Awed by showroom as a youngster, Mario Murgado has built thriving auto dealership by listening for what customer wants
The car business is an industry that leaves Mario Murgado "constantly energized," but his successful automobile dealerships are only a single dimension of one of Miami's many Cuban-American success stories.
Mr. Murgado also is active in myriad community and political organizations and is an avid collector of both political memorabilia and US flags. He can often be found walking the sales floor of his Brickell Motors showrooms, interacting with customers with whom he freely shares his home telephone number.
His career began in sales, and he rose through the ranks, in the process becoming involved with all aspects of the automobile business: Finance Manager, Sales Manager, Sales Director, General Sales Manager, General Manager, Service Operations, Parts Operations, Asset Management, President and Chief Operations Officer over three dealerships and seven franchises.
His community service work has run the gamut from donating funds to replace a deceased horse for the City of Miami's mounted police to raising more than $600,000 for Camillus House through a dealership fundraiser and serving on the board of the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade's business development agency. He's even hosted "Jeopardy!" tryouts at his dealership.
He discussed his life and career with Miami Today staff writer Wayne Tompkins.
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