Our resources and support team includes accounting, marketing and office management personnel

Jessica Wright


Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2018
Favorite travel memory: I was traveling with my family in Bavaria, Germany and got the chance to visit and explore Neuschwanstein Castle. I will never forget the breathtaking image of this real-life fairy-tale style castle nestled on a hill among the trees, towering over the countryside.

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Jessica earned a B.A. degree in English Literature with minor in Linguistics from University of Florida. She also received two vocal scholarships from Santa Fe Community College and sang with their Jazz Ensemble while earning her A.A. degree in Vocal Performance. In her spare time, she arranges and coordinates music for her church as music director and keyboard player.  She loves piano music, books and baseball.

Laurie McLaughlin

Vice President of Customer Services

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 1987
3 words that describe me Loud, Caring, Late : )

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Laurie holds bachelor's degrees in general business administration and physical education from Mississippi State University. She has been to many places in the world, and while traveling she has been known to accidentally drive on the wrong side of the road, nearly giving her co-workers mini heart attacks.When she's not at the office, you're most likely to find Laurie playing tennis or spending time with her great nieces and nephews.

David Bruck

Chief Financial Officer

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 1991
Listening to: Sports radio

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David joined Holbrook in February of 1991 as part of the budding accounting department under the direction of Giovanna Holbrook. Over the years, David’s talent and contribution earned him the role of Chief Financial Officer. Under Holbrook’s umbrella, David earned an MBA from the University of Florida. David is in charge of the company’s fiscal management for corporate strategy of growth and solvency. David has visited Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Hannah Sanchez


Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2014
Can't live without: Ice cream

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Hannah has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Florida. She started at Holbrook as receptionist and was later promoted to the accounting department. Hannah has traveled to Costa Rica and looks forward to future opportunities to go new places and see new things. In her free time she likes to go camping, spend time with her family, and read books about math. She is also an amateur artist and enjoys drawing with colored pencils and painting with watercolors. 

Chris Bensley

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2016

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Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry, plus the launch of several start-ups. He has led marketing, product, and interactive teams at Vantage Travel, Paul Gauguin Cruises, and Grand Circle. He led business development at Overseas Adventure Travel and Saga Holidays, including programs with Smithsonian, Harvard, and The Nature Company. He co-founded EstateWorks, where he drove technology platform development and formed sales partnerships for leading financial institutions. Chris has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School and a BA from Dartmouth College. He blames his parents for giving him the travel bug at an early age and now has ventured to over 40 countries and 7 continents. 

Lindsay Taulbee

Marketing Manager

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2012
Hidden talent: Herping

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Lindsay has a degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from the University of Florida. One of her favorite travel memories was when she woke up before everyone else in her cabin and watched the sun rise behind the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, and being outdoors.

Meghan Pipa

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2019
Can't live without: Coffee and cookies

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Meghan has a degree in public relations from the University of Florida. She is passionate about visiting national parks and enjoys camping. Her favorite travel memory is sitting among a herd of buffalo crossing the road in Yellowstone National Park. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, paddle boarding, and painting watercolor portraits of musicians.

Christa Markley

Interactive Designer

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2016
Favorite travel memory: Listening to the organ at the Kelvingrove Art Museum.

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Christa has a BFA in motion picture arts from Florida State University. She is passionate about storytelling, language, culture, history, and design. She once stood before St. Paul’s Cathedral at night, rhapsodized about humankind’s great capacity to dream, then promptly dropped her ice cream down her front. In her free time, she enjoys writing, drinking tea, and watching television.

Daniel Kowacz

I.T. Director

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 1997
Dream Jeopardy category: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Daniel studied at the University of Florida Continuing Education and New Horizons, and has certifications in programming, database management, software, hardware, and networking. Daniel's most memorable travel experience was donating fishing poles and tackle to the local kids in Honduras and teaching them how to fish with them.

Dan Liezert

I.T. Assistant

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2018
What I love about my job: The overwhelming satisfaction of solving a complex problem

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Dan is currently double-majored at Santa Fe College in Cyber Security and Network Infrastructure and Management, and he is acquiring certifications in hardware, Windows OS, security and networking. His personal interests include the internet, music, philosophical studies of human nature and the human perspective.