Tom is an accomplished Executive Chef and restaurant concept entrepreneur in Phoenix and established his first restaurant, the successful and critically praised Ibiza Café & Wine Bar in Scottsdale (which was recently purchased after a successful 4 year run under the operation of Tom.)
Tom earned his Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management degree in 1998 from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has worked for notable celebrity chefs Mark Tarbell and Eddie Matney. He has also studied under French-trained chef Eugenia Theodosopolous of Essence Catering.
Tom brings his love of food and his extensive restaurant experience and oversees daily operations for both the front and the back of the house. Tom works hand in hand with Executive Chef Nathan Arguello to establish periodic menu updates as well as our food specials. In addition, Tom, along with Mark Dillon, own Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar serving up a variety of American and European inspired classics.
Mark Howard is co-founder and one of the owners of FEZ Restaurant & Bar. Born and raised in Tucson and now a Central Phoenix resident, Mark graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona (go Cats!) and later received a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder. His professional roots are varied and include work in education (yes he was a middle school teacher), corporate America and as an entrepreneur.
Mark founded and was Managing Partner for 12 years, along with his brother Tom, of Lucky Dog Creative - a local advertising and marketing firm; as well as a co-founder and executive producer along with Lyman Goodrich of HowGood Productions (a specialty theatre production company). At FEZ Mark focuses on the marketing & promotions as well as the facility design keeping the aesthetics of the customer experience fresh. FEZ captured a 2006 IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Award for Outstanding Interior Design.
The intent behind FEZ was to combine a great atmosphere with great, consistent and extremely flavorful food with unsurpassed customer service in this vibrant urban setting of Central Phoenix . Mark describes the vibe as one that feels like "walking into your living room and seeing a bunch of friends hanging out, having a great time - laughing, relaxing and enjoying themselves."
Mark is Vice President and General Counsel for Cassidy Turley/BRE Commercial. Previous to his move to BRE, he was a partner at Sacks Tierney P.A. As a partner in Ibiza Café & Wine Bar, Dillon is experienced in restaurant management and financial operations. Mark worked along side Tom to open Ibiza Café in February of 2002.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, AB Magna Cum Laude, in 1989 and completed his JD (Cum Laude) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992. Mark is a long time Valley resident and serves on the Executive Board of Body Positive and is involved with several other Valley law groups and non-profit charities.
Mark’s extensive experience in law as well as human resources creates a safe and credible work environment for our staff, vendors and patrons. You’ll often see Mark dropping by the restaurant (yes in shirt and tie – he is an attorney after all) when he’s not busy with the general business and financial operations of a second restaurant venture to open in the Fall of 2006.