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Stellantis & Back to the Bricks Executives Added to MotorCities Board of Directors

A Shunpiker's Journal
May 18, 2022 10:00 AM

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MotorCities National Heritage Area Adds Two New Members to its Board of Directors 

DETROIT – At its recent meeting, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors, who will each serve a two-year term.

The newly-elected board members include: 

  • Tom Rolands of Troy, who is Co-Director of the UAW/Stellantis National Training Center in Warren.  Rolands joined Stellantis in April 2012 at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant.  In 2014/2015, he worked in Talent Management at the Chrysler Tech Center (CTC) in Auburn Hills supporting Powertrain and Assembly Operations.  In 2016, Rolands moved into Labor Control at CTC supporting all manufacturing and MOPAR operations.  In November 2017, he moved into his current role where he supports manufacturing operations from a training capacity for all bargaining unit employees. Prior to Stellantis, Rolands spent 19 years in the hospitality industry, primarily with Aimbridge Hospitality.  He held many positions from Director of Sales to General Manager of numerous properties.  


  • Amber Taylor of Clio, who has been Executive Director of Back to the Bricks in Flint since December 2019. Her background is in marketing, sales, advertising, retail management, and construction. Taylor’s experience includes working with non-profit organization events in the Flint area such as Whaley Children’s Center, Hurley Foundation and supporting local charities through events. She is a proud Certified Tourism Ambassador and facilitator for Genesee County through the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is the Past President of the Flint Women’s Forum and is now Communications Chair. She was proud to spearhead the first female statue in the Automobile Heritage Collection, namely Rosie the Riveter now on display at Bishop International Airport.   


About MotorCities NHA:
Established in 1998 and headquartered in Detroit, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership is a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the National Park Service that serves 16 counties representing a population of over 6.5 million. Its mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the region’s rich automotive and labor heritage while enabling, supporting and respecting its diversity, equity and inclusion. Regional programs inspire residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation, and the world. Each year, MotorCities generates $489.7 million in economic impact, supporting 5,343 jobs and producing $40 million in tax revenue in Michigan. Over its 22-year history, MotorCities has awarded more than 300 grants for a total investment in local programs of more than $1.6 million. Find MotorCities on the web at www.motorcities.org; also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/motorcities and follow them on Twitter/Instagram: @MotorCities.

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