Meet the Team

Meet the Executive Team

Jeff Jenson, Founder & CEO


Jeff Jenson is the
founder and CEO of Opulent Vacations. A seasoned entrepreneur, Jeff has spearheaded multiple
successful businesses and has acted as a financial consultant to emerging and public
corporations
for over 25 years. Jeff is a Westminster College graduate with degrees in aviation and business
management. He is an avid sportsman who enjoys hunting, biking, skiing, golfing, and surfing, and
was a
competitive swimmer. Working towards global expansion for Opulent Vacations, Jeff is living
in Park City, UT, with his family.

Howard Lefkowitz, President


Howard Lefkowitz –President – Ten-year
CEO at VEGAS.com, largest city travel website in the world. Built from scratch to $400MIL/year. Has
9 travel tech patents in 6 regions of the world, including the US. Former senior exec at Home
Shopping Network, EarthLink, ROW44. A life-long innovator with a proven track record of success

Jeff Gauvin, Director of Sales


Jeff Gauvin is the Director of Sales at
Opulent Vacations, whose focus is on driving revenues for our VIP owners and ensuring that we
deliver a travel experience beyond the expectation of our guests. For
the past 20 years, Jeff
Gauvin has immersed himself in the hospitality and travel sector while working on cruise ships,
owning and operating a successful Bed & Breakfast and selling travel in the vacation
rental
market. To know the travel industry, you must do travel yourself; Jeff is well-traveled,
having visited over 40 countries and 40 states, and lived abroad as well.

Jill Thorwegen, Director of Operations


Jill Thorwegen is the
Director of
Operations at Opulent Vacations, who focuses on delivering a world-class experience for all
stakeholders. Jill has 15 years experience in the vacation rental
industry, working many
aspects of the business including sales, accounting, and marketing, but specializing in
hospitality. Living just outside Park City, Jill and her family enjoy skiing,
snowboarding,
boating, hiking, and travel. When you book your trip, Jill and her team of
concierges will strive to make your stay an unforgettable experience!

Otto Linton, Director of Guest Services


Otto Linton is the Director of Guest
Services at Opulent Vacations. His primary focus is establishing Opulent Vacations as the
premier leader for Guest Services in every incredible vacation market that Opulent Vacations is
currently located as well as in all future destinations. A veteran of the United States Air
Force, Otto has spent over 20 years in the hospitality and tech industries, most recently
assisting in the building of VEGAS.com, CT&T Transportation, and Vegas Desert Tours into
highly respected hospitality leaders in Las Vegas and beyond. Otto has lived in Las Vegas for 30
years and looks to continue influencing the travel sector for years to come.

Heather Gardner, Sales Manager


Heather Gardner is the Sales Manager
for Opulent Vacations, whose focus is assisting the Sales Team in guiding guests through the
reservation process and to provide a point of contact for homeowners regarding sales related
queries. With a university degree in Recreational Facility Management and over 30 years work
experience in all areas of resort services, Heather brings a full spectrum approach and a keen
eye for detail to her role. When she is not at her desk, Heather is most likely found hiking a
mountain trail, seeking out live music, or laughing with friends and family over a great
meal.

Dan Hippler, Marketing Technologist


Dan Hippler is a results-driven and
highly qualified Marketing Technologist & Product Management Executive with extensive experience
managing both traditional and e-commerce branding campaigns. Dan Hippler served as the
Vice-President of Marketing and Product Management for Vegas.com for over 12 years. After
Vegas.com, Mr. Hippler served as Sr. Director of Ecommerce for Eldorado Resorts which eventually
acquired Caesars Gaming. Mr. Hippler then became a Managing Director for various Las Vegas Strip
entertainment brands. Mr. Hippler is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a
degree in Business Marketing.


Board of Advisors

Mark van Hartesvelt


Mark van Hartesvelt is a Hospitality
Professional with expertise in hotels, resorts, food and beverage, gaming and travel. For the past
16 years, Mr. Hartesvelt has acted as the Founding Principal of
gCommerce Solutions, a
full-service digital marketing agency specializing in the hotel, resort and gaming industries. Mr.
Hartesvelt brings a substantial track record in marketing, market research,
development, asset
management and operating turnarounds having successfully held high-level positions with Harrah’s
Entertainment, DoubleTree Hotels, and Gemstone Resorts.

Swen Mortensen


Swen Arthur Mortenson graduated from
Stevens Henagar College in June, 1969 and became a Certified Public Accountant with the State of
Utah in July 1971. He has extensive real estate investment
experience throughout the United
State. He has served as President of Phone Directories Company, Inc. during June 1990 thru August
1996. During that time he grew the company from $5,000,000 to
$25,000,000 in sales. He currently
serves as a Director of Opulent Vacations, Inc, which does luxury home rentals all over the
World.