Congratulations to our 2022 Hall of Fame Honorees – Joseph McDonnell, Mario Murgado, and William Murphy.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Great Innovations LLC
Entrepreneur, inventor, and holder of more than 40 US and international patents, Joseph A. McDonnell, J.D., is the founder, president and CEO of For Life Products, Inc., Great Innovations, Inc., Heat Innovations, Inc., Italy Direct, RevitaDerm, Inc., Invent JAM, Inc., Valuty, Inc., and Brand Innovations, Inc.
It started while he was still in law school, with his invention of the first of its kind microwave oven leakage detector card for which he holds a US patent. From there, McDonnell created an entire line of home safety testing products and was the first to invent, develop and market carbon monoxide detectors globally, which later grew to a $20 billion industry annually.
In 1998, Joe founded iShopSecure, Inc., around an on-line identity authentication technology that he developed and patented to prevent online identity fraud. He worked in collaboration with the FBI and US Secret Service to prevent terrorism.
In 1999, he launched the Rejuvenate cleaning and restoration product line on QVC, with a long history of being number one in its product category and distribution through 40,000 retail stores in the US, Canada, Europe, and Dubai. Other brand successes include Air Innovations, Pursfection, Pietra Italia, Smart Stop and Fast Brite.
McDonnell is a supporter of many national charities including the Boys and Girls Club of South Florida, Habitat for Humanity, and the Hurricane Relief Fund, to name a few.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Murgado Automotive Group
Mario Murgado serves as President, CEO and owner of Murgado Automotive Group Inc. The company operates automotive dealerships throughout Florida including Brickell Buick & GMC, Brickell Honda, Brickell Luxury Motors, and Brickell Mazda near downtown Miami. Luxury brands Audi, Alfa Romeo, Infiniti, and Maserati are featured at the company’s campus in Stuart, Florida, and Ocean Cadillac serves customers in North Miami.
Mario’s holdings have grown to include a Honda, Volkswagen dealership in Downtown Chicago, Ferrari and Bentley dealership in New Jersey, and a Bentley and Maserati dealership in Jacksonville, Florida. Murgado was formerly senior managing partner of the Braman organization in both Miami and Palm Beach.
In 2001 he purchased his first, almost barren, Brickell Honda and Brickell Pontiac GMC dealership and turned it into a successful and profitable venture. Murgado strongly believes, “To whom much is given, much is expected,” and leads by building the morale of his associates, raising the organizational culture and mindset to one of excellence in service to the client.
Murgado has served as chairman of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association, chairman of the American Honda National Dealer Advisory Board and as a member of the General Motors advisory boards for marketing and fixed-operations dealers, among other industry service.
He is an active supporter of numerous charitable and civic organizations, and has received the South Florida Business Journal’s Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year awards among many others.
Douglas Management & Realty, Inc.
Bill Murphy, a licensed real estate broker in the states of Florida and New York, is president of Douglas Management & Realty, Inc., a full service real estate investment company he founded in 1990.
Throughout his career in South Florida, Murphy has owned, operated and/or developed in excess of 3,000,000 square feet of office, retail and industrial property, as well as 7,500 multifamily units.
Bill's investment and development projects in Fort Lauderdale include the Capital Bank Center, a 200,000 square foot office project; the 550 Building, a 100,000 square foot office project; Executive Court at Jacaranda and Executive Court at Cypress Creek, 90,000 and 60,000 square foot office projects respectively, among other signature South Florida developments.
Prior to moving to South Florida, Murphy spent nearly ten years in construction lending and real estate workouts for Chase Manhattan Bank. During his tenure, he was responsible for working out more than 100 loans throughout the United States, including completing the construction on such notable projects as Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, Sandestin Beach Resort and the Vistana Resort in Florida, and Granlibakken in Tahoe City, California.
Murphy has significant interests in multiple office buildings, apartment units and numerous parcels of land. He is extensively involved in the South Florida community, having chaired the Economic Development Board of Lauderdale Lakes and serving as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, among other professional, civic and charitable service.