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.