APRIL-MAY 2019

In This Issue

 


Gillman Companies’ Annual Sales Achievement Awards Salute Outstanding Performers!


Jason Gillman, in the New Team Members Orientation Video, states a universal truth about the retail auto industry: “Nothing happens until we sell a car!”

Those are sage words.

The sale of new and used vehicles is the portal that brings customers into our dealerships so the wide variety of highly specialized skills held by Gillman team members can satisfy their transportation needs. The purchase of a vehicle opens the way for one more customer to use the products and services we offer. While each position in our company is vital to our success and makes an important contribution to attaining our goals, our sales team is the spearhead of our business.

As a special financial reward for their efforts, the Gillman Auto Group, from our earliest days, offers a program to recognize outstanding sales performance. The plan has paid more than $3.9 million in cash awards to those individuals who have demonstrated high levels of excellence.

In traditional tribute steak and eggs breakfasts held in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Houston, 67 of our very best sales representatives were honored for their exceptional contributions during 2018. Based on number of vehicles sold, the individual’s Customer Satisfaction Index compared to the national average, leadership skills and other important criteria, well-deserved cash incentives were presented to those earning the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Leadership awards.

A big Gillman “Way to go!” to these true sales professionals.


Rich Yannella (left), with Subaru of America, and Eliel Ramirez (right), General Manager of Gillman Subaru Houston, congratulate Mansoor “Manny” Maraghi, with Gillman Subaru Houston. Manny once more earned the title of Top Gillman Sales Representative in 2018. Way to go, Manny!

 



Each 2018 Gillman Companies Sales Achievement Award Winner Deserves a Massive “Way to go!”

2018 Sales Awards Roll of Honor


Jason Gillman, Stacey Gillman Wimbish and Patrick York
Platinum Award Recipients  

Christopher Adingupu II
Jose Alvarez
Danny Blanco
Alexander Carrillo
Joshua Delgado
Jaime Escamilla
Adnan Gashi
Daniel Ghassan
Ali Hadjigholamrezai
Jeremy Harvey
Todor Ivanov
Treylon James
Francois Jaquess
Ahmad Kafalghazal
Montella Lagunas
Larry Lozano
Eugenia Lozovanu
Mansoor Maraghi
Justin Marcia
Timothy Martin
Anson Massey
Gregory Mikels
John Nguyen
Raul Parra
Normalinda Parras
Daniel Pina-Rosales
Matthew Poore
Larry Stefhon
Rolander Terry
Khizar Wahid
Patrick Wilson

Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Subaru San Antonio
Gillman Subaru San Antonio
Gillman Subaru South
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Subaru South
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Subaru South
Gillman Nissan Rosenberg
Gillman Nissan Rosenberg
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda San Antonio
Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen
Gillman Subaru South
Gillman Subaru South
Gillman Nissan Rosenberg
Gillman Honda San Antonio
Gillman Nissan Rosenberg
Gillman Subaru San Antonio
Gillman Subaru South
Gillman Mitsubishi San Antonio
Gillman Honda San Antonio
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Nissan Rosenberg
Gold Award Recipients  

Mohammad Abbas
Emad Allaham
Jonathan Ayala
Joel Cardenas
Thomas Fogard
Jose Garay
Salaheddine Ghazi
Joshua Gutierrez
Zeb Poindexter
Kevin Smith
Albert Stevens
Michael Taylor
Guillermo Vaca

Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda San Antonio
Gillman Subaru South
Gillman Subaru South
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Mitsubishi San Antonio
Gillman Nissan Rosenberg
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Subaru San Antonio
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Silver Award Recipients  

Yolanda Aramburo
Selahattin Bozkurt
Hector Cervantes-Andrade
Yesenia Corona
Aaron Flores
Roceal Harvey
Jose Hernandez-Martinez
Kirit Khatri
Trevor Krishnaswamy
Santiago Montemayor
Jaime Perez
Rudy Perez
Ana Valadez
William Wyatt
Kin Yu

