Meet Bruno – Our New Operations Manager!
Bruno Pantaleoni has just joined us this December, taking over from Tori as Operations Manager. He plays a key role in ensuring that things run smoothly at Dickins and that our homes are always looking their best. Bruno hails from Brazil and has a background in sports journalism. After doing a Master’s Degree at The University of Edinburgh, he decided he simply couldn’t leave and says there’s no place he’d rather call home. We’re excited to welcome him to the team!
Bruno, what did you do before starting your job at Dickins?
I worked for years as a journalist and a press officer within the football industry (Brazil, right? I’m a walking stereotype). My first venture into the hospitality/property industry was during the 2014 World Cup. I was based in one of the host cities, assisting international media companies with things like logistics and accommodation. Later on, after completing my Master’s Degree in Edinburgh, I started working in private student accommodation. That eventually led me to Dickins.
What was it like working as a sports journalist?
Working in football clubs as a journalist meant good working hours and a lot of traveling. It was great fun, especially for someone who loves the game, and I remember it fondly. As I never worked with hard news, I had more freedom and opportunities to be creative. Football is a religion in Brazil, and being part of that is something I will always cherish.
What’s an interesting fact about you?
I’m not sure that any facts about me are particularly interesting but I’ll try to name a few. Growing up, I wanted to speak as many languages as I could; I had Spanish, English and German classes. I am half Italian but admit I don’t speak the language fluently. When I was a kid I also wanted to be a diplomat… I still don’t know how a 10-year-old decides they want to be a diplomat! It was my second choice of career, after being Indiana Jones. Another fact that may be interesting is that I love studying, even as a hobby. It’s ironic because I used to hate it when I was in school.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I love singing when at home or driving. Unfortunately (for everyone else, as I don’t mind my singing voice) I’m terrible.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
There are so many eras I would love to have seen, it’s hard to pick just one. The Roman and Greek empires would be incredible to visit. I haven’t been to Greece, but I’ve been to Italy, and the two time-periods were my favourite to study in school. Seeing all of the architecture and monuments in their prime would have been incredible.
If you could share a meal with anyone in the world, who would it be and where would you go?
I think the opportunity to share a meal with someone is more about the experience than where it is. That said, choosing just one person is difficult. Stephen Hawking comes to mind, unfortunately deceased. I imagine the meal would be a life-changing experience. Not only was he one of the greatest minds of our time but his disability never stopped him from pursuing his dreams and accomplishing his work. You can’t help but admire that in someone.
Here at Dickins, we love property and homes. What’s your favourite room at home?
I am a massive movie geek so I have to say it’s the living room, where my TV is. I love to relax with a film in the evening and it would be great to have a home cinema system one day. I’m working on it!
What’s your favourite area in Edinburgh?
It is hard to pick just one; I find Edinburgh as a whole quite fascinating and incredible. I will always remember my first trip here in 2013, every corner of the city grabbed me. Living here now, I think the New Town and Dean Village are great highlights and great spots for photos.
Where would you take a first-time visitor to Edinburgh to introduce them to the city?
Arthur’s seat, without a doubt. Once you’re up there, you can see the whole city and point out all of the different areas. And after being captivated by the incredible view, you can go down and explore. If the visitors have time, I would also take them to the Highlands. I know it’s not Edinburgh, but the most beautiful city in the world also has the perfect back garden.
What’s something you’re looking forward to in 2019?
Personal life changes moving forward are great reasons to be excited about 2019. And to continue being welcomed by everyone at Dickins, as I have been so far!