FEBRUARY-MARCH 2021

In This Issue

 


Gillman Auto Group Announces Construction of Three Major New Facilities!

Back in the 1950s, Frank Gillman Pontiac occupied a major facility in the heart of downtown Houston. It was a state-of-the-art dealership for that era.

Gillman realized growth was limited due to space restrictions and was well aware of Houston’s movement to the suburbs. He acquired several acres of land on Bellaire Boulevard and developed the largest Pontiac location in the nation. Expansion into other franchises, an RV center and a booming demand for used vehicles soon filled all available space.

Under Ramsay Gillman, the company developed several multi-franchise campuses in Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. All this growth is in keeping with the Gillman credo that team members need the best possible facilities to do the best possible jobs.
As an exciting kickoff to 2021, the Gillman dealer group will move ahead with three major new projects.

Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram needs growing room. Gillman Subaru Southwest in Houston has successfully relocated to their new facility. So a total remodel of the building that housed that team has begun. The goal is to establish a Jeep store in its own location, thus providing its four-brand franchise with additional space for further growth.

Also slated for Houston is the construction of a multi-story parking garage to house employee vehicles and inventory. This will be built at the Gillman Honda, Subaru and Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram campus on the Sam Houston Toll Road.

Last, but far from least, is the development of a new Honda dealership located next to the Gillman Chevrolet store in Harlingen. When this is completed, Gillman Honda San Benito will close its present quarters and relocate to the new site.

As these projects testify, the Gillman commitment to providing customers and team members with outstanding accommodations remains strong.

Here’s to a great 2021 and our continued growth!



Coming soon! A stand-alone Jeep facility to support our booming Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram franchise!

 

 


Gillman Team Honors Super Mom for Bravery and Quick Action!

It was a football-themed presentation in honor of Super Mom, Ms. Pena. She took matters into her own hands when she caught a suspected Peeping Tom she believed was spying on her daughter. After a fracas that allowed the alleged peeper to escape police custody, Super Mom saw the suspect running away. Her tackle would have made any pro football player proud. After downing the young man, Ms. Pena and her daughter held the suspect for the police.

Super Mom and daughter were invited to a special event held in the Gillman Honda Houston location. She was saluted by Gillman team members wearing football gear in honor of her great tackle.

Her unique story made headlines on national news and the Gillman tribute was featured on local newscasts.
Way to go, Super Mom!



Super Mom and daughter at the presentation.



Gillman Subaru Southwest Lauded for Pick-up and Drop-off Service!

Hector Flores, District Parts and Service Manager, Dallas-Fort Worth Zone, Subaru of America, Inc., sent a congratulatory message to the team at Gillman Subaru in Southwest Houston. He lauded them for providing outstanding pick-up and drop-off service.

According to Flores, “No other retailer in D3 receives such glowing comments from customers...”

Great job, Gillman Subaru Service team! Way to go!

 


Jeff Ahr, Gillman Subaru San Antonio Parts Manager, Becomes a Social Media Personality!

Jeff Ahr, in his role as Parts Manager with Gillman Subaru in San Antonio, is a big social media hit! He has created more than 50 videos, selling everything from roof racks and sun shades to dog toys and camping chairs. His weekly, sometimes daily, videos have generated an enthusiastic following on Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets.

To get the full impact of what Jeff has managed to do, check the Gillman Subaru San Antonio Facebook page.

Way to go, Jeff, for thinking out of the box!


 


Gillman Subaru Dealerships in San Antonio and Houston Earn Subaru of America’s 2021 Love Promise Customer & Community Commitment Award!

General Manager Tony Osborne, Gillman Subaru San Antonio, and General Manager Eliel Ramirez, Gillman Subaru Southwest in Houston, are rightly proud of their respective teammates. They are among the elite group of Subaru dealers who were honored to earn the Subaru of America, Inc., 2021 Love Promise Customer & Community Commitment Award.

