John O’Rourke distinguishes himself in many endeavors

By Gloria Burns….


John O’Rourke has distinguished himself as a successful businessman, civic leader and, above all, loving husband and father.

Currently the chair of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, his commitment to the chamber is but one of numerous volunteer positions of leadership that O’Rourke has tackled over the years.

A native of Wayland, MA, O’Rourke’s family moved around and settled in Miami in 1979. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School and then moved back to Massachusetts to attend Boston University.

Following graduation, O’Rourke returned to Miami and had a successful career in private banking with Northern Trust Bank until his entrepreneurial spir- it got the best of him. In 1995, he partnered with his lovely wife, Marichi, and has helped lead Montica Jewelry to what has become one of the premier jewelry stores in South Florida. He currently holds the position of Montica’s president and CEO.

Much of Montica’s success stems from the O’Rourkes’ strong belief in giving back to their community. In fact, they have supported a variety of charitable organizations over the years with John taking an active role on many boards of directors including the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the University of Miami’s Citizen’s Board.

His past board affiliations include that of vice president and board member of the Coral Gables Downtown Business Improvement District, city’s Economic Development Board, Make-A-Wish of South Florida, CHARLEE Homes for Children and the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

In addition, O’Rourke and his wife lend ongoing support to those organizations catering to the needs of the less fortunate with the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation and “His House” Foster Care Home, two that are near and dear to their hearts.

Not only has O’Rourke made an impact through his charitable gifts but he has created a store that has brought national recognition to Coral Gables. Montica Jewelry is a recognized leader within the jewelry industry and has been highlighted regularly in the trade publications, National Jeweler and In-Store magazine. As a matter of fact, Harper’s Bazaarmagazine has recognized Montica Jewelry as a “Jewelry Leader” for the past two years in a row.

Montica has been the recipient of the City of Coral Gables and Chamber of Commerce’s coveted “City Beautiful Award,” accolades that have helped keep Miracle Mile in the press. Most recently, Montica was awarded the title of “Best of Coral Gables” for the category of Jewelers.

O’Rourke’s business acumen and expertise have made him a frequently sought out and interviewed “go to” guy for industry publications as well as local for community issues. A consummate professional with the looks and style of a GQ model, the chamber and Coral Gables could not ask for a better representative in the business arena.

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About the Author

Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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