About Us

With combined experience of over 100 years in the Luxury travel, Goods and Services, Hospitality and Financial industries, Cartella Bella’s Executive team and team of Advisors is an impressive list of Who’s Who.



DAVID STEWART – Founder, CEO, President Americas David has been an entrepreneur for the past thirty years working in the fields of technology, real estate, green energy and building, as well as other areas.  He has bought and sold several businesses including the syndication of properties and held a key role in a recently launched IPO. His resourcefulness and persistence in business have allowed him to find opportunities and bring reality to ideas that most others would never even think of. For the last ten years he has studied and worked on his Luxury Lifestyle Club concept and has assembled a worldwide team of highly qualified management and property owners to build and operate Cartella Bella.  Now, its not only an idea but a reality!


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MARTIN THOMAS, President Asia/Pacific Martin’s early life included much travel and also extended periods of time living in Italy, France and Japan. His first ventures included the design and operation of restaurants and cafes in his home country of New Zealand. He has a proven ability to create unique environments, showing time and again that he can locate properties with particular charm and potential, and then transform them. He creates environments of very special luxury, drawing inspiration from his background in theatre and fashion. His style is eclectic, blending chic internationalism with local flavour and juxtaposing the expected and the unexpected. The results are always unique and harmonious, with character, sumptuousness and attention to detail. Previous projects include luxury lodges, an Italian Villa and a Private Island retreat. The Private Island retreat Eden Cay was conceived and created in the space of 8 short months as Central Americas most luxurious single residence Island resort. The island represents the height of bohemian luxury in a surprising setting and has won much acclaim. Martin’s design skills lie not only in the area of creating these properties, but also in overseeing all the details of service and fulfilment at the ‘high end’ of the hospitality market. He is also a published author with years of experience in the successful acquisition, development and marketing of boutique luxury properties globally.


LINK 1ROBERT PARRY – President, Europe, Middle-East and Africa
Robert has run successful businesses & consulting projects over 37 years covering a broad spectrum of major investments (including green/socially responsible investment projects) in the financial arena.
His sound and very successful background in Global Sales, Marketing and PR in the Luxury sector covers Fashion, Household, Automobiles, Property, Hospitality, Finance and Sporting Events in addition to numerous Brand-building clients online.
He is also an accredited Photojournalist (UK Press status) and is well situated in the Marbella/Puerto Banus area of Spain – the Premiere haven for the super-rich and famous.



Christine C. Frost Member Team of Advisors – Club Management Christine brings over a decade of diverse Destination Club and shared ownership experience to Cartella Bella. With related achievements in real estate development, sales and finance, she parlayed that experience into an executive position with the founders of Private Retreats, the first Destination Club in existence. Working on the founding team in a ‘proof of concept’ stage of industry maturation, she collaborated on the company’s development in policies, operations, sales and marketing, branding and market positioning through its public launch and over the course of its exponential growth in the years to come. With the success of Private Retreats, she helped to launch the company’s second club, Distinctive Retreats and on a combined basis, the success of these two Clubs inspired what today is a very impressive industry. The scope of Christine’s experience spans virtually all aspects of Destination Club and shared ownership operations and many of the initiatives she was responsible for developing still represent the industry standard.

Paul Johnson CFO Paul has worked in Real Estate finance and brokerage since 1999 and has owned and been a partner in investment firms acquiring and managing real estate portfolios.  His strong background in real estate finance and working with investment property and investors uniquely qualify him for the position of CFO with Cartella Bella. Prior to his real estate career he held senior management positions in the radio broadcast industry and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.

Board of Directors 

David Stewart

Robert Nash

Martin Thomas

Robert Parry

Christine Frost

Paul Johnson