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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

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    Trina Kot

    Co-Owner

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  • 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!

  • Jordan Kot

    Jordan Kot

    GM/Director of Operations

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    Jordan Kot

    Jordan Kot

    GM/Director of Operations

    How long have you lived in BC?  I moved to Kelowna in 2011 from Sherwood Park, Alberta. I consider myself very lucky to live in such a beautiful place, the Okanagan is tough to beat.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My favorite person to spend time with is my wife Hali. We got married in 2015, she is my best friend and we do everything together.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I love everything to do with sports. I’m a huge NHL and NFL fan. I try to go at least 1 NFL game a year, love the experience of a live game!

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? It’s my Dad’s company and ever since I was a kid running around the dealership I figured this is what I would do. My Dad has taught me a lot, I respect and admire him immensely. What he’s been able to accomplish from being a small town farm boy from Weyburn Sask is impressive.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? I would love to go on a safari somewhere in Africa.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I played some high end hockey in my youth. Was actually able to represent Canada on a U-15 and U16 team internationally. Something I will never forget!

  • Kevan Threadgill

    Kevan Threadgill

    General Sales Manager

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    Kevan Threadgill

    Kevan Threadgill

    General Sales Manager

    How long have you lived in BC?
    Originally from Alberta, but I’ve been in BC now for 14 years

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?

    My wife and kids, they are the only people that will put up with me 😊

    What is your favourite activity or interest?

    Any type of sport – Natural Athlete.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Excellent culture, and the prospects of advancement.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Once the kids are grown up I want to take my wife to Europe

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I won a national championship in volleyball

  • Andrew Hubbard

    Andrew Hubbard

    Sales Manager

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    Andrew Hubbard

    Sales Manager

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  • Eric Ambrozy

    Eric Ambrozy

    Service Manager

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    Eric Ambrozy

    Eric Ambrozy

    Service Manager

    How long have you lived in BC?
    28 years

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My wife because she is my best friend and we always have fun together

    What is your favourite activity or interest?
    Basketball, hands down. Go Raptors!

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Strong leadership and a fun place to work

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Visit the Bora Bora island in French Polynesia

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I have 2 dogs, 1 Corgi named Millie and 1 dash hound named Griffen

  • Anthony Bird

    Anthony Bird

    Parts Manager

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    Anthony Bird

    Anthony Bird

    Parts Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? 22 years.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My friend Nathan because we go golfing together!

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Watching or playing any type of sports.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Kevan Threadgill is the man that lit the spark for me.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?To climb Everest.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I am terrified of spiders!

Finance

  • Janessa McGowan

    Janessa McGowan

    Director of Finance

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    Janessa McGowan

    Janessa McGowan

    Director of Finance

    Janessa was born and raised in Edmonton, AB and moved to Kelowna, BC with her family in 2009. Growing up in the automotive industry, she naturally joined the Kelowna Hyundai family in 2014 as a receptionist, dabbling in HR and Marketing before finding her calling in Finance.

    Janessa is a family girl, and loves to spend all her time that she ins’t at the dealership with her 3 brothers and out enjoying the Okanagan.

  • Jana Thomas

    Jana Thomas

    Financial Services Manager

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    Jana Thomas

    Financial Services Manager

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Sales

  • Damien Bridges

    Damien Bridges

    Sales Consultant

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    Damien Bridges

    Damien Bridges

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC?
    3 years, I moved from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My girlfriend Alanna, friends, and my family.

    What is your favourite activity or interest?
    Fishing and playing sports

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Family run business- very organized and my co-workers make it fun to come to work.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Travel the world. If I won 60 mil, I’d be gone.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I used to own my own irrigation company in Saskatchewan.

  • Jordan Barkett

    Jordan Barkett

    Sales Consultant

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    Jordan Barkett

    Jordan Barkett

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC?
    25 years. I moved here from Manitoba as a baby.

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My girlfriend, Brittany.

    What is your favourite activity or interest?
    Camping and overnight hiking

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    I came with the building! I was working for Kia before the Kots purchased it. I love Kia’s strong line-up and values.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Tour North America in an RV.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    My random trivia knowledge is UNMATCHED!

