Winnipeg Free Press

Mid-Town Ford sales duo lead province, win award

by Myron Love  . Mar 22 2019

Once again, Mid-Town Ford sales consultants Reed Boyer and Scott Pollett lead the way among Ford sales reps in Manitoba — and they are also among the heavyweight Ford sales consultants across Canada.

Pollett, who joined the Mid-Town sales staff in 2008, is undoubtedly the best of the best. Over the past 20 years, he has consistently finished among the top five in Ford sales for all of Western Canada. Last year, once again, his sales numbers topped 300. Boyer, a 15-year veteran, topped 200 sales last year. The two finished in the top six (with Pollett the leader overall) among Ford of Canada sales consultants in Western Canada. In the first week of May, they will be flying to Banff to receive their Golden Henry Awards.

Not only are the duo tops among Ford consultants, but also they are sales leaders among the Canada One Auto Group. Founded by Edmonton-based Pat Priestner, the Canada One Auto Group numbers more than 800 sales staff working at 20 dealerships in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba. Pollett and Boyer were among 40 Canada One sales staff to qualify for the Chairman’s Club last year.

“It’s all about customer service,” Boyer says. “Almost all of my sales are based on repeat customers and referrals, and it looks like 2019 is going to be another very good year.”

Dunn Ram Trucks doing it right

One year after Portage Chrysler Dodge Jeep — and its three sister Pembcorp stores in Winnipeg, Morden and Carman — was acquired by the Murray Auto Group, the renamed Dunn Ram Trucks has seen its sales and service numbers grow substantially. Under the leadership of Tyler Dunn, the store has added 10 staff members, including three new sales representatives, three more service technicians and additional staff in parts.

“We want to have the right staffing numbers to ensure top-notch customer service, the same level of service that our Craig Dunn Motors City (Portage’s General Motors dealership) customers have come to expect,” Dunn says.

Brand-new to the dealership is Laurie Johnson, who took over as new car sales manager at the beginning of the week. “Laurie has been working in agricultural equipment sales for the last 20 years or so, most recently out of Brandon,” Dunn says. “We posted the position and he responded. He is a local guy. We met and he seemed to be a good fit. He has had some previous experience in auto sales experience. He is really excited to be working here.”

Dunn says he is expecting a great 2019.

“We are really looking forward to what the spring market will bring,” he says.

Dean Cooley Motors hires new, youthful management team

With the retirement of veteran sales rep Jeff Allard from his position as sales manager, Dean Cooley Motors has looked to youth to fill the position. Both Jordan Cooley and Wade Thiele, the Dauphin GM store’s new sales manager, are under 30.

Thiele, who is originally from Dauphin, went to work for Dean Cooley Motors six years ago, shortly after earning degrees in business from the University of Manitoba and Red River College.

He has worked in sales and service at the dealership having, served as service manager and finance manager prior to his promotion alongside Jordan Cooley at the beginning of the year.

Although Cooley, the son of dealer principal Dean Cooley, grew up in the business, he began his sales career in 2016 working in Winnipeg at Murray Chevrolet. (Dean Cooley Motors is part of the Murray Auto Group.) He returned to Dauphin and Dean Cooley Motors as a sales consultant just under two years ago.

New management at Winnipeg Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

There have been some recent management changes at the new Winnipeg Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at the Pointe West AutoPark. Reagan Slezak stepped in as the new general sales manager last October. Slezak brings with him 10 years of experience in domestic auto sales and management.

“I was really impressed with the job Mike Shrimpton has done here as dealer principal over the past year,” Slezak says of his decision to move to Winnipeg Dodge.

“There is a new, more positive outlook here.”

He adds sales have been steady so far this year.

“We are looking forward to the arrival of some great new product lines in the spring — including the all-new (Jeep) Gladiator in May and the 2019 Ram.”

The body shop also has a new manager in Brent Alcock.

For many years, the Alcock family operated Garden Gate Pontiac Buick GMC on McPhillips Street. Alcock grew up in the business and worked at times in the service and parts department, as well as being new car sales manager when the family decided to sell the business to Jim Gauthier. (Jim Gauthier Buick GMC is still on McPhillips but farther north. His favourite role, he says, was body shop manager.)

After Garden Gate, he was sales and service manager at Terry Ortynsky Kia for a few years. For the past 16 years, he has managed a variety of different auto body shops.

He says he was also attracted to Winnipeg Dodge because of the positive atmosphere.

“I feel like I fit in well here,” he says. “My sense is that everyone is working as a team.”