Newsmaker: Bob Demangone
Noteworthy: Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce recently named Demangone its Volunteer of the Year.
Education: Accounting degree from St. Vincent College, Latrobe
Occupation: Vice president, Arnold Palmer Enterprises
Background: Between graduating from Derry Area High School and starting college in 1988, Demangone was hired for a summer job by golf legend Arnold Palmer's brother, Jerry, then course superintendent of Latrobe Country Club. Jerry Palmer appreciated Demangone's work ethic and didn't want to lose him during the winter, so he asked him to do some caretaking at Arnold and Winnie Palmer's home when he returned to school. Demangone got to know the couple, and the rest is history. “Right before I graduated from St. Vincent, I got a call from Mr. (Arnold) Palmer, and he asked if I wanted to come work with him,” Demangone said. “My immediate answer was, ‘I would love to.'” For 28 years, Demangone has worked for Arnold Palmer Enterprises in different capacities and on many projects, including housing developments and hotels, met famous people and has exemplified Palmer's love of the local community through his own volunteerism. Demangone is a board member of the Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. He also provides ongoing support of the Shop-With-a-Cop program that assists underprivileged children, Action for Animals and other groups.
Quote: “I just don't just accept a position to get my name on a board of directors' list. I like to add value in a personal way that is satisfying to me. I've been really fortunate and have no regrets at all. I can think of no other opportunity where I could stay in one place, have so many different exposures and opportunities.”