Anaheim Resort RV Park owner Vern Mangels with Nia Cross, office manager.

Best Parks in America affiliate Anaheim Resort RV Park, has been recognized as the 2012 Family-Owned Business of the Year Award recipient as part of the coveted Anaheim Business Awards sponsored by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.

Receiving the award at the Anaheim Marriott on Dec. 5 was Vern Mangels, CEO, president and third generation owner, who said in a news release, “We are honored to be chosen among such a distinguished group of business owners and leaders. It is with sincere gratitude, that I pay tribute to my grandparents and to my mother for their years of hard work, which made this possible. I am looking forward to many more decades of successful partnership with the city of Anaheim.”

Among other tourism community leaders receiving awards were Disneyland Resort, Tourism Business of the Year, and The Catch, Restaurant of the Year.

The property opened in 1956 by Vern’s grandparents as the Midway Trailer City, just one year after Disneyland opened. In 1990 improvements were made to establish the property as Anaheim Resort RV Park.

Over the years the park has been recognized in the RV park industry as a leader in service excellence. The 150-RV-site property received TripAdvisor’s No. 1 ranking in Anaheim in both 2011 and 2012. Recent improvements include the RV Café, a themed dining and meeting area, which reflects a Route 66 theme.

Anaheim Resort RV Park was invited to join Best Parks in America in 2010 and has become an active and engaged affiliate. On Nov. 30, 2012, the park was recognized as one of only 42 in the U.S. to be awarded an “A” grade by Guest Reviews, a nationwide program inviting guests to rate the parks they visit. Anaheim Resort RV Park has received that honor for two consecutive years.

“Vern and his team have worked exceptionally hard since taking over the family business in 2009 and the hard work is paying off,” said David Gorin, president of Best Parks in America. “To be recognized as the top family business in a ‘Disney’ market is no easy task, but Anaheim Resort RV Park is deserving of this honor. Best Parks in America is proud to have the park in its national network of premium RV parks and campgrounds, and we are so pleased that the Anaheim business community is recognizing one of our affiliates.”

Mangels serves on the board of Best Parks in America.

Also attending the awards luncheon were Mangels’ mother, Beth Bostwick Lamb, and Deb Kohls, vice president, Best Parks in America.