Pamela Rodgers

Pamela RodgersField of work: Business Entrepreneur and Owner

A native of Detroit and Mumford High School graduate, Pamela Rodgers earned a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1980 and MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1983.

Rodgers began her career at Ford Motor Company as a financial analyst in its car product development division and later graduated from the Ford Dealership Development Program. In 1996, after several years of managing the General Motors Flat Rock dealership, this location was merged with the Woodhaven store and re-named Rodgers Chevrolet.

As a pioneer for African American women in automotive business ownership, Rodgers dealership grew from 40 units per month to 180 in 1996, generating $37 million in revenue. By the year 2001, Rogers Chevrolet sales more than doubled to $80 million in revenue.

In addition to her automotive business, Pamela Rodgers is Chair of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and serves as a board member for the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Cranbrook Museum of Art, and Alternative for Girls.

Rodgers has also been named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ Top Influential List from 2005-2007; Essence magazine’s 10 Top Black Female Entrepreneurs in 1999; and Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Black Automotive Dealerships from 1997-2007.