Ramsay Gillman participated in numerous charitable organizations, both on state and national levels. According to his biography, he received the 1996 Sports Illustrated All-Star Dealer Award, presented by the American International Automobile Dealers Association, “for his lifelong contribution to the automotive business and commitment to numerous charitable organizations.”
He has also served as President of the Houston Automobile Dealers Association, Vice President of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, and was appointed Vice Chairman of the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission from 1984 through 1987 by the Governor of Texas.
He was currently serving as a director of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles as appointed by the Governor of Texas and serves though February of 2013.
In 1997, the State of Texas House of Representatives passed House Resolution No. 350, officially commending Gillman for his “outstanding achievements” and years of dedication to the State of Texas, the automobile industry, his community, and charitable organizations.
Gillman Cos. now controls 14 dealerships in Texas. They include three groups of eight franchises in metropolitan Houston; Honda, Subaru and Mitsubishi stores in San Antonio; and Chevy, Honda and Chevrolet-Buick-GMC stores in Harlingen and nearby San Benito, south of Corpus Christi near the Mexican border.
The dealership group generated $497 million in revenue in 2010 with new vehicle sales of 10,727 units.
He is survived by Stevie Gillman, his wife of 35 years, their three children and four grandchildren. A celebration of Ramsay Gillman’s life was held on June 7 at the George H. Lewis Funeral home in Houston. A memorial service also took place at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on June 8.
The family asks that any donations be directed to the Fort Bend Women’s Center (P.O. Box 183, Richmond, TX 77406), Houston Automobile Dealers Association Scholarship Fund (P.O. Box 16550, Sugar Land, TX 77496-6550), or National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (P.O. Box 9133, Tacoma, WA 98490-0133).