Tampa executive Michael-Scott Lester adds finance, strategy, and accounting expertise to Orlando’s fastest-growing vacation home management company.
Casiola, one of Orlando’s fastest growing vacation home management companies, announced today that Michael-Scott Lester, a seasoned financial executive, has joined the company’s leadership team as their first Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Michael brings more than 16 years of experience in finance, strategy, and accounting. Before joining Casiola, Michael served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at 4L Law Firm Services, outsourcing accounting, billing and CFO advisory services for midsize law firms and was Florida Managing Partner at Ximplifi, a technology-focused accounting professional services firm assisting clients in the vacation rental industry with better financial system automation, fractional CFO and outsourced accounting services. Prior to that, Michael spent nearly 13 years as a Senior Manager at the “big four” global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), including over two years on assignment in Europe.
“Michael’s extensive background in finance and accounting makes him a great fit for his new role at Casiola,” said Casiola Founder & CEO Dennis Goedheid. “We welcome him to our team and look forward to his contributions in the financial and contractual management of Casiola’s rapid growth through partnerships, licensing, and acquisition”.
Michael’s hire follows Casiola’s launch of its international expansion with Casiola Aruba in January 2021 and the strong financial performance in the first 6 months of 2021. Casiola has been growing with double digits every year and the crisis in 2020 accelerated the growth possibilities for the Orlando-based vacation home market disruptor.
“I’m excited to join an executive team at Casiola that has been so smart and savvy with its business strategy,” said Michael Lester. “I am impressed by the team’s dedication to growth and innovation, its devotion to Casiola’s guests, owners and employees, and its commitment to extraordinary hospitality as a core priority of the company.”
Michael-Scott Lester is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida and graduated with a Masters and Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida. Michael is a board member with the University of South Florida School of Accountancy Accounting Circle Board, Vice President of the Bay Crest Park Civic Association, and was on the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) Supplier Advisory Council in 2020.
In 2014, Dennis Goedheid moved to Central Florida and began managing vacation rental properties in the Greater Orlando area. Starting with only 27 units, Casiola vacation homes quickly developed a reputation for providing top-quality service to both owners and guests. They have grown exponentially since then and now, halfway through 2021, serve as the leading vacation home rental management company in Orlando and Aruba, managing over 400 properties .