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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.

-Monique Belgrave
Consumer 1st Auto Group