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Lloyd G. Trotter

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive
Investment Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Southern cuisine
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall in US
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard - Sandy Lane
Favorite Quote:
God Grant Me Patience, And I Want It Right Now.

Birthplace

Born:
4/9/1945
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive
Investment Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Southern cuisine
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall in US
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard - Sandy Lane
Favorite Quote:
God Grant Me Patience, And I Want It Right Now.

Birthplace

Born:
4/9/1945
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Corporate executive Lloyd G. Trotter was born on April 9, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio to Lillian Trotter and Reverend Lee Trotter, Sr. He graduated from John Adams High School in 1963, and entered an apprenticeship program with Cleveland Twist Drill. He studied at Cleveland State University while working at Cleveland Twist Drill, graduating in 1972 with his B.A. degree in business administration.

Trotter was promoted to a full-time product design and application engineer at Cleveland Twist Drill in 1967. He began working for General Electric (GE) as a field service engineer in 1970, where he was named vice president and general manager of manufacturing for the Electric, Distribution and Control division (ED&C) in 1990. That same year, he helped found the GE African American Forum, a mentor group for African American GE employees. While working in management at GE, he invented the Trotter Matrix, a tool for evaluating standards across various plants which was quickly adopted throughout the company. In 1991, Trotter became the president and CEO of the Electric, Distribution and Control division, and then to president and CEO of GE Industrial Solutions in 1998. In 2003, Trotter became senior vice president of GE Industrial, followed by executive vice president of operations at in 2005. In 2008, after almost forty years, Trotter left GE to become a managing partner at the private equity firm GenNx360 Capital Partners, which he founded with Ronald Blaylock, Arthur Harper and James Shepard.

Starting in 2008, Trotter served on the board of directors of PepsiCo as well as Textron, Inc., Meritor, Inc. and Daimler AG. Trotter also served on the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and National Electrical Manufacturers Association. He received the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, and the GE Chairman’s Award for three consecutive years from 2003 to 2005. Trotter received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Cleveland State University, North Carolina A&T School of Business and Saint Augustine University. The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) honored Trotter with a schoarlship established in his name, and the Harlem YMCA presented him the Black Achievers in Industry Award.

Trotter and his wife, Teri, have three children.

Lloyd G. Trotter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 25, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his parents' move to Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls experiencing racial discrimination as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his immediate family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lloyd G. Trotter remembers his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls the racial demographics of the neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Lloyd G. Trotter remembers the election of Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about race relations at John Adams High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls accepting an apprenticeship at Cleveland Twist Drill Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his apprenticeship at Cleveland Twist Drill Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls his promotion at Cleveland Twist Drill Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lloyd G. Trotter remembers being hired at General Electric
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his roles as field service engineer and project lead
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls working in Brazil
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes the scope of his work at General Electric
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls interviewing at Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about his brief career at Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls his first executive job at General Electric
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about African American managers at General Electric
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lloyd G. Trotter remembers Jack Welch's leadership style
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls working as a general manager at General Electric
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about his experiences as General Electric's first African American executive
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes the Trotter Matrix
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lloyd G. Trotter remembers his relationship with Jack Welch
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls pushing for greater diversity at General Electric
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about the founding of the African American Forum
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his relationship with NBC executives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes the African American Forum
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about the changes at General Electric during the 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lloyd G. Trotter explains General Electric's business strategy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his sources of support at General Electric
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lloyd G. Trotter remembers his challenges at General Electric
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his interactions with government officials
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about his involvement on non-profit boards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about the leadership of Jack Welch and Jeffrey R. Immelt
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lloyd G. Trotter remembers the founding members of GenNX 360 Capital Partners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lloyd G. Trotter recalls working as director of Genpact Limited at General Electric
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his roles at GenNX360 Capital Partners and General Electric
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about the success of GenNX360 Capital Partners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes the effect of government on GenNX360 Capital Partners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about his relationship with General Electric after retirement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his involvement in the National Association of Guardsmen, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about his philosophy on mentorships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lloyd G. Trotter reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lloyd G. Trotter shares his advice to young professionals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Lloyd G. Trotter reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Lloyd G. Trotter talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Lloyd G. Trotter describes his plans for the future