Riding with Minority Diversity– June 15 2006
Mr. Ronald E. Hall, Presidentof Bridgewater Interiors By: E. Dewayne Gibson Jr.Riding on the high of the 2006 Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneur Conference held in Dallas, Texas; for the third year in a row, I want to take a look at not just a single vehicle, but who’s who behind the cars that journalists are eager to review. For the better part of the 21st century, intellectuals, businessmen, and thinkers in our communities have been encouraging African Americans to do business with those that do business with us. General Motors was the first company to appoint an African American to its board of directors, The Reverend Dr. Leon Sullivan in 1971. GM adopted the Sullivan Principles for quality corporate code of conduct and citizenship.General Motors is an industry leader when it comes to diversity. For the past 12 years, GM has been the Title Sponsor of the Black Enterprise Entrepreneur’s Conference. GM honored Mr. Ronald E. Hall, President of Bridgewater Interiors, as the 2005 Supplier of the Year. Last year, GM spent 5.6 Billion with U.S.-based Minority Suppliers. Black Enterprise honored Mr. Greg Jackson, as the 2005 BE Dealer of the Year. On display at the Conference were nine 2006 vehicles and three 2007 vehicles: 2006 Saturn Sky, Pontiac G6, Pontiac Solstice, Cadillac DTS, Buick Lucerne, HUMMER H3, Chevrolet Corvette, Saab 9-3, Saab 9-7x; 2007 Yukon Denali,Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe.
Photo: Mr. Greg Jackson, as the 2005 BE Dealer of the Year.
Courtesy of GM Communications, Craig Eppling.