  • Chad Lupuliak

    Chad Lupuliak

    Sales Consultant

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    Chad Lupuliak

    Chad Lupuliak

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC?
    All my life; born and raised

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My wife and 2 kids. We are a close family that enjoys playing games and being outdoors.

    What is your favourite activity or interest?
    Golfing, gardening and beach days. I also have 6 chickens that I produce fresh eggs with.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Great culture and family owned.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Family vacation to Hawaii

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I lived in New Zealand for 2 years when I was 19-21. I surfed a couple of times a week. Amazing experience.

  • Harold  Blomerus

    Harold Blomerus

    Sales Consultant

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    Harold  Blomerus

    Harold Blomerus

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 5.5 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife & 7 year old daughter because they are my whole world.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I am what is referred to as a petrol head & anything with wheels + engine.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I wanted to be apart of a winning team.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Driving a hypercar flat out on the Auotbahn in Germany.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I was born & raised in South Africa.

  • Nick Lee

    Nick Lee

    Sales Consultant

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    Nick Lee

    Sales Consultant

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  • Kyle Catharell

    Kyle Catharell

    Sales Consultant

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    Kyle Catharell

    Kyle Catharell

    Sales Consultant

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  • Walter Rennie

    Walter Rennie

    Inventory Coordinator

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    Walter Rennie

    Walter Rennie

    Inventory Coordinator

    How long have you lived in BC? I have lived in BC for most of my life. I was born in Elliot Lake, ON but my roots are on “the rock” Newfoundland. I have lived in Kelowna for just over two years now.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? I don’t have a specific favorite person I like to spend time with. Family in general are my favorite people to spend time with. Family is everything.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I play pool a lot. I like cards as well, particularly poker. I love anything outdoors especially if it involves the sunshine.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I started with the group at another one of their dealerships here in Kelowna. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would even stay in Kelowna, but the Kot Auto Group has been very good to me and so, I have stayed.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To visit the 7 Wonders of the World

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I play pool competitively.

  • Ryan Courtemanche

    Ryan Courtemanche

    Lot Attendant

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    Ryan Courtemanche

    Lot Attendant

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Service/Parts

  • Gerrad O'Sullivan

    Gerrad O'Sullivan

    Parts Advisor

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    Gerrad O'Sullivan

    Gerrad O'Sullivan

    Parts Advisor

    Gerrad has been with Kelowna Kia for three years. He is originally from Ontario but has lived in Kelowna for thirty five years. Gerrad enjoys anything outdoors during his free time. He looks forward to helping you with any of your automotive and accessory needs.

  • Daniel Mukono

    Daniel Mukono

    Service Advisor

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    Daniel Mukono

    Service Advisor

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  • Jullian Ross

    Jullian Ross

    Service Technician

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    Jullian Ross

    Jullian Ross

    Service Technician

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  • Marcel Ouellette

    Marcel Ouellette

    Service Technician

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    Marcel Ouellette

    Service Technician

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  • Fenella Wheaton

    Fenella Wheaton

    Service Technician

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    Fenella Wheaton

    Fenella Wheaton

    Service Technician

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  • Ange Hyde

    Ange Hyde

    Technician

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    Ange Hyde

    Ange Hyde

    Technician

    When did you begin at Kot Auto Group?

    March 2021

    What’s the top item on your bucket list?

    Go to Bali with my kids and partner

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

    My kids and my family, they are the most important people in my life

    Where is your hometown?

    Stratford, ON!

    What are you most proud of?

    My kids! And that I am a female licensed mechanic

    Why did you choose to work at Kot Auto Group?

    The people I work with

    What’s something not many people know about you?

    I have four boys and 1 grandson

    Favourite thing to do outside of work?

    Concerts, camping, beach and to travel!

  • Jonathan Thomson

    Jonathan Thomson

    Technician

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    Jonathan Thomson

    Technician

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  • Meaghan Bregeda

    Meaghan Bregeda

    Detailer

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    Meaghan Bregeda

    Meaghan Bregeda

    Detailer

    When did you begin at Kot Auto Group?

