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Roberts to lead minority dealers group

November 17, 2010

Desmond Roberts, principal of three dealerships that comprise Advantage Automotive Group, becomes chairman in June of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. 

The NAMAD wants automakers to consider minority dealer candidates for new and open points until 15 percent of dealerships are minority-owned. In 2005, the latest year for which numbers are available, minority dealers operated about 5.2 percent of U.S. franchises.


Nearly every manufacturer endorses the NAMAD plan in principle, but Roberts wants to measure deeds, not words. "So often, promises are made that are not fulfilled," he said. 

Roberts has served since 2005 as president of the General Motors Minority Dealers Association, but he will step down from that post in August. He also has been on the CATA board of directors since 2004.


Roberts owns Advantage Chevrolet of Bolingbrook, Advantage Chevrolet of Hodgkins, and Advantage Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge of Des Plaines.