CHAIRMAN OF ST. MICHAELS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
George Walish has classic cars in his DNA. He considers himself blessed to have launched his career in the automotive industry more than 40 years ago, at the tender age of 23, with BMW North America. Over the years, he worked himself up to the senior executive level of BMW N.A., spending the final five years of his career as general manager in charge of Rolls-Royce Motorcars N.A., LLC, a subsidiary of BMW AG of Munich, Germany. He officially retired from the automotive industry 11 years ago but has remained active, as chairman of the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, in addition to his work on the board of trustees of the Oxford Community Center and as first vice-president of the John Wesley Preservation Society. He’s owned several Rolls-Royces over the years, his favorite being a 1973 Corniche. But Walish is also a Cadillac enthusiast, having owned a 1937 Fleetwood and currently traveling around Talbot County in a 1970 de Ville convertible. He started coming to the Eastern Shore as a boy and says he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world. —NAB
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