HI, MY NAME IS… Marcos Arroyo.

I’VE LIVED IN TEMPE FOR 32 YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… I have great memories here. Tempe is where I have grown up and I’m proud to call it my hometown.

A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… spending time with my family is a must. In my day-to-day life, I also work as the accounting and facilities manager at the Fiesta Bowl organization, so I typically spend my days working on our team’s accounting needs. However, we also get out of the office often to take part in our impactful charitable events across the state which are always a lot of fun.

MY FAMILY IS… my world and everything to me, and includes my wife, Lisa, and our son, Remy. Family is the most important thing in my life and being a relatively new father has been such an eye-opening and fun experience for me. As first-time parents, it has been unbelievable for my wife and me to witness our son growing up right before our eyes!

ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… Arizona State Athletics. As a lifetime fan and Arizona State University alum, these teams have always been a big part of my life. Also, I am a season ticket holder for ASU football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, so I basically plan my life around my family and ASU. I even met my wife at an ASU basketball game, so we get to enjoy it all together!

MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY IS… “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” I saw the movie when I was little, and it has been my favorite ever since. My family and I always find a way to insert the sayings from the movie into our daily conversations. It’s so quotable!

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… just like Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University quarterback, Jake Plummer! Growing up a fan, it has been a dream come true to work alongside the Fiesta Bowl as we honored Jake Plummer and NBA star Richard Jefferson as the grand marshals of the 51st Annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe last month.

THE SONG I WOULD SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT IS… “Give It Away” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… my son, Remy. He inspires me to be a better person and encourages me to strive for more so I can give him the best life possible.

THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… a video of bad golf swings. It made me feel better about my golf game.

THE PERFECT DAY IS… definitely a Saturday! There is no better way to spend the day than tailgating before an Arizona State University game surrounded by friends, family, and fellow fans before celebrating an ASU victory. I met my wife at an ASU basketball game, so these have always been a special part of my life.

MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… Fiesta Bowl Charities. Growing up in Tempe, I was aware of Fiesta Bowl Charities’ involvement in making a difference in the fields of youth, sports, and education, but experiencing it firsthand and being directly involved in giving back to our community has been very meaningful to me.

My wife is a teacher, so taking part in the Palo Verde Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Draft Day presented by SRP is very significant to me. The program honors 500 teachers statewide with $2,500 classroom grants, so they don’t have to use their own money to enhance their classrooms.

MY LIFE IS… awesome! It’s full of family, friends, and sports.
THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… my son, Remy. He was born just two days before my birthday, so we were able to celebrate it together. It’s the best gift I could have asked for and it’s nice to almost share a birthday with him!

MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… I actually got to experience it! I had always dreamed of seeing ASU play at the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament on Paradise Island in The Bahamas and I got to make it happen a few years back. It was my first time traveling outside of the country and a fantastic experience.

Another dream vacation of mine is to visit Maui to witness ASU basketball compete in the Maui Invitational.