Mrs. Rosalind E. Cazares

Rosalind Cazares
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Mrs. Rosalind E. Cazares' Biography

Type Of Business:
1) Restaurant 2) Retail music store
Marketing Area:
1) Local 2) Local
Expertise:
Business management; Spiritual leadership
Major Product/SVS:
1) Breakfast; Lunch and dinner; Fried chicken; Pulled pork; Catfish; Chicken; Hush puppies; Collard greens; Corn bread; Mac-N-Cheese; Yams and more; Full-service restaurant with take-out, delivery and catering 2) Books; Gospel music CDs
Hobbies/Sports:
Spending time with her family
Education Degrees:
Associate Degree in Business, Utah Technical College (Now Salt Lake Community College) (1977)
Affiliations Awards:
National Black Chamber of Commerce
Industry:
Restaurant & Retail Management
Date of Distinction:
3/22/2010
Work History:
Receptionist, Manpower Planning; Typist, Manpower Planning; Tele-Typewriter Operator, UPS; Typist, Hercules Research & Development; Computer Room, First Security Bank; Cashier and Sales Associate, JCPenny’s; Cashier, Sales Associate, Paris Department Store; Typist, Marriott Library, University of Utah
What do you feel separates you from the rest of the professionals in your industry?:
Mrs. Cazares' dedication separates her from her peers.
What has been the most outstanding thing you have done thus far in your career?:
Mrs. Cazares' greatest career achievement was becoming a choir director.
Expanded Biography:
Mrs. Cazares, an excellent lead singer and dynamic choir directress of Mama's Temple Choir, keeps her mother's beautiful legacy alive through the choir's award winning floats entered each July in the Utah, Days of 47 Parades. She attributes her success as Minister of Music to the 'special sound God has given in her ear.' She is a gifted voice coach and trained the choir's voices and trained her husband Mark's voice as superb lead singer for the choir. Mark received standing ovations, singing 'Walk around Heaven' while performing with the Winans. Mark was asked numerous times to spot sing and was chosen to stay with the choir. Her mother chose her and asked her to be choir directress in the early 1980s. She directed over 250-voice Faith Temple Choir Number One in Salt Lake City, the 17-voice chorale, the 40-voice ensemble, and the Southern Comforts Group. She started and directed the 75-voice Faith Temple Choir Number 11 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Choir performed along with world-renowned black poetess, author and actress Maya Angelou for the University of Utah's First Martin Luther King celebration at Kingsbury Hall in 1985. The choir was requested to sing with the Robert Urich, Rita Coolidge and Stephen Stills Tour in Utah. The choir and ensemble has performed with many famous artists such as background singers for Emmy Award winner Michael Bolton's 'Lean on Me' tour, along with Celine Dion on June 11, 1994 at the Delta Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1996, they performed in the background for the John Tesh production 'Heaven, I'm Going There' at Wolf Mountain, UT. Mama's Temple Choir received standing ovations accompanying Lyle Lovett with his 'Large Band' at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City in July of 2008. The Choir performed in January 1998 in Deer Valley, UT for the world wide coverage of the passing of the Olympic torch from Nagana, Japan to Salt Lake City for the Utah 2002 Winter Olympics and opened and closed for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake. In 1997, the choir performed the hit gospel stage play 'God's Trying to Tell You Something' with Delilah Rashell Williams and her award winning cast at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. She & Group opened up for the NBA, Utah Jazz Basketball Games several times with the 'The Star Spangled Banner' national Anthem. She sang 'I Believe' with the choir at Franklin Covey Field (formerly Derks Field, now known as Spring Mobile Ballpark) in Salt Lake for the opening of the Salt Lake Buzz, Baseball Games (formerly the Utah Trappers). Mama's Temple Choir continues to perform for many community and state events and performed recently with Big Budah on Utah's TV Channel Fox 13, for Utah's 2010 Black History Month Celebrations, and has performed numerous times for Utah TV Channels two, four and five. The choir recently performed with David Osmond at the Delta Center, Salt Lake City in September 2008. In 1993, the choir performed for the Utah State Centennial Gala Celebration, which was announced by Governor Michael O. Leavitt. They choir performed along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Donny and Marie Osmond and The New Generation Osmonds, The Lettermen, and many more renowned artists. Mrs. Cazares's highly successful Mama's Plantation Restaurant continues to grow in popularity at its prime location in Taylorville, Utah. Mama's Plantation catered 10,000 people for the Governor's Ball in 2003 for Olene S. Walker, Utah's first woman governor, Mama's Plantation Restaurant continues to cater and serve many prestigious events throughout the community. Mama's quote was, 'We aim to please.' In January 1961, in obedience to God, Ms. Cazares's mother, Dr. Rosemary Redmon Cosby (Mama) left Indianapolis, Indiana and started out walking the highway to Salt Lake City, Utah with her four young children. Mrs. Cazares says they endured much hardship and adversity, and through the family's act of obedience and faith in God they persevered. They obtained a great testimony of how God richly blessed them. Mama said, 'I don't know when we are going to get there but when we get to Salt Lake, we are going to have a testimony.' According to Mrs. Cazares, 'all these accomplishments are because of her and that's why I am keeping her legacy. It's a good thing.' The Utah Third District Court improperly dismissed her case against the defendants for fraud and forgery against her mother's estate. Mrs. Cazares filed an appeal in the Utah State Supreme Courts. She won her appeal in 2003 in the Supreme Court of the State of Utah with a landmark win, a decision of great magnitude that set the precedent for future cases in Utah that were similar. The Utah Supreme Court remanded her case back to the Third District Courts where the Jury Trial awarded the estate of the late evangelist Rosemary 'Mama' Cosby $1.2 million in damages, finding a portion of the evangelist's fortune was fraudulently diverted after her death in 1997. The eight-member, Third District Court panel ordered Bishop Robert C. Cosby, Mama Cosby's husband at Faith Temple Pentecostal Church in Salt Lake City, and church business manager Annie Johnson to pay the award to estate representative Rosalind Cazares. Mrs. Cazares says that they had to overcome a lot of prejudice in the schools. 'You had to do exceptionally well for them to accept what you did. You had to be outstanding for them to even let you know you did well.' Some words of wisdom she offers are 'to make good grades in school, don't miss any assignments; turn in every assignment and do extra work. Be sure to study and take notes before tests.' Mrs. Cazares learned this in her junior year. She was divorced and single for 5 years when she met her second husband, Mark, while working for her mother as hostess at her mother's, 'The Southern Plantation Restaurant.' Mark gave her flowers every day when they met, all different color roses including pink, mint green, orange, lavender, white. She and Mark were married in 1985 and have been married for 25 years. That was a pivotal change in her career, and she had lots of help with all her endeavors from her husband Mark.
Spouse's Name:
Mark
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlight of her career was receiving the Key to Salt Lake City for her success as an entrepreneur. Recently, she was featured twice in the Salt Lake City Tribune on June 12, 2013, in an article for having restaurants in two Salt Lake City valley strips malls, and a food review in the entertainment section. The articles can be viewed at www.sltrib.com/csp/cms/sites/sltrib/pages/printerfriendly.csp?id=56375190 and www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/56375190-223/fried-papa-chicken-restaurant.html.csp.
Charity:
Choir Director, Pastor, Mama's Temple Pentecostal Church
Number Of Years In Profession:
18
Number Of Years In Current Position:
18
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
She attributes her success to her faith and the motivation she received from her late mother, Dr. Rosemary Cosby.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
She became involved in her profession in order to carry on the legacy of her late mother, who founded the restaurant in the 1970s.
Extended Bio Profile:
Mrs. Cazares is proud to have successfully incorporated black-owned businesses into the state of Utah. It is challenging for her to be a black resident of the state, and thus, she encourages brotherhood among the black community. In 2005, she was featured in Utah Business magazine. Her advice to fellow entrepreneurs is, “Be nice to customers and aim to please them.” At Mama's Plantation Restaurant soul food means: "food that sticks to your ribs, homemade from scratch with no preservatives, and food that's good for you." Mama's Plantation Restaurant serves food with soul and southern hospitality at it's very best! Call or come in and visit them to taste delicious soul food.

