MMDA moves into new of­fice space

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - AUTOS - MY­RON LOVE

THE Man­i­toba Mo­tor Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (MMDA) has new digs. As of mid-Fe­bru­ary, The MMDA’s new of­fice and con­fer­ence/ train­ing room is now lo­cated in the of­fice build­ing at­tached to the Hil­ton Suites Ho­tel at 1800 Welling­ton Av­enue at Century Street. The of­fice suite num­ber is 112. You can ac­cess it ei­ther by go­ing in the first set of dou­ble doors be­side the blue awnings im­me­di­ately to the east of the main ho­tel en­trance or turn­ing left on en­ter­ing the ho­tel, turn left again into the lobby where the sky­lights are and left a third time at the first turn off that lobby.

MMDA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ge­off Sine said the rea­son for the move is be­cause the new lo­ca­tion is more ac­ces­si­ble than the pre­vi­ous of­fice.

Workum re­turns to Birch­wood BMW man­age­ment team

Gord Workum has re­turned to Birch­wood BMW as sales man­ager, the deal­er­ship where the for­mer golf pro got his start in auto sales in Au­gust, 2011. He had moved to an­other of the Birch­wood stores in 2012.

“I’m happy to be back here,” Workum said. “The prod­uct is great.”

Workum and the rest of the Birch­wood BMW team are look­ing for­ward to mov­ing into the new 12,000-square­foot stand­alone Birch­wood BMW build­ing which is in the fi­nal stages of con­struc­tion. Con­struc­tion be­gan last spring on at the Pointe West Au­toPark.

The new BMW store will have very high fin­ishes, said Rene Ni­chol­son, projects man­ager for the Birch­wood Au­to­mo­tive Group, in an in­ter­view last spring. “There will be a real Wow! fac­tor when we are done,” he said.

The cur­rent BMW/Mini store is be­ing con­verted into a stand­alone Mini deal­er­ship.

“At the ex­ist­ing store, we will be paint­ing ev­ery­thing – the floors, pan­el­ing and ceil­ing — black, be­cause black is the colour the man­u­fac­turer wants,” Ni­chol­son said.

The Birch­wood Auto Group is Win­nipeg’s largest, with 15 fran­chise stores un­der its um­brella in the city.

New sales reps at Birch­wood Honda West

One of the Birch­wood Auto Group’s top sales reps is back where he be­gan his sales ca­reer 11 years ago. Ted De­browksi re­joined the Birch­wood Honda West sales team at the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary.

“I was of­fered a more flex­i­ble sched­ule here, and it’s closer to home,” said De­browski, who was among the top five Birch­wood sales reps last year. “I’ve al­ways loved the Honda prod­uct.”

De­browksi is one of four new sales reps at the Honda store at the Pointe West Auto Park.

Brock Roteliuk started on the sales floor in mid-De­cem­ber. The for­mer youth-care worker for the Ad­dic­tions Foun­da­tion of Man­i­toba said he was en­cour­aged to try auto sales by his brother, Ross, a sales man­ager at Birch­wood Kia on Re­gent.

Ja­son Man­zon was hired in Novem­ber. Man­zon had worked briefly in sales for Birch­wood Honda on Re­gent a few years back.

“I didn’t felt like I gave it my best shot,” he said of his first foray into auto sales. “I have a dif­fer­ent mind­set now. I’m more com­mit­ted, more goal-ori­ented So far, things are go­ing great.”

Ni­cole Fi­lyk was pre­vi­ously em­ployed in sales by an elec­tri­cal dis­trib­u­tor. “I wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to come work for the Birch­wood Group,” she said. (She came to Birch­wood Honda West in Au­gust.) “It’s been a tran­si­tion, but my sales have been in­creas­ing.”

Steel­town Ford raises $30,000 for Chil­dren’s Re­hab

For the tenth year in a row, Steel­town Ford Pres­i­dent Ja­son Sar­gent has mounted his snow­mo­bile and gone out and raised money for chil­dren’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in mem­ory of his brother, Scott, whose life was trag­i­cally cut short in a snow­mo­bile ac­ci­dent.

This year was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, how­ever, in that the Selkirk Ford dealer changed the name of the an­nual event to “Ride for Scott” in­stead of “Ride for Re­hab”.

As well, this year Sar­gent was ac­com­pa­nied on his trek only by long­time friend and Steel­town Ford sales man­ager Troy Le­suk.

The duo set out on Thurs­day of last week from Lock­port to the Whiteshell. They spent a night at a re­sort in the Whiteshell and came back by way of Lac Du Bon­net and Pine Falls. The two­some raised more than $30,000 for for Scott’s Me­mo­rial Fund.

Sar­gent said the an­nual snow­mo­bile run pro­motes a re­spon­si­ble and healthy sports im­age for snow­mo­bil­ers while sup­port­ing the needs of Man­i­toba’s chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties liv­ing in ru­ral districts.

“All do­na­tions I raise are do­nated to the Chil­dren’s Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Foun­da­tion in the mem­ory of my late brother Scott and will be spent on chil­dren in need in the Birds Hill, Selkirk, St. An­drews and sur­round­ing area,” he said.

The Chil­dren’s Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre is Man­i­toba’s main core ser­vice for more than 15,000 chil­dren with spe­cial needs and their fam­i­lies. The cen­tre as­sists chil­dren with such is­sues such as mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, cere­bral palsy, autism, am­pu­ta­tions, spina bi­fida, sco­l­io­sis and FASD, as well as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, neu­ro­log­i­cal, feed­ing and bone dis­or­ders.

Sar­gent’s ride is the Cen­tre’s big­gest event, and the funds raised are used to pur­chase spe­cial­ized equip­ment needed by these chil­dren so they can live with greater in­de­pen­dence and abil­ity. Some of the equip­ment pur­chased in the past in­cluded light­weight wheel chairs, wheel­chair cush­ions, com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices, com­put­ers with spe­cial ac­cess con­trols and spe­cial bikes that en­able chil­dren to get out of their wheel­chairs.

Au­to­mo­ti­va­tors sales train­ing sem­i­nar in new MMDA con­fer­ence/train­ing room.

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