Staff

Management

  • John Kot

    John Kot

    President

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    John Kot

    John Kot

    President

    Where are you from and how long have you lived in BC? I was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. I spent 18 years in Edmonton and moved to BC in 2010.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife Trina. She is my high school sweetheart and still my best friend. We just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.

    What is your favorite activity? I have many hobbies, and love all sports especially hockey and golf. But lately my favorite activity is spending time with my little guy, Logan, and my wife, Trina.

    If you had to choose: pizza, tacos, or burgers? Love pizza.

    What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you? I am a terrible speller and spellchecker and I embarrass myself daily.

    What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you? To see my adult children grow up and watch them become successful in their own life experiences.

    Tell us your favorite childhood memory? I loved being on my family farm in Weyburn, SK. especially during harvest time with my Dad, Uncle, and Grandfather.

    What are 3 things on your bucket list?
    1. Meet Wayne Gretzky and have a beer with him.
    2. Spend a winter in Europe.
    3. Attend the SuperBowl with my sons.

    Tell us something that not everyone may know about you. I have a fear of heights!

    What has been your biggest struggle either in work or life? To find a healthy life/work balance. I’ve been a habitual workaholic for my entire life and I’m attempting to scale back.

    If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different? Life is a journey, every regret has made me better.

    What do you always find yourself saying? I tend to call people “buds” too much LOL!

    If you could spend one whole day with anyone in the world who is currently alive, who would you select? Warren Buffet, experience is expensive.

  • Trina Kot

    Trina Kot

    Co-Owner

    Trina Kot

    Trina Kot

    Co-Owner

  • Brandon Kot

    Brandon Kot

    Director of Operations

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    Brandon Kot

    Brandon Kot

    Director of Operations

    How long have you lived in BC? 8 years.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My mother because she is an angel.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I love playing sports or heading down to the beach and coast.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Climb a famous mountain!

  • Scott Muir

    Scott Muir

    General Manager

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    Scott Muir

    Scott Muir

    General Manager

    Where are you from and how long have you lived in BC? St.Marys Ontario-lived in BC for 15 years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My better half Sarah-she makes me laugh
    If you had to choose: pizza, tacos, or burgers? Pizza
    What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you? Too many to list
    What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you? I met my better half Sarah
    Tell us something that not everyone may know about you. I am deathly afraid of snakes
    Why did you get into/start this business? I love cars!
    What has been your biggest struggle either in work or life? Not being able to find the time to do everything that I want to
    If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different? The same
    What do you always find yourself saying? GO LEAFS GO!!!
    What has been your proudest accomplishment? Being in a relationship with the lady of my dreams

  • Tristan Marshall

    Tristan Marshall

    Sales Manager

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    Tristan Marshall

    Tristan Marshall

    Sales Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? All my life 35 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Wife and 2 boys.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Golf, baseball, hockey.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? too many things . Hole in one, owning my dream home, watching my children grow.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I can’t really comment. I live a really ordinary life!

  • Scott Jackson

    Scott Jackson

    Director of Hyundai Service Operations

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    Scott Jackson

    Scott Jackson

    Director of Hyundai Service Operations

    Born and raised in Calgary, Scott moved to the Okanagan in 2000 and joined the Kelowna Hyundai team in 2014. In 2015, Scott was promoted to the position of Service Manager and moved to Maple Ridge to work for Maple Ridge Hyundai. Scott has over 35 years of experience in the automotive repair industry and is a licensed Automotive Technician. Scott has now made his way back to the Okanagan in early 2017 back at Kelowna Hyundai in the Service Department.

    When not at work, Scott enjoys watching and playing golfing, football, and hockey.

