After earning her master's degree from Columbia University, Carla Cosenzi moved
back home for a little R&R. But she didn't get much: Her father, Thomas
Cosenzi, was eager to get her started in the family business. So he enrolled her
in a program that would teach her all about working in an auto dealership -
service, parts, sales and accounting.
Cosenzi shadowed her father,
working alongside him at his three dealerships until he was diagnosed with brain
cancer in 2007. Following his death two years later, Cosenzi and her brother,
Tom Cosenzi, became equal partners in the dealerships, Country Nissan in Hadley,
Country Hyundai in Greenfield and Patriot Buick GMC in Charlton and have grown the business to now include Northampton Volkswagen, in Northampton.
her father's passing, Cosenzi says, she's become passionate about supporting
research in the field of brain cancer. Her ties to the business community, she
says, have been crucial in her efforts to raise money to fund more research.