By Ashley Reyes
Steve Gilmore, chief designer at Ford, is the SEMA Professional Restylers Organiziation’s (PRO) newest spotlight volunteer. Get to know Gilmore in his interview with SEMA below.
SEMA: What inspired you to pursue a career in restyling/manufacturing?
Steve Gilmore: I’m an automotive enthusiast, but I always had a need to be more individual and personalize and customize all of my own vehicles. Getting into the industry was always the goal and the dream!
SEMA: Why did you decide to volunteer for PRO?
SG: I want to be able to share my knowledge from the OEM side to help the industry move forward.
SEMA: What advice do you have for someone pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket?
SG: Follow your automotive passion and always stay creative!
SEMA: What is your dream vehicle? Where would we find you in it on any weekend?
SG: My father really sparked my interest in street rods. I’m also a truck guy, so a bed is a must! My ultimate blend would be a ’40 Ford pickup.
SEMA: What is the best advice you have ever received?
SG: Every constraint you are given is just an opportunity to find a creative solution.
SEMA: What keeps you in the industry?
SG: The constant change and creativity in finding “what's next.”
SEMA: Where can you be found on a Saturday?
SG: Out for a drive!
Fill out a PRO member spotlight form to highlight how you or your company are contributing to the automotive restyling industry. Selected candidates are eligible to be featured on PRO’s social media, SEMA News and future PRO-member updates.