable as possible.
Despite a busy career and family life, Stephen remains active in the community with Luxus acting as the catalyst for charitable giving. Through that vision, Luxus has contributed either directly or through its partners nearly one million dollars in value to charities across Western Canada. This philosophy resonates through the Luxus office and is an important part of the culture of the Partnership.
Don came into the business world at a very young age, and in just a few short years he was owning and managing his own business. Much of his business acumen has come through 30 years of past experiences. His "get it done" attitude makes him a natural leader. Don is open to new ideas, and embraces creative strategies for improving Luxus Vacation Properties.
He enjoys working with family members and passionate co-workers, which has contributed to the success that Luxus Vacation Properties has experienced to date.
Don has contributed graciously to many charitable causes over the years. However, his recent involvement in raising over $60,000 for breast cancer research gave him the opportunity to cycle with Lance Armstrong in a 100km ride through the Canadian Rockies. This was truly an incredible experience for Don, which will never be forgotten.
Aside from cycling, Don enjoys golf and skiing, and definitely appreciates a nice bottle of wine. But above all, he is a family man. One of his most memorable vacations was a birthday celebration at Villa La Estancia in Cabo San Lucas where he was surrounded by family and friends.
Nancy's passion for interior design was introduced at a young age through her own mothers design talents and fashion sense. She has been very fortunate to have worked personally with a number of designers throughout the past 20 years and has always been captivated by their various styles and likes, which has been a consistent source of inspiration for her. As co-founder of The Luxus Group, she makes sure that the properties are incredibly well appointed and appropriate for their specific location.
She is further inspired by the loves of her life - her husband, children and her 4 amazing grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys painting, photography and perusing all things design.
When asked, which of the Luxus properties is her favourite - her answer, she honestly loves them all! Her home away from home can be a chalet in Kimberley, a 1,300 square foot condo in Maui, a villa in Tuscany or a 4,000 square foot home in Palm Springs. It doesn't matter where she goes because there is always so much to enjoy at each location with the same consistencies and comforts of home.
Nancy's family means everything to her and Luxus Vacation Properties gives her the opportunity to not only spend time with them, but to also help other families experience their dream vacations!
Carrie Doll grew up with CFRN News. As far back as she can remember, CFRN News was echoing through her home. Today, Carrie is proud to be the one delivering CTV news at six to Albertans.
Born and raised in Fairview Alberta, Carrie ventured off to Calgary to pursue her post-secondary education. She graduated with a degree in Communications at the University of Calgary. She also holds a diploma in Broadcast News from SAIT. After graduating, Carrie did her internship at an ABC Affiliate in Lubbock Texas. Her career officially began at CTV in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. From there it was on to Lethbridge as an anchor and producer. In 1997, she made her first appearance at CTV Edmonton as the Medical Watch reporter and noon news anchor. Three years later, she moved to Calgary to co-anchor the noon and 5 p.m. news. She rejoined the CTV news team in Edmonton in 2001 to co-anchor CTV news at 6pm.
Carrie believes in giving back to her community and that’s why she’s so dedicated to her charity events. She is the honorary chair for both the CIBC Run for the Cure and the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. She’s also involved in the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, the Zebra Foundation, and Kids with Cancer.
Carrie maintains her greatest achievement in life so far is becoming a mother to her son Kasha and daughter Allegra. Together with her husband Stephen, the four of them love to travel, and enjoying every new experience that comes with building and growing Luxus.
After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Business Degree, Danielle wanted to make a big move. Literally. She packed up and moved over 6,000 miles to the other side of the world where she taught English and gained invaluable life experience. Intrigued by travel and making connections with people along the way, Danielle’s next stop was Jasper, where she enjoyed a rewarding career with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts before joining The Luxus Group.
Danielle has enjoyed being part of Luxus since the very beginning, watching it grow into the thriving Partnership and Management Team that it is today. She feels the greatest reward when she hears the stories and memorable moments that Luxus Partners share when they return from their vacations. Danielle’s favorite Luxus destinations include New York, Hawaii and Costa Rica.