Gillman Chevrolet Buick GMC
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen
Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Honda San Antonio
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Subaru San Antonio
Gillman Honda San Antonio
Gillman Honda San Benito
Gillman Honda San Antonio
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Gillman Honda South
Leadership Award Recipients  

Mohammad Abbas
Myong Bevil
Joe Dadez
Ray Donez
Edwin Duran
Jesse Gamez
Nam Nguyen
Dante Toledo

Gillman Nissan Rosenberg
Gillman Honda San Antonio
Gillman Subaru San Antonio
Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda San Benito
Gillman Honda South
Gillman Honda South



Gillman Honda Houston

Gillman Subaru Houston

Gillman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Houston

Gillman Nissan Rosenberg

Gillman Honda San Antonio

Gillman Subaru San Antonio

Gillman Mitsubishi San Antonio

Gillman Rio Grande Valley Sales Achievement Breakfast
L-R: Greg Dinsmore; David Amaya; Ringo Gomez; Rick Carter; Patrick York; Guest Speaker David Lewis, noted consultant assisting retail automobile dealers; Bart McAndrews and Pete Harvey.

Gillman Chevrolet San Benito

Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen

Gillman Honda San Benito



Gillman Subaru Houston Receives High Accolades for Participation in 47th Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta!

The Gillman Subaru Houston team assisted competitors taking part in Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race. Team members worked both at the start and the finish of the event that supports the beautification of this vital city waterway.

One appreciative older paddler said in a message to Eliel Ramirez, General Manager of Gillman Subaru Houston, “I was just awestruck by how helpful, courteous and kind the crew from Gillman Subaru was.”

Great job, Gillman Subaru Houston!


 


Greg Duckworth Recognized for 30 Years with the Gillman Team!

Greg Duckworth has been a vital member of the Gillman team for 30 years! He was hired to work in Wholesale Parts by then Parts Manager Harold Romer. In a few months, under David Kemp, he was named Assistant Parts Manager and his career was set.

Today, Greg is Parts Manager for the Honda Houston dealership and is a valued leader of our Gillman team. His knowledge and experience make him tops in his field!

Greg and his wife Brenda have two children and are especially proud of their two grandkids.

Way to go, Greg!


Stacey Gillman Wimbish (left), President of the Gillman Companies, and Patrick York (right), Chief Operating Officer of the Gillman Companies, with Greg Duckworth, Gillman Honda Houston Parts Manager.

 


2018 GM Mark of Excellence Awards go to Sam Cavazos and Larry Lozano

Receiving the GM Mark of Excellence Award is an honored accomplishment reserved for only a few outstanding Chevrolet team members. It is a symbol of extraordinary performance in sales and customer satisfaction excellence.

Sam Cavazos, Sales Manager with Gillman Chevrolet in Harlingen, earned this recognition in the Sales Manager Category.
Larry Lozano distinguished himself by being awarded the Mark of Excellence in the Salesperson Category.

Way to go, Sam and Larry!

 


Gillman Subaru Houston Presents Major Donation to Buffalo Bayou Partnership as Part of Subaru’s Share the Love Program

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership has created a fantastic public park area along the meandering banks of Buffalo Bayou near downtown Houston. This major addition to the city’s recreational attractions draws thousands of visitors each week and is now one of the crown jewels of Harris County.

Gillman Subaru Houston funded continued efforts on park development and maintenance with a contribution of more than $23,000 through the Subaru Share the Love event. This is a gift that will keep on giving for years to come!

Way to go, Gillman Subaru Houston!


L-R: Stacey Gillman Wimbish; Leigh McBurnett, Buffalo Bayou Partnership; Rich Yanella, Subaru of America; Eliel Ramirez, Gillman Subaru Houston; and Jason Gillman

 


Gillman Honda Houston Chalks Up Another Honda President’s Award!

Earning the Honda President’s Award takes dedication and commitment. Being recognized again as one of the outstanding Honda
dealerships in the United States is both an honor and a tribute to the Gillman Honda Houston team. Please take rightful pride in your achievement.

