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Honoring the Johnson Countian of the Year 2017 : Mark Gilman

Mark Gilman is chairman of the board of Gill Studios, Lenexa, and is a longtime supporter of the performing arts and community health initiatives on the local and state level.

Mark Gilman

A Johnson County resident from the age of 11, Gilman graduated from Shawnee Mission High School. He received a degree from the University of Kansas, served in the U.S. Army and attended graduate school at the University of Southern California. He joined Gill Studios in 1962 as a salesman and progressed through the ranks as sales manager, vice president and president. He’s been chairman since 2005.

In the printing industry, Gilman was twice elected to the board of directors of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). The 10,000-member trade organization later honored him with its Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2015.

On the state and local level, Gilman has served on the boards of the Foundation for Shawnee Mission Health continuously since 1977, Missouri Repertory Theatre from 1980 to 1996, and JCCC Foundation since 1989. He was a member of the Kansas Arts Commission from 2001 to 2004.

Gilman received a Pinnacle Award from the Johnson County Library Foundation in 2011 and the Sally Wood Spirit Award from Quality Hill Playhouse in 2013. JCCC honored Gilman with a Performing Arts Endowment Award for his donation to the Yardley Fund during the 2007 Campaign for the Community.

The Polsky Theatre's LARES digital acoustic enhancement system, a unique system which dramatically improved the listening experience in the theatre, was made possible by a gift to JCCC Performing Arts by Gilman. Polsky Theatre is now one of about 200 venues using this acoustical enhancement system, which receives critical acclaim from some of the world’s foremost musicians, performers and conductors.