The Intelligent Leisure Solutions Group began operations in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 1999. Since then it has spun off several companies.
Our team is an eclectic group of Brazilians, North Americans, Europeans and Tbirds that have decided to make Salvador, Bahia, Brazil their home. This international mixture is what makes us unique and allows us to provide superior quality and innovation solutions in all of the services we offer.
Our goal is to offer only innovative quality solutions to our clients and to provide above average returns to our investors.
Our Executive Team
Robert Phillips – General Manager
Robert Phillips, the Managing Partner of ILS (Intelligent Leisure Solutions), is a US citizen born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, currently residing in Salvador, Brazil. He spent most of his non-adult life living throughout South America – Brazil (Amazon, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro), Bolivia and Colombia.
Robert has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Space Power from Auburn University; and has worked in sectors as diverse as space power in the USA and oil exploration in Kuwait. He then ventured to the business side working for Bayer Pharmaceuticals after receiving his MBA from Thunderbird – School of Global Management and then to Salvador, Brazil in 1998, where he developed tourism and entertainment projects for Odebrecht.
Robert began working at Intelligent Leisure Solutions in 1999 to help create innovative solutions merging technology, business, tourism and real estate in Brazil.
Robert is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
When he is not working Robert enjoys yoga, snorkeling, soccer and ultimate Frisbee with his family and friends.
Eduardo Farina – Business Development
Eduardo Farina is a Brazilian citizen born in Rio de Janeiro, who also bears Italian citizenship. After completing his first year in Rio de Janeiro, where he studied Economics, he moved to Connecticut, USA to get a BS in Finance & Banking, graduating Summa cum Laude at the University of Bridgeport.
After graduation he returned to Brazil and worked for Brazilian and Swiss investment banks doing Mergers & Acquisitions, during which time he was part of the top MBA class offered by IBMEC in Rio de Janeiro.
His more recent professional experience is focused on business development and project management (PMI technology) in the fields of:
During the past five years, Farina originated for ILSC commercial representation services whose technologies were respectively the first to arrive in Brazil:
Farina is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French.
When he is not with his family, he gets his feet off the ground paragliding in the country side of Bahia.
Carlos Leão – Business Development
Carlos Leão is a Brazilian citizen born in Rio de Janeiro, he has an MBA in Finance & Banking from Bridgeport University. He also has Pos Graduate courses in Accounting, International Business and Fiscal and Tax legislation in Brazil. He graduated in Business Administration from Candido Mendes University in Rio de Janeiro. Carlos has more than 30 year of work experience as CFO, RFO and Finance Director in Brazil, Latin America and the USA.
During his career, he was responsible for the Financial, Accounting, IT, HR and Legal area of Multinationals in Brazil and Latin America including: Manufacturing Industries, Petroleum Services, Construction and Shopping Centers, among others.
Carlos is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
On his free time Carlos enjoys touring Brazil and South America with his wife on his motorcycle.