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

Tom Rolands, Amber Taylor // Courtesy of MotorCities
Tom Rolands, Amber Taylor // Courtesy of MotorCities

MotorCities, a federally designated national heritage area in Detroit, has added Tom Rolands and Amber Taylor to its board of directors.

Rolands is the co-director of the UAW/Stellantis National Training Center in Warren, and Taylor is the executive director of Back to the Bricks in Flint.

Rolands, who is from Troy, joined Stellantis in April 2012 at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant. In 2014-15, he worked in talent management at the Chrysler Tech Center (CTC) and supported powertrain and assembly operations in Auburn Hills. Rolands later moved into labor control at CTC endorsing all manufacturing and MOPAR operations.

In November 2017, Rolands started his current role supporting manufacturing operations from a training capacity for all bargaining unit employees. Prior to Stellantis, he spent 19 years in the hospitality industry working with Aimbridge Hospitality. He also held many positions from director of sales to general manager of several properties.

Since December 2019, Taylor has been executive director of Black to the Bricks in Flint. She has a background in marketing, sales, advertising, retail management, and construction. She has other nonprofit experience in the Flint area such as working with Whaley Children’s Center, Hurley Foundation, and supporting local charities.

Taylor is a certified tourism ambassador and facilitator for Genesee County through the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She was president of the Flint Women’s Forum and is now communications chair.

The MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership is affiliated with the National Park Service that serves 16 countries representing a population over 6.5 million. The nonprofit corporation’s mission is to preserve, interpret, and promote the region’s rich automotive and labor operations while enabling and respecting its diversity, equity, and inclusion.