    April 2021

    What’s the top item on your bucket list?

    Skydiving!

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

    My boyfriend Jakob, we spend a lot of time outdoors together. And my mother Kelly, we always do activities together.

    Where is your hometown?

    West Kelowna, BC

    What are you most proud of?

    I am most proud of my personality. I find myself very self-less and responsible

    Why did you choose to work at Kot Auto Group?

    I have always enjoyed  the car industry, I heard Kia has openings and I wanted to try something new!

    Favourite thing to do outside of work?

    Anything outdoors, quading, hiking, etc.

     

  • Jordan Tahara

    Jordan Tahara

    Detailer

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    Jordan Tahara

    Detailer

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  • Dayne  Higgins

    Dayne Higgins

    Detailer

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    Dayne Higgins

    Detailer

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Office

  • Chelsey Richards

    Chelsey Richards

    Receptionist

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    Chelsey Richards

    Receptionist

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  • Paul Dang

    Paul Dang

    Controller

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    Paul Dang

    Controller

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  • Judy McPherson

    Judy McPherson

    Accountant

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    Judy McPherson

    Judy McPherson

    Accountant

    How long have you lived in BC? 40 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My daughter because she’s fun, funny & makes me laugh

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Walking/hiking

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Seems like a great group

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

Kot Executives

  • Scott Jackson

    Scott Jackson

    Director of Service Operations

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    Scott Jackson

    Scott Jackson

    Director of Service Operations

    Born and raised in Calgary, Scott moved to the Okaganan 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 with 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.

  • Perry Papadogonas

    Perry Papadogonas

    Director of Technology

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    Perry Papadogonas

    Perry Papadogonas

    Director of Technology

    Where are you from and how long have you lived in BC?
    From Edmonton 8 years in BC

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

    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?
    Birth of my daughter

    Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
    That defeats the purpose

    Why did you get into/start this business?
    Friend introduced me

    If you could start all over again would you do things the same or would things be different?
    Different

    What do you always find yourself saying?
    Unbelievable

    What has been your proudest accomplishment?
    My daughter

  • Megan Hawkins

    Megan Hawkins

    HR Advisor

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    Megan Hawkins

    Megan Hawkins

    HR Advisor

    When did you begin at Kot Auto Group?

    February 2021

    What’s the top item on your bucket list?

    Skydiving (Cliché I know…) Up until this year, bungee jumping was at the top of my list, but I was able to check that one off in Whistler last summer!

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

    My favorite people to spend time with are my boyfriend Andrew & my sister (currently mostly over Facetime as she’s living in Scotland)! I love the time I get to spend with them because they are both absolutely hilarious and so much fun.

    Where is your hometown?

    Calgary, AB

    What are you most proud of?

    I’m proud to have lived on both Canadian coasts (BC + Nova Scotia). Professionally, I’m proud to have recently passed my National Knowledge Exam and am now a CPHR Candidate!

    Why did you choose to work at Kot Auto Group?

    I’m excited to work in a role that I love (HR) with a company that has a great culture. Having spent 4 years living in a small town in Nova Scotia, I’m happy to be a part of a tight knit community again here at KOT.

    What’s something not many people know about you?

    I can ride a unicycle and juggle 🙂

    Favourite thing to do outside of work?

    In the winter – skiing! In the summer – spending time at the beach and biking.

  • Jill Carleton

    Jill Carleton

    HR Administrator

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    Jill Carleton

    HR Administrator

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  • Sandra Newton

    Sandra Newton

    Director of Accounting

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    Sandra Newton

    Director of Accounting

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  • 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!

Marketing

  • Claudius Hall

    Claudius Hall

    Marketing Manager

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    Claudius Hall

    Marketing Manager

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  • Natalie Wolanski

    Natalie Wolanski

    Marketing Coordinator

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    Natalie Wolanski

    Marketing Coordinator

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  • Leigha Luschnat

    Leigha Luschnat

    Marketing Coordinator

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    Leigha Luschnat

    Marketing Coordinator

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  • Hali Kot

    Hali Kot

    Remote Marketing Coordinator

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    Hali Kot

    Remote Marketing Coordinator

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