FROSCH has been owned and managed by Leibman Family since 1977. Today, Richard Leibman serves as Chairman at FROSCH Travel, while son Bryan serves as President & CEO and daughter, Lara serves as Executive Vice President.
- Richard Leibman | Chairman, FROSCHOpen or Close
Originally from South Africa, Richard Leibman moved to the United States in 1977. Settling in Houston, Texas, he purchased FROSCH from the Frosch family as a newcomer to the travel industry. At that point, the company employed only four agents and two support staff. Almost thirty years later, FROSCH employs more than 1100, with dozens of offices across the country. Richard is now joined in the business by two of his three children, Bryan and Lara.
Richard’s passion is travel—discovering new destinations, deluxe hotels and top restaurants. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family, the most important part of his life.
Richard serves on several advisory boards, including Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Abercrombie & Kent. He is an active member in the Jewish community in Houston, having served as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the Jewish Family Service, Seven Acres Senior Home, AIPAC, and Beth Yeshurun Synagogue.
- Bryan Leibman | President & CEOOpen or Close
Bryan Leibman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1990 and a Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in 1995. In 1998, Bryan joined his father at FROSCH and now serves as the company’s President & CEO. Bryan enjoys a busy life in Houston with his wife, Eleonora, and their four children, Julia, Daniel, Philip, and Alex.
- Lara Leibman | Executive Vice PresidentOpen or Close
Lara Leibman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1995. Lara joined the company in 2004. In addition to serving as Executive Vice President of FROSCH, Lara is on the Advisory Boards of Orient Express Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Fairmont Hotels, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Rocco Forte Hotels, Park Hyatt Hotels, and Abercrombie & Kent. While not exploring new destinations, Lara enjoys the theater, restaurant scene and wine tastings at home in New York.
- Larry Levy | Chief Operating Officer Open or Close
Larry Levy is a native Houstonian. He graduated from the University of Houston with a business degree when he joined his family in expanding their pharmacies. After the sale of his business, Larry joined FROSCH in 1996 and has been in the position of COO for the past 16 years. He’s been married to his Scottish bride for 42 years.
- Ernie Rapp | VP, Finance Open or Close
Ernie Rapp is the Vice President of Finance for FROSCH. Over the past 10 years, he has provided CFO and COO consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses, helping the CEO and entrepreneur with building infrastructure, finance and strategy for their businesses. Ernie has held the CFO position within an ultra-high net worth family office, an early stage venture capital fund focusing on asset management, fund administration and investment management (including divestures, recapitalizations and follow-on investments). He has worked with companies in a variety of industries including software development, technology and IT staffing, real estate, internet marketing, life science, travel, entertainment, hospitality/restaurants, and equipment distribution industries.
- Paul Pua | Chief Financial Officer Open or Close
Paul Pua graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Santo Tomas and went on to complete his MBA from Rice University in Houston. Paul joined FROSCH in 2001 as a financial analyst; he now serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Paul lives in Houston with his wife Jocelyn and two children, Annika and Paolo.
- Ralph Cooper | SVP, Leisure SalesOpen or Close
Ralph Cooper joined FROSCH in 2009 as SVP Leisure Sales; he is a graduate of the University of Liverpool in England and worked as a ships navigator and restaurant operator and owner before making the move to Leisure Travel as an agency owner in 1990. Ralph now considers Texas his home and lives in Houston with his wife Norma.
- Sridhar Balaji | VP, EngineeringOpen or Close
Sridhar Balaji earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from University of Madras (Chennai, India), a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India) and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo (Ohio). Sridhar joined FROSCH in 2011 and is responsible for its technology strategy and adoption, leading our web/mobile, software tools and engineering teams to ensure the successful execution of the company’s business mission through technology development. Sridhar has more than 20 years of technical and management experience with various technology/ software companies and is active in the local Houston technology and startup community. He lives in Houston with his wife Anitha and two children, Rohan and Sahana.
- Chris Evans | VP, IT – Network OperationsOpen or Close
Chris Evans transitioned from Elementary Physical Education to Information Technology in 1998. Chris has spent the last 12 years in senior administrative and managerial IT roles in various industries, such as Industrial Distribution, Industrial Gases Manufacturing, Retail and Travel. Chris joined FROSCH in 2010 and serves as the Vice President of IT – Network Operations overseeing IT infrastructure, telephony, computer and peripheral equipment, as well as technical support. Chris adores his wife Tammy, and their three children, Emily, Erin and Gage.
- Brett Leslie | VP, Corporate Travel Open or Close
Since joining FROSCH in 2009, Brett Leslie has worked closely with Executive Management to build a Sales and Marketing strategy aimed at driving new business opportunities and strategic partnerships throughout the industry. Prior to joining FROSCH, Brett held a variety of Business Development positions within both small and medium sized companies, with a focus on preparing clients for global market entry. Brett is a graduate of Florida State University and a full time resident of Houston with his wife Alex, and their two children, Lola and Dylan.
- Janet Fernette | VP, Human Resources Open or Close
Janet Fernette has more than 15 years of diverse generalist HR experience and holds a SPHR Certification. Janet joined FROSCH in 2010 and serves as the VP of Human Resources. Her past experience includes management roles with Fortune 500 companies such as HP and Continental Airlines, as well as non-profit and other privately and family owned organizations. Janet and her husband Eric have four children, Jeffrey, Kyle, Craig and Erica.
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