The Bunk+Brew Crew

Meet the Founders

 

The

Bunk+Brew

Crew

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Frankie Maduzia

Co-Founder, Co-Owner

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Jota

Co-Founder, Co-Owner

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Jim Kennett

Chief Adviser

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Frankie Maduzia

Frankie Maduzia

Co-Founder, Co-Owner

Frankie is a Northwest native and active pursuer of global travel.  Since living in Ecuador as an exchange student at age 17, he can’t finish one trip before planning the next.  “I like to think I’m retracing the steps of early explorers and great thinkers” -- from Charles Darwin on the Galapagos Islands to Edmund Hillary at Mount Everest base camp.  As a medical technician with long hours and extended time off, Frankie traveled the world networking with amazing people of all cultures and hopes Bunk+Brew will help fellow travelers do the same.

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Jota

Jota

Co-Founder, Co-Owner

Jota (or "J" in English) is an adopted Oregon native and licensed Oregon attorney.  Prior to Bunk+Brew, Jota spent four years consulting in-house for an IT company taking cloud-based, analytics software to market and negotiating hundreds of deals totaling over $5 million in sales.  Then in Fall 2015, he bought a 4x4 in Los Angeles, drove from Mexico to Panama, and retreated in Cuba.  His experience in over 50 hostels across 8 countries led to the inspiration behind Bunk+Brew and his return to the US.

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Jim Kennett

Jim Kennett

Chief Advisor

Jim is a hostel guru and national board member for Hostelling International US.  Jim moved to the Northwest at age 15, became a carpenter, and started his first hostel in 1980.  He now owns and manages the largest hostelling operation in Portland, Oregon, the Northwest Portland Hostel.  His latest project, Zigzag Mountain Farm, is a 50-acre property in the forested foothills of Mt. Hood that hosts an original homestead house built in 1909, an organic garden, and a number of seasonal events, festivals, etc.