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unique design and acoustical treatments, ful family bond and the ethics instilled covert operations, was arrested three
Fernandez adds. “The auditorium is con- by Fernando Munilla Sr. in the face of times and finally managed to escape by
structed like a small commercial theater,” devastating oppression when Cuba fell to boat, bringing with him only his creden-
he says. “It has very intricate lighting and communism,” the company states.” tials and a fierce determination to
an exceptional sound system. The design “For nearly two decades, Munilla was reunite his family.
is more artistic than the typical high the country’s premier builder and a pio- “He succeeded within a year, first mov-
school auditorium.” neer in construction methodology.” ing to the Northwest, then finally settling
The first phase will be completed in The company included three of the in Miami where he resumed his career.”
September, and the second phase will be largest concrete plants in Cuba, and built “That’s when our education in con-
finished in December. The school will many of the country’s pre-cast and pre- struction really began,” Raul Munilla,
open for classes in January 2008. stressed construction projects. MCM secretary-treasurer, said in a state-
“Our father demanded quality in ment. “Some of us worked in construc-
Consistent Growth everything,” Jorge Munilla, MCM presi- tion during the day while attending high
Headquartered in Miami, MCM is divid- dent, said in a statement. “His insistence school at night. Not only did we learn the
ed into two divisions: civil and general on quality earned him a reputation for basics of the construction industry, but
commercial. The company focuses on excellence. As a result, his firm was sele- the principles of business ethics, as well.”
South Florida, working as far west as cted for some of the most important and The company remains family owned
Naples and as far north as Vero Beach, historical construction projects in Cuba.” and operated. “Through the years, the
Fernandez says. In 1960, Fidel Castro confiscated the Munilla family has made a conscious
“We strive to have a good, amicable firm. “Four of the six Munilla brothers decision to keep the business in the fami-
delivery process with every project, and made it to the United States through the ly and not consider sales or mergers
provide the highest quality product avail- Pedro Pan Program just before the Bay of they’ve been offered,” Fernandez says.
able in today’s market.” Pigs invasion, where they were placed in “They take a lot of pride in the delivery
an orphanage in Ohio,” the company of each project.”
Family Bond explains. “The two youngest stayed with In the 10 years since Fernandez joined
The company was founded by Fernando Maria, their mother, [until] safe passage the company, it has grown by nearly 20
Munilla Sr. in 1941 in Cuba. “MCM would was arranged. percent each year. It now has annual
never have existed if not for the power- “Fernando stayed behind orchestrating sales of approximately $130 million. ■

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