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Mangelos leading Ripon chamber

Chef serving his second stint as organization’s president

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Mangelos leading Ripon chamber

John Mangelos


POSTED July 23, 2014 1:10 a.m.

John Mangelos is being installed as the Ripon Chamber of Commerce president Thursday night for the second time.

Mangelos is a longtime chef and owner of the Barnwood Restaurant.

A native of Ripon and product of Ripon schools, Mangelos graduated from Ripon High in 1973. While still in elementary school he demonstrated his work ethic by picking peaches and berries and later milked goats and worked in a trophy shop.

While in college, he was hired by a hotel chain from 1973 to 1979 where he worked his way up to the level of assistant inn keeper. Mangelos opened his Barnwood Restaurant on Highway 99 in Ripon on July 3, 1980 when he first joined the chamber, becoming its president some 10 years later with one run at a city council seat. 

Since selling his restaurant he has joined his brother Joe in running the Barnwood Arms gun shop in downtown Ripon. 

His number one goal, as he sees it, is to attract new business to the community and to continue what the staff has already been doing in developing a better relationship to the current businesses and to those outside the community who may want to locate in Ripon.

Mangelos said he sees the chamber today with the same goals as those that were evident when it was founded that attracted business primarily to benefit the residents of the city. He added that the chamber had the concept that to have a good community everyone had to have something to do in the community.

“Hopefully the chamber of commerce can nourish and provide an environment with new companies that will enhance and benefit our way of life,” he said. “Also, it is our wish to make citizens more aware of what is here so they can embrace what we have. We must focus on the whole community from downtown to where Flying J and Denny’s are located on Jack Tone Road.”

Mangelos also made note of the new Government Relations Committee that keeps members updated on legislation in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns facing businesses in the community.

“We want to reach out to the whole business community. We can’t make things better if we don’t know what the members want,” he quipped. 

The new president has a hobby of collecting cuff links – having some 700 pair to date. He also collects Norman Rockwell and Dali art works in his travels. For over 30 years Mangelos has also collected historical photos and memorabilia. 

 President of the Ripon Historical Society, he has authored the “Images of America – Ripon.” The new chamber president also serves as a director of the International Catering Association and Educational Foundation – a charter founder and director. He is also a member of the March of Dimes Board of Directors.

The installation dinner is slated to begin Thursday evening with a 6 p.m. social hour at Spring Creek Country Club. Dinner followed by presentations of awards is set for 7.

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