Detroit — There is no other city in the world that has helped shape the world of African American and minority car dealerships like Detroit.
It’s a rich history that has helped fuel the success of auto dealers like Pamela Rodgers, owner of Rodgers Chevrolet, located in Woodhaven.
Rodgers, a native Detroiter, has won a number of accolades over the years, including Crain’s Detroit Business newspaper’s Top Influential List for 2005, 2006 and 2007; Essence magazine’s 10 Top Black Female Entrepreneurs in 1999; and Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Black Automotive Dealerships, 1997 to 2007.
Rodgers attributes most of her success to mentors in the business like General Motors dealer Charles Harrell, who at the time owned a General Motors dealership in Flat Rock, a Detroit suburb.
“I shared my ambitions with him, and he took me under his wing,” recalls Rodgers. She opened Rodgers Chevrolet in 1996.