  • Whylie Friesen

    Whylie Friesen

    Director of Parts Operations

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    Whylie Friesen

    Whylie Friesen

    Director of Parts Operations

    Whylie grew up in the Edmonton area before moving to Warman, Saskatchewan at the age of 13. After graduating, he moved back to Edmonton, spending over 20 years in Alberta before moving to Kelowna in July of 2015. 25 years ago Whylie began his career in the automotive industry at a parts counter, moving on to different roles in both parts and service. He has spent the last 15 years in various dealership management positions. In 2014, Whylie was awarded the Hyundai Canada President’s Inner Circle Award under the Parts Manager of the Year program.

    Outside of work, Whylie enjoys challenging puzzles and is a voracious reader.

  • Crystal Martin

    Crystal Martin

    Service Manager

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    Crystal Martin

    Crystal Martin

    Service Manager

Sales

  • Nick Sitonin

    Nick Sitonin

    Sales Consultant

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    Nick Sitonin

    Nick Sitonin

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 12 years

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why? My parents. We have a good family bond.

    What is your favourite activity or interest? Cars and Sports. Especially basketball.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Spend a year travelling and own my own property.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I know 3 languages.

  • Daniel Houle

    Daniel Houle

    Sales Consultant

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    Daniel Houle

    Daniel Houle

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 6 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Nicky, my wife, because she is awesome and sometimes makes me sandwiches.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Snowboarding.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Witness the Northern Lights.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I have an irrational fear of large feathered creatures.

  • Collin Levesque

    Collin Levesque

    Sales Consultant

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    Collin Levesque

    Collin Levesque

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? I have lived in Victoria for seven years.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My Mother as family is the most important thing and we share a love of traveling!

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I love to travel but as I can’t do that every day I have to say cooking healthy food!

    What is one thing on your bucket list? The top of my bucket list is to hike the Inca trail and see Machu Picchu.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? my favorite form of transportation is cycling.

  • Kieran Carlson

    Kieran Carlson

    Sales Consultant

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    Kieran Carlson

    Kieran Carlson

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 2.5 Years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My brothers, we have a blast whenever we are together.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Working on my cars.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I wanted to work for a strong and fun team.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Skydiving.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I have five brothers.

  • Christina Unger

    Christina Unger

    Sales Consultant

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    Christina Unger

    Christina Unger

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 18 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My friends because it is always a good time.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Rugby.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? The training process.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Going to Italy.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I lived in Thailand for a year.

  • Tanner MacPherson

    Tanner MacPherson

    Sales Consultant

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    Tanner MacPherson

    Tanner MacPherson

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? New to B.C

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My grandpa, he always has stories to tell.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Golfing.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Great atmosphere and good people to work with.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go skydiving.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I like to fish.

  • Brett Donaldson

    Brett Donaldson

    Genesis Experience Manager

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    Brett Donaldson

    Brett Donaldson

    Genesis Experience Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? 41 Years.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My Wife and Children. They are my reason for living.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Camping, Golfing, Coaching and Football.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? A Family run, BC, Autogroup.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go to the Masters.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I love to Cook.

  • Elliot Cayer

    Elliot Cayer

    Inventory Coordinator

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    Elliot Cayer

    Elliot Cayer

    Inventory Coordinator

    How long have you lived in BC? Entire Life

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Forex Trading.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? Love playing chess.

Finance

  • Bruce Blake

    Bruce Blake

    Finance Manager

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    Bruce Blake

    Bruce Blake

    Finance Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? 22 Years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My kids. They inspire me to be the best I can be.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Creative writing.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I have published 9 novels.

  • Ryan Hoffman

    Ryan Hoffman

    Financial Services Manager

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    Ryan Hoffman

    Ryan Hoffman

    Financial Services Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? Since 2016.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My grandparents because of their humor and prarie wisdom.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Playing the guitar and going to concerts.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? John and Brandon Kot.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Meet Bono.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I am a Lord with dual citizenship with the principality of Sealand.

  • Ben Jillings

    Ben Jillings

    Business Manager

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    Ben Jillings

    Ben Jillings

    Business Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? All my life!

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why? Definitely, my girlfriend as we are always on adventures living life together. Time with the bros is also always a must and always cherished!

