What began as a means of support during college has blossomed into a rewarding career for Allison Musante.
“Fifteen years later and I could not imagine working in any other field,” said Musante, who joined Smithtown Acura in 2008 as controller and took over as general manager a year later. “The industry has proven to be a perfect fit for me and has afforded me many great opportunities.”
While humble about her own role — “The general manager is responsible for everything the dealership does or fails to do,” she summarized — Musante is quick to pile accolades upon her team.
“While there are many aspects of my career that I take pride in, I am most proud of my team,” she said. “Their growth, development and eagerness to learn are why the dealership continues to be successful.”
Asked what she relishes most about her job, Musante again pointed to her team.
“What I enjoy most is the chance to influence and guide my team in achieving their goals. The success I share with my team is the most satisfying and rewarding aspect of my job,” she said.
Allison Musante, Smithtown Acura
Musante singled out the former GM of Fiat-Alfa Romeo of Austin as an industry role model.
“Lisa Copeland is an automotive rock star and a perfect example of the career opportunities for women in this industry,” Musante said. “I admire her drive, determination, and the culture that she created in her Fiat dealership in Texas. She is a true inspiration, having led her team to be the No. 1 Fiat dealership in the nation.”
Allison Musante, 34, is general manager at Smithtown Acura.