About Us

The Passport Group is driven by the desire to create long-lasting positive relationships with our clients; really our partners. We leverage our 20+ years of experience across the entire spectrum of hospitality real estate to turn your hospitality goals into reality. Our award-winning reputation is built one transaction at a time with our client’s best interests in mind.

Our History

The Passport Group is made up of a talented, dedicated team with over 60 years combined experience in the hospitality industry. It’s this combined talent which prompted us to start The Passport Group in 2003. Our extensive hotel experience, industry contacts, and fresh perspective are what makes us one of the most efficient and effective hospitality companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and the west coast.

The Passport Group Difference

It’s all too common in the hospitality industry to find large firms that don’t understand the value of the individual client relationship. While this relationship is the foundation, the streamlined processes, effective communication and positive outcomes are the pillars of our success.

The advantages of partnering with The Passport Group go beyond the individual relationships. We create a detailed strategy based on our client’s individual investment goals and apply innovative solutions that go beyond the industry standard. Applying a fresh perspective to achieve a successful hotel transaction is what makes The Passport Group stand out from competitors. Our creativity and flexibility offers our clients powerful tools throughout the process. This gives our partners confidence and control knowing that the standard deal isn’t always the best deal.

To learn more, contact our skilled team of experts. Let us know when we can go to work for you and discuss next steps. We look forward to making you a part of our community of satisfied clients!


Through careful review and analysis of each property we represent, we are able to identify areas for potential improvement. This assists our clients in making the critical decisions for successfully improving value, marketing, operations and cashflow.
Representing hospitality owners is what we do exclusively. It requires a level of industry knowledge and expertise that general CRE brokers may not provide. With our successfully represent and sell hotel and motel properties and often creatively curate solutions that you can count on.
Every hospitality-related property is unique. With smart, strategic thinking and proven business planning, let us show you how we can add even more value to Hospitality Real Estate Brokerage portfolio.
Our oversight allows you focus on your core business and be confident that your assets are in capable hands. By aligning your business and financial ambitions.we have established a proven track record with our clients by helping them achieve their ownership goals.


Strategic Property Valuation Analysis 75
Distinctive Marketing Package Development 75
Transaction Negotiation and Management 75
Portfolio Integration and Expansion 75

Jeff Durham

Jeff Durham is a founder of The Passport Group.  Jeff has a wealth of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry which began at the early age of 16. He is a hotel broker, an independent hotel owner and expert in consulting hotel owners into transitioning to becoming an independent hotel operator. He also founded Haversack Hospitality, which specializes in hotel management and consulting. Jeff is also a founding member of the Humboldt County Tourism Improvement District (TBID) and is currently on the board of the California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns. In addition to his hotel business ventures he finds ways to make real changes in his community as city councilman for the Town of Yountville.

His hospitality experience began as a busboy.  After much hands’ on experience, Jeff’s education continued at California Polytechnic University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Always participating with his alma mater, Jeff has been a commencement speaker, Professor for a Day, and most recently, as part of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni on campus.

Jeff enjoys sharing his vast knowledge about hospitality and hotel management with others and building relationships. He tries to laugh everyday, trying not to take life too seriously.  In his spare time, if he’s not taking cross country trips with his beloved pet Chihuahua, Stella, or spending time with his partner, you might find him reading up on hospitality blogs or the Harvard Business Review with a nice glass of wine.

Joe Wolosz

Joe Wolosz co-founded The Passport Group in 2003. His 17+ years of experience in national hospitality brokerage affords him the in-depth understanding of the intricacies of hotel operations, valuations, financing, and franchise ownership.

Dhruv Shah

Dhruv Shah is a second generation hotelier. Dhruv’s professional experience is rooted in hotel sales & marketing and operations, having lead both departments with Marriott. Currently an operator of four hotels, Dhruv manages over 300 guest rooms, giving him direct insight to industry issues.

Carol J. Gallegos

Carol holds a Masters Degree in Business Management with an emphasis on Hotel Management and Hospitality Accounting. She has extensive experience in the marketing and negotiating of commercial real estate transactions.

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Her network of major national hotel executives and investors has lead her to representtransactions that include hospitality REITs, lenders, and portfolioas well as single asset owners.Carol’s transaction experience covers full service hotels, limited service hotels and land transactions for hotel development.

Early in her career Carol was responsible for launching the Hospitality and Lodging Division for Marcus &Millichap in Arizona. She also is a Certified Land Specialist with the Commercial Real Estate Institute.

Her extensive knowledge of hotel operations and development has secured several exclusive clients and recommendations from numerous others.

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Al Gallegos

Al’s hospitality experience started from the ground up, with over 30 years of experience in property development and associated general contracting.

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His expert perspective in hospitality asset valuations and inspections address points key to hotel investors.  Al has the ability to navigate and advise on these including building condition, PIP requirements, renovation costs and capital improvements.

 During much of his 30 year tenure in the industry he has provided broad based consulting to commercial property owners and investors to maximize their values.

His vast experience, combined with his understanding of facilities, operations and building requirements provides clients the best overall evaluation of a hotel’s value.

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