Murray Auto gets nod for conservation dollars

BY Myron Love. Sep 08 04:00 am

Ducks Unlimited Canada recently presented Dan and Doug Murray and the Murray Auto Group with a Habitat Conservation Award for Manitoba in appreciation for the Murray Auto Group’s $200,000 donation to Ducks Unlimited’s Rescue Our Wetlands campaign.

One of Canada’s largest auto groups, the Murray group has its roots in Manitoba. Murray Auto Group founder A.A. Murray opened his first General Motors dealership in Souris in 1926, and the auto group continues to play a dominant role in rural Manitoba, with affiliated dealerships in Winnipeg, Brandon and four other smaller Manitoba communities.

“We have always strongly believed in giving back to our communities,” Dan Murray, president of Murray Chevrolet and Murray Hyundai in Winnipeg, said.

“Our family has always appreciated having the opportunities to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer in Manitoba.

“By supporting Ducks Unlimited, we hope others will enjoy the same opportunities now and in the future.”

He said the gift to Ducks Unlimited is also a reflection of the support of the Murray Auto Group’s “loyal, supportive customers and fantastic staff.”

Doug Murray, president of Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC and Murray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Brandon, emphasized the need for the such efforts.

“Ducks Unlimited’s programs to conserve and restore wetlands and to stop inappropriate wetland drainage (are) getting more important every year,” he said.

Veteran sales rep joins Vickar Ford

Auto-sales veteran John Veert is one of the newest members of the Vickar Ford team.

He came on board at the beginning of July.

The son of an auto dealer, Veert started in auto sales in the late 1970s.

“I was selling cars with Larry Vickar (president of the Vickar Auto Group) 41 years ago,” he said.

Veert chose to join the Vickar Ford staff because of his previous working relationship with Domenic Sacco, who was appointed as vice-president and managing partner of Vickar Ford earlier this year — a couple of months after the Vickar Family acquired the former Parkside Ford.

Veert said he was also attracted to Ford’s great product line.

“We have a great group of guys here,” he added.

“Our sales have been strong.”

The dealership has also welcomed back sales rep Eric Pollmann, who had been with the Main Street dealership for 10 years, up to the end of last year.

After a short hiatus to pursue another opportunity, he recently returned to Vickar Ford.