Owner, Rosario’s Mexican Café y Cantina in Southtown/King William and the San Antonio International Airport; Ácenar on The River Walk; and R Sala Bebida Botana Bar at the San Antonio International Airport
Leadership in Hospitality
I am the owner of several restaurant concepts in San Antonio and employ more than 200 employees. I oversee the management teams at my restaurants, menu development, marketing and overall strategic planning and development for each venue.
What can you tell us about your Girl Scout experience?
It was a wonderful time in my life as a young girl to be involved in activities with other girls my own age with similar interests. Growing up, I was always involved in some kind of activity whether it was sports, CYO, or finding ways to earn income.
Do you remember your Girl Scout Troop Number?
Not off hand, but I’ll get back to you.
How did being a Girl Scout prepare you to be the leader you are today?
It definitely was my earliest experience learning about responsibility – taking on a project and seeing it through from beginning to end. Selling the cookies, collecting the money, and turning it in was all a requirement in earning our merit badges, but it was so much more – it was actually my earliest training ground for learning how to operate my own little business venture!
Are there any lessons you learned in Girl Scouts that you still live by?
The one principle I learned that has stayed with me all these years is being a good neighbor and helping people. For example, we were taught to open the door for an elderly person or help them carry their groceries if you saw them struggling, basically pitching in where you were needed. This is a principle that has helped me tremendously in the food and hospitality industry because service is at the center of what we do every day.
Do you have a special story/memory of being a Girl Scout?
Probably getting into trouble with my parents for buying too many cookies for myself!
With the 100th Girl Scout Anniversary upon us, what would you tell a young girl today about the value of being a Girl Scout.
It is so important for young girls to get involved in a club, organization or activity where they are given opportunities to develop leadership skills, build relationships and serve others. These valuable lessons I learned from being involved in an organization like the Girl Scouts not only helped to shape and mold my character but gave me a lot of fond memories to look back on.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
Trefoil, followed by peanut butter.