Company: Kao Lounge
Location: Abilene, Texas, United States
Colby Marcee, Co-Owner at Kao Lounge, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in restaurant management.
Backed by an associate’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix, Mr. Marcee aspired to have freedom and control over his career choices and decisions, which led him to spearhead his career as an entrepreneur. Having worked for several bars and restaurants since he was 18 years old, it felt natural for him to delve into the restaurant and hospitality industry. His first business venture was as a partner of the Orange Bar in Dallas, Texas before serving as a general manager and head bartender for Amendment 21 in Abilene, Texas for two years. Today, Mr. Marcee excels as the co-owner of Kao Lounge in Abilene, Texas, which he has done for nearly two years.
Reflecting on his career, Mr. Marcee considers his most notable achievement has been being featured in Chilled Magazine, a nationwide magazine dedicated to beer, wine and spirits industry, specifically geared for bartenders and mixologists. In October 2021, Kao Lounge was showcased in with a two-page spread – as a subscriber of the publication for several years he finds this especially exciting. Mr. Marcee attributes his success to his family, especially his wife, Jamie, who gave him the confidence to launch his dreams, along with mentors and teachers he has met in the industry. Alongside his primary role, he dedicates time to serving as vice president of the board for the Treehouse Project, having also been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the West Texas Rehabilitation Center. In five years’ time, Mr. Marcee aims to expand the business by opening two more locations, and he also intends to be involved in the commercial real estate industry.