Gillman Honda Houston team members have also been named to the Honda Masters Circle and gained the exclusive Honda Service Express Elite recognition.

True professionalism and focus on customer satisfaction set the Gillman Honda Houston team apart and equal to the best. A hearty

“Way to go” is extended to the entire staff!

 

 


401 (K)orner By Elaine Drury

Do you know how to make the most of your retirement savings dollars? Here is the best way to do it. Gillman offers a match on the first 5% that you contribute to your 401k plan. You should allocate every dollar toward the retirement plan up to the match formula. This means, if you are not currently contributing at least 5% to your 401k plan, then you are not getting the full match that Gillman contributes. The match money that Gillman contributes is just like getting free money, and who doesn’t want that! Also, you can save as much as you want until you hit the annual contribution limit determined by the IRS. This year if you are under 50 years old, you can contribute up to $19,000 and if you are over 50, you can contribute up to $25,000. Once you have done either or both of these options, then congratulations, you have made the most of your 401k contributions!

As always, you can log in to the website at www.nada401k.com or call me at 713-776-7065 if you have any questions.


President of Gillman Companies Stacey Gillman Wimbish Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board!

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TDMV) is charged with the important task of serving, protecting and advancing citizens and industries in the state of Texas with quality motor vehicle services.

It is a singular honor to serve on the board of the TDMV and a unique opportunity to contribute to the prosperity of our state. Stacey is willing to give her time to fulfill the important responsibilities of a board member.

Way to go, Stacey!


 


Gillman Subaru Houston Donates to Friends For Life Through Subaru’s Share the Love Promotion!

Through Subaru’s Share the Love program, Gillman Subaru Houston made a donation of more than $26,000 to Friends For Life, a fine no-kill animal adoption and rescue center. This contribution will aid Friends For Life in their vital Houston-area activities.
A double “Way to go” to Friends For Life and Gillman Subaru!


Rich Yanella, with Subaru of America, stands behind Stacey Gillman Wimbish, President of the Gillman Companies. Next to her is Christine McWilliams, Board Chairman of Friends For Life, along with Lena Lieb, also with Friends For Life, and Eliel Ramirez, GM of Gillman Subaru Houston.

 


Gillman Companies in Houston Celebrate Astros Baseball Team’s Home Opening Day!

On Friday, April 5th, when the world champion Houston Astros played their first home game of the 2019 season, they got special support from Gillman team members who arrived for work wearing Astros gear.
Way to go, team, and Go Astros!


L-R: Elaine Drury, Maria Baeza, Elizabeth Carrillo, Patrick York, Jody Valentine and Alyssa Zubiate.

 


 

Gillman Management Team Holds Quarterly Management Meeting



Health & Wellness

By Elaine Drury

In the 2019 Open Enrollment meetings in February, we announced that Compass gave us a benefit for the months of March, April and May. All you needed to do was call or email Compass with a benefit question. For instance, what is my deductible? Your name would then get put into a pot for a $100 gift-card drawing. We had the first drawing for the month of March and the lucky winner was Jennifer Thomas-Melton! Congratulations to Jennifer!!


 

Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen Holds Monthly Appreciation Luncheon!

The Gillman Honda dealerships in San Antonio and Houston each earned the prestigious Honda President’s Award for outstanding overall performance!

More on the importance of this highest recognition from Honda of America, including images of both Gillman Honda teams in the next issue!


On March 21st, Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen team members enjoyed a very special appreciation lunch. Each department in the dealership recognized a team member of the month and the fajitas were fabulous!
Way to go, Gillman Chevrolet Harlingen!

 


 

Gillman Nissan Sponsors George Ranch High School 6th Annual Autorama!

George Ranch High School has developed a successful and special way to benefit the Home of the Longhorns Marching Band. Their 6th annual Autorama was the best yet with hundreds of cars and trucks on display, a kids’ carnival, musical performances and a full display of Gillman Nissan cars, SUVs and trucks!

Dave Campbell, General Manager of Gillman Nissan, and his team made a real impression.

