Hello, my name is Sherry Leybovich, your cruise planner. I have worked as a travel industry professional for 25 years. My career began as manager of the travel office at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, overseeing travel arrangements for 1200 employees and their dependents for both business and personal travel that spanned all points of the globe.
Upon returning to the United States, I worked as an outside agent for a local travel agency until 2001 when I made the decision to become affiliated with Cruise Planners. I have been a dedicated agency owner ever since.
Over the years I have achieved top status in many of the cruise lines educational courses including Royal Caribbean, Azamara, Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Cunard, Disney, and NCL, and earned the highest certification level available through CLIA — Elite Cruise Counselor Scholar.
Through hard work and perseverance, my travel agency was nominated for the Business of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 through the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, taking home the honor of “2009 Business of the Year.”
As a big supporter of many local charities, I enjoy raising funds and coordinating fundraising cruises, as well as donating cruise packages. The Classic Car Cruise is the brain child of several individuals, and I cannot wait to meet everyone and make this cruise a major success for America’s VetDogs.
Kelly Bryant is new to the travel industry as a travel professional but not new to the world of travel. She has had the opportunity to travel across the globe the past several years and has cruised many times. Because of her travel experience and her quest for getting good deals, Kelly became known amongst friends and family as THE person to go to when looking for the perfect vacation.
Kelly has had a passion for travel since her childhood. In 1985, she attended travel school back in Springfield, Mo., but never had the opportunity to pursue the travel industry as a career until the fall of 2010 when Kelly’s husband was transferred to Tampa, Fla., with his job. Kelly thought this would be the perfect opportunity to finally pursue what she truly loved!
Upon arriving in Tampa, she met Sherry Leybovich, franchise owner of Cruise Planners, and started working as an associate. Kelly has been actively pursuing her business and is enjoying every moment of making vacation dreams a reality for her clients.
While focusing on growing her business, she had a conversation with her father who is a classic car buff and loves to cruise. They talked about all the different group cruises that were out there and how there really wasn’t a cruise that catered to classic car lovers. They thought it would be great to offer a cruise for car lovers to network, attend seminars, and even have a new twist on a car show. Thus, the idea for the 1st Annual Classic Car Cruise was born.