Mack is a graduate of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. It was in Amherst that Mack first set her sights on cooking with a focus on the catering field. She spent two years creating menu items for Judies Restaurant, an iconic restaurant which still rates number one in the Pioneer Valley.
Mack was inspired at a very young age by Julia Child. Mack finally got to meet her idol at the Aspen Food & Wine Festival where, while working with American Express’ “By Invitation Only” program, she was lucky enough to work with Julia Child and Jacques Pepin on a VIP program for card members.
Mack was recruited out of college by Hyatt Hotels and took an assignment as a management trainee at the Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco. She spent the first decade of her career on the West Coast focusing on her culinary skills in several establishments up and down the coast. After serving as Catering Manager with ARA at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Mack returned to the East Coast to continue her role as an Event Manager at a boutique Special Events Agency where she had the opportunity to again experience the Olympics, this time in Seoul, Korea (1988) followed by the Winter Olympics in Calgary (1988) where she serviced Sports Illustrateds hospitality program.
Sports Illustrated hired Mack to plan and execute their TOP (The Olympic Program) for the Olympic Summer Games in Barcelona (1992). It was in Barcelona that Mack transformed a cruise ship into a “floating hotel” and entertained approximately 2100 advertisers at one of the most memorable Olympic Games ever.
After settling in New York City, Mack was inspired to bring new ideas to a property located across the river from Manhattan. She generated an unusual profit center through the recommended construction of a beach volleyball court at a private property operated by New York Waterway. It would become known as “Tropical Wednesdays” where guests could unwind at an outdoor venue to the sounds of reggae and disco, play beach volleyball or drive golf balls from the afternoon into the evening.
Mack later joined the re-election campaign, as Special Events Manager, for the Mayor of Jersey City after which she was assigned to create new recreational programming for the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. in Jersey City. Mack put herself on the map by inviting local businesses to give back to their community through sponsorship of the first-ever girls sports clinics, resurrecting ball parks and renovating local basketball courts through private donations.
After a few years of successful community service, Mack joined Festival Marketing, the marketing arm of Festival Productions known for the New Orleans and Newport Jazz Festivals. As Marketing Director she helped to elevate the “By Invitation Only” program, designed for American Express Platinum card members to engage in unique VIP experiences focusing on the areas of Culinary Arts, Travel and Sports.
A most unique opportunity came along…when ESPN, The World Wide Leader in Sports decided to launch a magazine. Mack was one of the first 7 launch team members and held the role of Senior Special Events Manager tasked with developing special events programming to educate potential advertisers about the product. This would become one of the most successful new sports magazines in history; ESPN The Magazine, reached 1.0 million in circulation in one year.
Mack continued to develop new entertainment ideas for The Magazine and invented ways to grow ESPN’s premier charity, The V Foundation for Cancer Research. While the Director of Marketing for ESPN’s sports awards show, the ESPYs, Mack elevated the bar by co-founding both The ESPY Collection – photographic stills of athletes out of uniform – and the ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic. Both properties continue to raise money today for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, ESPN’s premier charity. Mack later assembled an internal committee of managers which ESPN counted on to leverage assets against fundraising initiatives netting more than 4.0 million dollars a year for The V Foundation.
In July 2012, Mack completed an assignment at the London Olympics where she served as a VIP Individual Client Services Consultant to Jet Set Sports, an Official Marketing Partner to LOCOG.
Rachel is currently retained by Rosie O’Donnell as her personal family chef and has been working in this capacity for two years. Rachel continuously posts many of the dishes prepared for O’Donnell and her family on Mack’s FaceBook page: http://facebook.com/MackEvents.
As a certified WBE, Mack Events is proud to add two new clients: Childcare Resources of Rockland and Head Start of Rockland. Mack works with pre-K programs county-wide bringing nutritious food to kids.