Celestina S. Quintana came to this country from Spain when she was 10 years old. She grew up in Newark with eight brothers and sisters. She graduated from East Side High School. Celest worked as a dental assistant for 15 years in Newark. At age 28, she opened a clothing store with two friends called Impulse in Harrison and then moved the boutique to Newark as a single proprietor. In 1992, she opened her first McDonald’s Restaurant on Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen. Since then, she has steadfastly expanded, now owning a total of 11 restaurants in Jersey City, Newark, Irvington, East Orange and Parsippany. Her restaurants employ more than 500 local residents.
Celestina will be speaking at the 2015 Women Business Leaders Forum on September 25 at the Parsippany Hilton. For more information, or to register for the event, click here.