From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Fryson, Sim E.

(born: 1947) 

Since 1995, Sim E. Fryson has been the CEO and president of Sim Fryson Motor Co. Inc. in Ashland, KY. The company was listed among the Top 100 Black Businesses by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Fryson, the second African American to own a Mercedes-Benz dealership, has more than 30 years experience in auto sales. Born in Charleston, WV, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of General Motors Institute, the University of Detroit, and West Virginia State University.

For more see D. E. Malloy, "Sim Fryson in company of champions," Herald Dispatch (West Virginia), 2/27/05, p. 12G; Who's Who Among African Americans, 1990-2007; Imbrogno, Douglas, "'Here Comes Sim' a drive through black dealership owner's career," Charleston Gazette-Mail, July 3, 2017 (updated Nov. 22, 2017); and Fryson, Sim E., "African American Life A Personal Perspective 2018 part III" at the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston, WV, a YouTube presentation, 4/14/2018.

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