Get to Know: Michael Zaharios III

People who work with Michael gain both the knowing and the feeling of how to realize their inner entrepreneur potential. 

“I believe in a world where everyone embraces their inner entrepreneur to unlock a higher level of our fullest potential. I’m blessed to say I have successfully unlocked my inner entrepreneur and it has provided me with a mindset of taking action to gain positive results in all aspects of life. Simply put, I believe when you unlock your inner entrepreneur, you not only think about doing something, you take action and go do it. The doing piece is what elevates you and me into the 1%.”

– Michael Zaharios III

Get to Know this Local Entrepreneur

My background is that I grew up in an entrepreneurial family, having learned real-world business wisdom through my dad and grandfather and their automotive repair business, Michael’s British, American & Foreign Auto Repair. 

Summers when I wasn’t in school, I was at the shop learning sales, marketing, human resources, you name it, I got a taste of the ins and outs of running a business. 

Then, while going to UCF for my MBA, I was honored with the opportunity to join the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and lead their Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC)platform. 

During my time with The Corridor and FLVEC, we grew the platform to serve entrepreneurs in all 67 counties across Florida with tools like a resources directory and profiles of CEOs. Dozens of cities, counties and economic development agencies were recruited to financially support the operating budget of the platform.

Today, I’m focused on four passions…my family; working with organizations to support them in creating a culture and community of entrepreneurial-minded people; providing car enthusiasts with the very best examples through my dealership Coastal Auto Connection; and leading my family’s long standing business (Michael’s British, American & Foreign Auto Repair) alongside my dad and two brothers through its third-generation of ownership and beyond.

One thing I’ve found time and time again in my journey being an entrepreneur is that making connections with other entrepreneurs is what helps each of us level up. 


When you decide to purchase a used enthusiast car from me, you are not just buying a car…you are buying a car that has been fully sorted so you can save your most valuable resource…your time. 

From mechanics to upholstery to paint & body and everything in between, I have relationships with the experts so you can sit back, relax and enjoy driving these awesome machines. 


All of our cars have been restored to showroom new condition and are ready to go for the next driver. We are happy to work with in-state, out-of-state and international buyers. You can see easily browse our inventory online. 


We will find you any car you want. This includes: researching, verifying, inspecting, negotiating and coordinating transportation of your dream car. 


We will sell your car for you. This includes: taking pictures, videos, posting online ads, fielding inquiries, showing your car to buyers and preparing you with the sale paperwork. 


Do you have a car that needs restoration? Hire us to serve as your car contractor. We have a network of the very best professionals from mechanics to paint and body to upholstery and more. Sit back, relax and get ready to drive your car when it’s restored. 


If you need a vehicle shipped anywhere in the USA, we will arrange pickup and delivery for you. For your peace of mind, we keep you informed every step of the way.

(386) 341-9868




I would be honored to share my story on your stage as keynote speaker. When I hit the stage, I promise to deliver my story with focused enthusiasm. 


A pictorial presentation highlighting local, regional, state and national entrepreneurship resources. This presentation helps business communities learn about resources that can provide support with hiring, funding, mentorship, licenses, taxes and more. 


Activate the entrepreneur within your organization through a fun educational activity. Your employees will learn about and create a minimum viable product and have an opportunity to pitch. This activity also works well with students in higher education or K-12. 

I can help you CREATE COMMUNITY 

As your consultant, I can support you in building your very own vibrant entrepreneurship and small business community. Let’s borrow a proven method from the entrepreneur’s playbook and use a customer first approach to attract and retain jobs. 


Hosting in-person and virtual events where entrepreneurs and small business owners can connect with each other is the number one thing every community can be doing to support its innovation ecosystem. 

I can help you BECOME KNOWN 

You hear it time and time again…“I wished I knew this resource existed when I needed it most.” Let me support your organization as it’s ambassador and together we can work to get you to be top of mind with the business community. 


MICHAEL’S BRITISH, AMERICAN & FOREIGN AUTO REPAIR is a family-owned and operated auto repair business located in beautiful Daytona Beach. For more than 40 years we have been proudly serving the great residents of Volusia and Flagler county. Now in our third generation we have more than 50 years of combined experience solving foreign and domestic automobile problems. 

Our top priority is customer safety and satisfaction. We are very thorough in every service we provide and always treat your vehicle as if it were our own. Our shop is clean and organized and we don’t mind taking the time to explain things to ensure you feel comfortable. 

No appointment is necessary so please call us today or feel free to stop by to meet us in person. Be sure to ask for Michael, Tom or Anthony.

(386) 253-2832


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