2019 Prayer Breakfast and Speaker
This year marks 32 years since the start of the prayer breakfast program. Three men put their heads together and with their combined talents, efforts and vision launched the Garland Chamber Prayer Breakfast. Bill McCoy, then President of the Chamber; Dick Hammond, then Director of the Leadership Garland program; and Charles Matthews, then Mayor, were responsible for the first event and more to follow.
About eight years ago, Leadership Garland Steering Committee took charge and have made it their own. In the 32 years of Prayer Breakfast, the Garland Chamber has had many talented and successful speakers. This year, we have the honor of welcoming Nick Marino Jr., entrepreneur and owner of TangoTab.
Nick Marino Jr.’s Bio
The baristas at a local coffee shop call him Mr. Tango, but that's because he is always talking about TangoTab and what the company is up to. Nick is a social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a lover of life.
People say he is contagiously infected with enthusiasm and passion, because of all of the energy he is. At the end of the day Nick makes it a point to keep his faith first in everything he does.
Where he comes from...
Nick was born and raised in Garland, TX by his parents who are from New York City. Specifically, his mom is from Brooklyn and his dad is from Manhattan. The mix of parents from the northeast and growing up in the south, made for an exciting and interesting childhood. Throughout life, Nick wasn't raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, it was more so a wooden one… but as Nick says, "He was fed well." There were hard times and there were great times, but at the end of the day, his parents instilled in him love, kindness and generosity.
Nick means business...
Named as a Top Texan Under 30 in 2016, Nick Marino Jr. is focused on making an everlasting impact in his community through the work that he does. Nick is the Director of Social Change at TangoTab, a company that is working to end hunger in America. TangoTab is a free mobile app that works with over 100,000 restaurants across the country. Every time an individual uses the TangoTab app, they earn reward points and TangoTab feeds a person in need, in their city. To date, TangoTab has fed over 1.85 million people in need. Through TangoTab, Nick has led the efforts to launch Feed The City and Farm The City events. Currently, there are over 10 events that happen a month around the country that produces enough meals to feed over 25,000 people.
On top of his work at TangoTab, Nick is the Chief Visionary Officer and founder of That's Just Good. With a focus of getting people to, LIVE WITH PURPOSE. That's Just Good is a platform that highlights individuals making a difference across the streets, states and seas. This also includes the creation of ‘Live With Purpose’ clothing line, which sparks people to perform a random act of kindness daily. In 2017 Nick launched his first book and video series, both titled, ‘Living With Purpose’.
In 2010 Nick started the blog, The Revolving Mind. After leaving a career in corporate world, Nick transformed his blog into a business by creating Revolving Mind Media. In 2016 Nick and now business partner, Aaron Zack, have turned Revolving Mind Media into a marketing powerhouse that works with professional athletes, local startups and national accounts to expand their brand through advertising and marketing.
Nick is also an equity owner and investor in POWERHANDZ (one of the fastest growing athletic training products in the U.S.) and iCRYO (the fastest growing cryotherapy chain in the U.S.).
Most important to Nick are his faith, family and friends. It's a crazy life and Nick loves every second of it. He loves spending time with his family and friends, he loves sports (especially baseball which he also played in college), the taste of an ice-cold Shiner, and any adventure that will give him an adrenaline rush (mainly outdoors).
His 3 favorite quotes...
Business Life: Don’t just think outside of the box; think as if there is no box at all.
Personal Life: Be better than yesterday.
Life in General: LIVE WITH PURPOSE
Interested in sponsoring a table at the Prayer Breakfast? Join our current table sponsors:
- Garland Behavioral Hospital
- Frost Bank
- Richland College
- Garland Fire Department
- Garland Police Department
- Texas Security Bank
- General Dynamics OTS