According to Subaru of America, Inc., both dealerships have shown “remarkable dedication to both pillars of the Love Promise—exceptional service to their customers and extraordinary work in their communities.”

A huge Gillman “Way to go” to both fine organizations!

 


David Kemp, Gillman Companies Director of Parts and Service, Retires after 40 Years of Service


On February 2, 1981, David Kemp joined Gillman Pontiac. Business was conducted in the Bellaire location, which at that time was the largest Pontiac dealership in the nation. Frank Gillman was running the company, Ramsay and Barton Gillman were Vice Presidents, while Stacey and Jason were in grade school!

During his time with Gillman, David grew to be one of the most capable Parts and Service professionals in the nation. On top of extensive experience and a vast backlog of knowledge, his managerial abilities allowed him to play a major role in our success.

David has been a friend to all and a mentor to many. He is a unique individual with a keen sense of humor. The phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” had to have been written with him in mind.

Way to go, David! You have our thanks and appreciation for your great contributions. You will be missed!

 

 


Promoting from Within the Gillman Team!

“The best person for the job!” That was Ramsay Gillman’s cardinal rule for hiring. “Give team members every opportunity for advancement” was another of his axioms. Combined, the two dictate a key Gillman Companies’ operating philosophy. Simply stated, it is “Whenever possible, promote from within.”

Please congratulate the following Gillman staff members who have earned promotions and moved forward in their careers.

Nicholas Herrin, New Vehicle Sales Representative with Gillman Honda Houston, has been promoted to F&I Manager at Gillman Subaru Southwest.

Wendy Griffin, formerly Gillman Honda Southwest and Gillman Chrysler Staff Accountant is now Gillman Corporate Staff Accountant.

Cameron Mangum was a Sales Representative at Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. He is now Inventory Manager with that dealership.

Michael Barrera is now Gillman Honda San Antonio F&I Manager. He formerly served as a Used Vehicle Sales Representative at that location.

David Fernandez-Cavazos who held the position of New Vehicle Sales Representative with Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen is now Used Vehicle Sales Manager.

A huge Gillman “Way to go!” to each of these highly effective retail automotive professionals.

 



A Big Gillman Thanks to Chet Murr on His 25th Anniversary With Gillman!

A big Gillman “Way to go!” to Chet Murr, with Gillman Honda San Antonio. He has contributed greatly to our success over the last 25 years.

A great team member, Chet heads the Used Vehicle Reconditioning team. In his own words, he knows how to “Get ‘R Done!”
Thanks, and “Way to go!” Chet.

 

 


Gillman Subaru Southwest Named CarProUSA Dealer of the Month!

CarProUSA customers are discerning vehicle buyers and owners. Some say they expect the best and are hard to please. So when Gillman Subaru Southwest gained over 100 top ratings from very satisfied customers, it was only natural to name them CarProUSA Dealer of the Month.

Kudos to Manny Maraghi who spearheads the CarPro program at the dealership. Way to go, Manny, GM Eliel Ramirez and the entire Gillman Subaru Southwest team!



Gillman Team Members Turn Out for Annual Ramsay Gillman Remembrance in Red!

Ramsay Gillman was born on February 1, 1944. He grew up in the retail automobile business and genuinely enjoyed coming to his office every day. Outstanding in his chosen profession, he served as President of the National Automobile Dealers Association. He also found time to hold top leadership positions in local, state, regional and governmental organizations.

Ramsay was a trusted friend, mentor, advisor and confidant. He made notable contributions to society and enjoyed life to the hilt. His ability to find humor and fun as he worked was unmatched.

Ramsay led development of the Gillman Companies from a single dealership in Houston to one of the nation’s largest retail automobile organizations. Today we are proud to serve the Gulf Coast, South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

Red was Ramsay’s favorite color. So it is fitting for the entire Gillman organization to honor his spirit on his birthday by wearing red. It’s a beloved tribute to a departed team leader.


