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FOUNDERS

Les Blair

Les Blair

Executive Chairman and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Prior to launching Swoop in the Philippines, Les had founded Eland Oil & Gas plc in Scotland and subsequently floated the company on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) raising $200 Million for oil and gas exploration and development in West Africa. In a 35-year international career in oil and gas, he has worked in multiple international locations in Nigeria, Kurdistan, Dubai, India and Vietnam. He is passionate about building the most advanced real estate platform in the Philippines through innovation and wants to change for the better, the experience of looking for property to buy or rent in the country. Les graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in Finance & Economics and is a fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants

Neva Kares Talladen

Neva Kares Talladen

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

When Neva doesn't find what she's looking for, she finds a way to make it happen. She started her career as a writer, but found she had a real knack for building things. She dove headfirst into her own social enterprise for women, then tried her hand in Operations, helping grow a team of 35 to a thousand within one year.

From Operations, she became enamored with tech, obsessed with the belief that it was a force that could be used for good. She swooped into real estate, focusing on automation, and training alongside the Swoop Operations Managers to deliver the best customer experience in the industry.

But the one job Neva really wants to keep forever is being a lifelong learner, constantly seeking and testing ideas, and exchanging thoughts with a diverse group of experts in their fields. However, the jury’s still out whether she’ll ever learn to drive a whole month without getting into a traffic incident.

Jezreel Apelar

Jezreel Apelar

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

No matter which side of the globe Jez is on, you can be sure of one thing – he’s probably doing something related to real estate.

That’s what happens when you have a lifelong passion for people, cities, architecture and land use. Jez received his B.S from the University of Southern California specializing in Real Estate Development, and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).

His research at UPenn's Wharton School included housing finance policies and housing industry data collection from over 80 emerging economies for Wharton's Housing Finance Information Network.

Jez worked for Southern California's top brokerage houses including Keller Williams Beverly Hills and Re/Max North Orange County before serving as the national council coordinator for Urban Land Institute Philippines. He’s also worked on special real estate projects with the Rufino Group of Companies.

Currently, he consults for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank on housing and urban transport projects. Oh, and yes – he is a licensed real estate broker. If you think real estate is the only thing Jez spends time on, think again. He also happens to manage the Philippine Ski and Snowboard Federation, while supporting his family's construction firm, plus their ministry with Ebenezer Bible College and Seminary in Zamboanga City.

Ultimately, Jez is passionate about making a difference in the real estate and land use industry, helping people and empowering communities. With the latest developments in technology, he hopes to take Swoop's platform from Manila to the rest of the Philippines, and to other emerging markets.

Craig Martin

Craig Martin

Non-Executive Director

Craig with over 20 years of experience in Southeast Asia understands the intricacies that make up the ASEAN Market. He is currently the Managing Director Myanmar Investments International Limited, where he has originated, structured, and executed private equity deals for institutional investors.

He has an MBA from INSEAD and a Master’s Degree with Honors in Electronic Systems Engineering ​from ​the University ​of ​York.

OPERATIONS

Cristina Cruz

Cristina Cruz

Senior Operations Manager

Cristina is Swoop's Senior Operations Manager who works hard to ensure that clients and prospective buyers get the best customer service experience possible.

Cris likes Swoop's end-to-end real estate services and brings in her own touch of "obsessive-compulsiveness" to make processes and policies seamless and efficient.

This Finance grad from Miriam College seeks to continue learning and aims to complete her Masters in Business Ad within the next few years.

In her spare time, Cristina binge watches her favorite Netflix shows to keep her mind off real estate.

Ciara Guiterrez

Ciara is a people person. She makes anyone feel at ease, customers included. A natural (and trained) dancer, she is the epitome of grace under pressure. She glides through multiple tasks, sashays her way through government offices and property listings, and has found her rhythm in the startup world. With a background in business administration, she handles operations without missing a beat. But she shines best at the frontlines, in perfect sync with customers.

