Business Leader Tells Youths Hard Work is Main Key to Success
' By DAVID L. DILLARD
Chronicle Staff Wrucr
* When Chandler Lee came to
Winston-Salem two and a half years
ago, he had just bought a bankrupt
He told nearly 200 students
Saturday that hard work and the
determination to succeed made him
the most successful African-Ameri
can businessman locally and one of
the top 100 black businessmen in
"The knowledge given to you
today is the foundation you will use
to achieve aU your goals," Lee said.
Lee, owner of Classic Cadillac -
GMC Truck, was the guest speaker
at the second annual Business
Youth Career Awareness Program
sponsored by Sara Lee Knit Prod
-> Kirk Beaudin, chief executive
officer of Sara Lee. xaui Lee iiy a.
role model and an asset to the com
Lee gave a motivating pep lalk
that offered advice in achieving
goals mixed with the- story of his
own personal triumph from rags to
riches with the help of sports.
In high school, Lee was captain
of the football, basketball and base
ball teams and played sports at
Western Michigan University.
"Through sports 1 developed
leadership skills," he said. "1 always
had the ability to be number one at
anything 1 pursue."
Lee worked for General Motors
and said his desire at that time was
-to become president of the com
pany. When his interest turned
toward entreprenuership, sports ?
once again ? bpened doors for him.
"Sports was one of my keys to
success," he said. "Playing golf, I
got the chance to meet the upper
level executives on a social level. . .
. It's one of the most important fac
tors if you want to start your own
Lee was president and CEO of
Chandler Lee Motors in Southern
Pines before purchasing Classic
Cadillac. He now runs Classic
Cadillac and sits on several boards
throughout the county.
Lee closed his speech by saying
the new Wachovia building, which
tfill be a huge skyscraper upon
completion, is starting with a foun
dation deep into the ground and
likewise, students will have to dig
deep into their studies to build
themselves a promising future.
"The deeper the foundation you
build, the higher the career you can
develop for yourself," he said.
200 Students Attend Entrepreneur Workshop at Sara Lee
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model to be an example and to give
young blacks help in pursuing, their
careers. . I T~
"I thought it was important
because 1 remember the impact that
it had on me," he said. "1 want to
give them advice and do whatever I
can to help. Also it gives me a
chance to network with other people
at Sara Lee."
Ken Hernandez, co-hos^ of the
operations session with Turner, is a
senior buyer for Sara Lee with sev
eral countries in Central America.
He speaks fl uent Spanish an d E n g -
lish and encouraged the students to
learn different languages.
"The economy is becoming
more global and it's important to
have at least a working knowledge
of a different language, " Hernandez
said. "In my job I get to travel to
different countries. A lot of opportu
nities can open up for you in the
Sebastian Jeffries, a junior at
Independence ( High School, J
attended the conference last year,"
but thought this one was more pro
"They were more organized and
things went smoother, "Jeffries said.
"They stayed on the subject matter a
Tot better. It proved to me that Sara ~
Lee is into helping the youth out, 4
and they want to help us get jobs so
we can be better people."
Top Black-Owned Companies Gross over $ 1 0 Billion
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B.E. Industrial/Service 100 compa
re i e s totaled $6.2 b U 1 1 i on ? an
increase 8.2 percent over 1992.
The gross sales for the B.E. Auto
Dealers 100 totaled $4.1 billion ?
an increase of 23.6 percent from the
previous year. % ,
For the second straight year,
two Winston-Salem-area companies
made t|ie list. Classic Cadillac-GMC
Truck on North Point Boulevard, *
established in 1991 by Chandler B.
Lee,:made the list, although the
company dropped from No. 91 to
' No. 96. Classic s total sales for 1993
was $17.7 million.
. Pontiac-GMC Truck of Warner
Robins. Ga.. retained the top spot on
$403 million. f .
Dudley , Products in Kern
ersville placed jumped two spots
over the, prev ious year, from 48 to
46 on the list, with total sales of
more than $32 million on the indus
Topping the list again among
industrial/service companies was
New York-based TLC Beatrice
International Holdings, with more
than S1-.7 billion in revenue. John
son Publishing Co. of Chicago
remained the second-largest com
pany on the list, posting revenues of
$293.8 million in 1993.
Earl G. Graves, publisher of
Black Enterprise , said the record
setting revenues show the power of
"Despite fierce competition and
an unforgiving economy, black
businesses were able to achieve
greater productivity from increas
ingly scarce resources an yjeld a
record breakthrough of over $10 bil
lion in revenues.1' Graves said. "The
entrepreneurs of the B.E. 100s com
panies provide powerful examples
of what entrepreneurial courage is
all ahnnt "
Ways to Cut Cost When
Relocating and Decorating
Some college graduates and stu
dents enrolling in college will be
looking forward to setting up nefc
residencies. Relocation required
added expenses in decorating. There
are ways to cut the cost in decorat
ing that can create a lovely and com
tortable environment. There are air
kinds of techniques that are used
today to refurbish a room and fur
nishing in minutes that can give a
To start decorating, start with
the window treatment. The window
gives a modern beautiful look.
Use a circular board and blocks
for a night stand beside the bed or
for an end table. There are kits avail
able to put together for the circular
table. The kits are available at fabric
shops or you can get the circles cut
at the builder supply companies and
use blocks underneath. Then drape
the table cutting a circular piece of
fabric. Some dedorate fabrics now
come in 90 to 105 width to accom
modate a circular table without hav
ing to sew two widths together. The
treatments can make a room look
livable. Design your own window
There are many devices and
techniques that can be used today
that do not require sewing. Some of
these can give a very elaborate
effect. You can take a long strip of
fabric and "drape it over the window"
to create a swag. You can use brack
ets on both sides of the window fac
ing to run the fabric through. The
brackets will allow you to tie a bow
on each corner or make a rosette.
You can purchase the brackets
at the fabric shops and department
The brackets come as a kit and
are easy to install. You can also pur
chase plastic kits called "Design A
Drape" that allow creativity for all
kinds of designs.
The base for this creativity is a
plastic strip that comes in a kit.
These window headings can be used
with curtains, shades or mini-blinds
for privacy or the bare look beneath.
If you are using second-hand
furniture which can be a saving, you
can spruce these items up. Straight
chairs that look bad can be painted
or draped with fabric.
The unconstructed look can be
designed by draping the fabric over
the chair and using rubber bands
inconspicuously on each leg of the
chair to secure the fabric which
same technique of draping can be
used to conceal a worn sofa. Just
drape the fabric over the sofa, pinch
in the contour of the sofa and chair
shapes using concealed safety pins
and rubber bands.
For a headboard for a bed. hang
fabric on fhe wall over the bed. Cre
ate wall hangings by using a collec
tion of keys or wicker fans, or but
tons. Mount these on a board or
The collection of fans can be
hung directly on the walks. Pillows
can add a splash of color on the floor
or on the bed or sofa.
Your new location can have a ,
personal look inexpensively.
A headline was incorrectly put
in last week's edition. Atkins High
School Class of 19^4 met Sunday.
May 8, at Hooper's Funeral Home to
make plans for the 50th Class
Reunion at Holiday Inn North.
The Chronicle regrets the error.
A headline was incorrectly put
in last week's edition. Winston
Salem Bible College observed
Ladies Day last Saturday on the col
The Chronicle regrets the error.
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