Director of Signature Dining
Marco was born in Mexico and came to the United States when he was around 8 years old. After attending high school in Indio, CA, he obtained a degree in electronics. While in college, he started out as a dishwasher at Bob’s Big Boy and quickly moved up the ladder. He discovered that he enjoyed the fast pace of the restaurant business and decided he wanted to learn more about the dining industry. He went on to work at America West Arena and Troon Golf where he opened Troon North and also Legends Trails. Among other stints, he was also with Waldorf Astoria at The Boulders in Carefree AZ for 10 years. He attributes his culinary skills to the numerous talented chefs he met that shared their knowledge along the way.
As much as he enjoyed these experiences, Marco found that the long hours in the restaurant business left him very little time for his family. As a result, Marco took the advice of a co-chef and decided to give a dining career in senior living a try. Marco was a bit discouraged when he discovered that residents were being given “boring” food- canned soups, boxed macaroni, and the like. He quickly vowed to make a change, and he turned things around. Marco says, “My goal is to always provide healthy, quality meals that excite people!”
Marco has 2 daughters (both college graduates) and a Golden Retriever named Rylee. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been together 25 years and live in Eastmark. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, spending time in his home theater, and working on electronics.
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