What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Mark Paratore

Published: 05/13/2020

What’s your first and last name?  

Mark Paratore

How old are you? 


How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix? 

14 years 

What city do you currently reside in? 


Where are you originally from and why’d you decide to move to Arizona? 

Cleveland, Ohio and decided to move to Arizona for college at Arizona State University. 

If you graduated from college, where did you attend and what was your degree? 

Arizona State University – BSP in Urban Planning 

Where do you currently work and what is your title? 

Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Vice President of Business Development 

What do you like to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends? 

I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends by taking advantage of the beautiful weather, checking out new eateries and shops, supporting local arts and cultural activities, and volunteering. 

What’s your favorite restaurant and why? 

AZ88 – I love the vibe! 

What’s your go-to staycation spot and why? 

Hotel Valley Ho. It holds a special place in my heart because it is where I got married. In addition, the hotel is an architecture gem and has such rich history in Scottsdale and Arizona. 

How do you stay “cool” in the Arizona summers? 

Like most, I try to spend time in northern Arizona and taking weekend getaways to California to break up the summer. 

What do you like about our winters and why? 

The weather, the special events, and the fact that it is the beginning of tourism. I enjoy that our region becomes a destination and we can showcase all that it has to offer. 

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix? 

The people – Greater Phoenix is a special place and I love seeing our diverse population grow

Please include anything else you’d like to share about what makes Greater Phoenix so great. 

Greater Phoenix is very welcoming and has always felt like home for me. My wife is born and raised here, so have appreciated what a wonderful place it is to grow your career, have a family and make an impact on the community. 



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