Randy Durband taken over as president of luxury travel
operator Travcoa this month, bringing with him more than 20 years of industry
experience.Durband was previously the president of INTRAV, a First Choice Expeditions company
that was partly absorbed by Travcoa earlier this summer. Prior to his role at
INTRAV, Durband spent nearly 20 years at Tauck World Discovery, where he gained
perspective on all aspects of escorted tour operations.
“Many of the Travcoa staff members have known and respected Randy for years, so he
already feels like a part of the family,” said First Choice Expeditions President
Jerre Fuqua. Fuqua is the immediate past president of Travcoa; Fuqua was promoted
to president of First Choice Expeditions in 2006.
“Randy’s leadership at INTRAV and past industry experience made him absolutely the
right person to take the reins at Travcoa,” Fuqua continued.
Durband started at Tauck as a tour director and worked his way up to manage a staff
of 240 tour directors. Later, he led e-business efforts and then moved into brand
management. He also served on the company’s executive committee, which led the
strategic direction of Tauck.
Durband received a master’s degree in an Eastern Europe-area studies program at the
University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in history at Hope College in
Michigan. He has traveled to all seven continents, and speaks Serbo-Croatian, French