Mrs. Cazares became the pastor and choir director for her church upon her mother's passing. Additionally, she followed in her mother's entrepreneurial footsteps when she founded both her gospel record company, and balloon and flower store. Mrs. Cazares was heavily influenced by her mother, Dr. Cosby, who arrived in Salt Lake City with her children in 1961. Her mother began small church gatherings in their home, which eventually grew to become the congregation of Faith Temple, later renamed Mama's Temple Pentecostal Church. Upon Dr. Cosby's death, a struggle ensued between Mrs. Cazares and Dr. Cosby's husband, who was believed to be manipulating church assets. This feud split the congregation, but Mrs. Cazares was able to win control of the church in court. Her husband, Mark, now serves as a pastor at Mama's Temple Pentecostal Church. Together, they also manage two businesses, Mama's Child Development and Cazco Construction. In 1998, while Reba McEntire was on a national tour with Brooks & Dunn, Mrs. Cazares and her church choir had the privilege to perform on stage with her at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHt06ree0Nk.

Mrs. Cazares is the proud mother of Stellar Award Nominee, gospel rap artist FLEXX, who started playing on his first drum said bought for him by his grandmother at the age of 5. He now plays keyboards and piano, and writes and produces. His second album "So Real" was number five on the Billboard's Best New Album charts. FLEXX represented Utah on Washington Square at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics, and has performed with such superb artists as Al Green, Missy Elliot, The Williams Brothers, Rance Allen, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and John Tesh. FLEXX can be heard at http://cdbaby.com/cd/flexx and http://cdbaby.com/cd/flexx2.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Overseeing operations; Managing finances; Hiring; Preparing sweet potato pies
Education Certifications:
License, Ministry of Music, The Contenders of the Faith of Jesus Christ, Inc. (1983); Ordained Minister, The Contenders of the Faith of Jesus Christ, Inc. (1997)
Awards/Honors:
Top Performers for Mama's Temple Church and Choir Float, Harvest Days Parade in Midvale (2013); Float Award, Various Parades, The Days of '47, Inc. (1983-2009); Spirit of Faith Award (2003); Utah State Award (1999); Community Service Award, Small Business Administration Advisory Council (1995); Award for Most Prestigious Entry, Brigham Young University (1995); Two-Time Recipient, Second Place Trophy, Fourth of July Parade, Murray, UT (1993, 1994); Ensign Award for Most Prestigious Entry (1983); Appreciation Award, Black Community Governor’s Initiative on Families Today, Mama’s Temple Pentecostal Church; First Place Trophy, Fourth of July Parade, Provo, UT; Sandy Award; Mayor’s Choice Award, Fourth of July Parade, UT
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Mrs. Cazares aims to utilize her entrepreneurial skills to establish more businesses.
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