A Member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora, Danielle is very proud to be an Edmontonian. Aside from travelling, she and her husband Jason enjoy anything that involves time spent with family and friends.
After a successful 30 year career with TD Canada Trust and most recently in the Private Wealth Management group, David joined the Luxus Group in July 2012. David thoroughly enjoys working with individuals, families and business owners creating long-standing relationships and adding value to every one of those groups through his intense interest and passion for helping people.
Luxus is a tremendous fit for David as he looks to introduce more broadly the investment opportunity, benefits and lifestyle that Luxus has to offer.
David’s dream as his family was growing up, was to provide them with a place that as their families grew, they could all to come together at least once a year. Luxus enables that perfect environment.
David is an active Board Member of the Glenrose Hospital Foundation, where he finds that he can drive his energy towards creating opportunities for people to support the Glenrose Hospital and expose individuals to the tremendous services and support that the Hospital provides to over 25,000 people annually. In addition, David volunteers with a number or charities and organizations.
David’s # 1 love in life is his three sons, Andrew, Ryan and Neil who are pursuing different careers in the Edmonton market. David enjoys an active lifestyle around fitness and well-being and can often be seen trying new ventures and experiences.
Desiree received her Bachelor of Applied Business Administration from NAIT in 2009, and received her CGA designation in March 2010. Desiree is proud of having been with the Luxus team since the company’s inception and is excited to pair her Accounting designation with her true passion of travel.
Desiree has been blessed to travel to various countries through North America, South America, and Europe. She loves experiencing new cultures, eating at local restaurants, and sampling local wines. Her favorite Luxus destination is New York, having visited the city multiple times with family and friends, she is passionate about everything New York has to offer. The food, site-seeing, Broadway, and shopping can keep her occupied for days.
Desiree is also passionate about living in Edmonton. She lives close to the beautiful river valley and can be found there in her free time, running, cycling, or walking with her daughter Alice.
Jon was born and raised in Edmonton where he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta. Upon graduation, Jon spent time travelling around Canada, the US and Europe, before finally settling in BC. After five years of running his own business in Vancouver Jon returned to school where he obtained an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
More recently Jon worked as a management consultant at the Toronto office of Bain & Company. While at Bain Jon served clients across a number of industries, including mining, financial services and private equity. Jon also spent time in Toronto working for Kinross Gold Corp, a global gold mining company, where he helped lead strategic planning as well as the economic evaluation of major capital projects.
Like the rest of the Luxus family, Jon loves to travel. He enjoys all travel experiences – from roughing it to living it up in luxury – but his favourite travel experiences are the ones in which he gets immersed in the local culture. Jon finds that these are the trips that expose him to new ways of thinking and living – something he encourages everyone to do!
Jon is excited to be back home in the Capital Region where he is closer to family, friends and the Rockies. Jon enjoys a variety of sports and activities and can regularly be found riding (and falling!) on the mountain bike trails of the River Valley.
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Heather’s most memorable travelling experience was in South Africa, where she became certified for open water diving. It was a trip that opened her eyes to the joys of travel and motivated her to continue traveling.
Heather graduated from Lakeland College with a Diploma in Special Event Management. Her expertise in event planning and management has given Heather the organizational skills needed to assist Owners with their specific needs.
Heather’s favourite LVP property is Kolea, on the big island of Hawaii. The diving, hiking, farmer’s markets, and amazing coffee offer so many experiences. Exploration aside, Kolea will always be special to her because it was her daughter Elly’s first vacation.
Heather loves working for LVP because of their emphasis on family, both in the staff and Owners.
Dan has lived in Alberta for most of his life. As a child, he learned with his father’s guidance how to program small games and applications. At that time, it didn’t occur to him that the passion he was developing for technology could one day develop into a career. Upon graduation, Dan spent several years working in the oil and gas industry before returning to school to study engineering. Quickly into his studies, Dan rediscovered his passion for computers and programming that was instilled at a young age.
