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Marion Luna Brem, married with two young sons, had her near-perfect home life shattered when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness and told she had only two to five years to live. At age 32, after two cancer surgeries, chemotherapy and a divorce, Marion Luna Brem found herself a single mother without medical insurance, a job, or a resume.
Marion Luna Brem decided to try her hand at sales. Mustering all her courage and homemaker experience, she made her first sale: she sold her skills to a car dealership manager who reluctantly hired her. Five years later, she founded her own dealership and has since become a sales sensation, named one of Hispanic Business magazine's "100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States" and Inc. magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year." By the time she was 36, Marion Brem was president and CEO of her own auto dealership, Love Chrysler, Inc. Her numerous professional accomplishments inside the male-dominated automotive industry recently led to her induction into The International Automotive Hall of Fame.
Profiled in The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, and USA Today as well as numerous women's magazines, Marion Luna Brem's story has been an inspiration to many. She has appeared on national radio and television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Robert Schuller's Hour of Power, and Good Morning America.
The holder of the "Avon Women of Enterprise" award, Marion Brem is also one of 40 women worldwide, ten from the United States, to be named as one of the "Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World" (2001) at a recognition ceremony in Madrid, Spain.
Marion Luna Brem directs her influence to the fight against breast cancer and to improving education, having founded and funded a program to recognize civic-minded high school students. To date, her company has awarded several new cars to "Love Chrysler's Top High School Students." She also founded and co-funded the Marion Luna Brem/Pat McNeil Teen Parent Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support for young parents facing the twin difficulties of parenthood and continuing their education.
With her two sons active in her businesses, Marion Luna Brem has strategically opened six additional companies, including a second auto dealership in Texas as well as an ad agency and a real estate holding company. Honored by the Office of Women's Initiatives at the White House, Marion Luna Brem currently she serves on the state of Texas Worker's Compensation Insurance Board. She was also selected to participate in case studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
The author of The 7 Greatest Truths About Successful Women, ranked one of the "Top Ten Business Books" for 2001, Marion Brem also wrote Women Make the Best Salesman (2004). She travels as an international speaker, explaining the principles that sustained her even at her lowest, offering numerous anecdotes about women who succeed against tremendous odds.
Marion Brem seeks to galvanize women, especially those with little work experience outside the home, to apply to sales the skills they already use in any relationship: negotiation, communication, intuition, and attentiveness, and uses her own extraordinary history as the clinching example.
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