COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide
Trevor MacKenzie is an accidental restaurateur, but a natural one. A self-taught and self-made entrepreneur, he tried various jobs and industries in search of his true passion, including a character-forming time as a cowboy in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
Trevor’s search ended when destiny intervened. To help pay for a ‘mac daddy’ seafront apartment in his native Vancouver, he started working in a bar and instantly fell in love with the buzz of the food and beverage business. Within a month, he had set up the bar, set up the restaurant and been appointed as the restaurant’s trainer. The rest is history. That restaurant stint also sparked a lifelong love affair with the grape; Trevor is a wine connoisseur par excellence and can hold his own amongst the best sommeliers.
In the 20 years since his F&B epiphany, everything has fallen into place for this natural born restaurateur. He has honed his craft at legendary restaurants in some of the world’s foodie capitals, and gone on to open more than 50 restaurants in Asia, the Middle East and the US.
A brief stopover in Thailand sparked a chain of events that resulted in a meeting with Pitaya Phanphensophon, the entrepreneur and CEO of Mango Tree Worldwide and COCA Holding International. Pitaya gave Trevor the big opportunity he had been searching for.
Since joining the group as a franchise brand partner, Trevor and Mango Tree have picked up a host of prestigious awards, including Outstanding Thai Franchise to the World, the Excellent Franchise Leadership Award, a nomination for International Franchiser of the Year, a Q Mark Award from the Thailand Department of Import and Export, and the Prime Minister’s Export Award.
Not a man to rest on his laurels, Trevor is a relentless adventurer forever dreaming up fresh quests to challenge himself. He has climbed Mount Fuji and Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a charity effort to help raise money for a close friend’s physically disabled son. He is also a keen skydiver.
No less exhilarating has been Mango Tree’s rapid rise. The group’s international outlets now gross over US$80 million annually across 62 outlets, with a target of 100 restaurants worldwide by 2020. A passionate believer in his product, Trevor has a vision to introduce the magic of Thai cuisine to new global audiences, eventually planting a Mango Tree in every major international city worldwide.
Rohit Sachdev, Managing Director, Soho Hospitality
Trevor MacKenzie, Managing Partner, COCA & Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide