Gillman Subaru South Houston Big Event 8! They Did It Again! Only Better!
The Gillman Houston team that put on the Gillman Subaru Big Event 8 really outdid themselves! They produced a spectacular day devoted to superb Subaru engineering, design and performance. And Subaru owners as well as enthusiasts turned out in record numbers!
Subaru loyalty and pride of ownership blended with exciting events, family fun, great food and lots of excitement.
Hundreds of geared-up Subaru and car enthusiasts came to participate in one of Houston's premier automotive events. They brought their cars, both modified and stock, to see and be seen. They came to check out one of the most complete offerings of Subaru comfort, styling and go-fast parts. They came to meet and greet Subaru race/rally drivers and examine a super-fast Subaru rally car. And that does not count the food trucks, refreshment stands, jump stations, ball tossing, rock climbing, drawings for a course of rally driving instruction or the car talk that went on in time with the music and a most energetic and entertaining DJ!
David Higgins, Craig Drew and Travis Pastrana, the official Subaru competition drivers, were most gracious. They met with fans, signed autographs, and added to both the festivities and the importance of this exciting annual event.
Big Event 8 is history! But it left a lasting impression and a ton of fans wanting more!
Gillman Subaru in San Antonio Supports South Texas Chapter of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!
As part of their total dedication to the Subaru "Loves to Care" program, the Gillman Subaru San Antonio team linked messages of hope with Love Blankets as they joined with the South Central Texas Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
General Manager of Gillman Subaru Sergio Guerra and his team, along with the society's staff members, delivered boxes of the blankets and messages to a local hospital.
It was a wonderful way to underline the meaning of the Subaru Loves to Care month!Gillman Honda San Antonio Presents a Powerful New Owners Experience!
More than 40 happy new Honda owners came to the dealership for an evening of fun, prizes, refreshments and vehicle knowledge. The entire Gillman Honda San Antonio Parts and Service teams, led by Kent Haberkorn and John Day, did themselves proud.
All in attendance went home wiser about their new Honda vehicles and gained the understanding that the Gillman Honda San Antonio staff was there to meet their automotive needs.Gillman Subaru in South Houston Holds First Class New Owners Clinic!
New owners clinics help new Subaru owners get the utmost enjoyment from their new Subaru vehicles. These clinics have become an important part of Subaru ownership because of the large amount of information offered by Subaru experts.
Gillman Subaru in South Houston put on a great clinic for new owners, complete with refreshments and prizes. It is difficult to overstate the value of these clinics in building long term relations between Subaru owners and the Gillman dealership.Gillman Honda San Antonio Team Members Respond to Honda America's First Team Honda Week of Service
Honda of America called on Honda associates, dealers and suppliers to come together for a week of public service on projects across America. Mario Del Bosque, General Manager of Gillman Honda San Antonio, and his team stood up to the challenge. They supported, with their volunteer efforts, the building of a house that would go to a deserving family in the Habitat for Humanity program.
Ten Gillman Honda San Antonio team members turned out to represent their dealership. Gillman Subaru in Southwest Houston Supports Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Partnership!
The Houston Methodist Cancer Center medical team does an outstanding job of caring for patients with leukemia and lymphoma. In celebration of the Subaru Loves to Care Month, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provided "Message of Hope" posters and a collection box.
Gillman Subaru customers were encouraged to write a message of hope and drop it into the box. The Gillman Subaru crew, led by General Manager Eliel Ramirez, then delivered those heartfelt messages along with "hope blankets" to the Methodist medical team.Gillman Honda San Antonio Hosts Students from South Texas Vocational Technical Institute!
John Day, Gillman Honda San Antonio Service Manager, along with Kevin Justice, Express Service Manager, and David Kemp, Gillman Companies Parts and Service Director, set up an interesting field trip for students at the South Texas Vocational Technical Institute. After touring the Parts and Service departments to provide the students with some first hand understanding of a retail automobile dealership, questions were asked and answered.
It was a worthwhile day for all. Students left with a much clearer picture of the skills they would need to take their places in the Gillman organization.
Gillman Subaru in South Houston Supports Greyhound Pets of America
Sharing the Love to the tune of a donation more than $7,000 was the order of the day at a presentation meeting with representatives from Greyhound Pets of America. The organization serves to acquaint the public with the desirability of greyhounds for pets and the availability of greyhounds for adoption. Gillman Honda Houston Holds Informative New Owners Clinic!
Kelly Goldsberry, Gillman Honda Houston Service Manager, and her fine team gave 48 new Honda owners who attended the latest Gillman Honda New Owners Clinic an informative and fun evening.
New owners clinics are a vital part of the Gillman Companies efforts to make sure customers obtain the greatest use and enjoyment from their new purchases.Gillman Subaru Dealerships in Houston Support "Dining Out for Life" Event
On April 28th, a huge group of major Houston restaurants generously donated a percentage of that day's sales to support AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH). Part of a nationwide effort in which over 3,000 restaurants participated, this annual event began in 1991.
Gillman Subaru dealerships in Houston were the Presenting Sponsors. AFH has conducted this worthy and highly successful fundraiser for 25 years.
Gillman Subaru Houston Shares the Love With Buffalo Bayou Partnership!
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership has done an outstanding job of transforming Buffalo Bayou into a vibrant center city park and recreation area. Gillman Subaru Houston, in conjunction with Subaru's Share the Love program, donated more than $7,500 to this most worthy cause. Gillman Subaru San Antonio Helps Military Warriors Support Foundation!
Since starting the Share the Love event eight years ago, Subaru has donated more than $65 million to worthy causes. Gillman Subaru in San Antonio selected the Military Warriors Support Foundation as its Share the Love recipient.
The organization recently took delivery of multiple Subaru vehicles which will be used to aid their many programs. Additional support came from Gillman Subaru San Antonio in the form of a more than $6,000 donation.
Kevin Jones, in his role as Transportation 4 Heroes Program Coordinator, oversees providing transportation for combat-wounded veterans in need of medical assistance.
Fort Bend County Women's Center Presents President's Award to the Gillman Companies!
The Gillman Companies annual Charity Golf Tournament has been a significant fundraiser for the Fort Bend County Women's Center. This event has contributed well over a million dollars to the Center which provides support and counseling to women in need.
Recognizing the Gillman Companies with the President's Award is a singular honor for a job well done by Gillman team members and volunteers! Gillman Auto Group Rio Grande Valley Again Successfully Supports Perfect School Attendance!
Dr. Art Cavazos, Superintendent of Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (HCISD), and his staff developed a program designed to increase student attendance. Once again, for the 2015 program, Gillman Rio Grande Valley Auto Group joined with HCISD and donated a new 2016 Chevrolet Sonic automobile.
In addition, the Gillman team, as in the past, also supplied a new MacBook Pro, an iPad Mini, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and 50 gift cards for support totaling $20,000. These awards were shared through a drawing by HCISD high school juniors and seniors who met the requirements for perfect attendance.
Awards were given at a special event held at the Gillman Chevrolet dealership in Harlingen.
This program has, to date, benefitted hundreds of students and generated almost a half-million dollars for the district in extra state revenue earned through increased student attendance.Gillman Subaru and Mitsubishi Dealerships in San Antonio Deliver a Winning New Owners Clinic!
Well conducted New Owners Clinics are really fine events that develop customer loyalty and help new owners get the most from their vehicles. The latest session held in San Antonio by the Gillman Subaru and Mitsubishi teams found an enthusiastic and attentive audience.
Gillman Subaru in San Antonio and Subaru of America, Inc., Honor and Support Military Warrior Foundation!
Kevin Jones and Abdul Savage, members of the Military Warrior Foundation, were honored guests at the Gillman Mitsubishi and Gillman Subaru New Owners Clinics. Kevin and Abdul accepted a donation of $3,000 from Subaru of America, Inc., on behalf of Gillman Subaru San Antonio. Both men expressed to our customers and guests their appreciation for the support their organization receives from Subaru and Gillman Subaru San Antonio as part of the "Share the Love Subaru Event."
Gillman Subaru in San Antonio will be the Courtesy Delivery Location for the next four Subaru vehicles Subaru of America is providing Military Warriors.
Gillman Subaru Houston Puts Final Touches on Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta Promotion
Gillman Subaru has been the Presenting Sponsor for the past three runnings of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta. This springtime event, a Houston tradition for 44 years, has grown to be the largest canoe and kayak race in Texas. For 2016, a record number of participants turned out. Some 800 strong braved Buffalo Bayou to meet the challenge. Thousands of well wishers and spectators thronged both start and finish lines. The launch site was crewed by numerous Gillman Subaru volunteers and 22 team and family members paddled in the regatta!
This is a very important activity on the busy calendar of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership which continues its mission to revitalize, maintain and activate Buffalo Bayou. Sponsorship of this most worthy event was a great way to forward the Subaru and Gillman Subaru's "Share the Love" promise.
Gillman Subaru in Houston Presenting Sponsor for "Dining Out For Life" Event!
AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) took part in the national "Dining Out For Life" promotion and Gillman Subaru Houston supported this event by becoming the Presenting Sponsor.
On Thursday, April 28, about 40 of Houston's better restaurants donated a percentage of their sales to generate awareness of AIDS and further the goal of wiping out the disease in the next few years.
Gillman Subaru Houston Staffs HOOPLA Station at AIDS Walk Houston 2016!
Thousands of walkers turned out for AIDS Walk Houston 2016 and enjoyed supporting a fine cause on a balmy, sunny day. The annual walk benefits AIDS Foundation Houston which helps deliver programs and life-saving services to thousands of Houstonians impacted by the HIV/AIDS virus.
The Gillman Subaru support team manned a HOOPLA booth, passing out water, encouragement and Subaru giveaways.
Gillman Subaru Houston Joins Houston SPCA and KTRK ABC-TV to Support First Annual "Pick Your Pet" Citywide Pet Adoption Effort
Gillman Subaru General Managers Eliel Ramirez and Yeong Won appeared on Channel 13 to support National Puppy Day, a drive to find new homes for puppies. Their appeal was highly successful, because in a single day some 25 puppies found new homes.
Needless to say, the SPCA was thrilled as this was six times their average daily adoption rate. The event was made possible by Subaru support and the generous donation of time by Gillman Subaru team members.
Honda Fort Bend Adopts Family in Need
year the Accounting Department with Gillman Honda in Fort Bend County
adopts a needy family during the holidays.
they embraced the Land household. The husband, wife and six children
were destitute. Mrs. Land was struggling with brain cancer and a fire
destroyed their home.
Thanks to the generosity of the
Gillman Accounting team, the members of the Land family enjoyed a more
cheerful holiday season.Top
Thanks to Sponsors, Players and Supporters,
20th Annual Ramsay Gillman Memorial Charity Golf Tournament
Contributions to Fort Bend County Women's Center Total $1
MillionThanks to all who,
through the years, sponsored this great event. Thanks to all the players
who came out for two decades to benefit a worthy cause. And a very
special thanks to all the supporters, and there are many, who helped
make this annual event take place and run smoothly.
Reaching a $1 million
total contribution to the Fort Bend County Women's Center is a milestone
for both the Gillman organization, the Gillman family and the Center's
worthy programs. Money raised is used for crises intervention, emergency
residence, family support, counseling and help for women and children
in need because of domestic violence or sexual assault. The lives of
literally thousands of women have been improved through the years.
Gillman Subaru in South Houston Goes to the
Dogs! Greyhounds, that is!
Greyhound Pets of America hosted an event at Gillman Subaru in South
Houston. Attendees brought their fleet pets, ex-racing greyhounds, to
the event and a great time was enjoyed by attendees, Gillman team
members and the beautiful dogs.
Neat event. Most
Gillman Team Members Show Creative Skills for
the American Advertising Federation-Houston Trailblazer Awards Gala Art
AuctionWhen the American
Advertising Federation-Houston held its annual Trailblazer Awards
Banquet, the art auction received some original works. Proceeds from the
auction benefit educational support and other service activities of the
The challenge was to take Texas vehicle license
plates and create a work of art. Results of Gillman team members'
efforts were most imaginative.
First Place design "Guitar"
Second Place "Painted
Third Place "Bird House" Top
Gillman Honda Participates in Major Houston
Food Drive On
Friday, December 4th, team members with Gillman Honda in Houston took
part in a major Houston food drive. The goal was to assist needy
families during the holiday season.
Thanks to the
effort, which was a huge success, the light of Christmas brighted in
hundreds of Houston homes.
Gillman Subaru South Houston Big Event 7 Was
Really Big! The Biggest Big Event Ever
Held!It is difficult to imagine a
Big Event that turned out bigger than last year's Big Event 6. But Big
Event 7 was bigger in every way!
Enthusiasm. Subaru LOVE, loyalty and pride of
Those words describe the crowd's
experience at this landmark happening.
of very geared-up Subaru and automotive enthusiasts turned out to
participate in what has become a major event on every Houston-area Car
Guy and Car Gal's annual calendar. The fans came in droves to take in a
huge showing of modified and stock Subarus, get their hands on
performance and appearance-enhancing accessories, meet Subaru race/rally
drivers and see a super-fast Subaru rally
Happy attendees also found fun for the whole family. There
were two performances of Cirque La Vie, bungee jumping, rock climbing,
hoop shooting, and autograph signing by Subaru factory drivers Bucky
Lasek, Sverre Isachsen, Craig Drew and David Higgins. Plus lots more to
watch, do and appreciate. The weather was perfect and it was the right
crowd with no crowding. Three great food trucks dished out hot dogs,
hamburgers and other goodies. A DJ team kept high energy music flowing
which set a mood that helped the crowd enjoy
Gillman Dealerships in Houston Sponsor Buffalo
Bayou Park Grand Opening!Buffalo Bayou, the historic
waterway which wends its way through the middle of Houston, has played a
major role in the city's growth and commercial prosperity. Now, after a
multi-million dollar effort, Buffalo Bayou will take on a new purpose
by becoming a thriving park and recreation area. The Gillman Subaru
dealerships in Houston were honored to contribute to this much needed
city amenity by sponsoring the official opening activities for the new
Buffalo Bayou Park.
The Grand Opening took place
Saturday, October 3. It was the culmination of a private and city
undertaking that has resulted in an exceptional recreation facility.
Future generations will be well served by the efforts of all those who
assisted in making Buffalo Bayou Park a reality. top
Gillman Honda GM Daryl Waterwall and Aldo
Cortez, GM Gillman Honda Fort Bend, Present Honda Dealers Coach of the
Week AwardsThe Houston Honda
Dealers, in combination with KUBE TV Sports Zone's Coach of the Week,
called upon Daryl Waterwall, Gillman Honda Houston General Manager, and
Aldo Cortes, General Manager of Gillman Honda Fort Bend, to present
checks for $500 to Taylor and George Ranch high schools in honor of
called Sirius, brightest star in the night sky, the "Dog Star" because
it was positioned in the constellation Canis Major (Big Dog). As bright
as Sirius might be, it was outshone by the smiling faces at Gillman
Subaru in North Houston's "Dog Days of Summer"
A Doggone Good Time at Gillman Subaru
in North Houston
It was a day of four-legged pals, fun
activities and continuous entertainment at the dealership, coupled to
the worthy work of the Lone Star Animal Welfare League. Admission was
free to all pet lovers, Subaru owners, Gillman customers and families in
the dealership area.
was food, music, exciting giveaway drawings, pet grooming, rock wall
climbing and a "Top Dog" contest for the canine dressed in the best
People and pets turned out in droves and all
who came left with a special feeling for Gillman and
Gillman Subaru in South Houston
Supports New Owners
Subaru owners are loyal to their vehicles. So hold a New
Owners Clinic and the turnout will exceed expectations. The fun yet
serious session rewarded attendees with detailed information on how to
get the most enjoyment and satisfaction from their new Subaru
developed last year by Arturo Cavazos, Superintendent of the Harlingen
Consolidated Independent School District (HCISD), and his staff to
increase overall school attendance was a huge success. So they again
called on the Gillman Rio Grande Valley Auto Group for some repeat help.
Once again, the offer of a new 2015 Gillman Chevrolet Sonic, along with
some other spectacular awards, proved to be the catalyst that produced
another unqualified success.
