Florida Alumni Insights: Marc Magnarella

 Marc Magnarella

Graduated: Undergrad 2004 and MBA 2008

Major: Undergrad in Finance and MBA in Finance and Management

Current Profession: Senior Financial Analyst at Darden Restaurants

What do you enjoy most about your job?: My job revolves around pricing menu items for all 41 of our Seasons 52 locations as well as working very closely with our marketing team to create promotions that drive incremental guests to our restaurants.  What I enjoy most about my job is working with marketing to help create promotions that not only create value for our guests but also drive positive financial results for our shareholders.

What are your 3 favorite things to do in Gainesville, FL?


Attending Gator football games of course!  I am a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and was the house director during my MBA years from 2006-2008 so one of my favorite weekends is the opening home game each year where I get to reconnect with a lot of my brothers and their families.

Gator Game



Getting pizza at Italian Gator (aka Pizza by the Slice).  In lieu of Burrito Brothers closing within the past year, this location is now my go to spot for game day food.  It opened during my freshmen year, and I have been buying pizza from them ever since.  The best in town!

Italian Gator Pizza



Visiting with friends and family.  My family moved to Gainesville back when I was in 6th grade and I lived there up until I graduated UF with a degree in Finance.  I still have parents and some friends that live in town so getting to visit with them is always an added treat!

Thomas Center

Thomas Center

What is your most memorable game day memory?

The first Gator game I ever attended.  My parents gave me an early birthday present that year and got us tickets to see us play Central Michigan (back in 1997).  We ended up winning that game 82-6!  The electricity of The Swamp had me hooked from that day forward!

Thanks Marc for sharing these great memories with us!

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