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Wil Cooksey


International Council of Corvette Clubs

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International Council of Corvette Clubs

12393 Doherty St.

Riverside, California,92503

United States

Company Description

ICCC is comprised of numerous Corvette Clubs from  as far East as South Carolina and far West as Texas.  Our preamble is to promote participation in Corvette  oriented activities and to enhanced the enjoyment  connected with the ownership of the Corvette ...more

Background Information

Employment History

Chairman of Directors


Plant Manager of the Only Corvette Assembly Plant


Plant Manager

General Motors Corp.



Corvette Plant Manager

GM Co.

Process and Production Engineer

General Mills Inc


Father Larry's Corvette Shop


Western Kentucky University

School of Business Advisory Board, the Western Kentucky University College of Education and Behavioral Science, Drug Abuse Resistance Education Advisory Council

United Way of Bowling Green

Board Member

Career Communications

Key Organization Liaison for Talent Acquisition Group

Masonic Lodge.



Board Member



Tennessee State University

Vice Chairman of the Foundation Board

National Corvette Museum

Board Member

TSU Engineering Alumni Association

Developement Committee Chairman

Advancing Minorities' Interest


International Council

Corvette Member


Central High School

Officer's Training School

Bachelor of Science degree

electrical engineering

Tennessee State University

Master's degree

industrial engineering

University of Toledo

Ph.D. studies

mechanical engineering

Michigan State University


electrical engineering

Tennessee State University

graduate degree

Michigan State University

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PRESIDENT Wilmer Cooksey
Wilcooksey@twc.com Wil is the President of ICCC , but not new to the position . He has led ICCC for many years previously and we are glad to have him back. He brings a wealth of knowledge, management skills, and Corvette creditability to the club. Wil was the Corvette Plant Manager from 1993 - 2008 and remains one of Corvette's most dedicated fans. He is still active in many organizations to include the National Corvette Museum. Wil has always kept at least one Corvette in his garage since 1969, now he has too many to count! he


Wil Cooksey
w.cooksey@insightbb.com VICE PRESIDENT Wil Cooksey Jr.


Wil Cooksey
Wilcooksey@twc.com VICE PRESIDENT Wil Cooksey Jr. Wil Cooksey


Wil Cooksey - Corvette Plant Manager
I want to replace Wil Cooksey or John Spencer...

welovecorvettes.com [cached]

Wilmer Wil Cooksey, general manager of the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, will retire in March.
Paul Graham, who is currently assistant plant manager of GMs Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., will succeed Cooksey on Jan. 1. Cooksey said now is the best time to leave - following the successful implementation of GMs new global manufacturing system at the plant, as well as recent negotiations with the United Auto Workers union that secured local jobs and future production of the Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac XLR. Its great to go out when youre on top (rather) than when youre struggling, he said. Basically when I look at where I am today, my plant here in Bowling Green is in the best position than its ever been in. Looking back at 1993 - when Cooksey was brought in after serving in Fairfax, Doraville and St. Louis assembly plants - he saw an operation that needed a reality check or was otherwise on the verge of closing. Before everyone was acutely aware that changes had to be made, Cooksey rolled up his sleeves to address the concerns from upper management - concerns many employees werent even aware of. You would be amazed at some peoples thoughts that some people thought everything was fine or OK and not really realizing what home office thought, Cooksey said. Under Cookseys leadership, the plant saw $30 million in changes before the Corvette C5 was launched. A new cleaning room apparatus and auto storage retrieval system decreased painting defects and cut down the time it took to fix cars with paint problems. Cooksey also started using the concepts of lean manufacturing in 1994 to revamp workplace standards and was met with some opposition. But what was once a pocket of resistance to implementing GMs concepts of lean manufacturing - eliminating waste, keeping costs in line and other values - ended up being a shining star for both Cooksey and the plant. A recent corporate audit that gauged employees level of understanding on operating in a global manufacturing system showed 83 percent proficiency - better than all of GMs other plants in North America, he said. We ended up being number one in the corporation right here in Bowling Green, Ky., Cooksey said. Were looking at being 100 percent next go-round. You never go back, you keep focusing forward. We dont have the low hanging fruit anymore, you have to go way up high on the tree. Cooksey said what he will miss the most is the people hes worked for and with. The Fort Worth, Texas, native describes himself as a tolerant leader who listens to people and makes decisions based on loads of information he gathers. When Cooksey noticed many of the employees were driving cars made by GMs competitors, he established a parking lot for non-GM vehicles in the back of the plant. He wanted to send a message. Somehow, I had to give them some awareness on how serious it is to support the company. Eldon Renaud was bargaining chairman for UAW Local 2164 when Cooksey arrived. Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker, meanwhile, said Cooksey is a man who brings people together to achieve and is committed to the local community. Cooksey said he will remain in Bowling Green and continue serving in leadership positions for several local organizations, including the boards of the National Corvette Museum, Greenview Hospital, Tennessee State Universitys Foundation Board of Trustees (he completed his undergraduate work there in 1965), Western Kentucky Universitys School of Business Advisory Board and the WKU College of Education and Behavioral Science. Cooksey can also be seen as GMs representative for ads in Ebony and Essence magazines in support of the companys diversity efforts. In retirement, Cooksey plans to increase his pursuit of his hobbies, which include drag racing and flying airplanes. Although he plans to squeeze in 25 days of vacation before he officially hangs up the reins in March, he said he looks forward to spending much more time with his wife, Elizabeth, a professor at WKU, his two children, David and Crissy, and three grandchildren, J.D., Katrina and Kieara.

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