Gillman Rio Grande Valley Dealerships
Once Again Help Drive Perfect School Attendance to New
All students with
perfect attendance were invited to gather at the Gillman Chevrolet
dealership in Harlingen for a festive recognition ceremony. Scott
Dupons, Gillman Rio Grande Valley Auto Group General Manager and
Partner, teamed with Superintendent Cavazos to present awards to the
Victoria Oliver won the drawing for the new 2015 Gillman
Since its inception seven years ago, Subaru
of America's "Share the Love" program, funded by a $250 donation from
Subaru for each Subaru sold or leased during its "Share the Love" event,
has donated more than $35 million to worthy
Gillman Subaru in South Houston
"Shares the Love" with Red Collar Rescue
Owners buying their new Subarus
through Gillman Subaru in South Houston selected Red Collar Rescue as
the local beneficiary of this worthwhile Subaru program. The result was a
hearty helping contribution to aid Red Collar Rescue for animals in
Gillman Subaru in North Houston was Title Sponsor for the 2015 Annual
Mutts & Putts Golf Tournament benefitting the Lone Star Animal
Welfare League Doggie Dash. The players enjoyed both a great round of
golf and the satisfaction off helping a noble
A Dog Gone Good Deed by
Gillman Subaru in North Houston
As part of the Gillman Subaru team's support
for the Lone Star Animal Welfare League, they joined with Subaru of
America through its "Share the Love" program and were able to donate
more than $14,000 to the League for its much needed
Gillman Houston Team Takes
on March of Dimes Walk
It's a walk for a great cause and
Gillman team members from the South Houston dealerships, along with some
vital extra assistance from younger family members, turned out for the
annual March of Dimes Walk.
It was a Subaru
"Share the Love" moment at Gillman Subaru in South Houston. The
dealership, which was just recognized by Subaru of America for having
represented their brand for 25 years, presented a serious donation to
the work being done by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Long a Houston
"lost space," Buffalo Bayou, due to the leadership and work done by the
Partnership, has been transformed into an urban
Gillman Subaru in South
Houston Celebrates 25th Anniversary as a Subaru Dealership and a Great
"Share the Love" Donation to Buffalo Bayou
Gillman Acura Scores High
With New Owners
The turnout of loyal new Acura owners exceeded expectations
at the recent Gillman Acura New Owners Clinic held in Houston. In a fun
yet serious session, 23 attendees were rewarded with detailed
information on how to get the most enjoyment and satisfaction from their
new Acura vehicles.
this event began in the early 1970s many called it the "Reeking
Regatta!" due to the poor condition of Buffalo Bayou. Today, 43 years
later, thanks in great part to the outstanding efforts of the Buffalo
Bayou Partnership, Buffalo Bayou, especially between Shepherd and Sabine
Streets, has become one of the most outstanding parks in the
Gillman Houston Subaru
Dealerships Sponsor 43rd Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership
43rd running of what is now the largest canoe and kayak race in Texas,
the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta, was a huge success. The two
Gillman Subaru dealerships in Houston were honored to be proud sponsors
of this highly worthwhile event.
Five kilometers is about
three miles. For championship runners, a race of that distance is almost
a sprint that is over in well under 15 minutes. For the rest of us
mortals, it takes some longer. But it isn't how fast you run it, it's
that you run it at all.
Gillman Honda San Benito Team Members
Hit the Street in the San Benito 5K
Del Webb retirement community a few miles from Gillman Honda Fort Bend
got a big boost for their Sweetgrass Mix n Mingle event from sponsorship
by the dealership. Attendance more than doubled the usual turnout and
all who took part praised the Gillman group for their
Gillman Honda Fort Bend Sponsors Del
Webb Sweetgrass Mix n Mingle!
When the George Ranch High School band
needed a fund-raiser, they turned to Gillman dealerships to help put on
an Autorama. And put one on they
George Ranch High School
Band Benefits from Gillman Sponsored
Gillman Honda and Nissan in Fort Bend
County backed by the Gillman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership turned
out an array of vehicles and had team members on hand to answer
The Autorama was a huge success, the
George Ranch High School band got a real boost and the Gillman team
members who participated helped a worthy cause.
Gillman Honda Fort Bend Hits a Homer with
Strong Owners Clinic!Some 42
new Gillman Honda owners filled the Gillman Honda Fort Bend County
showroom on April 14, 2015 for an outstanding New Owners
came to learn how to maximize their satisfaction with their new Gillman
Honda vehicles. Aldo Cortes, General Manager of the dealership, led an
expert team of presenters. All in attendance enjoyed a fun and
informative evening. One new owner, Jerry Maroney, took home the iPad
The Willacy County Fair and Auction is a major event in the
Rio Grande Valley and Gillman is a major sponsor of this exciting annual
festivity. This year, the fair ran January 21-24 and attendance
fulfilled all expectations. The "Little Miss Cowgirl Pageant" took the
fair's main stage and was a real crowd
Gillman Rio Grande Valley Group
Supports Willacy County Fair and Auction!
Gillman Subaru in Southwest Houston Packs Them
In for Owners Clinic!New Subaru owners filled the Gillman Subaru
Southwest Houston showroom until it was almost standing room only. They
were there to learn how to get the most from their new Subaru vehicles
from an expert team assembled by Eliel Ramirez, GM of the dealership. It
proved to be an exciting evening and all in attendance went home with a
new love and respect for their fine
Gillman Honda Fort Bend
Delivers Highly Successful Owners Clinic!
Almost 60 new Honda owners
attended the Gillman Honda in Fort Bend County's very successful New
Owners Clinic. Refreshments, expert advice from knowledgeable Honda
specialists, and a festive air combined to produce an entertaining and
highly informative evening.
Gillman Subaru San Antonio Assists With Pets
Alive Event!The Gillman San
Antonio Subaru team turned out to give a big assist to the Pets Alive
event. With Subarus, dogs, friends, and Santa, there was no way to go
wrong! The day was most successful and all involved got a real boost to
their holiday spirit!
Gillman Honda Houston Owners Clinic a Big
enthusiastic crowd attended the Gillman Honda Houston Owners Clinic
held on December 3, 2014 at the dealership. Houston Honda General
Manager Daryl Waterwall was pleased to present one customer, who drives a
Honda CRV, with the main door prize, a 42-inch
the dealership team were on hand to make presentations. So all who
participated gained valuable knowledge of their vehicles. Plus everyone
had a fun time.
Gillman Honda San Antonio Holds Toy
Drive! Christmas may be behind us but we need to
recognize the team at Gillman Honda San Antonio for their extremely
successful toy drive. They helped the kids at Dell Children's Medical
Center have a much happier Christmas. A big Gillman "Thanks" to Mario
Del Bosque and the San Antonio Gillman
Dealerships in Southwest Houston Contribute to "Share Your Holidays"
The "Share Your Holidays" Food Drive is an
annual Houston-area happening and once again the Gillman teams in
Southwest Houston chipped in to help make this year's event special. The
donation filled a Honda Pilot and helped give some needy families a
great holiday meal.top
Subaru North Goes to the Dogs With Santa! An outstanding crowd of Subaru-fancying,
dog-loving customers and friends came to the Gillman Subaru dealership
in North Houston to introduce their pets to Santa. Santa was, as always,
attentive and made promises that would find his sleigh loaded with
doggy treats for Christmas day.
Greater Houston Honda Dealers Salute Ron
Counter as High School Coach of the WeekGillman Honda
Houston General Manager Daryl Waterwall at the presentation of the
Greater Houston Honda Dealers Coach of the Week Award. Head Coach Ron
Counter, his able Assistant Coaches and the Stafford Spartans were on
hand to receive the award after their 33 to 3 victory over the Sealy
Gillman San Antonio Honda Dealership
Contributes Time to Trinity Christian Academy Market Days
Building for tomorrow, the Gillman Honda San Antonio
Management Team teamed up to give a very special presentation to fifth
grade students at Trinity Christian Academy during their Market Days
Even before the first ball was
hit off a tee, the 19th Annual Gillman Companies Charity Golf
Tournament broke all previous records! Thanks to support from sponsors
and players, the Fort Bend Women's Center gained a major donation to
boost their programs.
Team Thanks Sponsors and Players Who Set New Record for 19th Annual
Gillman Companies Charity Golf Tournament!
