Jamie Parkes, General Manager for PRIME at the Plaza, is the newest member of the Mazzone Hospitality family joining the team fall of 2015. Although born in Upstate New York, Jamie grew up in New Jersey where he started his hospitality career with Marriott Hotels in both New Jersey and New York City. Jamie is not new to the Empire State Plaza, he worked there as the Director of Sales and Catering for several years after he and his wife, Jeannine, moved to the Capital District in 1998. In 2003, they headed south to Orlando, Florida where he landed a Catering Sales Manager role with the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Jamie then spent some time as an Executive Sales Manager for the resort, before he and his family headed back to Upstate New York. Jamie took time off from the hospitality industry to pursue his passion of music and spend time with his three daughters, Jianna, Jillian and Jenavieve but is now excited to be back in the action joining one of the busiest accounts in the PRIME Business Dining brand.
Matt Joyce, Executive Chef for PRIME at the Plaza, joined the Prime Business Dining team in 2014 and was recently promoted from Sous Chef in early 2015. He began his career in Hospitality at the Beverwyck (Northeast Health-Sodexho) while attending the University at Albany. He quickly found a passion for the craft and the hard work rewarding. After pursuing his culinary degree from Schenectady County Community College in 2002, Matt has held chef positions at Scrimshaw at the Desmond, Normanside Country Club, and Hidden Café. Having experience in all facets of the food service industry: health care, hotel, private club, and independently owned, Matt has developed a strong guest service objective "treat everyone like they are your mother". When not in the kitchen, Matt is especially grateful to have 8 nieces and nephews who provide constant entertainment and are always up for a game of kickball. When not with his family, Matt is shadowed by his canine companion, Ted!
Michaela Schermerhorn, Sous Chef at PRIME at the Plaza joined the Mazzone Hospitality team in 2014. Michaela started her culinary career by receiving her certificate of completion from Questar, a vocational school. Eager to continue her education, she moved on to complete two internships at Disney, and obtained her associates degree in Culinary Arts from Schenectady County Community College with an additional focus in hotel/restaurant management. Michaela honed her skills working at Chez Mike's in East Greenbush, and Yono's/DP's in Albany and is now a great addition to the PRIME Business Dining team. When she's not working, you'll find Michaela cooking at home, playing/watching/doing anything sports related, and spending time with her family and friends.
Vanessa Vaccaro McMahon, Catering Manager for PRIME at the Plaza, joined Mazzone Hospitality in March of 2014. Vanessa knew early working as a Restaurant and Bar Supervisor that Special Events were her passion. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelors in Restaurant and Food Management, Vanessa worked for 10 years at the University at Albany in sales and was eventually promoted to Director of Catering with Compass Group. Most recently, she worked with Interstate Hotels as Group Rooms Sales Manager. A natural people person at heart, she loves meeting and working with new groups. Vanessa coordinates new and current catering events for all facets of PRIME at the Plaza. In her personal time, while her first love is her family and friends, she enjoys; reading, baking and a secret indulgence of Reality TV now and then!