Gillman Honda San Benito

Gillman Executive Office

Gillman Chevrolet San Benito

Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Houston

Gillman Subaru Southwest Houston

Gillman Nissan Fort Bend

Honda San Antonio

Gillman Honda Houston

Gillman Mitsubishi San Antonio

Gillman Subaru San Antonio

Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen

 


Breaking News! Gillman Honda Dealerships Once Again Earn the Highly Coveted Honda President’s Award!

The teams at Gillman Honda Houston and Gillman Honda San Antonio were justly rewarded for their hard work and dedication to customer service. Both dealerships once again earned the prestigious Honda President’s Award for outstanding overall performance!

This recognition is granted to only the absolute best Honda dealers in all America. To be so recognized once is great. But to be honored by receiving this award year after year is a phenomenal feat.

Congratulations to all who played a role in the extraordinary effort to earn this distinct honor! Way to go!

 


 

401 (K)orner By Alyssa Zubiate

I am sure you have all heard that old saying “pay yourself first.” By paying yourself first, you are getting yourself set up for retirement. If you raise the percent that you are contributing by even just 1 percent a year, this will mount up. So please check your deduction percent for your 401k and see if you need to give yourself a raise! Even a small increase is better than none at all.

 


Health & Wellness
HELP FIGHT VIRUSES

By Alyssa Zubiate

As always, you can log in to the website www.nada401k.com or call me if you have questions at 713-776-7065. You can also email me azubiate@gillmanauto.com.

Here are some suggestions to help fight viruses:
1. Be sure to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.

2. Have sanitizer ready. Look for one that has at least 70% alcohol in it.

3. Try to limit how much you touch your face. Germs can enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth.

4. Cover that cough. Sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your elbow.

5. Keep your distance. Avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.

6. Regularly clean surfaces you touch often, keyboards, remotes, phones, door handles. Use soapy water and a household disinfectant. Share not. Remind your family not to share items such as cups and silverware.

7. Build a strong defense. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, eat healthy and get regular exercise. Be sure to get your annual flu shot.

8. Always wear a mask when other people are around.
Please keep yourself healthy and those around you will be healthy too!

 



 


A Big Gillman “Way to go!” to Willie Hailey for His 35 Years with Gillman!

Willie Hailey came to work at Gillman in 1986. Hired as a Delivery Driver, Mr. Willie, as he came to be called by his associates, is an outstanding team member. Today he holds the highly responsible position of Parts Warehouse Manager with Gillman Honda Southwest.

Many thanks, Mr. Willie, for your many contributions in the past and your continued high degree of professional performance!

 


Gillman Honda Houston Sets 2020 Sales Record!

For the first time in the dealership’s history, Gillman Honda Southwest was number one in Houston in sales of Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles! Kudos to Greg Cypher, Pre-Owned Sales Director, GM Daryl Waterwall and the Gillman Honda sales team!

Way to go!

 



Congratulations to Honda Master Service Technician Ted Celis for 20 Years with the Gillman Honda San Antonio Team!

Ted Celis is a Certified Honda Master Service Technician. That’s a hard-earned honor which says volumes about Ted’s abilities and marks him as a known professional. The entire Gillman team thanks him for his years of service and his daily efforts to keep Gillman Honda San Antonio a leader in Honda service.

Way to go, Ted!

 


Patrick York Wins Gillman Step Champion Trophy!

It started as a challenge to be healthy and get into better shape. It turned into a hot contest between two determined competitors. Both men did a praise worthy job!

David Kemp, then Gillman Director of Parts and Service, and Patrick York, Gillman Chief Operating Officer, entered into a friendly bet that grew into a hard-fought challenge.

The concept was simple. Using their phone fitness apps to count their respective steps on a daily and monthly basis, the person racking up the most steps in a year would win.

Patrick reported a total of 3,550,582 steps for the year and earned the title “Gillman Step Champion” for 2020! He may have outpaced David but both contestants gained from improved health and fitness.

