Our team

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Colleen Showalter | CEO & Founder

Colleen Showalter

CEO & Founder

I love Portugal, I couldn’t be happier and I feel like I’ve lived here forever. It is so exciting helping people discover this fascinating country. History, food, culture, music, and friendship, what more is there to love? Creating Portugal The Place has been exciting, daunting, and exhilarating. I’m the founder, creator, planner, and guide. With my eye to the future I can’t wait to find out what’s next.

Clyde Showalter - Co-founder

Clyde Showalter


Portugal feels like home to me, I hope to help you make it your home as well. Everything about this country feels new and so familiar. The people are amazing, the food incredible, and have I mentioned the wine?? I’m your guide, scouter, and co-founder. I hope you join us soon and discover your Place in Portugal.

Fiona Showalter

Director of Social Media and Communications

I was reluctant at first to move to Portugal. I spent a year back in Portland Oregon studying while my family made the big move to Portugal. After visiting for the first time in October 2021, I fell in love and never looked back. I came over here with one suitcase, and a one way ticket to a new life. Now that I’ve moved to Portugal I absolutely love it and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I am a student here in Alcobaça and I support the office with social media work, marketing, scouting, and nanny services for our clients. I’m excited to get to know you and look forward to showing you this amazing country we call home.

Ana Paiva

Director of Client Services

Born & raised in Alcobaça, I love helping our clients find their “place” in my country. I am the office manager, translator and support for all of our guests coming to Portugal. I love the work that I’m doing and meeting all of our clients is a real pleasure. I am here to help in any way that I can.

Raiven Wright

Client Services

Recently I came to Portugal on a vacation. When I arrived back home I realized nowhere in America could compare. I knew where I needed to be. I am so grateful to now call Portugal home. Because of my background in theater I have a huge love for the culture and everything Portugal has to offer. Here at Portugal the Place I am the administrative assistant. Let’s explore this beautiful country together!


Scouting Consultant

Born in northern Germany and having spent most of my adult life in the US, I came to Portugal looking for the Californian climate in Europe. What I found was so much more and today, I’m happy to call Portugal my home of choice. At first, it was a hobby to drive around looking for hidden gems along the beautiful Silver Coast. Now, I hope to share some of those places with you and help you along your journey as a location scout and project manager.

Bernardo Castro

Scouting Consultant

I’m a native of Coimbra and live in Porto. I have been doing tours of the North for many years and absolutely love what I do. I was born and raised in Portugal and my heart fell in love with Porto where I currently live. I have an architecture and sociology background and six years ago I discovered my love for tours and I became a professional tour guide.My interests are around people, sports, books, dancing and traveling. Gathering around a table, sharing a meal and a bottle of wine with those I love is a great pleasure. As a PTP Tour Guide , showing the beauty of my country and its history is an honor and a privilege. I look forward to meeting you and showing you around this beautiful country I call home. Cheers my friends!

Brian Patterson

Scouting Consultant

I am a native of Savannah, Georgia and former resident of New York City, Seattle, and Lisbon. I have lived in Portugal for 6 years and without a doubt, it is my forever home. I am a guide and storyteller in my heart and soul – I want to show you all the things that made me fall in love with this country long ago and hopefully help you fall in love as well! Algarve is my base, and when I am not helping guests of Portugal The Place discover Portugal’s southern-most region, I am a professional in the wine business and an expert on local and regional gastronomy. I look forward to welcoming you to the extraordinary Algarve!

António Laureano

Director of Transportation + Scouting Consultant

I was born in Nazaré, but I have lived in Alcobaça most of my life. I love my country for its beautiful landscape and natural historical heritage. One of my favorite parts of my job is the amazing people I have the honor of meeting everyday. To put me in a good mood, I do tours, play and watch sports alongside traveling and going to music concerts. As a Native Portuguese I love to cook Portuguese foods and sweets……and of course I love my Portuguese wines as well.
It is a big pleasure to be able to pick you up at the airport and drive you around Portugal. I love what I do and being able to meet amazing people from all over the world while showing them where I call home is such a pleasure. I can’t wait to meet you and be there to assist you to and from your journey in Portugal.