Ciara Guiterrez

Operations Lead
Jaimee Villaflor

Jaimee already has a wealth of knowledge about the real estate industry, especially property management and matching listings. She has a degree in Psychology from Bulacan State University which allows her to understand different people better. As Operations Assistant, this will certainly come in handy when on the field! She finds time to check the news, read books, and binge watch her favorite series, movies, or drama flicks.

Jaimee Villaflor

Operations Assistant
Carlos Lappay

Caloi is a gentle giant with an expertise in customer relations and technical support. He comes to Swoop after a brief hiatus from the corporate world. Caloi ventured briefly in the transportation business by operating and driving his own Grab car unit. However, life on the road isn’t as appealing as corporate life and so he decided to return to his true calling. Caloi joins Swoop as part of the Operations team. He brings with him enthusiasm, energy, and willingness to learn and be tr...

Carlos Lappay

Operations Assistant

SALES

Vinia Lapuz

Vinia Lapuz

Vice President for Sales

Vinia heads Swoop's pre-selling team and serves as the voice of wisdom in critical decision-making processes. She has the most years of experience in the real estate industry, having run her own brokerage company in the past.

Her Everra Real Estate Corp., is a trusted provider of real estate services for clients in Makati City and Bonifacio Global City. He expertise is not only in selling property, but also in the finer details like interior design, renovation, construction and property management.

Liezl Santos

Our new account manager, Liz, knows the real estate industry like the back of her hand. She has done direct and secondary sales as well assisted in various areas related to sales and operations. What's surprising though is that Liz has a degree in Computer Science. She joined Swoop because she believes in offering complete, end-to-end real estate service to the Philippine market.

Liezl Santos

Sales Account Manager
Lloyd Guirindola

Lloyd is well-versed in various aspects of sales including managing accounts and listing acquisition agents. He previously worked as the Area Sales Manager of LHOOPA, Inc. More importantly, he's skilled at coordinating owners, brokers and property administrators for property viewings. He's also good at property matching and assists clients and tenants during move-ins

Lloyd Guirindola

Sales Account Manager
Patrishia Domingo

Patrishia is a fresh grad with a degree in Business Administration, major in Marketing Management. She joins the Swoop Squad as an admin assistant for the Sales Department. This hardworking and goal-oriented lass has a background in telemarketing sales. She also worked as an assistant teacher to senior kinder students. Besides sales, Patrishia is adept at Adobe Photoshop, is excellent at time management and works well under pressure.

Patrishia Domingo

Sales Admin Assistant
Kimberly Canones

Kimberly is another fresh grad in our sales squad. She has a degree in Business Administration major in Marketing Management from Jesus Reigns Christian College. Kim has finished her internship at the Collections Department of the Asia Insurance Corporation and has also attended several training seminars. She has an acumen for marketing, sales, and client relations.

Kimberly Canones

Sales Admin Associate
Jenica Bantillo

She is a fresh grad from Jesus Reigns College with a degree in Marketing Management. Jenica is the newest addition to our growing sales team. Her skills are in sales and marketing and she plans to meet - if not exceed Swoop's sales goals in the next few months. Jenica also plans to pursue a Master's Degree.

Jenica Bantillo

Sales Associate

CORPORATE MARKETING AND BRAND COMMUNICATIONS

Anina Abola

Anina Abola

Digital Marketing Strategist / Content Creator

Anina has done extensive work as a freelance writer and as a marketing person. Armed with a degree in Literature from Ateneo de Manila University, Anina makes sure that houses and properties are beautifully described.

Anina is a free spirit who likes making things easier for people. She believes that Swoop empowers the public to do something for themselves, She is also a very hard and diligent worker who focuses on finding solutions and delivering results.

