JOE FALZON, the owner of Signature Ford Lincoln in Caledonia Township and Signature Ford of Perry, was recently nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award. Falzon is the only dealer nominated from the state of Michigan, and one of only 47 new car dealers nominated nationwide. He was nominated for the award by Terry Burns, the executive vice president of the Michigan Auto Dealers Association. For the 49th consecutive year, Ally Financial, Time Inc. and the National Automobile Dealers Association will present the award to a dealer who makes extraordinary contributions to their community.
Falzon graduated from Stevenson High School in 1970 and went to college at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. He began his career in the automotive industry at Stu Evans Lincoln Mercury in Detroit, reaching the level of parts and service manager before taking over operation of the Signature dealership in Caledonia Township in 1988. He then purchased the dealership in 1992. Giving back has always been a big part of the culture at Falzon-led dealerships.
Falzon and his employees have raised more than $100,000 for local high schools through Ford Drive 4 UR School test-drive events, and Falzon has made significant contributions to area food banks, Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wounded Warriors and Toys For Tots, among others.
The winner of the award will be announced during the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in March, which will be held in Las Vegas. Joe, his wife, Linda, and daughter, Angie, plan to attend the convention.
Falzon can be seen standing next to a 2017 Lincoln MKZ Select AWD, one of many sharp vehicles that can be found at Signature Ford Lincoln. In true Falzon fashion, Signature Ford Lincoln in Caledonia Township is now offering exclusive specials for its Shiawassee County friends and neighbors, called the “S Plan.”
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)