    What is your favourite activity or interest? Snowboarding, Motorcross

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Skydiving 100%, and of course travelling the world but can’t do it all at once.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I fly planes, I’m a pilot!

Service and Parts

  • Adam Vase

    Adam Vase

    Parts Manager

    Adam Vase

    Adam Vase

    Parts Manager

  • Kris Tuyssuzian

    Kris Tuyssuzian

    Asst.Parts Manager

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    Kris Tuyssuzian

    Kris Tuyssuzian

    Asst.Parts Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? 32

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My daughter. She teaches me how not to take life so seriously and live each day as it comes.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Avid Motorcycle rider.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Better opportunities from where I was before.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? I would love to experience “Zero” gravity!

  • Glen Friend

    Glen Friend

    Shop Foreman

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    Glen Friend

    Glen Friend

    Shop Foreman

    How long have you lived in BC? 30 Years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife, because we have many adventures together, social events etc.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Camping, golfing, and slot games.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? African safari.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? Worked in a bakery.

  • Neil McKechnie

    Neil McKechnie

    Service Advisor

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    Neil McKechnie

    Neil McKechnie

    Service Advisor

    How long have you lived in BC? All my life

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Family, grandkids because they are the best.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Golfing.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel to Europe. Especially to Germany.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I am an open book.

  • Megan Young

    Megan Young

    Service Advisor

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    Megan Young

    Megan Young

    Service Advisor

    How long have you lived in BC? 30 years (my whole life)

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My mom because she’s my bestie.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Fitness/ working out, socializing with friends, movies.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To get a tattoo in Las Vegas.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I’ve had scoliosis spine surgery.

  • Bryan Forster

    Bryan Forster

    Service Technician

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    Bryan Forster

    Bryan Forster

    Service Technician

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife, she can make me laugh no matter my mood.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Riding my motorbike.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Seeing Scotland, Riding the Isle of Man TT Circuit, Riding the Nurburgring.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I don’t eat fish.

  • Travis Kurciw

    Travis Kurciw

    Service Technician

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    Travis Kurciw

    Travis Kurciw

    Service Technician

    How long have you lived in BC? 2 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Moving money.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Sky Diving.

  • Jesse Perron

    Jesse Perron

    Service Technician

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    Jesse Perron

    Jesse Perron

    Service Technician

    How long have you lived in BC? 20 Years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My Wife and Children.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Woodworking and Baking/Cooking.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Swim with Sharks.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I was born in Nova Scotia.

  • Carmon Beament

    Carmon Beament

    Service Technician

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    Carmon Beament

    Carmon Beament

    Service Technician

    How long have you lived in BC? Just recently moved here.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My girlfriend Ira, she is my best friend.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Hiking trails.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? After a lot of feedback from friends who work for Kot.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To tour through the Ardenne forest in France.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I am a very empathetic person. I care a lot about other people feel and how I make them feel.

  • William Pamplona

    William Pamplona

    Detail Manager

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    William Pamplona

    William Pamplona

    Detail Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? 14 years

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why? My family because they treat me right.

    What is your favourite activity or interest? My favourite activity is to drive somewhere far.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel to another country.

  • Ben Raworth

    Ben Raworth

    Lot Assistant / Detailer

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    Ben Raworth

    Ben Raworth

    Lot Assistant / Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC? 25 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Keegan Reilly, Best friend from high school, cause we love cars!!

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Anything cars. Learning about new technology and innovations that keep the brand competitive.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Fly a plane

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I want to build engines.

  • Jade Arens

    Jade Arens

    Washbay Attendant

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    Jade Arens

    Jade Arens

    Washbay Attendant

    How long have you lived in BC? 3 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My favorite people to spend time with is my family because they make me happy!

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I enjoy going for hikes and always being able to learn something new.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I was interested in choosing Kot Auto Group because it’s the best!

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To explore and travel the world.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? Something that not everyone knows about me would be that I like pickle’s A LOT!