Great job, Gillman Nissan team! Way to go!


 


 

 

Gillman Subaru Houston Supports Annual Pick Your Pet Project!

For the fourth year, Gillman Subaru Houston was a proud sponsor of the KTRK Channel 13 Pick Your Pet event. This annual program supports the efforts of BARC, Houston’s animal shelter and adoption center. BARC is required to accept every animal brought to their facility. Finding good homes for the many great pets is a never-ending challenge.

The Pick Your Pet project is a great yearly effort that brings joy to the hearts of many new dog and cat owners!

Way to go, Gillman Subaru Houston!


Antonio Nunez and John Nguyen, Gillman Subaru Sales Consultants, man the Gillman Subaru booth with Kelly Young, Marketing Coordinator, and Eliel Ramirez, Gillman Subaru Houston General Manager.

 


 

 

Gillman Honda San Antonio Earns Coveted Honda President’s Award Again!

Only the best of the best earn Honda’s highest dealer accolade, the President’s Award. Gillman Honda San Antonio has won this distinction again, which makes them one of the top Honda dealerships in the entire nation!

In addition, Gillman Honda San Antonio team members were awarded Honda Service Express Elite status and membership in the Honda Council of Parts and Service Professionals.

This outstanding level of performance shows complete dedication to excellence.
Congratulations and a big, “Way to go” to the entire Gillman San Antonio team!

 


 

 

A Big “Howdy” to the Gillman Honda Houston Team Who Made This a Memorable “Go Texan Day”


 


 

 

Stacey Gillman Wimbish Nominated for National Automobile Dealers Association Time Dealer of the Year Award!

Time magazine pairs with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) to select a Dealer of the Year. Fifty top automobile dealers, one from each state, are nominated to represent their state at the annual NADA convention.

Gillman Wimbish, President of the Gillman Companies, is honored by being the Texas nominee.

Now that’s the way to go!


 

 

Gillman Honda San Antonio Annual Rodeo Cowboy Contest Winners Announced!

Mario Del Bosque, General Manager of Gillman Honda San Antonio, announced the winners of their Annual Rodeo Cowboy Contest! Chris Deleon took first place and was followed by Katelyn Scott and Brian Scott who tied for the runner-up spot.

All involved had a great time.

Congratulations, Chris, Katelyn and Brian!


 

 

2019 Gillman Salesperson Video Contest Winners Announced

A “walk around” is vehicle sales representative talk for presenting the features of a new or used vehicle while walking around a car or truck. Properly done, the walk around presentation is one of the most powerful selling tools. It can forge a bond with the prospect and reveal information about what is important to that prospective buyer.

The annual Gillman Companies Salesperson Video Contest is designed to sharpen skills and recognize individuals who excel at this vital technique as a means of justifying vehicle prices.

Individual dealership winners are:


Honda Houston
Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Subaru Houston
Nissan
Honda San Antonio
Mitsubishi San Antonio
Subaru San Antonio
Chevrolet San Benito
Chevrolet Harlingen
Honda San Benito

Alan Matlock
Patrick Wilson
Matt Cortez
Francois Jaquess
Chris Boulais
Jordan Guiterrez
Albert Stevens
Devin DeLos Reyes
Larry Lozano
Giovanni Hernandez

Grand Prize Winners are:


1st Place Chris Boulais
2nd Place Patrick Wilson
3rd Place Alan Matlock

1st PlaceHonda SanAntonio
Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Honda Houston

Congratulations, guys, and a big “Way to go!”


