Michael McFarlen (ARC Board Member): Michael McFarlen joined the ARC Board in 2017 and is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Chef Mike has spent the last 30+ years honing his passion for Food and Beverage management as an Executive Chef and Vice President of Food and Beverage. He is the recipient of the “Beacon of Light Award” as well as the Governor’s Service Awards “Volunteer of the Year”, He has earned repeated recognition for his hands on approach to his craft and the ability to balance highly driven philanthropic endeavors with the business demands of a casino executive. He has developed, designed and launched complete Food and Beverage openings for companies like MGM Grand, Kerzner International/Atlantis Resorts and FireKeepers Casino Resort Hotel which encompassed menu creation, kitchen layout, staff training, menu engineering, staffing and hiring, budgeting, capital expenditure forecasting, food safety compliance and strategic planning. He has worked in 5 star, 4 diamond properties, managed celebrity chef driven outlets, high profit fine dining and catering operations and led teams of up to 570 team members. Most recently created a hybrid concept “The Fire Hub” designed to feed local nonprofits thru revenue sharing as well as a fully operational food pantry in conjunction with The Food Bank of South Central Michigan.