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Celebrating the Best in the Automotive Sector

Celebrating the Best in the Automotive Sector

April 15, 2020

For immediate release

Vancouver, BC – The New Car Dealers Association of B.C. (NCDA) is pleased to honour the best of the BC New Car Dealer industry – those who are going above and beyond to give back to their communities, while also recognizing the next generation of leaders in the sector.

Despite the 2020 Vancouver International Auto Show and Distinction Awards evening postponement, award winners were honoured in several categories: Community Driver Award for Outstanding Community Involvement; Salespeople of the Year; Green Star Dealer Awards for Outstanding Work in the Sale of Clean Energy Vehicles, and; Automotive Dealership Management Graduates from the Automotive Business School of Canada.

“Our Associaton represents more than 390-car and truck dealers across this province, who in turn employ more than 30,000 individuals. Each year, I am amazed by the level of excellence of the men and women in our sector, right across this province. To those who have been recognized, the NCDA offers its deepest appreciation and congratulations,” said Blair Qualey, President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC.

“What also stands out is the number of people in our sector, across all age brackets, who are demonstrating a remarkable level of commitment to our industry and the communities in which they work and live – and that certainly bodes well for the future.”

Community Driver Awards:
Presented by Black Press Media Group for outstanding community involvement and achievement of new car dealers throughout British Columbia. Recipients of the Community Driver Award exemplify business strength and community excellence with a focus on making a tangible contribution to the growth and livability of their community and/or region.

• Brian Jessel BMW, Metro Vancouver Region
• Glacier Toyota, Northern BC Region
• Castlegar Toyota, Kootenays Region
• Lexus of Kelowna, Okanagan/Interior Region
• Kia Victoria, Vancouver Island Region
• Applewood Kia, Fraser Valley Region

Green Star Dealer Awards:
Thanks to the CleanBC – Go Electric Program, the Green Star Dealer Awards recognize new car dealerships for selling the highest number of Clean Energy Eligible Vehicles (Battery Electric Vehicle Sales (BEV) and Plug-in Electric Hybrid Sales (PHEV) for 2019) annually across all brands, by provincial region, and including the most Improved Dealership Award (Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior and Northern B.C.):

• Vancouver Island Top Battery EV Sales – Campus Nissan
• Vancouver Island Top Plug-In Hybrid EV Sales – Nanaimo Mitsubishi
• Lower Mainland Top Battery EV Sales – Kia West
• Lower Mainland Top Plug-In Hybrid EV Sales – Wolfe Mitsubishi
• Interior BC Top Battery EV Sales – Kelowna Hyundai
• Interior BC Top Plug-In Hybrid EV Sales – Valley Mitsubishi
• Northern BC Top Battery EV Sales – Northland Hyundai
• Northern BC Top Plug-In Hybrid EV Sales – Prince George Toyota
• Most Improved Battery EV Sales – Mertin Hyundai
• Most Improved Plug-In Hybrid EV Sales – Kia West

Top Salespeople Awards:
Presented by Cox Automotive and Post Media to dealer-member salespeople across all classes who have excelled in the front-line position of sales:

Acura. Gurp Mangat. Lougheed Acura
Aston Martin. Andy Tsai. Aston Martin Vancouver
Audi. Tim Cheung. Capilano Audi
Bentley. Mark Cheema. Bentley Vancouver
BMW. Valentino Almeida. Brian Jessel BMW
FCA. Borko Nikolcic. Maple Ridge Jeep Dodge Ram Chrysler
Ferrari. Mark Harrison. Brian Ross Motorsport (Ferrari Maserati Vancouver)
GM. Harry Dhaliwal. Barnes Wheaton North Surrey
Honda. Leo Chang. Open Road Honda Burnaby
Hyundai. Brent Miscisco. Maple Ridge Hyundai
Infiniti. David Chung. Morrey Infiniti
Jaguar. Adam Smith. Jaguar Vancouver
Land Rover. Jane Zhang. Land Rover Vancouver
Kia. Zohreh Layegh. Applewood Kia Surrey
Lamborghini. Patrick Kam. Lamborghini Vancouver
Lexus. Amy Wu. Regency Lexus
Maserati. Eric Chan. Brian Ross Motorsport
Mazda. Justin Kim. Signature Mazda
McLaren. Shaun Donnellan. McLaren Vancouver
Mercedes-Benz. Patrick Ng. Mercedes Benz Richmond
MINI. Katie Chan. MINI Richmond
Mitsubishi. Lance Torkos. Wolfe Mitsubishi
Nissan. Karan Kundhal. Applewood Nissan
Porsche. Brian Yeung. Porsche Centre Vancouver
Rolls Royce. Steven Wu. Rolls Royce Motor Cars Vancouver
Subaru. Freddy Ghanei. Jim Pattison Subaru Northshore
Toyota. Kalim Mohiuddin. West Coast Toyota
Volvo. Jayson Wadud. Jim Pattison Volvo of Surrey
Volkswagen. Nicholas Yan. Cowell VW

Automotive Dealership Management Graduates from the Automotive Business School of Canada: Congratulations to the 2019 Automotive Dealership Management Graduates from the Automotive Business School of Canada:

• Antonio Almeida, Murray GM Fort St. John
• Brett D’Ambrosie, Auto West Group
• Kathleen Harding, MINI Richmond
• Zachery Kenney, Edwards Garage
• Sandro Mati, Volvo of Vancouver
• Derek Rattenbury, Auto West BMW
• Kevin Thai, Richmond Honda
• Christopher Thimer, Abbotsford Volkswagen

About the New Car Dealers Association of BC
The NCDA is the provincial industry association that represents more than 390-new car and truck dealers throughout British Columbia. Members of the Association directly employ over 30,000 British Columbians and are responsible for $16 Billion in retail sales in the province. The Association speaks on behalf of the retail new automotive industry to the public, media, and government, and deals primarily with the legal, environmental, and consumer issues relating to vehicle sales in British Columbia.


Shona Wercholuk

Dealer Members with New Car Dealers Association

We represent more than 390 New Car Dealers throughout British Columbia.