Former automotive supplier and
Founder, FOCUS HOPE
Clearly a 21st century business leader and community advocate, Carmen Muñoz is the 15th child in a family of 16 children born and raised in Detroit’s Hispanic community. Ms. Muñoz’s father, a Mexican immigrant, published La Chispa, the first Spanish language newspaper in Detroit. Early in life, Ms. Muñoz and her siblings helped their father print and distribute the newspaper and were involved in community affairs, introducing the children to the world of work and community leadership.
Ms. Muñoz’s first business was founded on 25 years experience in the precision machine manufacturing industry and the courage to venture out on her own. After buying out her partners, Ms. Muñoz’s company continued to excel by earning numerous prestigious supplier quality awards from Ford Motor Company and General Motors. Through her own business, her many board positions and her current responsibilities at Focus Hope Enterprise, she has opened doors for many minority business owners, particularly women.
Since 1996, she has taken her wealth of business and community leadership experiences and focused her energies on making a difference and opening up more opportunities for the disadvantaged and minority youth. When other women are ready for retirement, Ms. Muñoz’s passion and concern for minority equity has kept her working. Employed for a time with the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, she has helped countless other business owners and co-workers hone their entrepreneurial skills while building solid business practices. She is a lifelong-community advocate and mentor to emerging business leaders; she continues to help others to see the value of their work ethic, education, and training. She is still a proponent of the very values her father taught her as a child.
Ms. Muñoz received Crain’s Detroit Business One, named one of the top 10 businesswomen in Michigan; named Business Woman of the Year, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Region IV; awarded The Michigan Minority Business Development Council Minority Advocate of the Year; received the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation’s Dream Makers Award; and is a four-time winner of General Motors’ Supplier of the Year Award.