General Motors hosted a brunch saluting its top-performing African American dealers at the NAACP awards in Pasadena, California. The honorees — Cornelius Martin, president of Mar-tin Automotive Group; Bill Perkins, president of Taylor Chevrolet and Merollis Chevrolet; and Pam Rodgers, president of Rodgers Chevrolet — were named to GM’s Million Dollar Club after earning more than $1 million before bonuses and taxes. Out of the 375 GM dealers, 125 are African American-owned. (Pictured above from left to right: Perkins, Eric Peterson, Rod Gillum, Judge Greg Mathis, Rodgers, and Martin.)
Oklahoma’s Langston University is getting down to business thanks to a $465,000 federal grant earmarked for the first new minority business development center at a historically black college in five years. The Langston University Minority Business Development Center (MBDC) will service minority entrepreneurs in all areas of business such as accounting, marketing, planning, and administration.
Concerned African American Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters (CALEFF, 866-235-7305, pin number 3960) was launched in February to increase the representation of African Americans in the police and fire departments. According to New York Police Department Chief of Personnel James Lawrence, “African Americans make up about 30% of New York City, and currently only about 15% of the police department is made up of African Americans.” Only 2.7% of the fire department is African American and more than half are bound for retirement. Support for the group will help it primarily in three areas: recruitment, promotions, and executive development.
TDS/US automotive and Triflex Industries have combined to become one of the largest minority-owned suppliers of logistical services in nation. The merged firm, still called TDS/US automotive, has 450 employees and is expected to earn $33 million in revenues in 2002.