Way to go, guys! Anyone up for a 2021 step challenge?


Step Champion Patrick York,
Gillman Companies COO,
with his trophy.

 


Gillman Subaru Houston Gains National Attention for Outstanding Service to Their Care Partner Organization, Turning Point Center!

As Texas struggled through one of the worst cold snaps in state history, a unique Gillman team did their best to share a little bit of love with their Subaru Loves to Care Partner, the Turning Point Center. This full service facility shelters 70 previously homeless residents, all over the age of 50, and helps them return to productive society.

The Gillman team powered through freezing weather to bring much appreciated blankets for every Turning Point resident. An outstanding performance by all involved.

Way to go!



Left to right:
Gillman Subaru Southwest Houston team members Memo Lopez, Parts Manager; Roger Reyna, Service Manager; and Eliel Ramirez, General Manager; are assisted by Elizabeth Galati with Gillman Marketing.

 


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Our Satisfied Customers

I need to brag on a salesman by the name of Trevor K. After having a horrible experience at another dealership, Trevor made our experience wonderful. Everyone at the facility was so nice, and the Finance Manager was also great. They were not pushy. There were no hidden fees. And the majority of the deal was worked over the phone. Things were ready when we got there, and the used Jeep we purchased was in pristine condition. Everything was spotless. I would highly recommend Trevor K. to help you if you are looking for a vehicle. Very laid-back and made you feel comfortable.

Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram



Mr. Jorge Amparan is the best salesman in Gillman Honda, I am very happy to buy a car with him three times. If you want a pleasant car buying experience, want to buy at a good, good price, just look for him. Thank you, Mr. Jorge Amparan. You are the best.

Gillman Honda San Antonio



Had the best experience at Gillman Chevrolet in Harlingen. Zeke and Valentin were just the greatest! Second vehicle here and every time it’s a good experience. Thanks again guys!

Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen



Best dealership experience I’ve ever gone through! Just bought a 2020 Rogue. They hooked me up and made everything about the price worth it. Everyone was so fun to be around and had great personalities. I know their job is to sell you something but they didn’t push that on me. Would totally buy something from them again! Francois was my salesman! He’s so fun to work with! Definitely see him when you go!

Gillman Nissan



I am always happy with Gillman Mitsubishi service. We bought our 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor new at Gillman in 2011. We have had it serviced there since. We are always happy with Gillman service. They don’t try to sell you something that is not needed but let you know what needs attention so you can make an informed decision. Also this may be the best car I have ever owned and I am 72 years old and have had a few. This is my wife’s car so even though it is nine years old, it still has very low mileage and has been well maintained. Still looks and runs like new. Thank you, Gillman Mitsubishi. The entire staff has been courteous, professional and displayed excellent customer service.

Gillman Mitsubishi



This is my second time working with Luis Torres and he upgraded me to the CRV from the Civic. Very helpful in showing me all the models they had to offer. My family will definitely be dealing with him in the future for all our Hondas.

Gillman Honda San Benito

 

 


 

A Very Happy Birthday to:

