Mark Valente

Mark’s Motivation

“My philosophy is that there is always more we can learn no matter what the subject or situation and that you must give back to your community or the industry that you work in. I have always had a passion for the food and beverage industry and am motivated to stay connected so that I provide the best service and advice to my clients.”


Mark joined Sanborn and Company in 2003 after working for a large retail real estate firm here in Denver. Mark brings over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry starting in 1964 when his family opened Valente’s Italian Restaurant. In 1983, he opened Marc’s Restaurant, which quickly became a high volume, notable, upscale dining facility in the Denver Metro area.

As a native of Colorado and past Chairman of the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), Mark offers a unique perspective on the restaurant market in this area. He was awarded the CRA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1995. In his many years as a member, he has served on every committee including the Executive Committee, which is responsible for developing policy and solutions to problems faced by the restaurant industry. His exposure to the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry as a restaurateur as well in his capacity as a CRA board member (since 1987), provided the basis for the transition into his current role as a commercial real estate broker, specializing in the sale, acquisition, and leasing of restaurant properties. Mark is also a member of the Denver Metropolitan Commercial Association of Brokers (DMCAB) as well as the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI).

Since its inception in 1993 Mark has been an officer of the Colorado Restaurant Insurance Agency. Mark attended Regis Jesuit High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Santa Clara. He has served as President of the University of Santa Clara Alumni Association and as a board member of the West Chamber (serving Jefferson County). Mark is an avid skier and golfer and is a past member of the board of the Lakewood Country Club and currently sits on the board of the Colorado Golf Association Hall of Fame.


Career History

2003 – Present     Sanborn and Company, Inc., Broker

2001 – 2003         Sullivan Hayes Commercial Real Estate

1983 – 2001          Marc’s Restaurant & Catering

1980 – 2008          Valente’s Italian Restaurant



Colorado Restaurant Association, former chairman

National Restaurant Association



Colorado Restaurant Insurance Agency – Officer


Fun Facts about Mark

Played Eagle Vail Golf Course and never lost a golf ball

Played Monument Country Club and never hit a tree

Saw three NFL games in three different cities in 8 days

Has never played a video game