Carver enjoys helming two growing dealerships. But he also feels the weight of his membership in a club that’s small and exclusive — for all the wrong reasons. According to the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, only 6 percent of dealerships in the U.S. are minority-owned.
“Is there pressure to succeed? Absolutely,” Carver said. “My performance could help open the door for the next wave of minority dealers. So it’s very important for me to make wise moves and good decisions and take this responsibility very seriously.”
Carver said he grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, without a lot of resources or career guidance. He only considered the auto industry after a dealership sales rep came into the jewelry store where he was working and “dropped a wad of cash” on an item for a significant other.
Now that Carver has achieved his own success, he finds it fulfilling to provide counsel to others, particularly young minority professionals who lack guidance, just as he did when he was younger. He often is contacted for career advice.
“It’s very gratifying,” Carver said. “It motivates me to continue to grow so I can continue to help other people maximize their potential.”
And get them into their own winner’s circle.