Monterey County Business Council is pleased to welcome Laguna Seca’s new General Manager, John Narigi. He will be speaking to MCBC Members on his plans for new management and direction of the world-class raceway.
Monterey County Business Council Monthly Luncheons are for MEMBERS ONLY.
Mr. Narigi’s long-time involvement in Monterey County, coupled with his expertise in business management and the hospitality industry make him the ideal person to turnaround the long-troubled operations of Laguna Seca, and manage one of our area’s top destinations. The tourism industry, including Laguna Seca, is the vitality of one of our largest job markets here in Monterey County.
Mr. Narigi maintains solid community relationships, understands the need to be politically savvy, is nurturing relationships with corporate partners, and creating a strong team with the knowledge and ability to execute world-class races at Laguna Seca.
Narigi recently retired with much acclaim as Vice President and General Manager of the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa. Managing the property since October of 1993, John Narigi has drawn on over 37 years in the hospitality industry to develop and expand the hotel’s luxury profile and reputation.
Mr. Narigi has served on numerous boards, both civic and hospitality related. Mr. Narigi first served on the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau board of directors. He became the first president of the Monterey Peninsula Convention and Visitors Bureau after initiating and working with the board to separate the Visitors Bureau from the Chamber. He also continues to serve as a board member of the Monterey Commercial Property Owners Association and the Cannery Row Business Association. Since 1996, he has been active as a board member and past president of the Monterey County Hospitality Association. He also has served as a board member for United Way Monterey County and the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, intimately involved with the creation of the TID funding mechanism to expand the Bureau’s budget, as well as serving on the committee to establish an industry funding source for the renovation of the Monterey Conference Center.
In 2010, he joined the board of Rancho Cielo, inspired by its mission and the vision of Retired Judge John Phillips, to work with “at-risk youth” throughout Monterey County. He served as board chair for two years and currently sits on the Executive Committee.
Mr. Narigi also has numerous awards and accolades including: Monterey County Hospitality Association’s “Hospitality Professional of the Year” (2001), California Hotel & Lodging Association’s “Outstanding General Manager of the Year” (2006), the 2011 Monterey Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Northern California, and Citizen of the Year for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
Recreationally, Mr. Narigi enjoys his two dogs, Cope and Griffey, water sports, golf, racquetball, the “Zags” and the Seattle Seahawks. Proud father of his two sons, Anthony and Dominick, and he and his wife of 35 years, Roxane, live in Corral de Tierra.
Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts for economic development and education.
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