Chad is a Principal/Co-founder of Fierro Tech, LLC and President/COO of El Gaucho Hospitality, which includes five successful properties. Each is based on Paul’s original vision and is designed to present guests with a unique, unparalleled service encounter—one in which every single detail is considered an essential element to the overall experience.
Since joining his father and El Gaucho founder, Paul Mackay in 2003, the two worked together to build a special place for people to celebrate their lives. Chad develops strategic direction For EGH to promote continual growth and expansion. His primary responsibilities include day-to-day business operations, focusing on developing the company’s people and structure and continuing to foster the El Gaucho legacy of service to our guests and community. As a dedicated member of the Seattle community, Chad is active in the Washington State Restaurant Association and is currently the Finance Chair for Visit Seattle, after serving as Board Chair.
Previously, he served on the Washington State Tourism Advisory Committee, the Washington State Tourism Commission and the Seattle Sports Commission. Active in many philanthropic organizations, Chad and his wife Jennifer co-chaired Seattle Aquarium’s 2012 Splash! Fundraising event, as well as the Celebrity Waiter’s luncheon, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association. Chad holds a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University and is a private pilot who flies a Piper Cherokee. His wife, Jennifer, is a tax attorney and mother of their two sons, Eliot and Owen.