Rising from humble beginnings in Cuba to becoming CEO of Imaginarium and Co., Michael Fux knows firsthand what it’s like to work to overcome hardships.
When Michael, his mother, and his brother migrated to Newark, NJ, from Cuba in 1958, he was just 15 years old and didn’t speak a word of English. Michael went on to attend Weequahic High School and graduated from Central Evening High School in Newark. His first job was pumping gas at a station in Newark for $1 per hour. Michael’s entrepreneurial passion began soon thereafter when he started his first business at the age of 18, selling used tires and batteries from a single-car garage in Newark.
Through hard work and ambition, Michael founded very successful companies in the home furnishings industry. Still, he never forgot where he came from and is passionate about doing everything he can to help underprivileged and less fortunate children and their families. Throughout his career, he remained in New Jersey, creating jobs and businesses in the State.
Throughout the years, Michael has and continues to support many charities within the State of New Jersey:
Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, Count Basie Theatre Foundation, Eatontown Police Department, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, Count Basie Theatre Foundation, Del Val Wrestlers in Holland Township, Eatontown Police Department, Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief, Logan James Parker Fund, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central NJ, Mark Castellano Children’s Fund, Monmouth County Chief’s Association, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, Monmouth County, BSA, Nassan’s Place (for Autism Awareness), Newark Now, New Jersey Heroes, Ocean of Love, Red Bank Police Department K9 Trust Fund, Red Bank PBA Local 39, Ronald McDonald House – New Jersey, West Long Branch Police Department, Tigger House Foundation, Troopers Memorial Fund, and many more charities.
As an avid car collector, Michael also organized and sponsored various car shows, with proceeds donated to various children’s charities.
For providing continuous support to law enforcement, children’s charities, and many other charities throughout our State, Michael Fux is one of the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Unsung Heroes.