Marco Canales '01 B.I.S.

Marco CanalesWhich groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I was involved in intramural sports, playing Ultimate Frisbee on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I saw their ad in the State Press, so my friend Mike and I went, and holy smokes we got into the best shape from playing it! We also did some fundraising so we could enter tournaments to play other Southwestern colleges.
 
How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
A lot of my coursework dealt with presentations in front of classes. I remember wanting to go first to get presentations done. I hated waiting because the longer I waited, the more nervous I would get.

In my job as an associate director of admissions at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas, I get the opportunity to speak to future culinary professionals and their families about their education with the school. A lot of the time, I'm speaking in front of hundreds of families. I love public speaking and have gotten so comfortable with it that it's become one of my favorite things to do!

What personal qualities do you think were most strongly developed in you during your years as a Sun Devil?
I began to develop an introduction to strong networking and event planning skills, once I really came out of my shell during my senior year at ASU.

Tell us about your involvement in the Alumni Association’s Dallas chapter.
When we first moved away from Arizona in 2007, Tina, our son Caleb, and myself noticed we were in Big-12 country – everything, everywhere was all Texas or OU. At sports bars we found the same thing, all burnt orange as the locals call it.
 
I saw an upcoming Sun Devil Send-Off event, so I thought, “Hmm, I bet that would be fun for everyone.” A staff member from the ASU Alumni Association was there and asked if I would like to develop the Dallas-Fort Worth alumni connection group. I said, “Sure why not?”

While I felt very confident in developing an organized group for ASU, I had no idea that there were more than 4,000 Sun Devils in the area! Our chapter board members were instrumental in developing the chapter. Thanks to a few networking events, game watching parties and a strong online presence via social media outlets, our chapter is now on the map and here to stay!

Why have you remained connected to ASU through your involvement in the Alumni Association?
I can best explain by repeating the words of a co-worker, who said to me, "Wow you love ASU so much, Marco," as I left my office one day. I was wearing my ASU Sunnies (‘80s styled ASU shades), and responded, "Absolutely!"


What are the benefits of giving back to ASU through your volunteer efforts?
I love being able to be involved (with ASU) in any way I can. As our chapter has grown, we’ve been able to raise $1,000 to set up a scholarship that we’ve awarded to a new Dallas Sun Devil heading to ASU to attend school. That to us as a chapter is what it's all about.

What are three “can’t-miss” ASU experiences every Sun Devil should participate in?
1. Whitewashing the "A" on A Mountain.
2. Attending an ASU-U of A game. 
3. Experiencing Mill Avenue in Tempe!
 

Year of graduation: 
2001