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

Carissa Reddick

Office Manager

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2017
Hidden talent: Singing and comedic genius

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Carissa is a Gainesville native with a passion for diversity. Carissa attended Eastside High School, where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Academics. She then went on to study Spanish and Political Science at the University of Florida and earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2015. Her two favorite subjects are sociolinguistics in the Hispanic world and International Relations Theory. She also served as the Treasurer and Public Relations Director of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society. Her interests include but are not limited to world religions, political science especially international relations, sociolinguistics, spicy food, big cats (especially black panthers), and tea.

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. 

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.

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.

Molly OBrien

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2017
Can't live without: Coffee, books, and cats

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Molly has a bachelor’s of science in biology from Farmingdale State College of NY. In addition to science, she is passionate about language, poetry, and art. Her favorite travel memory is teaching children how to use a toothbrush, while on a medical mission trip in Peru. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing and biking. 

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.

Steven Rush

IT Technician

Worked at Holbrook travel since: 2016
Favorite book Any David Eddings or Terry Brooks

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Steven has lived in Florida for nearly twenty years. He has a wonderful wife and six children. His free time is generally spent reading, watching Star Trek or with the family.