Marcus S. Duron
President & CEO
Marcus Duron is President & CEO of Rocky Duron & Associates ("RDA"), a family owned company that has been in business for 27 years. The company was started in the back of his father's garage, and today is one of the M/WBE leading material handling companies in the US, having been ranked in the US Hispanic Business Magazine Top 500 Hispanic-Owned businesses in the US the past 10 years. Additionally, RDA was the recent recipient of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year Award recently. Amongst notable projects his company just successfully completed was the George W. Bush Presidential Library at his alma mater as he just recently attended the Grand Opening of the Bush Library Thursday May 2, 2013.
Marcus, graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Psychology and Communications. While there, he was President of the College Hispanic Student Organization. Upon graduation, Marcus moved to New York City, where he worked in the international sales division of Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, where he traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. He then decided to run for the New York State Assembly, representing the residents of the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Though he received the endorsements of Mayor Rudy Giuliani and US Senator Alphonse D'Amato, he was unsuccessful in his run for office, yet was appointed by Governor George Pataki as one of the Director's for the New York Department of Economic Development.
Marcus has been on the SMU Alumni Board of Directors for the past four years. He has served as Chairman of the Campus Outreach Committee and Chairman of the Annual SMU Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala. He is also on the Lee Park Arlington Hall Conservancy Board of Directors, which is Dallas' oldest park located in Turtle Creek and was on the Board of Directors for the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
His hobbies include tennis, as he played in college and made All State in High School, an avid golfer as he just recently played golf in Ireland and Pebble Beach and loves to travel abroad, especially to Europe. He is the fourth born of five kids; his parents just recently had their 55th wedding anniversary. His parents both graduated from DISD schools and father did not learn English until he was 15. Yet all five of their kids graduated from college. Marcus is a single, and proud father of his young daughter Sophia, who lives in NYC.