Staff

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.

  • Jordan Kot

    Jordan Kot

    General Manager

    (250) 681-2383
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    Jordan Kot

    Jordan Kot

    General Manager

    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

  • Whylie Friesen

    Whylie Friesen

    Director of Parts Operations

    (250) 491-9467
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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.

  • 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 girlfriend because she is lovely.

    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 Kot

    Janessa Kot

    Director of Finance

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    Janessa Kot

    Janessa Kot

    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

    Jana Thomas

    Financial Services Manager

Sales

  • Sheldon Kubbernus

    Sheldon Kubbernus

    Sales Consultant

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    Sheldon Kubbernus

    Sheldon Kubbernus

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC?
    28 years #AllMyLife

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My fiance Kristina because we always have a great time together

    What is your favourite activity or interest?
    The gym

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    The family feel!

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    To golf with Tiger Woods

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I won a couple of chess tournaments when I was younger

  • 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.

  • 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

    (250) 491-5688
    Ryan Courtemanche

    Ryan Courtemanche

    Lot Attendant

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.

  • Kari McGonigal

    Kari McGonigal

    Service Advisor

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    Kari McGonigal

    Kari McGonigal

    Service Advisor

    How long have you lived in BC? 26 years.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My boyfriend Joel. He is always down for any adventure or activity.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Camping, biking or going for a kayak and hanging with my Great Dane Theodore!

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? The friendly staff and the positive work environment.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Take a trip to Greece.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I used to be a pastry Chef.

  • Jullian Ross

    Jullian Ross

    Service Technician

    (250) 491-5688
    Jullian Ross

    Jullian Ross

    Service Technician

  • Marcel Ouellette

    Marcel Ouellette

    Service Technician

    (250) 491-5688
    Marcel Ouellette

    Marcel Ouellette

    Service Technician

  • Fenella Wheaton

    Fenella Wheaton

    Service Technician

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    Fenella Wheaton

    Fenella Wheaton

    Service Technician

  • Curtis Wasylenko

    Curtis Wasylenko

    Service Technician

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    Curtis Wasylenko

    Curtis Wasylenko

    Service Technician

  • Francois St. Onge

    Francois St. Onge

    Service Technician

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    Francois St. Onge

    Francois St. Onge

    Service Technician

    How long have you lived in BC? 1 year.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My family because it is the most important part of my life.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I like to watch soccer and play golf.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Because of the opportunities Kot has to offer.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? To own a Ferrari.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I love dogs.

  • Stephane Laboissiere-Howard

    Stephane Laboissiere-Howard

    Service Technician

    (250) 491-5688
    Stephane Laboissiere-Howard

    Stephane Laboissiere-Howard

    Service Technician

  • Erin Cnossen

    Erin Cnossen

    Detailer

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    Erin Cnossen

    Erin Cnossen

    Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC?
    Since 2019!

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My boyfriend because of the laughter and joy that we share.

    What is your favourite activity or interest?
    Lacrosse

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Family orientated group!

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Go to Bora Bora and stay in a hut on the water!

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I played club volleyball.

  • Natalie Ward

    Natalie Ward

    Detailer

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    Natalie Ward

    Natalie Ward

    Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC?
    My entire life!

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My father as I rarely see him, and he’s my best friend.

    What is your favourite activity or interest?
    Hunting and 4-wheeling

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    I love the atmosphere and how nice all the staff is.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    To go to San Francisco and do an overnight tour of Alcatraz!

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    That I may come off as a gear head that loves to work on vehicles, but I also love sewing and making new things.

Office

  • Amanda Smith

    Amanda Smith

    Human Resources Advisor

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    Amanda Smith

    Amanda Smith

    Human Resources Advisor

    How long have you lived in BC? 12 years with the last 10 in West Kelowna

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My two kids with totally different personalities, keeps things interesting

    What is your favorite activity or interest? I have a devoted love of Starbucks

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I get to do exactly what I enjoy to do (H.R.) in an exciting network of locations

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Master’s Degree

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I write book reviews / social media engagement for publishers and upcoming book releases.

  • Kara Fry

    Kara Fry

    Receptionist

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    Kara Fry

    Kara Fry

    Receptionist

  • Paul Dang

    Paul Dang

    Controller

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    Paul Dang

    Paul Dang

    Controller

  • 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

  • Jessica Vallee

    Jessica Vallee

    Director of Internal Operations

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    Jessica Vallee

    Jessica Vallee

    Director of Internal Operations

    How long have you lived in BC?
    Since October 2017!

    Who is your favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My main man Ryan, there is no one I have more fun with than him. I choose him every time!

    What is your favourite activity or interest? Training and being in the gym!

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    It was a new challenge in my same line of work when I moved to Kelowna.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    To go to Thailand.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I eat the tails when I have shrimp. It really is the best part.

  • Shaughnessy Barker

    Shaughnessy Barker

    Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

    (250)-491-4267
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    Shaughnessy Barker

    Shaughnessy Barker

    Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

    How long have you lived in BC?
    Born and raised in Vernon, B.C.! Been here my whole life.

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

    Three way tie between my mum, dad and boyfriend Connor. They all know how to have a great time and make me feel at home no matter where I am.

    What is your favorite activity or interest?

    I love film photography and making music.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?

    The prideful feeling of being B.C. and family grown and owned.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?

    To be a contestant on Jeopardy!

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?

    I’m currently a signed recording artist.

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