A total of 144 stalwart golfers
were on hand November 3, 2014 at Sweetwater Country Club. They came
ready to play. Assisted by an amazing team of enthusiastic volunteers,
everyone enjoyed a great day of sport and camaraderie while contributing
to a most worthy cause.
A total of $90,093 was
raised and every cent, with no deductions for overhead, went to the Fort
Bend Women's Center. The Center's programs-crises intervention,
emergency residence, family support, counseling and help for children in
need because of domestic violence or sexual assault-aid hundreds upon
hundreds of needy women each year.
A very heartfelt "Way to go
and thanks!" to everyone involved. Your contributions and hard work will
go far toward making many lives happier!.
Gillman Subaru Big Event 6 Exceeds All
Expectations and Sets New Records!It's good that a picture is worth a thousand words because
even a thousand words could not adequately describe the fun, enthusiasm,
entertainment, and excitement found at the Gillman Subaru Big Event 6
held on October 5, 2014.
Accessory exhibits, a
350-car show, food trucks, a rock climbing wall, Subaru displays, Subaru
rally cars, a game truck, a great DJ with continuous music, bungee
jumping, a marching band, skateboarding, camaraderie, autographs from
drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen, and a full out Rally-Race
There was a lot more. A whole lot more.
Including a record crowd of revved up Subaru owners and enthusiasts. The
Gillman Subaru Big Event has become one of the most anticipated
activities on the Houston-area automobile calendar and draws
participants from hundreds of miles away. It started big, became bigger,
and now is a major Subaru happening.
Subaru owners form a
special bond with their vehicles and appreciate any and all information
on how to get more from their Subaru. So a full house was no surprise to
the Gillman Subaru team in South Houston when they held their New
Owners Clinic. Those who attended went away with valuable information
and an even greater affection for their
in Southwest Houston Holds New Owners
Think Pink was the rule of the day when the San Antonio
Honda team turned out, showing by their colors they care about
supporting National Breast Cancer Month.
Gillman Honda San Antonio Team
Supports Breast Cancer Month!
outstanding crowd attended the Gillman Subaru facility in North Houston
and enjoyed the "Dog Days of Summer" event. Word of this spread to
Edmunds Auto.com writer Laura Sky Brown who worked the story back to
discover the very real link Gillman Subaru North personnel have
developed with their pet-loving customers.
Gillman Subaru North Gains Major
Story for edmunds.com!
It is a
fine article and a tribute to the entire Gillman Subaru North
Boysville in San Antonio is a secure, nurturing environment for boys and
girls up to the age of 17 who are unable to remain at home due to
abuse, neglect, or family disruption. Boysville helps boys and girls
become responsible, educated adults.
Gillman Honda San Antonio Team
Honda team in San Antonio pitched in and provided much needed school
supplies for Boysville. A great contribution to a great
Gillman Acura Holds Exciting New
Vehicle Owners Clinic
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Gillman Acura held another of its
highly successful New Vehicle Owners Clinics. More than 60 Acura
enthusiasts came to the dealership for an evening of information, fun,
and snacks. As a special treat, every visiting new Acura received a free
Great attendance, great attendees, and a
greatly informative time for all.
On October 9, 2014, almost 50 excited new
Honda owners packed the Gillman Honda showroom in San Antonio for a fact
and fun-filled New Owners Clinic.
Gillman Honda San Antonio Brings Out
Happy New Honda Owners!
staff introductions, special tips on how to get the most out of their
new Hondas, and some exceptional door prizes made this a memorable
Gillman Dealerships in Houston and
San Antonio Named Seven Consecutive Times as Top Workplaces! Gillman Rio
Grand Valley Team Again Voted Valley Star Reader's Choice "Best
Five years ago, the Houston
Chronicle began recognizing the area's top 100 workplaces. The
internationally known firm Workplace Dynamics conducted the necessary
studies and evaluated about 1,300 firms and organizations each year. The
Gillman dealerships in Houston have been named to that distinguished
Top 100 list five times. Gillman is one of the few companies to gain
this honor year after year and it is a fitting tribute to the entire
Gillman Houston team.
In San Antonio, the
Express-News, also a Hearst newspaper, started a similar recognition
program. Gillman Company dealerships there have earned a strong position
among the esteemed Top Workplaces award winners two years in a
In the Rio Grande Valley, the Valley Morning
Star newspaper holds an annual "The Best of the Best in the Valley"
Reader's Choice program to honor the Valley's top performers in many
fields. The Gillman team there has been consistently recognized by being
awarded the "Best Automobile Dealership" time and time again. It is a
well deserved accolade and a tribute to this enthusiastic
The Gillman Companies have a decades-long
tradition of hiring great people and providing them with first-class
facilities so they can perform at their very
Top professionals working in a pleasant
environment with the tools they need to realize their true potential
consistently deliver great customer satisfaction. And customer
satisfaction is the force that drives us toward an even more successful
Gillman Automotive Group Joins With
KTBZ- The Buzz, The Rod Ryan Show and Bull Shirts to Support Annual Rod
Ryan Cares Backpack Drive!
top Almost 15,000 deserving kids have
received a back-to-school boost in the form of a brand new backpack
stuffed with needed school supplies. The Gillman Automotive
Group, teamed with radio station KTBZ- The Buzz, The Rod Ryan Show team,
and Bull Shirts, supported the Rod Ryan Show Cares Backpack
Drive. This annual campaign contributes to the Houston
Children's' Charity "Back 2 School" event.
Gillman Companies vice President and General Manager of Gillman Acura,
visited the Rod Ryan Show and made a surprising matching-donations offer
that really put the drive over the top!
Gillman Honda Fort Bend Hosts Greater Houston
Honda Dealers Association "Test Drive to Win" Sweepstakes
from Rosenberg was the lucky winner of the Greater Houston Honda Dealers
"Test Drive to Win" Sweepstakes. She entered at Gillman onda
Fort Bend and chose the $23,000 cash option as apposed to a 2014 Honda
Accord EX. Carolyn opted for the monday to
help with college costs for her daughter. Her statements:
"Thank you, Honda dealers..." and "because of Honda, our live has
changed in a positive direction" says it
Gillman Subaru in South Houston Conducts
Another Successful Owners Clinic
The turnout of loyal new Subaru
enthusiasts exceeded expectations at the recent Gillman Subaru New
Owners Clinic held in South Houston. In an atmosphere of fun, attendees
were rewarded with detailed information on how to get the most enjoyment
and satisfaction from their new Subaru
Gillman Auto Group Helped Put Ruben on the
In a special promotion,
Ruben Galvan, a morning personality on KPRC-TV, the Houston NBC
affiliate, set out to crisscross Texas in search of neat vacation
destinations. To assist him in his travels and to make sure he went in
the style to which he'd like to become accustomed, Gillman Auto Group
supplied a specially decorated Honda
Gillman Acura Supports Lilly Libertore,
Successful Leukemia and Lymphoma Fundraiser!
Gillman Companies Vice President and Gillman Acura
General Manager Chris Gillman helped support little Lilly Libertore,
daughter of Katie Libertore, an Estimator at the Gillman Collision
Center in North Houston, in her fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society. Lilly proved to be a top fundraiser. She earned a
Chick-fil-A party for her class.top
Gillman Rio Grande Valley Dealerships Help
Drive Perfect School Attendance
Highs! A program developed by Arturo Cavazos, Superintendent of
the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (HCISD), and his
staff to increase overall school attendance by 50 students needed a
boost. So they called on the Gillman Rio Grande Valley Auto Group for
some help. The offer of a new 2014 Gillman Chevrolet Sonic, along with
other spectacular awards, proved to be the catalyst that produced a huge
According to Julio Cavazos, HCISD Chief Financial Officer,
150 students improved their attendance and the district gained an
additional $175,000 from state of Texas
May 17, at 10:30 in the morning, all the students with perfect
attendance were invited to gather at the Gillman Chevrolet dealership in
Harlingen for a festive awards and recognition ceremony. Scott Dupons,
Gillman Rio Grande Valley Auto Group General Manager and Partner, teamed
with Superintendent Cavazos to present awards to the deserving
fitting finish to a great promotion, a very lucky high school senior,
won the drawing for the new 2014 Gillman Chevrolet
Acura Has Huge Turnout for New Acura Owners
It was a banner night for
the Gillman Acura team and 88 new Acura owners! Introductions were made,
questions asked and answered. A discussion of Bluetooth technology was
met with enthusiasm. As a special bonus for those at the session, every
attendee's vehicle left the meeting nice and shiny from a free wash. It
was a fun and informative evening!
