Mario is responsible for business development and general management at EXR. He moved to New York City in 2006 as part of an Americorps program called City Year, where he worked with local Brooklyn communities to develop after-school programs, refurbish parks and playgrounds, and improve the local community. After a... Read more
Mario is responsible for business development and general management at EXR. He moved to New York City in 2006 as part of an Americorps program called City Year, where he worked with local Brooklyn communities to develop after-school programs, refurbish parks and playgrounds, and improve the local community. After a year at Americorps, Mario attended the State University of New York, majoring in Business Management and Economics.
During college, Mario spent nights in class while his days were focused on launching a hospitality startup. Within a few years, the group launched six restaurants and entered into management agreements from New York to London. After moving on from hospitality, he launched a venture focused on providing capital and management services to small businesses and startups.
Seeing young businesses encounter success and hardship as they grew provided Mario with an invaluable perspective on the challenges businesses face and what it takes to bring a company from one stage to the next. After years of serial entrepreneurship, Mario met John Le Vine and Sam Rubin, with whom he would launch EXR in 2014. Mario is also a Co Founder and board member of Borderless Books, a public charity founded by Mario, John Le Vine and lifelong friends from Mario’s home town of Manchester, New Hampshire. Borderless is a non-profit organization focused on delivering books and after school supplies for primary and intermediate schools in the Caribbean that lack educational and athletic materials and resources.
“I love working with people and coming up with solutions for how things can work better. My role allows me to satisfy a lot of different interests, from sales, marketing, and design, to helping people and clients overcome issues in their professional endeavors. Creating new solutions and approaches to achieve a better result in an industry that has worked a certain way for many years is what makes EXR different. My role allows me to do all of these things and tackle a lot of different challenges on a daily basis. Our goal as a team is to create something that will outlive us. That is what motivates me and what motivates EXR.”