This Native American Heritage Month, we’d like to introduce you to Darryle Emerson, the Arizona Technology Council’s director of programs and events. He’d like to encourage everyone reading this blog post to find and support at least one indigenous business for your holiday gift shopping.
In his year of working for the Council, Darryle has become known for his attention to detail when planning events, positive attitude and amazing restaurant recommendations. Here’s your chance to find out more about Darryle and what led him to his role at the Council!
- Where are you originally from?
I am from New Mexico. I was born in Gallup, home to great indigenous arts & crafts, as well as red and green chile.
- Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I attended the University of New Mexico and studied fine art.
- How did you start your career?
I started in hospitality as a concierge, and eventually got involved in association management and event planning.
- How long have you worked for the Council?
I celebrated my first year with the Council in October.
- What are some of your role’s primary responsibilities?
I plan and coordinate all of the Council’s Phoenix events. With over 100 events, that makes for a busy schedule all year round.
- What do you think is one of the Council’s most impressive perks?
I think our association health plan is a fantastic benefit, especially for small companies and start-ups.
- What do you love most about working for the Council?
We are a small, but mighty team. I love that our success is a direct result of teamwork, leadership and strong communication.
- What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Hiking, traveling, eating, cooking and discovering new places and cultures.
- Where is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to?
I love every place that I’ve traveled to, since each country has its own allure. However, this time of the year, I think of Munich. It’s a special feeling to walk through the snowy holiday markets sipping on gluhwein under the Rathaus-Glockenspiel.
- What are some of your favorite restaurants in Arizona?
I like to find local, family-owned restaurants. A few are Nello’s in Ahwatukee (ask for the secret menu items), Cocina Madrigal (former corporate chef for Z’Tejas) and Rosita’s Place (family owned since 1964, awesomely good).
- What is one little-known fact about Darryle Emerson?
I’ve run to Walgreens for Ozzy Osborne.
Register for the Council’s upcoming Phoenix and Tucson tech events and Optics Valley optics + photonics events.