General Motors CEO resigns from country club that rejected black GM executive – Jack Smith, Roy Roberts

General Motors CEO resigns from country club that rejected black GM executive – Jack Smith, Roy Roberts – Brief Article

Jack Smith, the president and CEO of General Motors (GM) recently resigned from a country club in Bloomfield Hills, MI, that did not want a top Black GM exective as a member.

The Black executive, GM Vice President Roy Roberts who runs the GMC Truck Divison, asked to join the exclusive Bloomfield Hills Country Club, but was turned down, The Detroit News reported.

After learning that Roberts was not accepted as a member, Smith, who is White, quit. Roberts, who is featured in GM’s corporate ad campaign, would not comment.

The club is home to many auto industry executives, and has first year expenses of $50,000 and $5,100 annual membership dues, said a report in USA Today.

The club has 454 members, but did not have a Black member until 1992, when Chrysler Vice President Leroy Richie, general counsel to the U.S. Golf Association, joined.

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