BEA 2015: Entrepreneur of The Year Award Finalist - John Chisholm

John Chisholm is president and owner of Rose City Ford Sales Limited – Windsor and Essex County’s highest volume Ford dealership.

Building on the foundation established by his father 34 years ago, Chisholm has tirelessly maintained the integrity and customer focus of Rose City Ford while simultaneously reaching corporate milestones such as: #1 Ford Volume Dealer in Canada, Ford Top 100 Dealer, and nine-time Ford President’s Award recipient.

Chisholm continually embraces industry innovations including a sizeable 2014 investment in the dealership’s collision centre, to implement equipment and training required for aluminum paint/repair certification. As the only Ford certified bodyshop from Windsor to London, Chisholm insists that his clientele receive the additional value of the highest-trained professionals and most up-to-date repair capabilities.

Rose City Ford has been part of the fabric of the local community since 1981. Recently, Chisholm added to that fabric with a $2-million renovation to the dealership. With the help of the local construction and trades industry, he invested in the transformation of Rose City’s landmark footprint.

Chisholm’s proud commitment to Windsor/Essex County exceeds his duties as an employer of 80-100 people in any given year. He promotes the spirit of giving through corporate initiatives such as fundraising for the Children’s Aid Society, hosting food and toy drives and maintaining a generous corporate donation program. Rose City’s contributions span many avenues including health, education and athletics.

Personally, Chisholm has contributed in past years to Rotarian service, volunteers at his local parish, participates in local worthy initiatives and is a member of the Windsor YQG airport board.

As a husband and father of two daughters, Chisholm is a Windsor-born and educated family man who strives to spread the company motto of being “The Dealership with a Heart”.