2015 Trailblazer Award Recipient: Stacey Gillman Wimbish

2015: As President of the Gillman Companies, Stacey Gillman Wimbish is responsible for overseeing all phases of the business, improving organization profits, refining operational systems, employee satisfaction, and achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction.  The Gillman Companies are proud recipients of the Houston Chronicle's Top Work Place Award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

As the daughter and granddaughter of highly successful automobile dealers, Stacey was raised in the business.  Stacey began her retail automobile career at age 22 and has personally worked in every position in every department.
Stacey attended school in Houston and completed her education at the University of Texas in Austin.  She then attended the M.E.S. Dealer Management Development course for in-depth study of the General Motors accounting system and financial statements.  She is a graduate of the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Candidate Academy.  She is a certified member of the Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals.

Starting in 1992, Stacey served as a Director of the Houston Automobile Dealer Association (HADA).  In 1999, she was the first woman and youngest person to be named Chairman of HADA.   In 2010, Stacey was designated by Automotive News as one of the "100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry".   Stacey is currently on the National Dealer Council for Subaru of America. She is Chairman of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) representing all 1100 dealers in Texas.  Stacey is active in legislative efforts for the automobile industry in both Texas and our National associations.  She served as South Texas DEAC chairman for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).  In 2012 Stacey was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to join his Economic Development Committee promoting ways to further enhance business growth for all of Texas.

Stacey is also admired for her community contributions, including an annual fund-raising effort for the Fort Bend Women's Center with the Gillman Companies, which is dedicated to assisting women and children of abuse and supporting them in getting back on their feet.  Most importantly Stacey is the proud mother of two children.  She enjoys volunteering at school and participating in the children's activities.  She is actively involved with St. Luke's United Methodist Church.