 


 

A Very Happy Birthday to:

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Zarate-Ixcoy, Enrique
Hussain, Gule
Juarez, Gabriel
Straubinger, Justin
Skinner, Jordon
Woerner, Richard
Gerschoffer, Jeff
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Obrien, Kasey
McIlveen, Melinda
Moreno, Marcos
Singson, Shalimar
Palomo, Ulises
Lovett, Donald
Goonie, Kishore
Patterson, Stephen
Lopez, Abraham
Arriola, Frank
Portillo, Ana
Ochoa-Salazar, Alberto
Lopez, Guillermo
Lozovanu, Eugenia
Lohberg, Denise
Manzano, Miguel
Evangelista-Romero, Irma
Jones, Vanessa
Manzano-Garza, Erik
Hubbard, Austin
Pannell, Althea
Gil, Gabriel
Solis, Alvaro
Caffey, Gail
Justice, Kevin
Jacquez, Antonio
Duckworth, Gregory
Stone, Paul
Jordan, Benjamin
Reyna, Roger
Galeana-Oviedo, Luis
Melendez, Marvin
Gealon, Donnie
Alvarez, Patrick
Garza, Hector
Torres, Noe
Hailey, Willie
Hernandez, Roberto
Garcia, Gabriela
Khalaf, Tony
Palacios, Jaime
Wold, Jarrod
Dunn, Kevin
Fuchs, Vicki
Poore, Matthew
Gersdorf, Martin
Delacruz, Raymond
Gamez, Jesse
Torres, Luis
Hoffman, Marina
Laperle, Dana
Vo, Thuan
Holmes, Javon
Villanueva, Reynalyn
Rodriguez, Daniel
Le, Andrew
Cantu, Abrahan
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Rosa, Carlos
Kamya, Kittipol
Meyer, Reece
Salvador, Refugio
Powers, Ashley
Sanchez, Fernando
Gomez-Paniagua, Antonio
Terry, Rolander
Rodriguez, Mark
Ndabadugaritse, Hassan
Mendoza-Ortiz, Jesus
Alcantar-Ventura, Jorge
Nguyen, Thuviet
Perez, Isaac
Carrera, Melissa
Valadez, Ana
Sanders, Cody
Furrer, Jacob
Razakazi, Arsalan
Montano, Josue
Villarreal, Edward
Cisneros-Rodriguez, Angel
Harvey, Jeremy
Stefhon, Larry
Dominguez, Raul
Letts, Fred, III
Ly, Cuc K.
Gomez, Rolando
Chica-Garzon, Jose
Jimenez, Dulce Ixayana
Melgar, Marvin
Rashid, Ali
McAndrews, Bartholomew
Evans, Tyler
Chavez, Miguel
Walls-Glover, Lois
Gillman, Jason
Kutlar, Hasan
Nguyen, John
Chappell, Robert
Castro-Rendon, Angelica
Mousavian, Mahpour
Pinto-Bonilla, Carlos
Arellano, Veronica
Alvarez, Jose
Ruiz, Patricia
Dinh, Cong
Flores, Rolando
Wyatt, William
Rockett, Carl
Flores, Victor
Guardado, Elias
Garcia, David
Meadows, Collin
Jackson, Ronald
Martinez, Estella
Wagner, Robert
Almaasarani, Tala
Ta, Thanh
Galvan, Bradley
Parras, Normalinda
Day, Matthew
Aramburo, Yolanda
Barnhill, Guilford
Lozano, Larry
Lagunas, Montella
Enriquez, Daniel
Flores, Heidy
Pascual, Justin
Staph, Ryan
Perez, Patricia
Pecina-Rubio, Ezequiel
Montemayor, Santiago
Grande, Jose
Alaniz, Alejandro
Ledezma, Rigo
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Employee Anniversaries

Name Company Hire Date Years




Carranza, Elmer E.
Negrete, Bonnie J.
Melendez, Marvin O.
Peasley, Michael
Walker, Leah F.
Aguirre, Tony
Ahr, Jeffrey W.
Maldonado, Enrique
Chavez, Miguel A.
Bailon-Ochoa, Jenifer
Nissan
Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Honda Southwest
Honda Southwest
Gillman Services
Honda San Benito
Mitsubishi San Antonio
Honda San Benito
Honda San Benito
Gillman Services
06/03/94
06/01/04
06/15/04
06/08/09
06/25/09
07/01/09
07/20/09
06/23/14
06/26/14
07/14/14
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