Gillman Nissan Sponsors Theatre Under The
from Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) are an established Houston
tradition. So it was natural for TUTS to turn to another Houston
tradition for promotional help with their presentation of the play,
Hands on a Hard Body. Vying to win a new truck, 10 stalwart but in need
Texans enter a stringent contest. The winner will be the last of the 10
to have at least one hand on the dream truck when all the others let go.
Morning and through the night, for days on end, the 10 hold on under a
beating sun and chilling darkness. A Gillman Nissan full-size pickup
truck, specially wrapped with a Gillman logo to promote the play, will
be displayed about town. This unique promotion is sure to gather great
attention to both the play and Gillman Nissan.
Gillman Honda San Antonio Holds Informative New
The April Gillman
Honda New Owners Clinic held by the San Antonio crew proved to be a
huge success. After appropriate presentations and the introductions of
Service and Parts team members, they fielded owner questions and
responded to concerns. It was a fun evening and the new Honda owners
gained further respect for their vehicle!
Gillman Subaru Houston Dealerships' Bayou
Regatta Sponsorship a Real
Success! A kayak, canoe, or
paddle-what-you-brung race staged on the upper reaches of Houston's
Buffalo Bayou was a huge success. During the last 15 years, the Buffalo
Bayou Partnership has raised more than $80 million for conservation
projects related to this historic waterway. Thanks in no small part to
Gillman Subaru sponsorship, the 2014 staging of this 42-year-old annual
competition proved to be one of the
Gillman Honda Fort Bend New Owners Clinic a
A charming couple
celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary are new Honda owners and
attended the Gillman Honda Fort Bend County Car Care Clinic. They won
the grand prize, a state-of-the-art flat screen TV!
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Hosts Amazing
Raminator Smash and Bash EventRam builds great trucks renowned for their power,
on-the-job-do-it-all performance, and rugged durability. So it's no
wonder a Ram truck was chosen to be transformed into one of the toughest
monster trucks in the world!
Introducing the Raminator. It was the star and hit
of the Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Raminator Smash and Bash! The
fun event was held on Monday, March 17th in a safely cordoned off area
adjacent to the Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership. A highly
appreciative crowd enjoyed food and game trucks, a terrific DJ with
appropriate crash and bash music, very attractive models, and an
unforgettable demonstration of Raminator Ram
The wheels and tires on the mighty Raminator stand
taller than many men. And when its powerful engine roared, the massive
beast lurched forward at a menacing pace. Nearing the three sacrificial
full size automobiles selected to be its prey, the Raminator reared up
on its gigantic back wheels. Front end suspended almost two stories high
in the air, it surged forward. Then with a mighty drop, it smashed its
gargantuan front tires down onto the roof and hood of the first of its
three victims. The noise on impact was like a train wreck. The vehicle,
totally demolished, was quickly joined by two more equally crushed
Seen up close and personal, it
was a sight to remember. Ooohs, sharp intakes of breath, and then heavy
applause greeted each demonstration of the Raminator's mighty
Gillman Acura Stands Out With Romantic
Valentine's Day Promotion! A quick two-week social media promotion
tied Gillman Acura in with a special Valentine's Day prize. This
romantic contest proved to be an interesting way to use the power of the
internet to earn attention for the dealership.
The Gillman Companies are
totally committed to being good neighbors in the many communities they
serve. To meet this obligation, Gillman dealerships and team embers are
deeply involved in local civic and charitable activities. So when the
Dulles High School Athletics Booster Club (DHS ABC) needed support for
its 2014 Dulles Classic Golf Tournament, dinner and auction, Gillman
Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram was honored to become the Platinum Presenting
Sponsor. DHS ABC is the only parent volunteer organization that supports
all of the Dulles High School team sports. The Dulles Classic is its
major fundraiser. Net proceeds from the event are used to purchase
athletic gear, fund needed improvements, host four postseason sports
banquets and provide scholarships to deserving senior athletes. The 2014
event was honored to have Kay Slack Beard as Honorary Chairperson. Kay
spent three decades at Dulles and was golf coach for 19 years. The
highly successful event was held on February 10th at the Sugar Creek
Country Club and proved to be a great day of friendly competition,
fellowship and fun. Other stories in this issue show the continued
Gillman tradition of community service.
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Team
Proud Sponsors of Dulles High School Athletics Booster Club's 2014
Dulles Classic Golf Tournament, Dinner and
County fairs are a great American tradition. The Gillman
dealerships in the Rio Grand Valley, as part of their support of local
events, played a big role in the recently held Willacy County Fair.
Matthew Betancourt, with Gillman Chevrolet, is an active supporter of
the fair. He was on hand to take delivery of the Grand Champion Lamb
purchased by Gillman Chevrolet. Gillman Automotive also sponsored the
fair. It is a worthy cause and another example of the Gillman Companies
dedication to supporting the communities they
Gillman Chevrolet Plays Exciting Role
in Willacy County Fair
Gillman Honda San Antonio Supports
Shermanators Team in 2013 Diabetes Walk and 5K Run to Cure
It was walk or run five kilometers in the 2013
Diabetes 5K. Bradley Sherman and his Shermanator team, supported by
Gillman Honda of San Antonio, turned out in force. Great cause, great
Facebook and social media tend to forge strong emotional ties through
interaction with "friends" and others met during time spent online.
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Gillman Subaru in San Antonio are
running fun Facebook contests called "Stuff the Wrangler" and "Pack the
Outback." The Wrangler is stuffed with canned food to be donated to a
local food bank. The Outback is packed with toys that will find their
way to kids in needy homes. Contestants guess the number of cans of food
and/or toys in the vehicles and three winners will earn great prizes.
The contest is supported by website notices, an email blast, and other
online activities. This interesting event is a first for the Gillman
Companies in terms of creating an attractive promotion designed to have a
special appeal to users of social media.
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and
Gillman Subaru Engage Social Media for a Good
Gillman Acura Holds Highly Successful New
Owners Clinic!Helping new owners get the most out of their new Acuras.
That's the reason for holding new owners clinics. And that's exactly
what happened at Gillman Acura on a fine evening in November. Gillman
Companies Executive Vice President and General Manager of Gillman Acura
Chris Gillman was on hand to greet guests, answer questions, introduce
Acura experts, and make sure everyone had a good time. Acuras
are very special vehicles, Acura owners are very special people, and
Acura is a very special kind of
Gillman Accounting team in Rosenberg adopted a family and gave them a
heartfelt Christmas present. Clothing, blankets, bedding, bikes, toys
and more, along with a fully decorated Christmas tree, brought the true
spirit of this special holiday to a family in
Gillman Accounting Team in Fort Bend
County Adopts Family and Delivers a Most Happy
Special Thanks to Sponsors and
Players Who Set a New Record at the 15th Annual Gillman Companies
Charity Golf Tournament!
annual Gillman Companies Charity Golf Tournament proved to be another
record-breaking event.The efforts of an outstanding group of sponsors,
players, and a dedicated team of volunteers resulted in a great day of
golf, plus a significant contribution to a worthy cause. The Fort Bend
County Women's Center gained a major donation to bolster its programs
for crises intervention, emergency residence, family support,
counseling, and children in need
because of domestic violence or sexual assault. A heartfelt thank you
goes to everyone involved.
To back the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School
District's new initiative designed to improve class attendance in high
schools, the Gillman Honda, Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC dealerships have
gone all out. The Grand Award is a new 2014 Gillman Chevrolet Sonic. The
car will go to one lucky student who has perfect attendance. There are
also Campus Cash Rewards for all schools, a MacBook Pro computer, iPad
mini, and tablet as awards to perfect attendees.
Gillman Rio Grande Valley Dealerships
Take Leading Role in "Drive for Perfect Attendance Awards"
activity is part of the Gillman Rio Grande Valley team's total
commitment to helping make the neighborhoods they serve better places to
His story goes like this. Chris Chapman drives his
almost new Gillman Subaru on his birthday road trip to Canyon Lake.
