Getting to Know Christopher J. Mann at the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce
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1. Name, function and company: Christopher J. Mann, President and CEO Rexburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
2. What does your business do and what are your responsibilities? To promote, educate and defend the interests of the business community in the Rexburg area.
3. Where were you born and when is your birthday (it is not necessary to indicate the year)? On Christmas Day 1952, Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto, California.
4. How long have you lived in eastern Idaho and what city do you live in now? 40 years in Rexburg.
5. Tell us about your first job after high school / college. Working for JC Penny Co. selling tires and batteries.
6. What’s the best business decision you’ve ever made? Apply for a job at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) and stay at my job for 34 years.
7. Tell us about your family. Married 47 years to Barbara with three children and four grandchildren.
8. Tell us about a movie or book that has inspired you the most in life. In 6th grade I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” and tried to see people and understand them through their eyes. My views on social justice are directly related to the effect this book had on me when I was 12 years old. My favorite books to read are books on politics and political biographies. I just finished one in the first three months of Truman’s presidency.
9. Tell us about a lesson you learned from a mistake you made in your career / business. Just because it’s the first thing that comes to your mind, it doesn’t have to be the first thing that comes out of your mouth.
10. What goal do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months? Take a retirement (again) and spend more time with Barbara.
11. What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you are doing?? I really enjoyed my 16 years on the city council and my 6 years in the chamber. With both jobs, you will learn something new every day.
12. If you could start all over again, what would you do differently? In life? Nothing that was a kick, even in difficult times (which I can’t remember) I’m sure I learned something from it, I wouldn’t change a thing. I had an enchanted life. My cup is never half empty, it is not even full, it spills over the edges.
13. What is your favorite place to eat in eastern Idaho? Small family Mexican cuisine with friends followed by a good game of cards.
14. Tell us something surprising about yourself. I have had a mustache since I was 17.
15. How do you like your potatoes? Mash, please, with Barbara’s homemade chicken sauce.
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