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Nguyen, Nam
Bemis, Thomas T.
Watson, William S.
Roberts, Becky P.
Payton, Steven R.
Gonzalez, Maria D.
Ramirez, Eliel
Sanchez-Diaz, Manuel A.
Collado, Rafael A.
Esparza, Jose H.
Maraghi, Mansoor
Alvarez, Martha R.
Castro, Abelardo
Bozkurt, Selahattin
Scott, Brian L.
Aguillon, Roel
Coker, Tobin C.
Ramos, John A.
Cruz, Darwin M.
Williams, Justus D.
Dix, Debra E.
Edwards, Olivia R.
Orellana, Victor A.
Massey, Anson D.
Ramirez, Peter A.
Alejandro, Amanda M.
Alejandro, Lucinda T.
Puy, Raphael
Garcia, Noe, Jr.
Amparan, Jorge
Pavon Sanchez, Gerson F.
Katz, Abraham
Merrell, Kelli C.
Rodriguez, Juan M.
Age, Darlanette
Perry, Germaine F.
Wahid, Khizar
Bolch, Isaac
Vaillancourt, Edward R.
Castro, Alvaro M.
Ramirez, Jorge E., Jr.
Rodriguez, Fernando
Garcia, Christina
Bennis, Hicham
Gomez, Ringo
Castro, Juan J.
Cuellar, Matthew I.
Ponce, Manuel
Mejia, David E.
Navarro, George
Kafalghazal, Zied
Karimi, Amir
Cruz-Santivanez, Antonio
Reyes, Katrina I.
Ozuna, Natalie Y.
Guido, William E.
Vogel, Jennifer
Carrillo, Jose A.
Ruiz, Joseph L.
De Jesus, Ariel
Barragan, Daniel
Rodriguez, Daniel, Jr.
Cruz, Christian M.
Arespe, Christopher
Cole, David E.
Banda, Javier I.
Guzman, Daisy
Varia, Dennis J.
Spaulding, Chandra D.
Ho, Jenny
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Baker, James
Sierra, Emily M.
Farmer, Thomas A., Jr.
Trevino, Mario A.
Anderson, Ellis E.
Lopez, Jose A.
Cantu, Isaura M.
Arriaga, Omar, Jr.
Juarez, Gabriel E.
Perez, Yajaira N.
Williams, Keldrick F.
McLelland, Colin H.
Almanza, Jaqueline E.
Juarez, Jose A.
Sullivan, Robert M.
Ahr, Jeffrey W.
Jones, Cheryl R.
Varcados, Jack
Gonzalez, Uriel E.
Favier-Cantalapiedra, Adalberto
Wells, Justin L.
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Wilson, Patrick L.
Kusin, Jana P.
Turner, Kekoa S.
Levy, Aida C.
Gonzalez, Audrey
Mejia, Francisco
Smith, Jocelyn
Lovullo, Denise M.
Milliman, John W.
Guzman-Portillo, Juan M.
Alejandro-Torres, Vanessa
Patterson, Nicholas A.
Pscion, Vickie L.
Marin, Daniel
Ybarra, Stacy A.
Meza, Ramon
Ortega, Rafael C.
Campos, Andrea S.
Harvey, Roceal
Gornall, Mathew G.
Khouzam, Rabee
Ventura-Montoya, Iris V.
Arnold, Jamie L.
Leal, Sandra S.
Gurule, Robert
Francis, Lawrence L.
Fotopoulos, John N.
Contreras, Mario I.
Branham, Rudolph, II
Mitchell, Demarcus D.
Benson, Patria B.
Naetzker, Stephen
Moore, Terry W.
Cigala, Jose Armando
Ramirez, Jose L., Jr.
Moreno, Jesse, Jr.
Cypher, Gregory J.
Cuevas, Michael A.
Jordan, Shealyn M.
Garcia, Tomas
Krishnaswamy, Trevor S.
Carrillo, Elizabeth M.
Haberkorn, Brandon
Flores, Abraham E.
Diaz, Karla O.
Gordillo, Alejandro
Carrasco, Ruben J.
Garcia, Daniel L.
Lopez, Jose N.
Tello, Juan E.
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Employee Anniversaries

Name Company Hire Date Years




Wade, Virginia
Nguyen, Tuan K.
Collins, Peggy L.
Grande, Jose A.
Collado, Rafael A.
Fotopoulos, John N.
Porter, Garrett C.
Lopez, Joshua A.
Mangum, David W.
Bevil, Myong S.
Reyes, Maria R.
Ramirez, Leticia
Rodriguez, Jose
Services
Honda Houston
Subaru Houston
Honda Houston
Honda Houston
Mitsubishi San Antonio
Honda San Antonio
Subaru San Antonio
Subaru San Antonio
Honda San Antonio
Honda Houston
Honda San Benito
Subaru Houston
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