In the last decade, Dan has worked in the Edmonton area for a number of local software firms until settling in with Enbridge’s Liquid Pipelines division. The majority of this time was spent building user-friendly business web applications for a wide range of purposes and industries. The Luxus Group will benefit from the fresh perspective that Dan can bring to the technology opportunities that face our company.
In most of his spare time, Dan trains for road cycling competitions and events hosted in Alberta and British Columbia. Both the training and competition takes Dan to new places and locations that he’d normally not visit. Now that he is working for The Luxus Group, he looks forward to returning to some of his favorite cycling destinations in Hawaii, Arizona, and California.
Franca was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada at a young age – she is very proud to call herself Canadian! Raised in Edmonton, Franca received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta specializing in Marketing and Retail Services. Throughout her career journey, Franca has built her skills in business development, relationship management, sales and service marketing, and not-for-profit coordination. Most recently, Franca was the Assistant Director of Development for the Alberta School of Business where she successfully raised major gifts and managed a portfolio of 150 donors. She is excited to instill her passion for growth, innovation, and community involvement here at The Luxus Group.
On her personal time, Franca enjoys building relationships with not-for-profit organizations as a community volunteer, and believes it is important to give back. Franca currently sits on the Business Alumni Association as a Board Director and was previously the Network of Empowered Women’s Faculty Advisor. She loves to travel and frequents Toronto and Vancouver to spend time with her family. Franca also is an avid soccer player and enjoys golf.
Born but not raised in Edmonton, Kathryn spent her childhood years living in many of our great Canadian cities. Each move provided the opportunity to explore Canada from West to East – still on her “Canada Must See” list are Newfoundland and the Territories.
With a BEd from the U of S in a time where teachers were aplenty, Kathryn explored work as a substitute teacher and Travel Consultant before settling as an Assistant Registrar for several years. Most recently while raising two boys with her husband she worked part-time as a Personal Chef, Volunteer Coordinator and Event Planner.
Bringing a wide range of skills to our Luxus Family, Kathryn is excited to contribute to the World Class Customer Service offered by the Luxus Team.
From camping to home building in Mexico, she has always enjoyed traveling and after getting her first taste of Europe is looking forward to more trips with her husband “over the pond”.
Marilyn Le graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in marketing with a minor in Finance. She is an avid traveler and in the past year alone has traveled throughout British Columbia, been to South Korea, Hawaii, Texas, and Montreal. Her absolute dream is to one day go to the Amazon and experience all of Brazil’s natural beauty!
Jasmine Heran, born and raised in Edmonton, has a background in finance and is extremely excited to work alongside Desiree on the Accounting Team at The Luxus Group.
She is extremely passionate about helping others and enjoys spending her leisure time volunteering at various social organizations throughout the city. Alongside that she enjoys going to live music shows and spending time with her friends and family. Jasmine has always enjoyed travelling, ever since her first trip to England she has been eager to visit other places around the world
Jasmine has fallen in love with a number of Luxus Properties already but her dream trip would be to any of our 3 Luxus properties in Italy.
As a local Italian expert, Arnie is leading Podere Panico to success, as well as overseeing other exciting projects emerging in Tuscany.
In addition to spending extended periods in Rome, Florence and Tuscany in general, Arnie has travelled extensively throughout Italy and happily shares advice to all Luxus guests about creating memorable experiences!
Arnie and his wife Sandy have been Luxus Partners since 2007. Arnie has spent the last 30 years of his career in the insurance business, most recently with Lloyd Sadd Insurance. He and Sandy built the Famoso on Whyte Avenue which they also operated from 2012-2015 until it was sold. Arnie has an incredible passion for and knowledge of Italy which will be instrumental to the success of this division.
Anita began her Accounting career at a very early age, by doing the books for the family farm - a job she still actively maintains. Anita now has her CPA, CA designation and her previous job experience includes 10 years working in Public Practice with MNP and Howard Gardiner Associates. Anita is an Excel wizard and has used these skills to prepare spreadsheets to assist clients with financial analysis and organization of accounting records.
