Stephen E. Gill Selected Winner of Fourth Annual Gilbert W. Speed Award, Presented by the Aviation Week Network

Stephen E. Gill Selected Winner of Fourth Annual Gilbert W. Speed Award, Presented by the Aviation Week Network

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LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen E. Gill, Chairman & CEO of The Gill Corporation, is being presented with the Fourth Annual Gilbert W. Speed Award, honoring outstanding leadership and collaboration across the global aerospace and defense supply chain.  Stephen Gill is the fourth winner of the award which was presented today by the Aviation Week Network at its 32nd Annual SpeedNews Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference in Beverly Hills, CA.

Stephen began working at the family business (The Gill Corporation) at age 14.  He attended the University of Southern California and during his college years continued to work summers at the corporation.  In 1965, Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management.  After college, Stephen joined The Gill Corporation on a full time basis. He began as leadman for line #2 and worked his way up through a series of positions where he was exposed to all facets of the business.  In 1991, Stephen stepped into the role of CEO and executed a corporate growth strategy that involved facilities expansion and strategic acquisitions that included Castle Industries in California, Alcore Brigantine in France, Alcore Inc. in Maryland and Insoleq (The Gill Corporation, Europe Ltd.) in Northern Ireland.  The Company has grown in sales from $18 million in 1993 to over $260 million in 2017.  Stephen currently serves as Chairman and CEO.  The Gill Corporation is headquartered in El Monte, California and employs over 1000 personnel worldwide.  The company has received numerous recognitions of excellence including the prestigious Boeing Supplier of the Year.

Stephen exemplifies the qualities we remember in Gil Speed in terms of innovation and a customer-first leadership style," said Greg Hamilton, President of Aviation Week Network.  "He also has inspired and mentored so many of today's best in science, engineering, manufacturing and operations."

"I am truly honored to receive this recognition in an industry that's been my life's work," said Mr. Gill.  "Gil Speed and I shared a common passion for commercial aviation. Gil was a friend, trusted advisor and contributed greatly to the success of The Gill Corporation.  I am proud that SpeedNews and the Gil Speed family have selected me for this prestigious award and appreciate the opportunity to express my gratitude to my colleagues and family for their support throughout my 60+ year career."

The Gilbert W. Speed Award honors the legacy of the man who founded SpeedNews, the aviation industry's newsletter of record, in 1979 and established its annual suppliers Conference in 1987. 

Mr. Speed, who passed away in January 2014 at age 81, was a well-respected industry partner and touched many lives during his 60+-year tenure in the aviation industry. Previous award winners include David P. Storch, Chairman & CEO of AAR, Scott Smith, President of AMI Metals and Jim Downey, Co-Founder of EnCore Aerospace.

For more information about the Gil Speed Award, visit

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