Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Marion Luna Brem to present in Guest Lecure Series

Memorial Student Union Building, room 221AB - 10/12/11 - 10/12/11

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Marion Luna Brem is listed by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States, but she wasn’t always so influential. She will tell her inspirational story as part of the Guest Lecturer Series sponsored by the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The lecture will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in room 221AB of the Memorial Student Union Building. She will talk about Balancing the Many Yous.

Seating is limited. For more information, call 361-593-4856.

About Marion Luna Brem

Several years ago, Brem had a near-perfect life, married with two young sons, when she was diagnosed with a terminal illness and told she had only two to five years to live. Battling life-threatening cervical and breast cancer with no health insurance, no employment and no resume, Brem also was newly divorced and head of her household. She decided to try her hand at auto sales.

She sold her first automobile when she was 32 and by 36, she was president and chief executive officer of her own auto dealership, Love Chrysler, founded in Corpus Christi. Since then, she has received numerous awards and honors. She is currently ranked in the top 100 nationally by both Hispanic Business and Working Woman magazines.

Brem recently took her accomplishments one step further in the male-dominated automotive industry by being inducted into the International Automotive Hall of Fame.

Her inspirational story has been profiled in The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, USA Today and numerous women’s magazines. Brem has appeared on many national radio and television shows including Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power, Good Morning America and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Brem has been honored by the Office of Women’s Initiatives at the White House and was appointed by former Gov. George W. Bush to serve on a Texas insurance board. She also was selected to participate in case studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

She received the Avon Women of Enterprise and Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year awards, and is one of 40 women worldwide to be named as one of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World. Brem uses her influence to fight against breast cancer and improving education as she 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 provided financial support for young parents facing twin difficulties of parenthood and continuing their education.

With her oldest son as company vice president, she has strategically opened several other companies, including a second auto dealership as well as an ad agency and a real estate holding company.

Brem has authored two books, The 7 Greatest Truths about Successful Women (Penguin Putnam Publishing) and Women Make the Best Salesmen (Double Day Publishers). She currently travels as an international speaker.


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