Meet the Staff of Cortez Motors
JIM POWELL - Owner
In loving memory...Jim Powell is the owner of Cortez Motors located in Bradenton, Florida. Jim has been selling cars in Florida since 1971. Jim is marred to Mary Lou (Harllee) Powell. Together Jim and Mary Lou have seven children and five grandchildren. Jim Powell has been in or around the automotive business all of his life. Jim's father was a automobile dealer in Portageville, Missouri. Growing up around the business, Jim always had a deep interest for automobiles. After serving four years in the United States Air Force Jim joined George Cook Motor Company in Missouri and began selling cars full-time. Jim spent several years with Cook Motor Company before he and his brother started their own automobile business in 1965. Jim and his brother decided to move to Florida in 1971 where Jim joined Bill Cook Ford in Bradenton. In 1981, Jim and his brother purchased the property where Cortez Motors in still located today. While maintaining interest in Cortez Motors, Jim purchased Pioneer Ford in Wauchula, Florida. After the sale of Pioneer Ford, Jim purchased his brother's interest in Cortez Motors in 1991. From 1991 until present Jim has built Cortez Motors into a reputable business specializing in high quality pre-owned automobiles.