Marc is the Founder and CEO of Hill Country Hospitality, a New York-based restaurant management company.
In June 2007 Marc launched Hill Country Barbecue Market – a 10,000 square foot, 300-seat barbecue restaurant in New York City dedicated to honoring the barbecue and live music capital of Texas. Inspired by the grand old meat markets that evolved into modern day barbecue joints in Central Texas, Hill Country has won numerous accolades and critical praise since its opening including Best Barbecue in New York by New York Magazine, Timeout, and City search in 2008, Top Ten New Restaurants of 2008 in New York Magazine, as well as Top Ten Barbecue Restaurants in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal in 2007. A second Hill Country Barbecue Market will be opening in downtown Washington, DC in early 2011.
Marc’s Texas roots there date back four generations. His grandfather was the mayor of Lockhart, Texas, a small town near Austin with the distinction of being the Official Barbecue Capital of the state. As a child, Marc looked forward to his Texas visits, where he indulged in all the local traditions, including eating smoked sausages and barbecue at the legendary Kreuz Market, drinking Big Red Soda, cooling off with Blue Bell Ice Cream, and enjoying the sounds of Austin’s rock, blues and country music.
He is descended from a long line of Texas women with exceptional southern cooking skills. In the fall of 2010, Marc opened Hill Country Chicken, a fast casual eatery-featuring premium fried chicken and homemade pies - a tribute to his Texas grandmothers. The restaurant, located around the block from the original Hill Country, opened to considerable acclaim and lines out the door.
Before entering the world of hospitality, Marc served as Chief Executive Officer of Centric Telecom, a broadband service provider based in London, England from July 2001 to June 2003. Prior to Centric, in 1998 Marc co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer of eLink Communications, a Washington, DC-based Telecommunications Company.
Marc was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2000 and 2001, and is a current member of the Entrepreneurs Organization’s New York Chapter. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Georgetown Day School, his alma mater elementary and high school located in Washington, DC. Marc graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International Relations and received his MBA from Columbia University where he attended the school’s Executive Program on evenings and weekends.
A fitness and sports enthusiast, Marc completed the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington DC in 2008 and the New York City ING Marathon in 2009.
Marc and his wife, Kristen, live in New York City two blocks from their Manhattan restaurants. They have three children – Austin (3 years), Skye (2 years), and Jaclyn (2 months). Their eldest, Austin, was born just hours after Hill Country debuted on the New York restaurant scene.