Tzell Travel Group’s commitment to personalized service and flawless execution starts with our employees. Tzell’s leadership team is dedicated to creating the very best environment for our agents and their valued clients to achieve success.

We are proud to have an executive team that is not only highly experienced and successful, but that’s passionate about the business of travel. It’s our heart and soul. It’s all we do.

BARRY LIBEN
Chairman

Barry Liben is the Chairman of Tzell Travel Group, recognized and award-winning leaders in luxury leisure, corporate and entertainment travel. Prior to being named Chairman Tzell in 2016, Mr. Liben served at the helm of Tzell Travel Group as its CEO since 1977. In 2016, Tzell held a gala 50th anniversary celebration on Ellis Island. By combining his business skills, management savvy and personal philosophy to “create an environment conducive to initiative and hard work, encourage a sense of fun, then let people do their best and recognize it,” Mr. Liben charted the path for success. In addition to starting the Protravel and Tzell Foundation in the wake of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, his philanthropic work includes serving on many prestigious boards.

CINDY SCHLANSKY
Co-President

Cindy Schlansky is Co-President of Tzell Travel Group. She shares the role with Monty Swaney. With over 25 years in the travel industry, beginning as a frontline agent, there is almost no operational position that Ms. Schlansky has not held. Joining Tzell in 2000, Ms. Schlansky brings a wealth of experience in all facets of agency operations and agent functions. She acts as liaison between airlines and agents and handles day to day agency issues including new agent set-up and orientation. Other duties include new branch implementation and orientation, airline performance review and ARC liaison.

MONTY SWANEY
Co-President

Monty Swaney works in tandem  with Cindy Schlansky to oversee Tzell’s strategic and day-to-day operations. Of significant importance, is Mr. Swaney’s focus on the immediate, ever-changing and long-term needs of the agent community. In addition, his experience in the Entertainment field also allows Mr. Swaney to work closely on recruitment and management of this important niche market.

CHRISTOPHER GRIFFIN
Vice President, Branch Relations
Based at the company’s headquarters in New York, Chris was named to this position in January 2009 and he brings over 25 years of success in the airline and travel management business. Responsible for overseeing and guiding all sales and account management activities for the company, Chris has a proven track record of capturing new business while maintaining current partnerships. He has served in various management leadership roles with major corporations including American Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines.
DON JONES
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF WEST COAST OPERATIONS

A veteran luxury executive, Don Jones is highly-regarded in the travel industry and prior to joining Travel Leaders Luxury Brands served as Executive Vice President for Cadence Travel and Vice President of Sales, The Americas for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Jones is now responsible for guiding the leadership structure and strategic plan, as well as increasing market share and revenue, particularly for Tzell Travel Group on the West Coast. He is based in the Los Angeles-area. His distinguished career in the hotel industry included positions with the Beverly Wilshire, The Pierre as well as the Four Seasons Hotels in Atlanta and Newport Beach. “Joining iconic brands like Tzell and Protravel is a privilege and an honor,” said Jones. 

SARA SESSA
Vice President, West Coast Operations
Sara moved to California and joined Tzell Travel West in 1993, after working for several years in the video production industry in Texas. Tzell West opened its doors just a few months prior to Sara joining, allowing her the privilege of being a part of the company from its earliest days. In her role as Vice President, Sara oversees all west coast operations of Tzell and enjoys supporting Tzell’s agents in their growth and day to day business.
ASMITA SINGH
Vice President, Marketing and Demand Analytics, Travel leaders Group

Asmita Singh joined Tzell Travel Group in January 2017 as the Vice President of Marketing and Demand Analytics for Travel Leader Group – consisting of the award-winning luxury travel brands, Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group. What makes Asmita’s marketing approach particularly compelling is her devotion to helping our best-in-class travel agents to amplify how they tell their stories to travelers, including existing and potential clients. Her expertise in multi-channel marketing makes her an outstanding choice to take our high-end luxury travel brands to the next level. Singh brings more than 12 years of experience, most recently at PR Newswire, where she served as the Vice President of Digital Experience & Marketing Optimization, managing their global digital experience, reporting and analytics, and marketing technology teams. Asmita lives in new Jersey with her husband and young daughter.

JASON OSHIOKPEKTHAI
Managing Director, Tzell Travel Group UK

Jason Oshiokpekhai serves as Managing Director of Protravel International U.K., Tzell Travel Group U.K., Colletts Travel and Scotia Travel. Based in London, Jason oversees daily operations for the brands which serve luxury leisure, corporate and entertainment clients in the United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment, Jason worked as Director of Sales and Account Management for Protravel and Tzell Travel Group where he built the first-ever Sales & Account management team and helped to streamline sales operations. He has been instrumental in building corporate travel business for the U.K. market. Jason previously worked at Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, where he successfully led business development, agency & corporate sales teams. He is passionate about two things: (1) empowering his team to achieve higher levels of success and (2) giving back to local communities in need.