  • Bethany Lyon

    Bethany Lyon

    Parts Driver

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    Bethany Lyon

    Bethany Lyon

    Parts Driver

    How long have you lived in BC? 14 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My best friend because it is always a good time when we are together.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Off-roading and working on vehicles.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? The opportunity to work in the automotive industry.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go skydiving.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I have a fear of heights.

  • Mike Diamond

    Mike Diamond

    Shuttle Driver

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    Mike Diamond

    Mike Diamond

    Shuttle Driver

    How long have you lived in BC? 3 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Myself, I love doing my own thing.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Softball.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel the Pacific Rim.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I have served my country as a peacekeeper in two wars. Bosnia and Syria.

Office

  • Jessica Vallee

    Jessica Vallee

    Director of Internal Operations

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    Jessica Vallee

    Jessica Vallee

    Director of Internal Operations

    How long have you lived in BC? Since October 2017!

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My main man Ryan, there is no one I have more fun with than him. I choose him every time!

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Training and being in the gym!

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? It was a new challenge in the same line of work when I moved to Kelowna.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go to Thailand.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I eat the tails when I have shrimp. It really is the best part.

  • Sandra Newton

    Sandra Newton

    Director of Accounting

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    Sandra Newton

    Sandra Newton

    Director of Accounting

    How long have you lived in BC? My whole life.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My Daughter. She is so much fun and so silly. She makes me laugh every day.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Hiking. I love to explore new places & challenge myself.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I’ve worked here before when I first graduated university, and I loved it. The team is great.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? I would like to travel to Europe with my Daughter.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? Aside from being Canadian, I am also Montenegrin.

  • Mike VanDerZee

    Mike VanDerZee

    Controller

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    Mike VanDerZee

    Mike VanDerZee

    Controller

    How long have you lived in BC? 13 years.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife and kids. They are my world and it’s fun to go on weekend adventures and watch them grow up.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I enjoy running, swimming, and playing golf and hockey. In my spare time, I follow FI & hockey.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? It is a family owned dealer group with great brands.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To travel to Europe with my wife and kids.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I once went on a weekend trip to Japan.

  • Romy Coombs

    Romy Coombs

    Assistant Controller

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    Romy Coombs

    Romy Coombs

    Assistant Controller

    How long have you lived in BC? 25 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My daughter Laylah, she allows me to see the innocence in the world, through her eyes.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Love to read

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Go to Greece

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I speak 2 languages

  • Lindsay Stone

    Lindsay Stone

    HR Coordinator

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    Lindsay Stone

    Lindsay Stone

    HR Coordinator

    How long have you lived in BC? On and off – 3 years!

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My dog Lucy! And of course my family.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Hiking, biking, yoga – any sort of movement and bonus if it’s outdoors.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I liked the family-focus of the business and everyone seems very dedicated and collaborative.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel to as many countries as I can!

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I love learning about new cultures, traditions, customs, etc. and can speak Spanish.

  • Jennifer Gent

    Jennifer Gent

    Accounting Clerk

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    Jennifer Gent

    Jennifer Gent

    Accounting Clerk

    How long have you lived in BC? 5 Years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My Family because they are hilarious and a bit weird.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Heading to a park or going for a hike with my dog Buddy.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Going to South Africa to see Family.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I has a lisp as a child and I am always aware of how I articulate “S” sounds.

  • Sarah Craig

    Sarah Craig

    Group Payroll Coordinator

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    Sarah Craig

    Sarah Craig

    Group Payroll Coordinator

    How long have you lived in BC? 8 years

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Art

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Looks like its a fun place to work and it’s close to home.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I love food!

  • Kay Lewis

    Kay Lewis

    Receptionist

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    Kay Lewis

    Kay Lewis

    Receptionist

    How long have you lived in BC? 5 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My daughter. She is kind and caring

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Refurbishing Items

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Front row seats to an opera

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I am socially awkward outside of work.

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