Judith Schumacher-Tilton is a resident of Montclair, New Jersey and president of Schumacher Chevrolet Auto Group, New Jersey’s largest volume Chevy dealer with locations in Clifton, Little Falls and Denville
Judith was former chairman of the General Motors Women’s Dealer Advisory Council for three years. She is currently a member of the Tri-State Chevrolet LMA Board. . Locally, she serves on the Montclair State University Foundation Board, the Boys and Girls Club of Clifton Trustee Board, the Lakeland Bank Advisory Board and Passaic County 200 Club Trustee Board.
In 2009, along with her son Stephen Tilton Jr., she established Give the Kids Hope Foundation, Inc, a 501(c)3 organization which supports educational and recreational opportunities for underprivileged children in New Jersey which has attracted support from David Harris of the NY JETS, who serves as spokesperson for the foundation.
Judith has been honored as Business Person of the Year in 2005 by the local PBA and 2009 Business Woman of the Year by John I. Crecco Foundation. In 2010 she received the Community Service Award for Business by the Giblin Association of New Jersey and in 2011 she was honored by the Housing Partnership Home Ownership Center.
Her dealerships have won the Genuine Leader Award from GM, the Spirit of Leadership Award from Women’s Automotive Association and she was presented with GM’s Women’s Retail Network Performance Award in 2009 and 2011 (northeast region). She is the recipient of the Women’s Choice Award by Women Certified in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; her dealerships have received this award for their outstanding female friendly customer experience, an honor that has only been given to a limited number of dealerships in the nation.
She was nominated as 2012 TIME Dealer of the Year— becoming New Jersey’s first-ever female to compete for this very prestigious award. In recognition of her dealerships’ performance and her extensive community service, she went on to win the title of Northeast Regional TIME Dealer of the Year and was among the four finalists for the national title which was published in TIME Magazine.
Judith was also honored by Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver and presented with the 2012 Shirley Chisholm Award for Female Entrepreneurship and she was chosen as the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America. In November of 2012 she was selected by NJ Monthly as one of the Top 25 Female Entrepreneurs in New Jersey and was selected as one of the recipients of the 2013 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Award sponsored by New Jersey Monthly, PNC Bank and the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship.
She was recently honored by the Montclair Ambulance Unit at a recognition dinner where she was commended for her long-time community support and the New York Business Journal as a recipient of the 2015 Women of Influence award.
In 2016 she was recognized by the Honor Legion of the Police Departments of the State of New Jersey (NJHL) for her community outreach and her dealerships’ support of local law enforcement and with the Best 50 Women in Business Award by NJBIZ. She was also recently honored as a recipient of The Distinguished Women Award from Northwood University in Michigan.