I was delighted to accept the opportunity to lead the UMass Club in February of 2016. I look forward to bringing the same level of award-winning atmosphere and service that I helped bring to the UMass Amherst Dining program where I was a senior manager since 2004. Most recently, as Director of Retail Dining, I was responsible for 32 retail food outlets; campus-wide catering; concessions; the University Club; and supervision of the $19.5 million renovation project and grand-re-opening of the nationally acclaimed Blue Wall Eatery in the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center. I hold an undergraduate degree in Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University, and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management (UMass Amherst, 2009). While not working at the Club, I enjoy spending time with my wife Sara, and my two teenage sons, Davis and Andrew.
I am excited to be here on the management team here at the Club as Controller. Originally from the Boston area, I earned by bachelorís degree in business management. After working in corporate accounting in Boston, I relocated to Aspen Colorado where I pursued work in resort and hospitality accounting joining the Aspen Square Hotel, and on the Opening Team of Dancing Bear Aspen, a private HOA Club. After twelve years in Colorado, I returned to New England and landed on Nantucket Island. There I was on the Management team in Accounting for Nantucket Island Resorts for six years. I am so thrilled to be back home in the amazing City of Boston. When I am not working, I enjoy visiting Aspen and Nantucket. I currently reside in the Beacon Hill Neighborhood of Boston.
During his early years in Burbank, California, Mark Allen developed a natural passion for cooking through his father, an enthusiastic home chef, and grandfather, chef/owner of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Mark began his training in a professional kitchen as Garde Manger at Concordís Colonial Inn.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Mark honed his skills working at a number of top restaurants, including Inn at The Opera in San Francisco, Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands and Mary Elaineís, a Mobil five-star restaurant under Chef Alessandro Stratta at The Phoenician Resort in Arizona.
After returning to his California roots for a prestigious stage at The French Laundry, Mark opened his eponymous Mark Allen Restaurant at the age of 28. Located in Napa Valley wine country, the Mediterranean restaurant drew a following from throughout Northern California, including the Dining Room Chef at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. When Mark learned from his regular chef guest that a coveted position had opened at the hotelís Boston outpost, he headed back east to follow this exciting new opportunity.
In 1996, Mark became the youngest and only American chef ever to hold the position of Dining Room Chef at Bostonís venerable Ritz-Carlton. He helmed all kitchen and special event operations there until the hotel closed in 2001.
After hanging up his toque at the Ritz, Mark pursued another solo venture, opening Le Soir Bistro in Newton Highlands in December of that year. A mere 7 miles from downtown Boston, Le Soir brought fine dining to the suburbs and attracted city dwellers for Markís high-end French country cuisine. The restaurant was quickly embraced by the local food community, garnered local & national acclaim and put Mark on the map as one of Bostonís most promising young chefs.
With six successful years under his belt, Mark sold Le Soir in 2007 and joined the culinary team at Pine Brook Country Club in Weston as Executive Chef. This position gave Mark the opportunity to expand his scale of service as he oversaw high-volume food operations for the venueís two restaurants, two snack bars and all special events & member functions.
After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May of 2016, I am excited to keep the Minuteman spirit alive pursing an opportunity here at the UMass Club! I majored in Hospitality & Tourism Management with my main focus in Food and Beverage / Private Events. Prior to beginning here, Iíve had a diverse experience working within the hospitality industry. From the front-of-the-house in hotels, to the back-of-the-house in restaurants, to large conventions and special events Ė Iíve loved it all. My most recent position was at Mohegan Sun, a Casino in Connecticut, as a Nightlife Supervisor in one of their live entertainment venues. It was definitely a lot of fun to work in such a lively environment, but I couldnít be happier to back in the area I grew up around. Iíve really enjoyed my time here as the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager so far, looking forward to continue working with the UMass Club Team!
My love for the hospitality world began at the early age of 16 working for local catering companies in my hometown of Los Angeles.
Those early years sparked a passion that I still have to this day, which I strive to bring to the UMass Club on a daily basis.
Before accepting the role as Food and Beverage Director, I worked as the Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Boston College Club and as the Banquet Manager at the Oakley Country Club of Watertown. I was also lucky enough to be part of the very talented Management Team at the Intercontinental Boston Hotel that was largely responsible for raising the F&B Department to a 4 Star standing in the Forbes Travel Guide for 2015. My past experience was invaluable for my growth as a leader and taught me a lot about what it takes to run a team and to keep operations running smoothly.
I am very excited to bring my love for the hospitality world to the UMass Club and look forward to connecting with new and current members.
The next time you find yourself at our beautiful club please donít hesitate to say hello.
I began working at The UMass Club back in 2008 while earning a BA in Communications from Emmanuel College. In 2014 I left my role as Membership Director and transitioned into private events when I accepted a position at Spring Valley Country Club. Two years later, I am excited to have returned to The University of Massachusetts Club as Private Events Director. I look forward to reconnecting with our Membership and am thrilled to be booking events at the best new space in town!
As a 2016 graduate of UMass Amherst, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work at the UMass Club. During my college years, I entered the Hospitality industry working at the Wianno Club in Osterville, MA. I participated in a Food and Beverage internship, and worked my way up to a supervisory position. After graduation, I accepted a position at Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, NC. There I participated in an extensive management internship. I had the opportunity to learn from, and work with, some of the best managers in the industry. As much as I enjoyed my time in Charlotte, I greatly desired to return to New England. I am so excited to be back home with friends and family - for the opportunity to learn and grow with the UMass Club!
I am very excited to be a part of the team at the UMass Club! I recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While I was sad to see that chapter come to a close I am happy to return to the Boston area. During my time in Amherst I majored in Communications and was involved on campus in Greek Life. My favorite part about attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst was the people I met along the way during my four years attending school. I am looking forward to getting to know our members and being a part of the team here at the UMass Club!
I have been working in the Private Club Industry for over 20 years, most recently at Vesper Country Club, Tyngsboro, MA as an Assistant Manager and Membership Marketing Director. I have also held positions at Charter Oak Country Club, in Hudson, MA and Belmont Country Club, in Belmont, MA. I have had the privilege of working with the PGA during the 2015 Constellation Senior Players Championship Tour held at Belmont Country Club. My passion for creating member relationships and providing an elegant environment for members and guests to work and dine in a space like the UMass Club is a dream come true. I pride myself on my ability to enhance the experience of our members with an amazing atmosphere and exceptional member services. I currently reside in Litchfield, NH and enjoy spending time with my family.