It is with sadness we announce the passing of Gordon K. Faulkner, 84, of Hilton Head, South Carolina on February 4, 2019. He died peacefully with his devoted and loving wife Marilyn F. Faulkner by his side.
A true southern gentleman, entrepreneur, loving husband, renaissance man and devoted friend to all who knew him well. His charm, wit and humor will live on in memories for all of his close friends.
Born in Huntington, West Virginia on February 26th, 1934 he began a journey of discovery and business building. After graduating from Marshall University with a marketing degree, he served two years with the US Military then headed to the Big Apple to make it in the world of Broadcasting and Advertising. His rugged good looks even landed him in a few national print ads for Vantage cigarettes.
Opportunity presented itself and Gordon headed to Baltimore, MD to be the General Manager of local radio station WITH. With his connections in the growing advertising community in Baltimore and his sales acumen he saw the opportunity to create his own advertising agency. Faulkner Advertising became a force in Tier Two dealer group advertising for the Datsun Motor Company and continued with the transition to the Nissan Motor Corporation. Gordon and his team built a national advertising powerhouse that created many memorable national television, radio and print ads. Serving as CEO, Creative Director and Sales Guru, Gordon and his team created a business template that still lives on today for other Tier Two automotive advertising agencies. Faulkner Advertising’s Film and Video division
Producers, continues the tradition of creativity and a national presence to this day.
Once again, the call to build something and make it better lead Gordon to Hilton Head Island, SC. Purchasing the dealerships that now make up Modern Classic Motors; Hilton Head Island Honda and Mercedes Benz of Hilton Head.
Gordon was a true maverick that helped pave the way in the Baltimore advertising community. He always fought for what he believed in, and helped to place Baltimore on the national map as an advertising town. He will be remembered not only for his caring nature, but for the way he lit up a room when talking about a project and his love of a creative challenge. He truly embodied the spirit of what it took to be successful in the advertising community.