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Paul Sabatini

Paul Sabatini

Lincoln of Troy
Troy, Michigan

“Hands down, the most rewarding aspect of my retail automotive career is being able to mentor and watch the growth of people that I’ve hired over the years.”

“Hands down, the most rewarding aspect of my retail automotive career is being able to mentor and watch the growth of people that I’ve hired over the years,” nominee Sabatini said. “I take great pride in providing them with the support and guidance they need to achieve their own goals.”

A 1970 graduate of Stevenson High School in Livonia, Michigan, Sabatini earned a degree in business and accounting from Schoolcraft College, also in Livonia, in 1975. His first stop on a long and flourishing career in the retail automotive business was selling new and used vehicles.

“I didn’t come from an automotive family, so my parents were initially skeptical about my career path,” Sabatini said. After finding success in sales, he held leadership positions at several dealerships and bought and sold a few stores. Today, he is president and sole owner of Lincoln of Troy.

His enthusiasm for the automotive business and strong work ethic – combined with a deep respect for his staff – has helped solidify Sabatini’s position as an industry leader. “I’ve had employees take the leap and become dealers of their own, porters become salespeople and receptionists become office managers,” he said.

Sabatini has held advisory roles for Jaguar, Lincoln and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, where he has served as president (2014), vice president (2013) and treasurer/secretary (2012). He was chairman of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, and personally escorted President Barack Obama around the show floor to see the vehicles and technology on display.

The show’s Charity Preview at Detroit’s Cobo Center raised $5.2 million for children’s charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan; Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit; The Children’s Center in Detroit; Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation; Judson Center; Detroit PAL; March of Dimes; and the Detroit Auto Dealers Charitable Foundation Fund.

“I take great pride in playing a positive role in my community and supporting charities and organizations that impact the lives of children and young adults,” Sabatini said. “As practice, I don’t accept public recognition for my charitable giving. I prefer to stay anonymous.”

Sabatini was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award Rod L. Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Rhonda, have three children.