The Bunk+Brew Crew

Meet Our Team

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The

Bunk+Brew

Crew

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bend oregon adventure lodging hostel beer

Frankie

Creator+Founder

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J.

Creator+Founder

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Maya

General Manager

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Cameron

Assistant Manager

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Jaden

Bar+Events Manager

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Jim

Chief Advisor

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Frankie Maduzia

Frankie Maduzia

Creator+Founder

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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J.

J.

Creator+Founder

J. is an adopted Oregon native and licensed Oregon attorney.  Prior to Bunk+Brew, J. 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 U.S.

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Maya Wechsler

Maya Wechsler

General Manager

Maya first joined Bunk+Brew in 2017 prior to receiving her bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Outdoor Leadership at OSU Cascades in Bend, Oregon.  Post-graduation, Maya moved to Peru to work for an ecotourism company and travel South America before returning to the US and finding her way back to Bunk+Brew.  Her leadership has been instrumental in our growth and success.

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Cameron Bates

Cameron Bates

Assistant Manager

Cameron brings southern etiquette and a passion for adventure to the Bunk+Brew community.  Born in Louisiana and raised in Florida, Cameron earned his Hospitality Management degree before traveling to Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia, growing fond of communal living, work exchange, and the adventure lifestyle.  Nowadays he spends his time at Smith Rock or in the alpine enjoying rock climbing and snowboarding.

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Jaden Nakata

Jaden Nakata

Bar+Events Manager

Jaden hails from Las Vegas, NV, but has long made it a point to spend as much time away and abroad as possible.  Since 2007, when he spent two years scarfing down sushi in Japan, he has traveled to nearly 50 countries and bunked in over 100 hostels.  Professionally, he has served as an event director/manager for Sundance Film Festival, Bubble Run, Terrain Racing, and other large-scale event producers.  His latest endeavor has brought him to Bunk+Brew, where he cheerfully keeps the drinks flowing at Old Ironwood Taps!

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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.