Our Team


Co-Founder, Leap Frog Tours, Ann Eisman-Smith

Ann Smith


With a career in technology marketing and communications, Ann oversees technology and marketing initiatives with a focus on automated, scalable services to enhance the customer experience and facilitate growth. She and her family have lived in Asheville for 12 years.

Kim Turpin Leap Frog Tours

Kim Turpin


Kim works hand-in-hand with Mark, our business development manager, to design tours. She also consults with almost every customer to ensure a positive experience with Leap Frog Tours. She and her family have been residents of Waynesville since 2001.

Jen Brauer

Marketing & Office Manager

Jen and her husband recently relocated from Denver to WNC. Her 19 years of experience in the fast-paced logistics and transportation industry made her the perfect fit for Leap Frog Tours. She keeps things running smoothly–managing our office, tour logistics, social media, and other marketing activities.

Mark Merritt Leap Frog Tours

Mark Merritt

Business Development Manager

Mark and is family have been longtime residents of WNC. He is responsible for meeting with partners to design interesting, fun, and adventurous tours. Since he wears many hats, he often leads beer tours, helps manage transportation and tour logistics, and drives guests all over the area.

Drivers & Tour Guides

driver picture Amber Kleid

Amber Kleid

She says the letter “A” best describes her, which makes sense because her name begins with an “A.” However, she’s been told that it’s because she likes to be first in line! We like that spirit because we love strong women at Leap Frog Tours. We’re lucky to have Amber, with her upbeat attitude, on our team.

Charlie Froelich Leap Frog Tours

Charlie Froelich

Often told he’s a doppleganger for Jeff Bridges, it’s no wonder that’s who Charlie would pick to play him in a movie. His favorite tour is our Sylva Beer & Chocolate Tour with Innovation Brewery. But, if he’s stuck on a deserted island, he wants Green Man Brewery’s Forester Stout.

Michelle Romberger Leap Frog Tours

Michelle Romberger

Her favorite book is “Where the Wild Things Are” because she reads it to her granddaughter. She likes green too because it’s calming, and she always brings a sense of calm to harried airport travelers during transportation runs to/from the Asheville Airport.

Nick Leap Frog Tours

Nick Provost

Nick says his perfect age is 25 because there are no more age limits. As he sips his favorite beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and reads his favorite book the “The Alchemist,” he can think about all of the interesting visitors and locals he meets through Leap Frog Tours.

Ryan Robinson Leap Frog Tours

Ryan Robinson

Eternally optimistic, Ryan says he doesn’t have a perfect age because his life is just getting better and better–especially with a new baby. It’s a good thing his favorite color is green because Leap Frog Tours logo green suits him perfectly.

Tony Rogers Leap Frog Tours

Tony Rogers

Tony says one of his favorite tours is the PGA. While we can’t offer him a gig on the PGA tour, we are lucky to have him on our team. He makes tours fun with his Dom DeLuise smile and sunny personality.