Julian is the CEO and founder
of VacationRoost. He is passionate about the vacation rental industry and has
built a team that shares his vision for building the leading online marketplace
for vacation rentals. As a veteran media executive with more than 18 years of
senior-level operating experience and a world-class institutional background,
Julian is also the CEO of Castles Media Company.
Before founding VacationRoost,
Julian served as Chief Financial Officer of Primedia, a $300 million Internet
media company that owns and operates leading brands: Apartment
Guide/Apartmentguide.com, New Home Guide/Newhomeguide.com, Auto
Guide/Autoguide.com, and Rentals.com. While at Primedia, Julian also served as
President of the Autoguide.com business, and he was also responsible for the
launch and development of Rentals.com.
previously served as CFO of PageNet, a $1 billion public telecom company. He
also was a founder and managing director of Cabrillo Advisors, a boutique
financial advisory firm. Julian began his career as an investment banker with
Goldman, Sachs and Co. in 1990, later serving as a strategy consultant with
McKinsey and Company. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from
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George leads the sales,
back-office and financial teams for VacationRoost. He brings more than 20 years
of senior-level executive experience in finance, accounting, operations, and
sales and marketing to the company. He is also a founding member of the Castles
Prior to VacationRoost and
Castles Media, George was Director of Finance with Nokia Inc. Enterprise
Solutions business group, with global financial responsibility for the ES Sales
and Marketing group. While at Nokia, George led Six Sigma projects, winning
national and global awards and becoming a Six Sigma Certified Green Belt,
making him a master at identifying and removing causes and defects of the
George has held senior-level
controller, director, and manager roles at GTE (Verizon) and ILD
Telecommunications. His experience includes IPO filings, SEC filings and
acquisitions. He has had extensive international business experience, having
worked in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and China.
has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BBA in Accounting from the
University of Texas at Austin. View full bio.
Jim Barsch joined VacationRoost
in 2010 and brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the travel and
tourism industry. Jim leads our Partner Service Division, Technical
Development, Travel Agent Business, and general operations. In addition, he is
responsible for exploring and evaluating potential business relationships with
Jim’s love, expertise, and
passion for travel have fueled his leadership in a number of companies. He has
held executive positions with The Mark Travel Corporation, Pleasant Holidays,
Morris Murdock Travel, and other nationally recognized tour wholesalers. He has
led company startups and merger/acquisition implementations. Additionally he
has been heavily involved in the technological transformation of several companies
in the travel industry over the past 20 years.
holds a Bachelors of Science in Travel & Tourism from Brigham Young
University. View full bio
Jeff leads the marketing group
at VacationRoost. He brings over 15 years of online marketing, sales, business
development and technology experience to the VacationRoost team.
Jeff joined the VacationRoost
family in late 2013 as part of the VacationRentalAgent.com (VRA) and
HawaiianBeachRentals.com (HBR) acquisition where he served as the CEO. Jeff
founded VRA and HBR in 2002 and lead its explosive growth to become a $25
million software and vacation rental company.
professional experience includes owning an online media consulting company,
working for CDNOW and Mitsubishi International. Jeff holds a Bachelor of
Science degree with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Richmond. View