Ramsay Gillman owns 13 auto dealerships in Texas. His Gillman Cos., of Houston, ranked No. 53 on last year's Automotive News list of the top 125 U.S. dealership groups. Although Honda and Mitsubishi franchises predominate at his company, Gillman says he is bullish on some domestic brands and has begun reinvesting in them.
Gillman, 64, was president of the National Automobile Dealers Association in 1997. At last month's NADA convention, he shared his 2008 industry forecast and discussed his company's strategies with Retail Editor David Kushma and Staff Reporter Donna Harris.