Comes a storm that whips the lake into a frenzy and whirls into a
tornado. It shakes the house and brings down a chimney. Which falls on
top of his new Subaru, crushing it beyond
Wins "Makeover Your Ride" Promotion for Gillman Subaru in North
What to do with a story like that? Enter it
into Gillman Subaru North's "Make Over Your Ride" promotion on Facebook.
More than 20 other sad stories came from Subaru owners who wanted to
share why their Subaru ride needed a makeover. Some 2,200 votes were
cast by Facebook friends of entrants. Neat idea and as the photo above
shows, a real payoff for Chris Chapman.
Big Event 5 Turns out to be the
Biggest and Best Gillman Subaru Event
Gillman Subaru Big Event has been more successful than the
before. So it came as no surprise that Big Event 5, held on October 5th,
out-gunned and overwhelmed all predecessors. Thousands of loyal Subaru
owners, drivers, and admirers descended on the Gillman dealership in
South Houston for a day of spectacular Subaru enthusiasm. Gillman Subaru
General Manager Wally Elostaz and his team were ready for
of cars lined up for the annual show, Subaru Shop Day technicians were
hard at it assisting owners with projects on their Subarus, and 25
vendors of things automotive were open for business. The Subaru Show Car
Trailer drew huge crowds as did the Video Gaming and RC Racing stands.
DJ Tito & the Kratez Crew generated excitement and kept things
moving with their powerful tunes. And caring for hunger pangs, the folks
operating the line of food trucks stayed busy.
drivers David Higgins and Bucky Lasek were stars of Big Event 5. In
addition to their gracious and friendly interaction with the crowds who
wanted photos and autographs, their demonstrations of drifting skills
left everyone breathless. They were audaciously
Scenes From the Gillman Subaru Big Event 5 Show Some of the
Fun, Spirit, and Love of All Things
Gillman Subaru San Antonio Takes Part in
Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living
owners attending the Renewable Energy Roundup held in Fredericksburg,
Texas at the end of September-and there were a lot of them-stopped by
the Gillman Subaru San Antonio booth. All were enthusiastic about the
event and, needless to say, about their Subaru vehicles. Paul Wendell,
General Manager of Gillman Subaru and Gillman Mitsubishi in San Antonio,
noted "The Gillman Companies are deeply involved with the communities
served by their dealerships. Our firm and Subaru demonstrate a real
concern for both the environment and energy conservation through the
vehicles and services we offer our customers."
Gillman Honda San Antonio Holds Another Highly
Successful New Owners Clinic! In
honor of Honda's Customer Appreciation Days, Gillman Honda in San
Antonio hosted another of their very successful Owners Clinics. On the
evening of October 10, more than 80 owners came to learn how best to use
the features of their vehicles through one-on-one instruction. There
was food, fun, excitement, and like always, great prizes. It was an
unforgettable experience for all who attended and assisted with this
crowd attended the Grand Opening of the new Gillman Subaru facility in
North Houston and enjoyed the "Dog Days of Summer" event. A live DJ kept
the music playing, Subaru fans as well as dog lovers with pets had
treats from James Coney Island and Barker Street Bakery. Pet owners made
good use of the mobile grooming station. Customized pet tags, the
unique Games2U video-play trailer, giveaways which included a
flat-screen TV, and pet adoptions through the Lone Star Animal Welfare
League made the event an even bigger success.
Gillman Subaru North's Dog Days of
Summer Grand Opening Draws Outstanding
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Supports 4th
Annual Danny Dietz Navy Seal Foundation
It was a Texas-size,
Texas tradition held in Rosenberg, Texas for the fourth year. The U.S.
Navy Seal Danny Dietz Memorial Team Roping competition brought out the
best in Texas cowboys vying for money, fame, saddles, and rigging.
Gillman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram was there all the way, supporting this
roping event benefiting the Navy Seal Foundation. A worthy cause and
proper venue for the great Gillman Ram
Gillman Honda San Antonio Sets New
Owners Clinic Attendance Record!
On Thursday, July 11th, Gillman
Honda San Antonio set a new record for attendance at their Owners
Clinic. More than 50 Honda enthusiasts came for an evening of fun,
prizes (one attendee went home with a 39-inch flat-screen television),
and help on getting the most out of their new Honda
Gillman Subaru North Houston is
Leader of the Pack Sponsor of Spring Bark 2013!
It was a great day
for Spring Bark 2013 held on April 13th at Northshore Park in The
Woodlands. This dog lover's holiday benefited the Lone Star Animal
Welfare League, and Gillman Subaru North was on hand as a major event
sponsor. A doggone fine time was had by all. For more
information and to see all event photos visit www.lsawl.org.
Gillman Honda in Southwest Houston New Owner
Car Clinic a Huge Success!
Gillman Honda New Owner Car Clinics are always popular. This March
event, though, was beyond expectations. With informative sessions on
vehicles, surprise prizes, refreshments and fun, each session is a
guaranteed customer-pleaser. Attendees go away knowing how to get the
best from their Honda and about the great service after the sale that is
a Gillman trademark.
Gillman Subaru San Antonio Sponsors Y Partners
St. Patty's Day Extravaganza!
When the Y Partners of the Schertz, Texas Family
YMCA needed a sponsor to put their St. Patrick's Day fundraiser over the
top, they had to look no further than Gillman
The event, which took
place Sunday, March 16, was widely heralded through radio and newspaper
ads. To say it was a huge success is an understatement. There was live
entertainment on the Bluebonnet Palace stage along with outdoor games,
food, and fun for the whole
Gillman Begins 75th Year of Satisfying
Customers! It is truly remarkable! Gillman is selling new
and used vehicles to great-grandchildren of the first customers they
satisfied back in the 1930s! To stay in business for 75 years, you've
got to be doing something right. And that something right is to make
every effort to have each customer totally satisfied. If we continue to
fulfill this obligation, we'll be around for another 75
Chris Gillman Honda Places Winning Bid in
Unique Civic Opportunity
Chris Gillman, Gillman
Companies Executive Vice President and General Manager of Gillman Acura,
attended a fund-raising event for the Houston Automobile Dealers
Association (HADA) annual scholarship awards program. Held as part of
the Houston Auto Show, the Houston association auctioned off unusual
personalized vehicle license plates.
One, bearing the
word "Houston" was a standout. Chris Gillman entered the bidding and
won this prestigious plate.
According to Gillman,
"The HADA scholarship program grants educational funding to employees of
Houston automobile dealerships and their family members. Acquiring the
'Houston' plate was especially appropriate for the Gillman dealerships
because we are a family-owned business that has been serving Houstonians
since 1938. Which makes this our 75th year here in this great city. We
are truly grateful for the success we have enjoyed in what has become
one of the nation's most dynamic metropolitan areas. It is exciting to
care for the automotive needs of the grandchildren of our original
See the news story
and article here.
Gillman Honda with ABC-13 Annual Share Your
13 television's annual Share Your Holidays Food Drive is a huge event
supported by the station and the community.Gillman team members in the
and Fort Bend County Honda dealerships joined together to assist this
cause. Julia Unay and Lynn Deusner-Copeland making it two years in a row
Gillman Service Directors giving helpful tips
to TV viewers!
was early and it was cold. That gave authenticity to Kelly Goldsberry,
Gillman Honda Houston Service Director, and Gillman
Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram Service Manager Jim DiRosa when they appeared on
Local 2 News in the morning (KPRC-TV, Houston) to provide tips for
winterizing vehicles for safe operations. This special
arranged by the Gillman Companies advertising group, was a big hit.
Kelly and Jim did a great job and offered some valuable information to a
huge TV audience.
Gillman Chevrolet in Harlingen Supports NASCAR
Drivers and Bass Pro Shop Opening!
an opportunity to get Chevrolet vehicles in front of a responsive
crowd, the crew at Gillman Chevrolet in Harlingen,Texas came in force to
the opening of the Bass Pro Shop. NASCAR drivers Jamie McMurray and
Austin Dillon delivered the star power to pull in people and the event
was a huge
NASCAR drivers Jamie
McMurray and Austin Dillon greet fans at Bass
Gillman Team Members Again Salute Our Troops
With Care Packages
Last year's program to send care packages to family
members of Gillman
team members who are on active duty in the U.S. military was a great
success. So it was no wonder the decision was made to do it again! This
time it was an even bigger undertaking. The event was organized by
Gillman's Human Resources Department. Staff from every Gillman
dealership pitched in with donations of a huge variety of needed and
appreciated items, ranging from keychain flashlights to beef jerky.
