Passport Unlimited’s goal is to create mutually rewarding relationships by connecting customers and businesses together through our exclusive collection of restaurants, merchants, hotels and entertainment venues.
Passport Unlimited was founded in 1986 by Roger Blier and Richard Mueller as the first dining program targeted at business professionals, offering significant discounts and repeat visits at participating upscale restaurants. Today, Passport Unlimited includes both corporate and individual members and has expanded its discounts to include retailers, services and attractions.
Passport Unlimited currently offers memberships in 28 markets and savings at over 850 selected West Coast and Midwest restaurants. More than 800,000 members now enjoy savings within Passport Unlimited’s dining and/or retailer networks.
To deliver programs which support individuals, businesses and institutions in building and strengthening their most valuable relationships.
Roger R. Blier | Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
“Relationships are the DNA of Passport Unlimited. We take great pride in delivering world class wins for our clients. Talent, integrity, character and heart are the traits we bring to our clients every day!”
Roger is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of the Passport Unlimited Dining and Corporate programs.
Under Roger’s direction, the Passport Corporate program has grown to include Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Intel, Weyerhaeuser, Genentech, Qualcomm, AMD, Scripps Health, a host of other Fortune 1000 companies, savvy credit unions and membership organizations.
From 1997 to 1999 Roger was a founder and CEO of EmployeeSavings where he helped arrange more than $35 million in venture capital financing.
From 1981 to 1997 Roger was president and CEO of Blier and Associates, Inc. where he developed and launched retail marketing programs for Texaco, Inc., Mobil (now ExxonMobil), Chevron Corporation and the Shell Oil Company.
During the same period, Roger founded and launched Passport Unlimited, a nationwide dining membership organization which now serves more than 28 US markets, with over 850 participating restaurants and 450,000 members across the country. He holds a B.A. from San Diego State University.
Steve Esau | Vice President of Sales
“We dream big and aim high when it comes to relationships! Relationships are our business’ most valuable asset and we celebrate the successes of all our customers while staying committed to faithfully sharing the fruit of these relationships with people that are less fortunate in our community.”
Steve Esau leads Passport Unlimited’s sales teams. Steve oversees all sales growth and strategy at Passport Unlimited, including corporate membership programs, merchant programs and client branded programs.
Steve is responsible for continuing the growth of Passport Unlimited’s already impressive list of corporate clients. Steve also oversees the continued development of Passport’s merchant network of over 2500 local, regional and national merchants.
Steve leads Passport Unlimited’s Client branded programs, which have become the business development tool of choice for many top Real Estate agents and Loan Officers.
Steve is a graduate of San Diego State University’s business department.
Richard Mueller | Vice President of Operations and Co-Founder
“Strong relationships lend themselves to dependability, confidence, loyalty and respect. We believe that strong relationships enable us to make a difference in the lives of our customers and clients. The value of these connections provides us the base on which we grow our business.”
Richard Mueller oversees the development and deployment of Passport Unlimited’s business systems and applications. Richard has 25 years of experience leading corporate operations, customer care, marketing and finance and is an expert at turning entrepreneurial ideas into viable businesses.
Prior to Passport Unlimited, Richard was a founder of EmployeeSavings.com. As vice-president of operations from 1997-2000 he led the company from inception to a successful venture capital round.
Previous to EmployeeSavings, Richard was executive vice-president of Blier and Associates, Inc. There he led the development and management of several advertising and marketing products.
Richard holds a B.A. from the University of Washington School of Business.
Kelsey Garner | Director of Marketing
“Relationships are about long term results not short term gain. Doing the little things right every day – treating my clients with respect, conducting myself with integrity and communicating effectively, is the best way I can build value for my clients in the long run.”
Kelsey Garner is responsible for Passport Unlimited’s marketing strategies, both within Passport’s Fortune 500 clients and for the company’s retail product. Kelsey excels at designing and implementing engaging and effective marketing campaigns with a focus on electronic marketing elements.
Prior to her current position, Kelsey focused on Passport’s corporate programs. In this role, she successfully planned and deployed the launch of Passport programs at Apple, Intel and Oracle.
Previous to her career at Passport Unlimited, Kelsey worked in marketing in the software testing industry. Kelsey holds a B.A. from the University of Washington School of Business in Finance as well as a Project Management Certification from the University of Washington.
Danielle Merriam | Director of Member Relations
Danielle Merriam has been a part of the Passport team for over sixteen years. Her career began in the operations area of the business, where she learned the nuts and bolts of the processes and procedures that keep the company running smoothly.
In 2007, Danielle took the helm of Passport’s Member Relations Team, where she found her niche leading a team of ten customer service specialists.
Danielle’s expertise lies in creating a positive environment where customers’ needs are exceeded with every interaction. She has the unique ability to balance business rules with customer needs to create a win-win environment for everyone involved.
Chandra Cincotta | Director of Restaurant Relations
“Keeping my clients’ best interest at heart is the greatest way to build a valued relationship. My commitment every day is to be honest in my conversation, be consistent in my response and meet each relationship with respect and value.”
Chandra Cincotta has been a part of the Passport team for six years. Chandra is responsible for overseeing Passport’s relationships with over 850 restaurant partners.
Prior to joining the Passport team, Chandra was a relationship manager for See’s Candy and has also worked for Alaska Airlines.
Chandra is well-loved by our restaurant partners and they recognize her commitment to their success, as well as her drive to help address any challenges they may be facing. A true team player, she always has our restaurant partners’ well-being in mind.
Cindy McDonald | Director of Finance
“As a client of Passport, it doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, you’ll be treated with integrity and respect. It’s what sets us apart in the marketplace. With each client interaction, I try to treat my customers the same way that I would like to be treated. These interactions build trust, which in turn builds great relationships.”
Cindy McDonald leads Passport Unlimited’s finance and accounting department. She is responsible for Passport’s financial and accounting policies, systems and processes, tax and regulatory requirements as well as payroll systems and processes.
Cindy graduated from Iowa State University with Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. As a licensed C.P.A., she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers where she gained industry expertise in oil and gas, real estate, retail and manufacturing.
After her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cindy started an accounting services business, helping small businesses with their financial needs. Cindy has been a part of the Passport team for five years.
Grant Arnold | Director of Technology Solutions
“Relationships are strengthened when we better understand those we’re interacting with. This principle makes building and improving our technology tools – which provide access to the information critical to great relationships – a tangibly rewarding experience.”
Grant Arnold joined the Passport Unlimited team in 2002 to support the launch of the Passport Corporate product offering. He is responsible for developing and maintaining Passport’s internal software tools, web infrastructure and mobile apps.
In his time at Passport, Grant has revolutionized the company’s customer information, issue-tracking and reporting tools. A passion for learning and using new technologies combined with a strong focus on the end-user allows him to continually pursue innovative solutions to Passport’s demanding technical requirements and challenges.
Prior to joining the Passport team, Grant was a Test Lead at EmployeeSavings.com. This experience allowed him to build a unique understanding of employee programs’ client requirements while acting as a liaison between the engineering, sales and marketing teams.