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“Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers,” wrote poet William Wadsworth more than 200 years ago about materialism. Today, the issue persists among African Americans, whose buying power has reached nearly $1 trillion. Power may be attained through capital; celebrity; gender; knowledge; expertise; affiliation; force; and delegation. In America, power is typically a measure…

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Ronald Hall Sr. enjoys an especially rich and storied history in Detroit’s minority business space.  The business and civic leader is president and CEO of Bridgewater Interiors, an auto seating supply company which he  established in 1998. The company currently has four locations nationwide, servicing General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Honda auto manufacturers. But of…

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