Mike Freed is co-founder and Managing Director of Passport Resorts LLC. In the late 1980s Freed was a lawyer with the vision to create a luxury eco-lodge in Big Sur. He oversaw the birth of the now-iconic Post Ranch Inn, from land use approvals through construction and hotel opening. He went on to manage the acquisition and renovation of the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort and the Lodge at Skylonda (both former Passport Resorts projects). Later, Freed worked with a developer and the National Park Service to give historic Fort Baker new life as a luxury resort, and Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate was born in 2008.
Currently, Mike oversees marketing for Passport Resorts and operations at Post Ranch Inn. He brings to the company and each resort a visionary, non-traditional approach to marketing. This has helped establish a unique "sense of place" for each property and led to their worldwide recognition. In addition, Mike sits on the Preferred Hotel Advisory Board, is a member of the Virtuoso Sustainability Council, and is a former Commissioner to Visit California and San Francisco Travel. Mike also co-chairs the Visit California Luxury Initiative and the Task Force for Sustainable Tourism. He enjoys a close working relationship with environmental groups, and various local governmental officials responsible for land use matters in diverse California locations.
Mike earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1977 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara.
Passport Resorts Properties include: