Ed Fitzpatrick is one of the most successful African-American car dealers on the West Coast and this year's elected chairman of the 1,400-member California Motor Car Dealers Assn. His father started working at an Elyria, OH, dealership as a janitor in 1948. Within a few years, he was a parts counterman, and then parts manager, “at a time when it was unusual for a black man to have a dealership job other than as a janitor,” says his son. Ed Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick graduated from Ohio ...

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