Pamela Rodgers to Receive 2006 Professional Achievement Award
DETROIT October 18, 2006 – Pamela E. Rodgers, owner of Rodgers Chevrolet, Woodhaven, Mich., will be honored by the Women’s Automotive Association with a Professional Achievement award at the Detroit Athletic Club on Thursday Oct. 26, 2006. Ed Peper, general manager, Chevrolet, will serve as the evening’s honorary chairman and present the award.
“We are pleased to see Pamela honored with the 2006 Professional Achievement award,” said Peper. “Her achievements, commitment to the community and contributions in support of women exemplify the essence of this award.”
Established in 1997, the Professional Achievement Award is presented annually to a professional woman in the automotive industry in recognition of their commitment, professionalism, and success in the automotive industry. Recipients of the award share the common qualities of outstanding accomplishments in their career, leadership in business and community, and the influence and support of other women in the automotive industry.
About Pamela Rodgers
Pamela Rodgers opened her first GM dealership in 1993. During her tenure, Rodgers increased sales to $19 million and earned the number one status of ‘service satisfaction’ in the Detroit area. In 1996, she moved to a larger dealership in Woodhaven, Mich. – Rodgers Chevrolet.
Since that time, Rodgers Chevrolet has grown from 40 units per month to 210, with a strong focus on customer service. In 1996 her dealership generated revenues of $37 million. By the year 2001, sales were over $80 million and sales continue to average in excess of $75 million.
A good attitude, attention to the client’s needs, and a strong work ethic are the keys to Rodgers success. “The client is the reason we come to work every day,” she said. “In order for your client to be happy, you have to have satisfied employees. You can teach ability, but there is no substitute for attitude.”
Rodgers earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University in North Carolina. She believes it is important to invest in your community and be a responsible corporate citizen and is active in a number of civic and professional organizations.
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