The MMSDC is saddened by the news of Carmen Munoz’s passing earlier this year. Carmen was a trailblazer in the minority business community and her contributions paved the way for hundreds of other minority entrepreneurs. The MMSDC inducted Carmen Munoz into the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame in 2018.
From the Family of Carmen Munoz
July 17, 1936 – January 28, 2020
Carmen Munoz, loving mother, grandmother and Hispanic community trailblazer, passed away peacefully in her home Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
A celebration of Carmen’s life will be on Tuesday, February 25th, 10 a.m. at Ste. Anne de Detroit Church, 1000 Ste. Anne St., Detroit, Michigan 48216.
To continue Carmen’s legacy and commitment to the Hispanic community the Carmen Munoz Scholarship has been established through MANA de Metro Detroit, a 501(c)3 organization. MANA de Metro Detroit is the local chapter of MANA National and has been mentoring young Latina women and providing scholarships to them since 1996. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to MANA de Metro Detroit, 4138 W. Vernor, Detroit, MI 48209.
Any questions, please feel free to contact Mary Carmen Munoz, [email protected], or (313)554-2025.
Carmen Munoz Biography
A 1955 graduate of Detroit’s Holy Redeemer High School, Muñoz went to work as a bookkeeper for a Detroit manufacturer that made precision machine parts for the automotive industry. She spent 27 years absorbing as much as she could about purchasing, production control, estimating, and labor negotiations. “I learned the jobs that my boss didn’t like to do himself, those he found too tedious,” she said.
Ms. Muñoz founded her first business with 25 years of experience in the precision machine manufacturing industry. 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. Muñoz Machine Products, along with three other Hispanic companies, formed the Hispanic Manufacturing Center (HMC) in an old GM building in Southwest Detroit.
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.
For Ms. Muñoz’s work as an entrepreneur, non-profit leadership, community advocacy also with the positive impact she has made in the Hispanic community, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council is proud to have inducted Carmen Muñoz into the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame.