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Regional Marketing Manager In the...

Fountain Division and Burger King Corporation

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El Paso Bar-B-Que Company: Barbeque with an attitude!, 25 Sept 2009 [cached]
Marna Prather currently serves as Vice President and Marketing Director of El Paso Bar-B-Que Company. She is responsible for Marketing, Menu Development and Restaurant Design and Decor. Marna and her husband, Bill, purchased the original concept from Furr's/Bishop's Cafeterias in 1994.
Prior to her involvement with El Paso Bar-B-Que, Marna worked for the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, as Marketing Manager in the Fountain Division and Burger King Corporation as a Regional Marketing Manager in the Atlantic region.
Marna Prather
Marna Prather
American Motorcycle Netwwork - Printer Friendly Version, 17 Aug 1999 [cached]
We are very excited to be part of Jerry Gordon's new project , said Marna Prather , VP of restaurant operations for El_Paso Bar-B-Que.The opportunity to locate an El_Paso Bar-B-Que restaurant next to an Easyriders dealership , and at the same time to be in the heart of Tulsa's hottest retail sector , was simply too attractive to pass up..
El Paso Bar-B-Que Company: Barbeque with an attitude!, 1 July 2005 [cached]
Husband and wife team, Bill and Marna Prather,
explains, "At that point, Marna and I said, 'If you're selling, we're buying." expand from there to their current six restaurants in Arizona with a seventh to be opened in Surprise this year. However, it was not an easy ride for the couple. Marna says, "Bill went from CEO of Hardee's
Marna, who worked for Burger King and Coca Cola in marketing, focuses on the marketing, restaurant design and customer relations. She created the concept of El Paso's look based on a piece of artwork she found in a Scottsdale gallery of a sexy woman dressed in a yellow slicker as a cowgirl. She explains, "It's more contemporary Western than old town barbecue. She works with this overall theme in each restaurant but says each one has something unique.
In 1994, Marna and Bill took over the El Paso
continue its expansion, but Bill and Marna will continue to care for each restaurant as their own.
A small house in North Carolina, a plantation-sized backyard, and pressure for the new president of the town's largest employer to put on a party no one would soon forget - these were the parameters for the first soiree Marna and husband Bill Prather, current CEO and Vice President of El Paso Barbeque, Inc., hosted.
"It would just be great food," Marna says, "and a little bit of entertainment and flowers around the house." The food, though, has undergone some change. From hot and cold stations set up around the backyard to pastas and sauces, to chocolate fondue with fruit, to 2003's Christmas party at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with a tequila station and a Spanish coffee bar - the catering has often been as entertaining as the scheduled entertainment.
Like their festive cuisine, the feel of the Prathers' parties has evolved over the years. (Just try dishing out pasta to today's carb-phobic crowds.) When they began, their events were more casual than the rest and, as such, were reflections of the Prathers' personalities. But eventually even casual didn't cut it. "After doing the big corporate thing and entertaining a lot," Marna admits, "our lifestyle changed.
"Usually we leave when things are starting to really get going," Marna says, "because we don't need to be there to see people dancing on the tables."
"Yeah, that would be fun," Marna rejoins, "because there are so many people here who are weekend bikers now.
EWGA Phoenix - Valley of the Sun Chapter, 6 July 2002 [cached]
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Tucson & Southern Arizona Issue - Arizona Key Magazine, 9 May 2006 [cached]
Teaming up this year with local chef/restaurateur and James Beard Award Winner, Robert McGrath ("Roaring Fork" in Scottsdale) for some new menu ideas, owners Bill and Marna Prather have taken their 'upscale' barbeque up yet another level.
When Bill and Marna Prather created the El Paso Bar-B-Que Company, their objective was clear: "To take barbeque and exceed upon your expectations.
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