Mission Statement:

MARS exists to help communities in the Miami, Florida and Millville, New Jersey receive economic prosperity, job training, and community education – the highest possible quality of life before or after the devastation of hurricanes like Katrina. It is our mission to help others live more amply with greater vision and with spirit of hope and achievement.

About MARS CDC

Founded in partnership with MARS Contractors, Inc, Mars CDC brings extensive insight as community leaders, public relations and social services’ trainers, by implementing programs and services fashioned to the rebuilding of the lives of residents and businesses.

Goals and Initiatives

Building homes

1. Develop a Master Plan for Neighborhood Revitalization to include tax incentives, investment opportunities, and real job creation.
2. Target existing commercial enterprises for assistance
3. Promote new commercial ventures

Building lives

New Initiatives

* Summer Feeding Program.
* Working with Brenmar Farms to construct various farmer markets.
* Caring for the environment
* Health – Take Care of Your Health – Mental Health Initiative
* Health – Individual Restoration Agency
* Summer Youth Program

New Jersey Team

Brenda L Hill-Riggins, Operations Manager

Brenda has a history of holding private and public positions in business, public organizations and institutions. Steered by mother wit and tenacity, Brenda has brought MARS Contractors, Inc. a long way in a short period of time. Her knowledge and background was enhanced when she pursued and obtained her real estate and insurance license; enhancing her skills in product knowledge, marketing, presentation awareness, goal planning and prospecting. She is the President of MARS Contractors, Inc. and is responsible for the daily administration of the business. Brenda is a self-motivated team leader and possesses a superior, practical & technical knowledge of construction and its concepts. She also displays excellent communication and leadership skills and has the ability to manage a wide variety of people. Brenda is mastering the science of business finance.

Tracy A Lewis – Director

A contract negotiator/labor educator by trade, Tracy has a passion for helping people; which has earned her several awards. She also loves cooking for others, family and friends are known to “stop by” to see what’sfor breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Laughter, singing, sewing, reading and spending time with her husband and grandchildrenare some of Tracy’s favorite activities.

Vonda – Deputy Director
Cynthia, Program Accountant

New Florida Team

Brenda L Hill-Riggins, Operations Manager

Brenda has a history of holding private and public positions in business, public organizations and institutions. Steered by mother wit and tenacity, Brenda has brought MARS Contractors, Inc. a long way in a short period of time. Her knowledge and background was enhanced when she pursued and obtained her real estate and insurance license; enhancing her skills in product knowledge, marketing, presentation awareness, goal planning and prospecting. She is the President of MARS Contractors, Inc. and is responsible for the daily administration of the business. Brenda is a self-motivated team leader and possesses a superior, practical & technical knowledge of construction and its concepts. She also displays excellent communication and leadership skills and has the ability to manage a wide variety of people. Brenda is mastering the science of business finance.

Don D. Darbeau, Jr. – Director

Don D. Darbeau, Jr. has been in the Communications field for well over 10 years; working with Cox Media, Clear Channel and Radio One. As an entrepreneur/small business owner, Don believes in giving back to the community.  He has been actively involved in working for and with the community by addressing various issues and problems that impact.  Don has always been a community voice – from producing local radio shows to being involved with different boards, having most recently served as the President of the Richmond Heights Community Resource Center.  Currently, Don serves an active member of the Pi Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. where he chairs and sits on various committees that cater to serving the community. And most recently, he serves as the Board Director for Mars Community Development Corporation, where he has implemented a mentoring program for young males, among other programs to address issues affecting youth and elders in the community.

Don is a 1999 graduate of Miami Killian Senior High School.  From here, he attended Tougaloo College before transferring to Florida Memorial University and obtaining a degree in Political Science and Public Administration. He is a proud husband and father.

Jeanine Lingo, Deputy Director

Jeanine is an Assistant MEP Coordinator, Hunt/Moss a Joint Venture in Association with Mars Construction in Miami, FL

She assists with the management of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Contractors scopes of work from initial contract offer through contract completion. Creating and maintaining Material Logs, Processing RFI’s, tracking Commissioning items with the use of Latista and Prolog. Reviewing and processing Submittals. Previously she worked as an Office Manager and Project Engineer with Mars Contractors which included American Airlines Arena, Kendall Medical Center, Raymond James Stadium projects. She Managed daily operations, processing of Human Resources documents such as employee applications, payroll, health benefits, etc. processing of Accounts Receivables/Payables

Part of the New Team

Sam Fowler & Tamara Bill, Food Operator

The Best of Southern Cooking

Although Sam Fowler, 35, the chef/owner of The Best of Southern Cooking buffet has spent his life in Bridgeton, his grandmother’s family was from Augusta, Ga. That’s where his love of Southern cooking was born. As a young man, Fowler spent his time hanging around the kitchen with his mom and grandmother. Around 12 years ago, the one-time barber decided to run his own business. His original smoker stands out back in the parking lot of his newest endeavor, a buffet restaurant on Landis Avenue in Vineland.

While the two main ingredients in Fowler’s food are love and passion, his secret ingredient may be the pride that is evident in the food on display. Quick to smile, Fowler knows it all came from his family roots. While Fowler never cooked in a restaurant until he opened his own business, he learned almost everything he needed to know from the women in his family. The business parts of the restaurant, he learned along the way.

 

Although Fowler downplays the fact that he never went to a culinary school, his education at the hands of his mother and grandmother taught him how to take those underutilized parts of the animal and turn them into something tasty that his customers come back for again and again.