Jamilce S Newton MBE Luminary of the Year
Jamilce S Newton
President & CEO
Santanna Tool & Design LLC
I am a U.S. Citizen who is of Hispanic descent. I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Growing up very poor, I always wanted a better life. I wanted to help my family and community. My dream was to come to America. In 1987 ,when I was twenty four years old, I was given an opportunity to visit Los Angeles. I was not going to pass this opportunity up. I went to California and began to learn English. After Los Angeles, I was given another opportunity to go to Florida and work for Disney. While I was working for Disney, I started my clothing business. I designed and manufactured clothes for the next thirteen years in Miami. I relocated to Michigan in 2000. Due to the fact that Michigan is very strong with the Automotive Industry, I became very involved with this sector. In 2005 I started a company called Santanna Tool & Design LLC. I’m the majority Owner. I have full authority to control the day-to-day operations of the company.
My lifelong work experience is in sales, and that is one of my primary responsibilities with this company. I enjoy dealing with current and new customers.