Pete Mangione, Turf Valley Resort
On a picture-perfect June day, Turf Valley Resort is bustling with golfers, conference goers, and a beaming couple inspecting their wedding venue. Through it all, General Manager Pete Mangione is a calm and familiar presence—not surprising for someone who’s worked in this family business for 35 years.
While Mangione and many of his senior managers have long tenures at Turf Valley, the hospitality industry is often characterized by high turnover, particularly among new employees who receive on-the-job training only to quit because they don’t like the work. That’s why Mangione appreciates Howard Community College’s newly renovated Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies. Students can learn on site—the expanded program includes new kitchens and a dining area—and leave with valuable experience and a variety of employment options.
“Howard Community College is one of the pillars of the community, offering degrees, transfer to universities, and the training that local businesses like ours need,” says Mangione, who met HCC President Kate Hetherington in the 2001 Leadership Howard County class. A few years later, the Mangione Family Foundation supported HCC’s Columbia Classic Grand Prix with its first gift.
Mangione credits his parents with instilling the value of hard work. They also paid for all ten of their children to go to college, a fact Mangione appreciates even more after hearing from student speakers at the annual HCC scholarship luncheon. “Listening to their stories—the obstacles the students had to overcome to enroll in college and the opportunities provided by Howard Community College—is such a moving experience.”
The Mangiones’ support of HCC has grown since that first donation. The family has created an endowment at HCC that supports Turf Valley employees who attend the college. Pete Mangione serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies, a pipeline for interns and new hires at Turf Valley.
Most recently, the Mangione family demonstrated their appreciation for the college with a very special naming gift: the Nicholas B. and Mary C. Mangione/Turf Valley Resort Culinary Suite. It turns out Howard Community College was an ideal place to recognize the Mangione family values of hard work and educational opportunity.