Every time you see a spot kick, every time you watch the ball thrown in from a line-out, there it is - the word Gilbert.
When schoolboy William Webb Ellis accidentally invented rugby football in 1823 it is more than likely it was a Gilbert ball that he picked up.
But after all this time the Gilbert ball is getting a run for its money from another local company - based in the old Gilbert's premises and bearing the equally illustrious name of Webb Ellis.
More than 20 years ago local sporting hero and former England rugby international Rodney Webb bought the business and revitalised it, re-establishing the supremacy of the Gilbert ball and setting up the Gilbert Rugby Football Museum in the old workshop premises in St Matthew Street, Rugby.
Members of his rugby-mad family joined the business, which was still trading under the Gilbert name and maintaining the prestige of the product.
But in 2000, Rodney Webb sold James Gilbert Ltd to a management buy-in.
Gilbert moved to Ventura County in 1973 and founded the Thousand Oaks Land and Development Corp.
The Board of Regents will determine how the remainder of the Gilbert gift and other donations will be prioritized in support of new educational and other facilities as well as endowed scholarships, professorships and programs.
After eight years as the head of the group that represents more than 25,000 property owners, Gilbert, 37, will become executive vice president and chief operating officer at Rudin Management Company, which manages the Rudin family portfolio of 14 commercial properties, comprising 7 million square feet, and 22 apartment buildings that total 3,000 units.
Having served in various city and state governmental capacities before joining RSA, Gilbert says this is an opportunity to combine his public policy expertise with h is managerial skill and understanding of the issues facing owners.
Gilbert said he will continue to work with RSA as a member of its executive committee and he considers that an honor.
A graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in economics and housing, Gilbert served as assistant commissioner for Housing Policy for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development; chief housing aide to former Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink; and legislative coordinator for Resources and Development in the New York State Assembly.
But, Gilbert said, RSA has "given me the opportunity to hone my privatesector skills and ably prepared me for this challenge and opportunity.