Anita and her husband live in Sherwood Park and she is a very proud Auntie. She is beyond excited to start her journey at Luxus!
Stacey received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Alberta. She has built her team and project management skills in a variety of positions – from managing the implementation of health care legislation with the Government of Alberta to developing youth programs and overseeing community engagement programs in the Not-for-Profit world. Most recently Stacey was the Program Director for the Children’s Miracle Network and the Stollery Women’s Network at the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Creating great partnerships and building opportunities to better their community through service has always been a passion of Stacey’s.
The importance of service was learned from an early age. Growing up the daughter of a high-ranking fighter pilot, service to your county and family were a way of life – no matter where home was and for how long. Family vacations were always spent at the family’s summer home in Ontario’s Cottage Country. This was home base, because as many military kids do, Stacey moved around a lot attending 14 different schools and experiencing life all over the world. With her 13-year old son and dog Reggie, they are finally proud to call Edmonton home – road trips to the mountains, hiking, boarding and skiing is their happy place.
Stacey is excited to be part of this incredible company – from the co-workers and owners – everyone feels like family already! She cannot wait to build long lasting relationships with not only everyone in the office, but the companies, property managers and on-site staff who provide the excellence standard at all our properties on behalf of Luxus Vacation Properties.
Nicole received her Diploma in Business and Marketing through NAIT. Her marketing background has given her the communication skills to ensure that every LVP Owner has the most personalized vacation experience possible. In the past, when Nicole took vacations with her family they were so special and unique, every year brought something new or improved. It’s a feeling she tries to replicate for LVP Owners. It is Nicole’s passion to deliver memorable vacations and ensure that each and every LVP owner is well taken care of.
Nicole enjoys LVP’s family-centered atmosphere. Everyone in the organization, from her co-workers to the Owners, feels like family.
Nicole’s favorite Luxus Vacation Property is Borgo di Vagli in Tuscany where she was involved in the property setup trip. The culture, history, food, and architecture left her blown away and wanting more.
Shannon is thrilled to be working alongside Nicole in assisting Owners on memorable vacations. From booking helicopter tours or luau’s in Hawaii to finding a great deal on airfare, she is only a phone call away.
With over 20 years of travel agency experience with a specialty in group travel and vacation planning, Shannon perfectly complements the Luxus team.
Shannon and her husband are active parents of two children and enjoy traveling together and spending time with family.
Ronda comes to Luxus after spending the last 18 months at home with her beautiful little girl Maycie. Before she became a mom, she spent 12 years in the travel industry with a wide range of experience in leisure and group travel. She has traveled extensively and brings firsthand experience to a number of Luxus destinations.
With the introduction of Ronda to the Concierge Team, we encourage you to connect with her when planning your Luxus vacations! She is your first stop for flights, car rentals, pre or post trip hotels, and so much more.
Stephanie spent nearly a decade working in a hair salon. This is where she discovered her passion for working with people and providing top notch customer service.
In her spare time she is taking Interior Design at University of Alberta, growing her strong interest for home decorating.
Stephanie has had opportunity to travel to many of the Luxus homes which include, Vernon (Ridge Home 15) , Kona (Mauna Lani) , and Scottsdale (Rocks 101) and is looking forward to an upcoming trip to Orlando (Reunion 401). She feels fortunate to have the chances to travel to the LVP properties with her family.
Stephanie and her boyfriend are very active, spending their weekends away at their family cabin.
Along with many Luxus owners, one of Stephanie’s favorite spots to travel has been to Hawaii. She looks forward to the opportunity to see more of the islands in the near future.
After spending the last 7 years running a home business while raising 3 daughters, Tammy is thrilled to join the Luxus family and looks forward to working with all Owners planning unforgettable vacations.
Before becoming a mom, Tammy spent 6 years in the travel industry specializing in corporate travel. Luxus Owners will quickly find Tammy to be an extremely valuable addition to the team with customer service excellence right in her East Coast born blood!