Contributions were left in special bins set up at a central location in
each dealership. Then, during the first week in December, the containers
were collected and Gillman teams sorted the items into individual
packages for delivery. The end result? There were a great many happy
service people when this year's unexpected gifts arrived.
Gillman Companies 13th Annual Charity Golf
Tournament Sets New Records!
When a record
number of players turned out at the
Sweetwater Country Club near Sugar Land, Texas, it became clear this
would be no
ordinary day of golf and sportsmanship. Spirits were high and each team
understood the value of the contribution they were making to a truly
cause. Through more than
28 years, the Fort Bend County Women's
Center has earned an enviable reputation for delivering sympathetic
to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assaults, and related
of thousands of women and children have found safety in the Center's
supporting aftercare to help them attain a better
the end of this annual event, a total of $76,200 found its way into the
Center coffers. This money will go toward continuing activities which
crisis intervention, emergency residence, support services, counseling,
educational programs. The exceptional staff of trained, experienced,
professionals and volunteers will be able to help women in need
growing Fort Bend County.
day began, as usual, at 10:30 a.m. with the opening of the driving range
entrant check-in. Play commenced at high noon and was followed by a
awards ceremony, and a silent auction.
A very big
Gillman "Way to go!"
along with a sincere "thank you" for supporting this annual fundraiser
go out to
each and every sponsor who really came through for the Women's Center.
generosity made a fun filled day one to remember
Gillman Subaru Southwest in the driving hot
Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels recently joined
Gillman Subaru of Houston Southwest, to compete in Meals On Wheels
Association of America (MOWAA)'s "Most Meals" Contest as part of Subaru
of America, Inc.'s "Share The Love" Holiday Event. MOWAA plans to award
$150,000 in "Most Meals" grants to Meals On Wheels programs throughout
the country that recruit dealership employees to volunteer, deliver
meals in Subaru vehicles, and engage community members in the fight to
end senior hunger.As part of the competition, Fort Bend Seniors
Meals on Wheels partnered with Gillman Subaru of Houston Southwest
during the holiday season to help load up the volunteers' cars with
meals that were delivered to home-bound senior
Barari-Gillman Subaru; Kristin Weiss-Director of Development at Fort
Bend Seniors Meals onWheels; Issac Goodall-Fort Bend Seniors Meals on
Wheels; Wally Elostaz-General Manager at Gillman Subaru; and Jesse
Coreas-Gillman Subaru are ready to load up the meals for the homebound
senior adults in Fort Bend County.
Wally Elostaz-General Manager at Gillman Subaru with
Kristin Weiss-Director of Development at Fort Bend Seniors Meals on
Wheels and Issac Goodall-Fort Bend Seniors Meals on
Wally Elostaz-General Manager at Gillman Subaru shows
Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels volunteer, Charlotte Childers, a new
Subaru with Jesse Coreas-Gillman
Meals" grants awarded by MOWAA to select participating Meals On Wheels
programs will range between $500 to $5,000. The country's economic
downturn has made it more difficult to raise money to continue feeding
the community's homebound seniors adults. If awarded funds, Fort Bend
Seniors Meals on Wheels will use the monies to continue to provide daily
nutritious meals to the senior adults in Fort Bend and Waller
Subaru Rally Team USA Driver and Rally
American National Champion David Higgins Adds Excitement to Gillman
Subaru Houston Big Event 3!
Houston-area Subaru owners and enthusiasts, along
with car lovers and
automobile experts, turned out by the hundreds for the Gillman Subaru
Big Event 3. As a result, this day-long activity outdrew, outperformed,
and overwhelmed the success of the previous two Gillman Subaru Big
Events. Records were set in every category from vehicles on display to
attendance to participation in the Subaru Shop Day! In short, thanks to
all who came out and to those who supported this dynamic event. It was a
huge, bigger than imagined success.
Higgins, Subaru Rally Team USA driver and the 2011 Rally American
National Champion, wowed and charmed the crowd, enthusiastically signing
autographs and posing for pictures with attendees. Another huge draw
was the unveiling of the all-new 36-miles-per-gallon 2012 Subaru
Impreza. Crowd reception can be summed up in one comment heard over and
Gillman Subaru Shop Day portion of the program allowed Subaru owners to
use the Gillman Subaru shop and tools to work on their vehicles. Advice
and support were offered by the great team of Gillman Subaru
While the talented group on the
music to keep the excitement at high levels, spectators roamed among the
more than 50 vehicles on display that were being judged for excellence.
Trophies and special prizes were awarded to outstanding
Gillman Dealerships Support Harlingen
Independent School District Sports
A strong sports program enriches a school district
and the community as a
whole. The Gillman Chevrolet and Honda dealerships in the Rio Grande
Valley recognize this fact. So when the Harlingen, Texas Independent
School District began seeking support for their sports activities, the
Gillman dealerships embraced the opportunity to serve their community.
The dealerships became the main sponsor for this very worthy
Being recognized for their efforts at the Harlingen ISD Sponsor
Appreciation Night was highly appreciated. But the true excitement from
this sponsorship is knowing more kids get a chance to participate in
character building activities.
Scott Dupons, Partner and General Manager of the Gillman Rio Grande
Valley dealerships, and his wife Cynthia, accept a special award from
Gillman Honda and Nissan of Fort Bend Support
Roesnberg National Little League
The Gillman dealerships are dedicated to being good
neighbors in the
communities they serve. So when the new Seabourne Creek Sports Complex
was completed in Rosenberg, Chris Gillman, Executive Vice-President of
the Gillman Companies and General Manager of Gillman Honda in Fort Bend
County, added Gillman support to the Rosenberg National Little League,
Inc. This fine group provides baseball opportunities to some 400 boys
and girls annually through both baseball and softball programs. In
addition to sponsoring the scoreboard, the Gillman Honda and Nissan
dealerships also received on-field recognition of their
A lucky little driver in the Rio Grande
Chevrolet in the Rio Grande Valley gave away a Camaro convertible
miniature car to the lucky winner of a special drawing. This lucky 6
year old rode off in his new Camaro to the applause of all
Gillman Acura Takes Friends and Customers to
Special Screening of the motion picture
top On May 4, 2011, Gillman Acura
staged a sneak preview of the hit new
motion picture Thor at Tinseltown theater in The Woodlands. Attendees
were friends and customers who were greeted and registered at a special
table in front of the theater. Turnout was great and the event was a
huge success. Acura is a participating sponsor of the
movies made using
Marvel Comics hero characters and the films feature Acura models in
Gillman Subaru goes "to the dogs" at Spring
Cars lined Lake Woodlands Drive, as dogs and their
owners enjoyed the
7th annual Spring Bark at Northshore Park in The Woodlands in May
The annual event raises awareness and funding for the Lone Star Animal
Welfare League's Fixing Montgomery County spay and neuter program and
this year around $32,000. The money raised from the Spring
is donated to animal clinics to help hire additional veterinarians, pay
for inoculations and for
2011 Spring Bark event featured 32 sponsors and 10 non-profit
organizations, including Gillman Subaru North, offering educational
content and free goods to local dog owners. This year, for the first
time at Spring Bark, featured 27 participants for a world qualifying
event for the United Frisbee Dog Operations. There were also pet
contests, a silent auction, raffles, and a pavilion for volunteers to
interact with attendees.
Subaru was the main
sponsor of the event for the third year and Diego
Montoya, district sales manager for Subaru of America, and Yeong Won,
general manager of Gillman Suburu North, were happy to participate in
this admirable cause.
| ||It was a
great way to "go to the dogs" and Gillman Subaru led the
For more information on Spring Bark and
LSAWL, go to www.twdpc.org.
Gillman Auto Group Partner's with NBC's Today
Show "Lend a Hand Charity"
Gillman Automotive Group through their "Gillman Care's Program"
partnered with NBC's Today Show "Lend a Hand Charity" to surprise a
local Houston charity, Casa de Esperanza - De Los Ninos- The House of
Hope for Children. As a part of their in-kind donation, Gillman Auto
Group will help further support Casa de Esperanza and its endeavor to
care for children by providing them with a Chrysler Town and Country
The Today Show aired live today from the Houston
charity neighborhood. "Lend a Hand" is a series on the NBC Today Show
where Al Roker travels to 5 cities in 5 days helping out 5 charities.
