DETROIT – Lisa Lunsford, CEO and co-founder of Livonia, Michigan-based manufacturing company Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3) was selected and profiled for the 2015 Automotive News list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. This prestigious roster of industry leaders and innovators is revised and issued only once every five years, and honorees were celebrated at a dedicated ceremony on Nov. 9 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
Taking her place among fellow CEOs and top executives, Lunsford is among only six female CEOs of automakers and suppliers on the list, up from two on the previous list from 2010. The list of women shaping and driving the auto industry was first published in 2000, and, now in its fourth edition, continues to honor the success of women who have made outstanding professional contributions throughout their careers. According to Automotive News, inclusion on the list is awarded to women who are making progress not only for the companies the serve and lead, but also as role-models for women building careers in the automotive field.
Lunsford founded GS3 in 2010, and under her leadership the manufacturing and engineering company has grown to over 98 employees and generated more than $30 million in revenue over the last two years. GS3 is a Tier One supplier to major automotive original equipment manufacturers, and also specializes in providing engineering as a service, working directly with clients to engineer, manufacture, assemble, package and ship solutions that exceed expectations.
Lunsford reflected on the women who have had the most influence on her career, including Maryann Keller, the veteran automotive industry analyst and consultant, and her mother, Cleoria Williams, who joined Lunsford at the award ceremony.
“Looking out into the audience and seeing my mom’s beaming smile made this moment more real,” said Lunsford. “No longer was it a goal that I thought was lost to me when I decided to leave Ford Motor Company to embark on my journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur. She is the leading woman in my life, and to her I am forever grateful.”
Over the last year, GS3 has collected numerous accolades, including being named a Michigan Minority Suppliers Development Council (MMSDC) Supplier of the Year in October 2014, as well as a 2015 National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Regional Supplier of the Year. GS3 was also awarded Top Business status by DiversityBusiness.com.
For her career-long achievements, Lunsford was also profiled in the 2015 edition of DRIVEN, an annual publication honoring people of color in the automotive industry, and was inducted into the 2015 class of Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence. Lunsford is also vice president of marketing for Deshler Group, which comprises seven sister brands, including GS3, that operate in collaboration and independently to provide comprehensive, multifaceted services, including manufacturing, assembly, transportation, packaging and Information technology.
Lisa Lunsford Accepts 100 Leading Women Award