From Shoeshiner To Food Court Namesake

When the town of San Antonio do Mount wanted to honor the great entrepreneur who helped it and its residents and workers to rise from the ashes like a Phoenix, it knew exactly whom to name. It chose to honor the great entrepreneur and BMG bank manager, Marcio Alaor. Not only did the city put Alaor’s name on the town square and a plaque in his honor, but in August of 2014, they dedicated a food court in his honor. A tribute to the man who helped his hometown, the San Antonio do Mount community, not only through financial direction but through the friendship and esteem from himself to the town, has positively impacted all who know him and who have been positively affected by his acts of service.

His work has benefited the city’s growth while addressing the local problems without selling out to political corruption. The chosen food court location was previously a grain warehouse, which a former mayor of the city has said is an appropriate metaphor for what Alaor has done to “feed” the hopes and dreams for the locale. Starting as a shoeshine boy, Alaor worked his way up to the position of Vice President of BMG Bank, and he is said to recognize the people who helped him throughout his life to get where he is today.

One of the biggest executives to come from Brazil, Alaor has not forgotten his roots, and his position has opened many doors for those in the city, including helping the city to become the largest milk producer in the Central West of Minas Gerais, in spite of the hardships inherent in the city. Alaor has also helped farmers through a union, and Alaor says that he values great friendships and not just the purchasing power. While he is glad to be alive to see the town grow and to be honored for his contributions in his lifetime, it is likely that he is even more gratified by the city’s achievements and the potential which will be realized in the years to come.

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