DEALER OF THE WEEK

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - AUTOS -

Funks Toy­ota matched all the do­na­tions that came in to the deal­er­ship.”

With the ac­qui­si­tion at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber of the To­dosichuk fam­ily’s Todd Chrysler stores in Swan River in western Manitoba and Kam­sack in east­ern Saskatchewan, Greg and Tasha Ashauer have re­al­ized their long-held dream of out­right own­er­ship of their own deal­er­ship.

The deal also goes against re­cent trends in that the buy­ers are not part of an auto group.

The Ashauers are long­time car peo­ple. Ashauer is a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion car guy from Cal­gary. He started sell­ing cars out of high school at a Ford deal­er­ship in Fairview in north­ern Al­berta. Af­ter three years, he had an op­por­tu­nity to move south to Red Deer where he worked at a Toy­ota and Honda deal­er­ship for 10 years.

His first man­age­ment po­si­tion was at a Chrysler store in Kelowna. Af­ter six years there, he was of­fered a gen­eral man­ager’s po­si­tion at a Ford deal­er­ship in Meadow Lake.

“I ran that store suc­cess­fully for just un­der three years be­fore we got this op­por­tu­nity to buy the Todd Chrysler deal­er­ships in Kam­sack and Swan River,” he says.

Tasha is from Sur­rey, B.C. She met Greg when both were work­ing at the Toy­ota store in Red Deer. She also spent five years at a BMW deal­er­ship in Kelowna.

“She’s al­ways been in the shop side of the busi­ness,” Ashauer says of his wife. Tasha started driv­ing the ser­vice shut­tle and then moved up to war­ranty ad­min­is­tra­tor, ser­vice ad­viser and fi­nally ser­vice man­ager.

“When we got the ap­proval from Chrysler to buy th­ese two stores at Kam­sack and Swan River, the com­pany said that we were the only hus­band-and-wife op­er­a­tors of a fran­chise store in their en­tire fran­chise port­fo­lio,” Ashauer says.

The cou­ple plans to con­tinue do­ing busi­ness un­der the name of Red­line Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Ltd.

“We pur­chased ev­ery­thing ex­cept the RV por­tion of War­ren Todd’s RV busi­ness,” Ashauer says.

Al To­dosichuk ac­quired the lo­ca­tion that be­came Todd Ply­mouth Chrysler and Dodge Trucks in Kam­sack in 1978. His son, War­ren, who had moved back to Kam­sack from Al­berta, joined the busi­ness in 1977.

The To­dosichuks ac­quired the Swan River out­let in 1999 and then took on RVs and ex­panded the prop­erty in 2006.

Todd En­ter­prises had em­ployed 13 peo­ple in Kam­sack full-time, and 10 full-time staff in Swan River. Ashauer es­ti­mates the busi­ness, at both lo­ca­tions, will em­ploy 27 peo­ple.

ex­pe­ri­ence Paul Fe­dorowich Winnipeg Hyundai 13 years sales

Hyundai Santa Fe “The Santa Fe is a great fam­ily ve­hi­cle,” said Fe­dorowich. “I like the Santa Fe so much that I bought one last year for my own fam­ily.”

El­iz­a­beth Fahlman (left) and Dar­rell Corn­wall, McPhillips Toy­ota; Adam Sawchuk, Birch­wood Wood­haven Toy­ota; Tammi Gouzecky, Crown Toy­ota; Jer­rick Ce­lestino, McPhillips Toy­ota; Jamie Wil­son, Fron­tier Toy­ota; Al­lan Bal, Fron­tier Toy­ota.

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