Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Jacqueline Edgar, known as "Miss Jackie" to all, never thought she would one day become a successful owner of a new car dealership. Being black and female, "it just wouldn't happen".
Although she had a job in a local grocery store, she made the decision to become a salesperson believing she had the talent to sell cars and make a good living to support her family. The Lincoln-Mercury dealer in New Ibernia provided her that opportunity (1974) and eventually she became a top salesperson.
In 1977, she joined J. P. Thibodeau Honda-Cadillac. Because of her strong sales abilities, he suggested she join GM's Training Program. She declined because it would have represented a cut in pay which she could not afford. For the next several years, she stayed in the car business absorbing all she could about managing the 'business'.
In 1982, she was approached by GM to determine her interest in becoming the Chevrolet dealer in Jeanerette. Although losing money, it was believed that her knowledge of the market (only nine miles from her home) and selling talents, she could turn the operation into a profit.
After much negotiation, she made an offer which was accepted and history was made. She was the first African-American woman to be the sole owner of a new car dealership. Another historical event occurred.
In 1985, she was contacted by Ford's New Orleans office about a possible interest in the Ford dealership in Breaux Bridge, a bigger opportunity. She was, and under Ford's Dealer Development Plan, she invested $50,000 in 1986 and now owned two domestic dealerships.
After two years, she sold the Chevrolet dealership and focused her total energies on the Ford business. In 1995, she secured an RV line and opened a separate RV/Truck operation which has been highly successful. She remains in the retail business today. Jacqueline "Miss Jackie" Edgar demonstrated that neither color nor sex is a factor in being a successful entrepreneur.