Many years in the travel industry. Laurie began her career as a stewardess for a major airline in 1972 (renamed flight attendant in 1974). After marriage and motherhood she became a sales representative for that same airline in 1976 until she took a position as Director of Meetings and Conventions for a large regional travel management company in 1985. In 1991 Laurie became an account manager and quickly rose to ranks of Vice President National Accounts in 1995. This is a position she held through an acquisition of the agency in 2003. Laurie’s entrepreneurial spirit along with a strong belief in making every trip “special” for her clients/travelers led her to begin the creation of LXR Travel in December of 2007 with handpicked, top-of-the-industry travel experts. Heidi Weitzsacker and Irene Favata became her Founding Directors. We are honored by the trust of our ever growing list of travelers and corporate clients that we like to "spoil" every day. We will never lose sight of the fact that our travelers and clients are the foundation of our very business existance.Laurie was a term limit New York State Business Travel Association Board Member (NYSBTA.org), a member of Global Business Travel Association (GBTA.org) and a member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.
Born October 22, 1977 Erik is the second generation in LXR Travel serving as Vice President Business Development. Erik exhibits drive and passion to carry on the family business and to take it into the next level of technology, service and client centric excellence.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Erik has had a strong interest in the travel industry from a young age. He was raised in a family with a Mother who has had a life-long travel career who now owns LXR Travel LLC. From the earliest age he has traveled extensively and in all circumstances. Observing industry changes and strategies that insiders cherish to enhance traveler comforts and benefits became second nature to him. He has a devotion to impart this information to all travelers. Erik knows firsthand that to travel with the support of an excellent agency is to travel like a VIP and worry free. Without an agency you’re on your own and travel as “data”.
Erik was a scholarship athlete at SUNY Buffalo as a football quarterback and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications in 2000. He quickly secured a job with Buffalo Bills Radio network and rose to the ranks of Sports Director but engaged in a part time position with LXR Travel LLC upon its formation in December 2007. Erik fully immersed himself in the family business in 2012 and has been instrumental in engaging in community activities, securing new business and communicating with clients all the industry changes that will affect their travels, their convenience and their costs.His close and ongoing business relationships with LXR Travel clients has made him a valued asset.
Irene has been a premier agent for 30+ years. She began her career in travel working for a major airline and after 10 years was recruited by a large regional travel agency because of her interpersonal skills, experience and great attitude. She was everyone’s “favorite” agent. Rapidly she rose to the position of branch manager handling not only her own clients but training and managing her staff to excellence. In 2003 the regional agency was sold and Irene was enthusiastically brought into the new owners’ agency as an integral part of the leisure department. She was once again recruited by Laurie Rusin in 2007 to become a Founding Director in a new agency being formed where the mission was to create an agency business based on trusted relationships with honesty, integrity and knowledge where clients’ interests come first. Irene has an extensive network of contacts to make the impossible, possible. Her advice and counsel as a travel expert has earned her an enviable and loyal client list.
LXR Travel is thrilled to announce the addition of Christine Stoltz to our team of Virtuoso agents. This places her in the top 1% of agents nationwide and is an honor she has truly earned.
Since 1988 Christine has been crafting personalized getaways for her clients that not only exceed their expectations but delight them with unique experiences that only a true Travel Expert can provide.
She is a certified Sandals/Beaches specialist as well as a Disney expert, just two of the areas where she excels. Her many travels over the years have enabled her to provide both personal experience and direction to design the perfect trip for her loyal clients.
Christine welcomes your travel requests and looks forward to ensuring that you not only get the best value for your money but a “Return on Life™” in lasting memories.
As the daughter and wife of airline pilots, traveling has always been in my blood. Being on the go is a natural state for me...exploring, tasting, feeling, and relaxing in either newfound places, or favorite "go to" spots. I am also an avid cook and relish in entertaining, which feeds my desire to explore the different flavors of the world—literally and figuratively. It’s this excitement for all things travel that I bring to my client relationships.
Currently an advisor for LXR Travel (an affiliate of Travel Experts), my background includes both hotel and airline industry experience, giving me well-rounded knowledge of the travel industry. And as a parent to two little ones, I’m very passionate about finding ways to get kids involved—while still making time for the travel experiences my husband and I crave. My goal is to connect you to the culture and flavors of the destination of your choice, whether that’s with the whole family, just the two of you, or a balance of both in one trip.