Duro Hospitality was founded in 2020 by Benji Homsey, Chas Martin, Corbin See and Ross See as a collective approach to creating unique and inspiring hospitality brands and experiences. Each one of the founding partners brings a specific expertise to the process. This collaborative style has positioned Duro Hospitality as one of the fastest growing hospitality groups in Texas.!
Corbin is one half of the dynamic duo of Sees Design, a second-generation interior design firm with offices in Dallas and OKC. Corbin began his career in design at the reputable Dallas antique importer, Orion Antiques. He has worked in Chicago for Holly Hunt Design, where he started in marketing and moved on to oversee all of the company’s furniture production but has been a partner and principal at Sees Design now for almost 15 years. Sees has been featured on Architectural Digest, Sotheby’s 20 to watch in 2020, participated in the inaugural and esteemed Kips Bay Dallas Showhouse, and has been consecutively listed by DHome as Best Designers in Dallas since 2017. Corbin graduated cum laude from The Colorado College with a Batchelor’s Degree in Economics and a minor focus in Art History.
Ross See, Allied ASID, who earned his design degree from Harrington College of Interior Design in Chicago and worked for other notable interior designers in New York. Ross brings over 15 years of interior design experience to the Sees Design Duo. Ross’s main role at Sees is a focus on interior architecture and space planning. Ross is proficient in Autocad, Sketch up, and Adobe Photoshop. Sees Design’s work has been featured nationally in Architectural Digest, AD Pro, the book Dallas Modern, D Home, Papercity, Dallas Modern luxury and many other local publications.
Chas started a culinary career underneath celebrity chef of Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse Samir Dhurandhar. After three months of poorly peeled potatoes and burnt bacon, the executive team decided he would fit better at the front of the restaurant as a host. Within four years, he went from an underage host to general manager of Dallas’ leading steakhouse. He has since consulted for hotel and restaurant owner Tim Headington and was the director of food and beverage for Dallas’ leading boutique hotel, Hotel Zaza. He has spent the last few years as a director of sales and partner in a start up sales and marketing company that is currently the fastest growing company in its field. During conference calls he found himself looking up the hottest restaurants in whatever town he was shipped off to. While daydreaming, he knew it was time to come home and fulfill his destiny. Chas understands hospitality better than anyone and understands what it takes to build and run a successful business. He is a consummate host and wants to create the best place to drink, dine and work in country.
Once returning home, he lead the charge on concepting, creating and managing one of the best and busiest restaurants that Dallas has seen in the last decade. He has acted as general manager and managing partner of The Charles since opening (5.1.18) and is now relinquishing the former of those titles to be able to focus on new hospitality projects.
Givens-Records Development and Z Resorts was formed to develop and manage multiple Hotel ZaZa properties and related residential properties. Mr. Homsey was responsible for overseeing all aspects of each project including Hotel ZaZa Dallas, The Metropolitan Club (ZaZa Dallas Condominiums) Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum District, Hotel ZaZa Houston Memorial and Hotel ZaZa Austin. Mr. Homsey oversaw managing the construction as well as the installation of each project as well as having an integral part in the design of each development. In 2008 Homsey served as President of Z Resorts managing all aspects of operation for Hotel ZaZa Dallas, Hotel ZaZa Houston Museum, and growth for the brand. In 2014 Homsey’s focus transitioned to growth opportunities, brand enhancement and positioning for Hotel ZaZa and Z Resorts. As President of Brand and Development for Z Resorts the focus was to procure new developments with a concentration on expanding outside of Texas. As new properties emerge Mr. Homsey continues to ensure all existing properties’ branding, experience, and ambience standards exceed those of a trendy luxury branded hotel.
Mr. Homsey is currently a founder of Duro Hospitality responsible for The Charles Restaurant and Bar Charles. Duro has 4 additional restaurant concepts that will open over the next 16 months. Duro is responsible for concepting, development, branding, design and operations.
Mr. Homsey graduated with a bachelor's degree in Finance with Real Estate Emphasis from Texas Christian University.