Maarouf.BassemIn 1997, Bassem Maarouf moved from his original home in Lebanon to Atlanta, obtaining his first job in the United States at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Eighteen years later, he remains a vital part of many events and was recently promoted to Banquet Manager.

Maarouf says it’s his goal to serve all guests who walk through the doors with immaculate and unparalleled hospitality. Besides working with guests, Maarouf also particularly enjoys working with the kitchen crew.

“In the kitchen, everyone works as a team all of the time,” he said. “We are always communicating, working together, and looking out for one another.” Maarouf enjoys the annual Georgia Poultry Federation dinner for the same reason:

“The whole Cobb Galleria team, including staff at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, sets aside their own jobs to get involved and help put on this banquet for over 3,000 guests,” he said. “It is great what we can accomplish when we work together.”