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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, May 15, 1997, Image 9

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9A STRICTLY BUSINESS/ The Charlotte Post Thursday, May 15, 1997 Hubbard leads Metrolina Dodge Continued from page 8A dealership, designed by W. Powers McElveen & Associates Inc. of Columbia, S.C., sits on nine acres of land and took 10 months to build. It has an open air showroom, a wide, covered area in which salespeople can point out features to customers. The octagon-shaped, two-story building features a huge show room floor which is bordered by tinted, insulated glass. The rest of the ground floor consists of offices, rest rooms, customer lounge, play area, fax and copy center, reading room as well as a parts and service area. The top floor has the account ing office, operations manager, advertising conference room and Hubbard’s office. His office is spacious, tastefully decorated with furniture he selected while on a business trip to the Orient. There is even a bathroom with a shower. The entire lot and show room floor can be seen from the office. The lot has room for new and used cars, unlike the old loca tion. “We could only stock Dodge products at the old store,” Hubbard said. “We had no used cars at all. We’d actually taken part of the body shop and used it for service.” The new service area features 49 bays, the largest in Charlotte and third largest in the country. ’There’s an Xpress Lube which does quick oil changes. 'The body shop is now called Metrolina Dodge Collision Center. “We do body repair on all makes and models,” Hubbard said. Hubbard will not say exactly how much the dealership cost. He just grinned, then said “a lot.” Metrolina Dodge is the crown jewel in Hubbard Automotive Group which contains Metrolina Kia, Diamond Chevrolet-Geo and Diamond Isuzu. Hubbard ran the original Metrolina Dodge location for 10 years. In 1985, He was one of the youngest operations man agers for Sears. He left the com pany to enroll in Chrysler’s Minority Dealer Development Program, which lasts for two years. Hubbard finished in nine months. He invested $140,000 of his own money along with Chrysler funds to capitali2e the costs of Metrolina Dodge. In 20 months he owned the store. It usually takes five years. Hubbard’s business savvy has guided the dealership fi-om sales of $16 million in its first year toward $100 million this year. He was selected Black Enterprise magazine’s Automobile Dealer of the Year in 1991. “I was very pleased, honored - hvunbled by it,” Hubbard said. “I felt a lot of things played a big role. I had good people and I did not come to the car business with any bad habits over the years. I came out of retail with Sears. Retailing is retailing, whether you are selling cars, washers or dryers. You simply have to figure out what people want and give it to them.” Advertise in the ‘97 Black Guide ’'Where Changed Philosophies Lead To Changed Behavior" Creative Interchange • Diversity Facilitating • Motivational Speaking • Self-esteem Building for Youth & Adults • Wellness • African, Aft'ican American Hi^ory Lectures • Rites of Passage Training »! Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed ,, Educator & Facilitator 1321 Enderly Road • Charlotte, NC 28208 • (704) 393-5474 A.t last! A Certified MBE Company That Can Handle Your Office Needs! ■■jji diKdikl llT • Copy Paper • Computer Pai>er • Toner Ink Cartridges, Etc.... And We Deliver Call O’ Fax Today! (704) 522-9411 * Fax (704) 522-9413 8227-E Arrowridge Hlvd. Charlotte, NC 2827'r, * Don Bloch, Pi'es. SBA honors 2 Charlotteans Continued from page 8A her work as First Citizens direc tor of community development lending, which targets minority and female owned business and SBA loans. Walker’s award recognizes the bank’s centralized effort to tar get groups that did not tradition ally have access to credit. “I’m real pleased,” Walker said. “We had done a lot of work to improve our lending. I am pleased we were able to get some recognition for that effort.” McCuUough and Walker will represent North Carolina during Small Business Week cere monies honoring state, advocate and special award winners. The events will be June 1-4 in Washington, D.C. A local awards luncheon is planned June 5. Official announcement of the awards are expected by May 28. McCullough was nominated for the award by George McAllister of the Charlotte Small Business Training and Development Center. He won in state and regional judging before rising to the national level. Criteria in the selection process include: voluntary efforts beyond business/profes sional responsibilities to advance minority small business inter ests and efforts to improve con ditions in the minority small business commimity. Others include provision of professional services to minority small business and accomplish ments in advising those busi nesses, with demonstrated merit as an effective advocate for minority small business inter ests. Enjoy the pride of home ownership. Cannon announces changes By Brian Powe FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST Fieldcrest Cannon recently launched a $57 million invest ment effort to improve facili ties at its plant off Highway 29 in Kannapolis. One of the area’s leading fabric printing and towel man ufacturing plants, Fieldcrest has over 6,000 employees, many of them African Americans from Rowan and Cabarrus counties. Hoping to keep the facility on the cutting edge of technol ogy, officials believe expansion is essential to progress. John Nevin, Fieldcrest’s executive vice president of operations, published a letter ^OUCH, INC 1 A Motivational Training f V .wwwii^ Consultant Service F -provi(iing workshops for: 1 ♦ home* school • workplace* church B * community £ Senior Consultant, Glenda Horton Manning ■ New . 6316 Montieth Drive • 561-3731 or 596-6036 Address • Fax 596-6276 "Touching Tomorrow Today" WALLACE OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY Solo Practice of Female Medicine and Surgery •Aetna •Ailamic Hcalili • BCBS Plans • Cigna HMO • Corcsoiircc • Healthcare Savings •Healthsource •John Alden Kanawha Mamsi Metra Health Optimum Choice ■ Principle Health Care • Provident PPO ■Wellness Plan &. Mam' Other Plans Accepted L.B, Wallace Jr. MD 1928 Randolph Rd. #215 Charlotte 28211 to employees about the expan sion. In the letter, Nevin said that the facility was at the crossroads. “It is critical that we contin ue modernizing to make sure that we service our cus tomers,” he said. Already $309 million in debt, Fieldcrest Cannon opened an $200 million account with First Union Bank. According to officials, there will be money taken from the account over the next few years to maintain the consistency of the modernization process. The board of directors approved the capital cam paign to extract jobs in some areas and create jobs in oth ers. Officials guaranteed that there won’t be any changes made in employment. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has been called to han dle its newly constructed $6 million data center. Fieldcrest Cannon spokesman Dick Reece said in a published report there is a logical reason for the changes. “The reason we’ve done that is because those people spe- , cialize in those areas,” he said. ' “They bring to the table the (expertise we didn’t have.” Enjoy the comfort and pride of home ownership. Tklk to Connie Burrough about an affordable home loan from First Citizens. Put yourself in this picture. And your own home. There has never been a better time to apply for a mortgage under our Shelter Source program or the Fannie Mae Community Home Buyers program. First Citizens Bank reduced the interest rate on qualifying loans by one-quarter percent below the standard rate until June 30, 1997 on both of these programs. Connie Burrough (704) 338-3807 Also until June 30, First Citizens is paying for the appraisal on a Shelter Source loan and discounting the appraisal and credit report fees for the Fannie Mae loan. Both programs allow low down payment options and flexible qualification requirements. Call and make an appointment with mortgage specialist Connie Burrough to learn all the details , and requirements for these first programs. CITIZENS Get the picture? t=j, 7ie Durroug stalls ^0 EQUAL HOUSING LENDER Hertz Supports Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. (9)eitz has a strong commitment to the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE’s). ® he eontributions made by these suppliers have been of great benefit to Hertz and our customers alike. @)e are proud of our efforts in seeking out such busi nesses and pledge to continue our efforts to ensure that all have a fair and equal opportunity to supply goods and services. HERTZ RENT A CAR 4102 Rental Car Rd. Charlotte, NC 28214 • 359-0114

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