Greater Cleveland Partnership Board member Bernie Moreno, president of The Collection Auto Group
, is the new chair of GCP’s Middle-Market Committee (MMC).
The MMC works with GCP staff to provide executive oversight for the organization’s ongoing Middle-Market Initiative
. In this role, the MMC serves as a leading and trusted resource for Northeast Ohio middle-market companies by focusing on issues they face and offering solutions to their unmet needs.
In addition, the committee works with staff to identify policy issues affecting this segment and works to develop collaborative relationships with public officials and executives from the National Center for the Middle Market
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Moreno began his career in the automotive industry with Saturn Corporation. He ascended through the ranks to become vice president for New England’s largest automotive dealer.
In May 2005, he purchased the assets of Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted from United Auto Group and opened the doors to his first dealership. Since that time, the dealership has grown to become the largest volume dealership in the central U.S.
Less than two years later, Moreno began building what would become The Collection Auto Group through a series of acquisitions: Porsche, Spyker, AMG, Sprinter, Saab and Lotus. From 2010 to 2014, he added Acura, Aston Martin, Buick/GMC, Fisker, three Infiniti dealerships, Maserati, MV-1, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Smart, Volkswagen, MINI and the company’s first out-of-state dealership, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell (Kentucky).