Monique Belgrave, Dealer Principal at Consumer 1st Auto Group in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey didn’t realize when she went searching for her first car, it was going to lead to a career opportunity. “I got my first car, a 2004 Nissan Maxima, it’s actually the exact car as over there,” Belgrave points across her dealership. “Except it was an olive color.” A few weeks after her purchase, the dealer she bought that Maxima from called her and asked if she would be interested in working for him. Monique accepted and started out answering phones. However, she quickly realized that the way business was being conducted just wasn’t efficient and decided that she could run a dealership better on her own. “I said I can do this! We started out with just two cars and it has grown from there.”
Belgrave attributes a lot of her early success to the guidance she received from her Performance Manager, Jon Santiago. “When you’re in this business as a young female, you don’t know who to trust.” But since Santiago’s been there since the beginning and has always been just a phone call away, Belgrave felt confident taking his advice. “I know Jon isn’t going to steer me in the wrong direction. From the beginning he was there, he had all the answers and just blew me out of the water.” Read the full story here.
Consumer 1st Auto Group
Since starting my own business 2 years ago, NextGear Capital has become my lifeline. They give me customized options when it comes to my line of credit, allowing me to run my business the way I need to. Working with NextGear Capital has been easy, profitable and valuable to my growth – I haven’t slowed down since partnering with them.
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“This is a time-intensive job and if I were wearing all the hats I used to, I’d still be grinding out 80+ hour work weeks. That’s why I’m so appreciative of NextGear Capital’s investment and trust in me. They allow me the capital and mentorship to scale up with a full staff, so I can focus on the most important parts of the business. If I didn’t have NextGear Capital backing me, I never would have gotten my life back.”
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