Steph Cruz-Castellano

An experienced journalist, blogger, copywriter, and digital content producer, Steph has been writing professionally for over 20 years. She joined Swoop for the excitement of being with like-minded, creative people every day. Steph makes sure she keeps up with the newest trends in technology, and being with Swoop will certainly keep her on her toes. She keeps the Squad well-fed, being a firm believer that the mind does not function without food - or in her case, coffee!

Steph Cruz-Castellano

Copywriter/ Content Writer
Kitch Marquez

Kitch is Swoop's overall creative guru. His expertise is in multi-media content creation, having graduated with honors from De La Salle - CSB. Kitch is dynamic, extremely well-versed at multitasking and is able to balance a creative career with a passion for athletics - volleyball to be exact! Kitch brings in not only his skills in digital and traditional graphics but also his sharp focus on ensuring that Swoop's marketing and advertising collaterals always come out first class.

Kitch Marquez

Creative Lead
Hemerson Hernandez

Hermerson is Swoop's newest video editor, artist, and all-around multi-media guy. Swoop is his foray in the corporate world, and he expects it to be a fun ride. Hermerson graduated from Malayan Colleges Laguna and has experience in 3D modeling and animation, film making, motion graphics, visual effects and even music composition. His hobbies include playing the guitar, piano, and singing.

Hemerson Hernandez

Junior Multi Media Artist
Joe Esguerra

Justin Esguerra has been given the huge task of promoting Swoop through various events and programs. As an events specialist, he has worked with some of the biggest and most prominent brands in the country. Justin has a degree in communications from FEU, and plans to make Swoop synonymous to success in Philippine real estate. He joined the squad because he is a firm believer in the company’s main KPI: happiness! Justin watches movies and plays volleyball for fun.

Joe Esguerra

Marketing / Events Associate

HUMAN RESOURCES AND FINANCE

Chrissie Abarientos

Chrissie Abarientos

Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager

Chrissie joined Swoop because she admires the management's passion and dedication in elevating the real estate industry as well as their genuine concern for their employees.

She helps craft creative and truly beneficial HR programs for the company and focuses on performance management as well as training and development.

Chrissie is an expert when it comes to strategy development and execution as well as planning and facilitation of employee relations efforts.

This Mom of three is self-confessed Marvel fan who has never missed a single movie!

Marilyn Villacencio

Marilyn has a passion for numbers and hard work. She makes sure Swoop’s finances are in order every single day. This lady works quietly and diligently despite the flurry of activity around her. Marilyn brings with her 17 years of experience in Finance and Accounting. She feels that she has finally found a home in Swoop and appreciates how everyone is treated like family.

Marilyn Villacencio

General Accountant
Girly Baliola

G is from that rare breed of introverts who love to be around people. She’s consistently sunshiny and oh-so-efficient, making her a pro at keeping the Swoop office happy and running smoothly. Hailing from ASpace before Swoop, G is a startup junkie who loves wearing many hats. She’s looking forward to bringing her unique skillset beyond her admin role – to marketing, event organizing, and anything else she can bring her signature sunshine to.

Girly Baliola

Admin Associate
Cathy Briones

Catherine is no stranger to the real estate industry, having worked with big-name companies in the past. However, she comes to Swoop with a keen sense for numbers and enthusiasm. As an accounting assistant, she will be taking care of accounts payables and receivables, tax filing and submission as well as financial reporting. Catherine also brings with her useful financial information which can help the company's decision makers.

Cathy Briones

Accounting Assistant
Ruben Dela Vega

Our ever reliable and dependable Kuya Ruben wears a lot of hats. He is our messenger, maintenance guy, and over-all superman when it comes to handling day-to-day problems at the office. Ruben used to be a property custodian so handling real estate-related matters is nothing new to him. This hard-working father of six welcomes anyone who comes to the office with a ready smile and greeting.

Ruben Dela Vega

Messenger

DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS

Angus Paulo Blair

Angus Paulo Blair

Product Owner

Gus oversees Swoop’s powerhouse Development Team and makes sure that all systems are up and running 24/7. He Graduated with an Mres BioChemistry from Glasgow University and was on his way to medical school when Swoop’s siren call came.