Today's sponsors, including Gillman Automotive Group, generously donated
a total of $2.7 million in goods to Casa de Esperanza.
in multiple philanthropic causes, Stacey Gillman Wimbish, President of
Gillman Auto Group, was enthusiastic about making this donation.
"Gillman Auto Group is excited by this opportunity to support Casa de
Esperanza and provide them with a vehicle that will enable them to
further their dedication to children in need," said
Roker and NBC's Today Show took over Houston on June 15th as part of
the 10th Annual "Lend a Hand Charity" event in hopes of providing Casa
de Esperanza with the means to grow their outstanding organization. "It
is and honor and a privilege for Gillman Auto Group to represent the
local Houston business community in something that makes such an impact
on bettering the lives of these children," noted Patrick York, Gillman
Auto Group Chief Operating Officer
Al's Lend a Hand
into town today, day 3 of the 5 day journey, where he broke the
single-day record with the $2.7 million in donations to the local
Houston, TX organization, Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos - The House of
Hope for Children. Several hundred volunteers, along with Country
Superstar, Clay Walker, and Houston Rockets and Astros athletes were
there to lend a hand while Jenna Bush Hager and Al Roker revealed all of
the donations and surprised co-founder Kathy Foster and all of the
volunteers of Casa de Esperanza. Al Roker and Chris Gillman
Clay Walker revealed the van donated by the Gillman Auto Group on air on
the Today Show.About Casa De
de Esperanza de los Niños-the House of Hope for Children-is a safe
place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of
HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential, medical and psychological
care according to the needs of each
Gillman Team Supports Our
It's a long way from Texas to
Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ghazni in
Afghanistan. But that distance was bridged by the entire Gillman team
collected and packaged 35 large care kits for the staff and patients at
FOB. Pictured L-R: Elaine Drury, Maria Lopez, Jody Valentine,
Liz Solis Carrillo, and Claire
to a letter from
Major Meliza Harris, who signs herself as big sister to Diana Flores,
with Gillman Chevrolet), "Sometimes we get guys airvac'd in and they
just the clothes on their back. The trial size personal products were a
Gillman teams in Houston, San Antonio, and
the Rio Grande Valley put together 35
packages. Jody Valentine, Liz Solis Carrillo and the hard working Human
Resources crew in Houston rifled them out the door. A big thanks to Greg
Duckworth, Gillman Honda Houston Parts Manager, and his staff for
trucks. Patricia Kately took the monumental task of working out required
and James Rutledge provided the customs forms and
boxes.Pictured L-R: Debi
Rivera, Norma Caballero, Rosie Castillo, and Eddica
Gillman Honda joins KTRK-TV in Holiday Food
The ABC-TV 13 Annual Share Your Holidays Food Drive
got a huge boost from all
the Gulf Coast Honda Dealers. Gillman Honda Fort Bend and Gillman Honda
team members pitched in with their hearts as well as time and money. The
folks at ABC 13 expressed their appreciation for the amount of food
huge "Way to go!" to everyone who took part in making a happier holiday
hundreds of Houston area families! Gillman Honda Joins KTRK-TV in
Drive! Lynn Deusner, Excell Manager for Gillman Honda Fort Bend, and
Excell Manager for Gillman Honda Houston, led the teams from both
Gillman Companies and Christopher Gillman
Support Rod Ryan Golf Tournament Benefitting Texas Adaptive
Texas Adaptive Aquatics (TAA) allows individuals
with physical or mental
disabilities the opportunity to discover the thrill and excitement
found in water skiing, sailing, and kayaking. Founded in 1989, TAA
offers programs that have introduced thousands of handicapped men,
women, and children throughout the United States to aquatic sports
donation from the Gillman Companies and a
donation-matching challenge by Christopher Gillman bring the annual TAA
fund-raising Rod Ryan Golf Tournament closer to attaining its support
Gillman Automotive Group- Top 100 Workplaces of
the annual Houston Chronicle survey of area companies, The Gillman
Group was recognized as one of the Top 100 Workplaces. The ranking,
based on a
study done by the research group Workplace Dynamics, included 1,352
and nonprofit organizations, made up of small, medium, and mid-size
According to Patrick York, Gillman
Auto Group Chief
Operating Officer, "We were the only privately held business to be
the Top 100 Workplaces. We were the only automobile dealer on the list
Gillman has always been an industry leader in providing team members
facilities, a strong benefit package, and opportunity for
In selecting the 100 Houston-area
companies as great places
to be employed, Workplace Dynamics sorted through more than 50,000
from individuals who participated in the study. The awards were
presented at a
special evening event held on November 4th in downtown
Gillman Wimbish, President of the Gillman Auto Group, noted, "The
was for our Houston and Fort Bend dealerships along with our corporate
The same policies, organizational spirit, and determination to provide
exceptional workplace environment are seen in our San Antonio and Rio
Valley locations as well."
Jody Valentine, Director
of Human Resources
said "What really makes this company is our employees. Mutual
fellow employees and customers, along with dedicated hard work, makes
Automobile a great place to work."
This survey is sponsored annually by
the Houston Chronicle newspaper and is recognized as one of the top
programs in the country.
Gillman Partners With Subaru National Dealer
Advisory Board to Assist Japanese
In response to the disastrous earthquake and
tsunami that struck
Japan, Subaru of America offered to match all donations made by U.S.
Subaru dealers to assist in the recovery effort. The Subaru National
Dealer Advisory Board agreed to coordinate this activity and called upon
its 622 dealers to participate. Gillman Companies made pledges in
behalf of all three Gillman Subaru dealerships to support this worthy
Our sincere wishes and hopes for a rapid
recovery go out to all those who suffered a loss in this cataclysmic
Welcome to gillmanauto.com
The Texana Center is a nonprofit organization
making a positive
difference in the lives of those with behavioral health care issues or
disabilities challenges. This organization, headquartered in Rosenberg,
Texas, was founded in 1999. Today the staff of over 350 dedicated
individuals aid more than 4,000 people each month.
of support from Gillman Honda and Gillman Nissan, as well as the
Gillman Companies, a circular drive at the Texana Center's new West
Campus was named for gillmanauto.com.
It's a singular honor and
the best wishes from the entire Gillman team go to the Texana
Gillman, Executive Vice-President of the Gillman Companies and Gillman
Honda Fort Bend General Manager, under the new
The 15th Annual Gillman Companies Charitable
The 15th Annual Gillman Companies Charitable Golf
Tournament was held recently
at the Sweetwater County Club and included more than 150 golfers
Ramsay Gillman was joined by daughter Stacey Gillman Wimbish, and sons,
and Chris, Gillman employees, vendors and sponsors who enjoyed the day's
activities. The event, which also featured a live auction, raffle,
contest and awards presentation, benefited the Fort Bend County Women's
More than $60,000 was raised for the Women's
Center thanks in
large part to the sponsorships of Corporate sponsors Service Group and
America; Dinner sponsor Americredit; Lunch sponsor McAlister's Deli of
Rosenberg; Awards sponsor Houston Chronicle; Eagle sponsors Consolidated
Health, Manheim Houston and Subaru Motors Finance; 19th Hole sponsor
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin; and Putting
AutoTrader.com, along with many other corporate sponsors who sponsored
and donated raffle items.
For more than 30 years,
the Fort Bend
County Women's Center has served the community and has helped more than
women and children achieve violence-free lifestyles. For more
the center or the services it offers, call 281-344-5750 or visit http://fortbendwomenscenter.org
Gillman Nissan Holds Another Successful New
The Gillman Nissan New Owner Clinics continue to be
very well received
and, from comments of those attending, are both interesting and
educational. In addition to being an excellent aid in assisting new
owners in getting the most from their great Nissan vehicles, these
events help form a bond between the Gillman Nissan team and
Gillman Supports Willacy County Livestock
In keeping with the Gillman Companies tradition of
being a great
neighbor and supporting local events, the Gillman Rio Grande Valley
dealerships literally bannered the bandstand to provide music for the
Willacy County Livestock Show. This annual affair is a fixture in South
Texas among the important farming and animal husbandry