Fernando Piles Almela Commercial Manager
Fernando was born just up the road in Valencia and he has been working in the car rental industry since 1986. After 10 years as head of the commercial department at one of the main car rental companies in Spain, he joined Martin and Sergio on their quest to change the industry for the better. Fernando’s favourite place in the region is Jávea and the surrounding area. “It is one of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean shore with a fantastic variety of landscapes and an incredible mild weather during all year round. Its gastronomy and of course its people captivates everyone.”
Fernando speaks English, German, Spanish and Valencian (the local language)
Sergio Vizcaino Gimenez IT Manager
Sergio is a local man, born and bred in Alicante. Often seen surrounded by bits of computer, he is the man behind Drivalia’s purpose-built IT system. Sergio met Martin and Fernando when they were all working at the same car rental company. When he isn’t programming, Sergio enjoys visiting Tabarca island: “A little island placed near the Alicante city coast, where you can find a beautiful and little beach with cool and transparent water, and where you can taste one of the best Paella in Alicante.”
Sergio speaks English, Spanish and Valencian (the local language).
Martin Hall Operations Manager
At the age of 7, Martin moved with his family from Herne Bay in England to Spain. Having spent most of his formative years in the Spanish education system, he is fluent in Spanish and Valencian (the local language). He says his English is a little shaky at times but then whose isn’t? Martin spent 12 years at one of the main car rental companies in Spain where he met Sergio and Fernando. He loves the Costa Blanca, “Every town has its own charm and is full of splendour.“; and there is nowhere else he would rather be (expect perhaps playing football for Barcelona!).
Martin speaks English, Spanish and Valencian (the local language).
Úrsula Customer Service
Ursula comes from the “City of Music”, Vienna the capital city of Austria. It is not for us to say whether or not the city’s musical heritage has had an influence on her. Formerly a Travel Consultant, like most of the team, Ursula has been with Drivalia since the beginning in 2010. For relaxation she likes to visit “Albir - a quiet and restful place with a beautiful coast line and good places to eat.”
Ursula speaks English, Spanish and German
Ángel Llinares Alicante Station Manager
Angel is originally from Benigembla, a town of Moorish origin set in the picturesque Pop Valley around 90 kilometres from Alicante. Before he joined Drivalia, Angel had worked for 25 years at another car rental company in Alicante where he was a supervisor. For relaxation Angel enjoys the inland areas of Alicante, the mountains and small towns full of character which “give a completely different perspective just a few miles from the coast.”
Angel speaks English, Spanish and Valencian (the local language).
Beatriz Sanchez Mallorca Station Manager
Beatriz is originally from the small town of Mariefred in Sweden and before joining Drivalia she worked as a ground flight attendant at Alicante Airport. On her days off Beatriz enjoys visiting Elche city “one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with the biggest palm grove in Europe.”.
Beatriz speaks English, Spanish and Swedish