Bill Gilliland has considered the Texas Panhandle his home since moving here with his wife Sandra in 1961. Gilliland is the former chairman and CEO of Cross-Continent Auto Retailers, headquartered in Amarillo. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, C-Car was the first auto retailer to be publicly traded. He is currently a partner in Gillco Energy, LP. He serves as president of the Globe-News center for the Performing Arts, vice-president of Gilliland Family Foundation, chairman of the Hotel Subcommittee of the Center City Task Force, and a member of the Beethoven Society.
In the past, Gilliland has served with the Panhandle 2000 Pantex expansion committee, the committee to raise funds to establish the Texas Tech Pharmacy School, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Texas Automobile Dealers Association, President’s Club of National Automobile Dealers Association, United Way of Amarillo, Board of City Development, Amarillo Industrial Foundation, and the Prison Solicitation Committee.
Gilliland received the Outstanding Volunteer award given by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce in 1988, the Golden Nail Award, the University of North Texas Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2006 Globe-News Man of the Year award, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Family Spirit Award.
“WTAMU is THE major talent provider for our area. From education to accounting to medical services, WTAMU alums dominate our pool of talent. Let’s always be supportive.” – Bill Gilliland