He is an expert leader and problem-solver who focuses on a task or project until completion. His vision for Swoop is to be a mainstay as the go to real-estate provider with the reputation of being completely transparent to brokers, buyers, and sellers alike.

Gerald Blondel

Gerald Blondel

Project Manager/Advisor

Meet our Project Manager, Gerald. He is a French national who has called Malaysia his home for the last 15 years. He doesn’t mind flying in every so often to update the team on project management strategies and techniques. He trains the squad on Agile methodologies, defining product strategies, and understanding the product.

Gerald has worked with software companies, stock exchange, and the financial industry and is delighted to work with the Swoop team.

Nino Mollaneda

Niño is Swoop’s gambit – a self-starter who happens to be in a startup. Most of what he knows, he taught himself – from computer programming in three languages and creating online games in 48 hours, to playing alternative music on the ukulele. He brings his multiple skills to full use at Swoop, where he liaises with the development team to improve backend computer programs. He’s also the director of photoshoots, and in-house entertainer with killer hip-hop moves.

Nino Mollaneda

Development Operations Lead
Ian Mortel

Ian makes sure that our Android app runs like a well-oiled machine. He is an experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. This focused and determined engineering professional graduated from the Technological Institute of the Philippines. He is also well-versed in the field of Robotics. Ian joined Swoop to make sure the app stays efficient. His hobbies include watching Science documentaries.

Ian Mortel

Android Developer
Lorie Castillano

360 degree photography fascinates Lorie Anne, and this is one of the primary reasons she decided to join Swoop. Having worked with 360 images in the past, Lorie was thrilled to learn that Swoop offered this innovative viewing tech in the real estate market. Lorie is a Computer Science graduate from Mindanao State University IIT. She is well-versed in various disciplines of web development. She envisions us building on our development processes and expanding our market reach.

Lorie Castillano

Back-End Developer
Renile Laglagaron

Ren's job ensures that we make strategic design and user-experience decisions related to new features. Ren works hard to translate concepts into mockups. She makes Swoop's product visions a reality by researching, and creating mock ups for our products. Ren says she wants to help Swoop reach more people across different walks of life through technology. Ren indulges in her other passions which include badminton, and "foodtography" walks.

Renile Laglagaron

UI / UX Designer
Mary Jane Lumbres

MJ is experienced in Agile methodology and testing. MJ works to make sure that Swoop's apps are always up to scratch. MJ is able to apply her skills and learning to create detailed, and well-structured test cases. She also tracks bugs in the system, which is critical when you're running a real-estate service in real time. She dances, acts, and dabbles in theatre arts. She also loves to travel and watch her favorite shows. MJ hopes to perform in front of an audience someday soon.

Mary Jane Lumbres

Senior QA Engineer
John Yting

Jaja as he is often called, is Swoop's results–oriented developer. This guy has massive skills in designing, implementing, testing, deploying and maintaining software. His goal is to create a software or app with a fast, responsive, and intuitive user experience. Jaja aims to bring in new experiences about Mobile App development. Jaja sees Swoop gaining a firmer foothold in the real estate industry in the coming year. When not tinkering with apps, he spends his time playing video games.

John Yting

IOS Developer
Gerald Agustin

Gerald has done extensive work as a freelancer and software engineer for startups. He joined Swoop with the vision to create a fast and efficient website and mobile platform. His expertise is in frontend web development, Designing User Interfaces and Programming especially in Javascript (ecmascript).

Gerald Agustin

Front-End Developer
Bryan Bongay

Bryan is our new Jr. QA Engineer and overall SEO specialist. His goal is to ensure that the Swoop website meets optimization requirements. Bryan has a degree in Information Technology from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) in Manila. Bryan will be bringing in experience and various tools for optimization test coverage and develop test plans and cases for multiple projects.

Bryan Bongay

Junior QA Engineer