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