What You Don’t Know About Frank Marino
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Title: CEO, The Marino Organization
Photo: His Midtown South Madison Avenue office
Company: 28-employee PR and strategic communications firm founded in 1993 after Frank’s stint in the Koch Administration as SVP for public affairs and marketing at the Public Development Corp (now EDC)
Real estate clients: REBNY, Colliers, C&W, Eastern Consolidated, The Durst Org (One WTC), TF Cornerstone, Jamestown, Moinian, Muss, Stellar Management, The WorldWide Group, Westbrook Partners, AIANY, BCTC of Greater NYC
How clients pay: Annual engagement, fixed monthly fee
Photo: His background (and continuing involvement) in politics.
Non-real estate clients: International Fortune 500 companies like Walmart and The Home Depot, energy service providers and utilities like ConEdison Solutions and National Grid, higher ed like NYU and Touro College, nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, and media and entertainment like Crain’s New York Business and Silvercup Studios.
Memorable projects: Marketing One WTC, Downtown Brooklyn, and Hudson Yards rezonings; restoring Coney Island’s America’s Playground image; the approvals process for the Bronx’s Kingsbridge National Ice Center; JFK International Airport’s Terminal 4; Home Depot’s first 50 stores in the Tri-State; and delegation to Crespina, Italy, to establish a sister-city relationship with Staten Island.
Kids: Cara (36), John (33), and Rob (26). John and Cara each have three children (Cara’s third arrived two months ago) and each serve on the firm’s management committee. Rob has worked as an account exec at Marino and now is starting a master’s at NYU Schack and will pursue a real estate career.
Photo: John giving his dad pointers in Frank’s office .
Favorite vacay: Southampton, the Caribbean, and Naples, Fla.
Favorite wine: Vivino app tells him more about brands he sees, but "a good Chianti Classico goes with everything."
Favorite music: Sirius ’60s channel, but classical on Sundays.
Fave restaurants: Alba's in Westchester and Red Bar Brasserie in Southampton.
Movie: It's a Wonderful Life and anything with DeNiro.
Closest Italian forebear: Maternal grandfather.
Grew up in: Throgs Neck.
Lives in: Westchester.
Startling fact: Played accordion in elementary school and, during high school, was featured on organ in the band "We’re Only in It for the Money."