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.

  • Trina Kot

    Trina Kot

    Co-Owner

    Trina Kot

    Trina Kot

    Co-Owner

  • Brandon Kot

    Brandon Kot

    Director of Operations

    (778) 215-1033
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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

    Director of Operations

    (250) 681-2383
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    Jordan Kot

    Jordan Kot

    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!

  • Perry Papadogonas

    Perry Papadogonas

    General Manager

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    Perry Papadogonas

    Perry Papadogonas

    General Manager

    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

  • Marcus Pinto

    Marcus Pinto

    General Sales Manager

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    Marcus Pinto

    Marcus Pinto

    General Sales Manager

    Born and raised in Toronto, Marcus moved to New York city for a couple years before he landed in Kelowna, BC. Marcus started with a sister company of the group of dealerships in Kelowna before moving again to Maple Ridge to join the Maple Ridge family. Before his career in sales, Marcus started in the industry building engines from the ground up.
    When not in the dealership, you can find Marcus going on local hikes, watching NHL games, and playing sports.

  • Scott Jackson

    Scott Jackson

    Director of Hyundai Service Operations

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    Scott Jackson

    Scott Jackson

    Director of Hyundai 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.

Sales

  • Brent Miscisco

    Brent Miscisco

    Sales Consultant

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    Brent Miscisco

    Brent Miscisco

    Sales Consultant

    Born and raised in the Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge area, Brent spent nearly 20 years in the hospitality industry before discovering the car industry in 2008.
    Brent was recognized as the Top Hyundai Salesperson for British Columbia for 2016 and 2017. When not working, Brent enjoys dining with his wife of 20 Years, Nicole and spending time with his adult children.

  • Oliver Evans

    Oliver Evans

    Sales Consultant

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    Oliver Evans

    Oliver Evans

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? Two weeks!
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My fiance because we always have a laugh together.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? I love to travel.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Hyundai is an exciting and developing brand
    What is one thing on your bucket list? Sail around the Caribbean.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I once drove from the UK to West Africa

  • Lyle Kleckner

    Lyle Kleckner

    Sales Consultant

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    Lyle Kleckner

    Lyle Kleckner

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 30 years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My grandchildren, I enjoy watching them grow up.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Sports, I am a hardcore fan.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? My friends who work for the company recommended it.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? To travel to Europe and return to St Kitts
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I am (as considered by friends) a great chef.

  • Wares Maleki

    Wares Maleki

    Sales Consultant

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    Wares Maleki

    Wares Maleki

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 22 years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My uncle Mo because we are basically the same person just 20 years apart. We enjoy doing the same things.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Culinary adventures with friends and family.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? The fact it is family owned and operated.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go to Brazil.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? Although I am big and look intimidating, I am shy at times and can be quite the introvert.

  • Domingos Usseni

    Domingos Usseni

    Sales Consultant

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    Domingos Usseni

    Domingos Usseni

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 29 Years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife as she always supportive no matter the circumstances.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Play / watch Soccer & Basketball.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Family atmospherewhere everyone makes you feel at home.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? Vaction in Brazil.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? God loving and firm believer of the higher powers.

  • CJ Duran

    CJ Duran

    Sales Consultant

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    CJ Duran

    CJ Duran

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC? 25 years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My dog, it’s never a dull moment with him.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Travelling and experiencing other cultures.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I’ve heard nothing but great things about Kot Auto Group.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? Step foot on every continent.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I prefer cold showers.

  • Victoria Freinhofer

    Victoria Freinhofer

    Inventory Coordinator

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    Victoria Freinhofer

    Victoria Freinhofer

    Inventory Coordinator

    How long have you lived in BC? 23 years.
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My entire family! Everyone is so close and we all bring out the best in each other.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Going to the beach. I can lay in the sun for hours!
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? It was recommended to me and I have heard nothing but great things about it.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? To bungee jump!
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I am the biggest dog lover!

Finance

  • Karen Souza

    Karen Souza

    Director of Finance

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    Karen Souza

    Karen Souza

    Director of Finance

    Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Karen moved to Kelowna almost 5 years ago with her husband Perry. The couple recently moved to Maple Ridge to become part of the management at Maple Ridge Hyundai. Karen has now been working as the Financial Services Manager here since 2014, which is a perfect fit with her 10 years experience in the automotive finance office. She is happy to rejoin John after working with him for several years in Edmonton. Her leadership skills and work experience have helped get the Maple Ridge Hyundai dealership up and on it’s way to plenty of success. When Karen isn’t spending time at the Hyundai dealership, she is at home with her husband Perry, and their 2 and a half-year-old daughter, Sophia.

  • Chelsey Terpsma

    Chelsey Terpsma

    Financial Services Manager

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    Chelsey Terpsma

    Chelsey Terpsma

    Financial Services Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? 30 years.
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My mom, we do fun outdoor activities together like hiking and rollerblading,
    What is your favorite activity or interest? The gym and hiking with my dog.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I heard good things about Perry and the group and I felt very welcomed.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? I want to own a house with acreage and have farm animals.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I like to knit in my spare time and refinish furniture.

Service and Parts

  • Lonnie Smythe

    Lonnie Smythe

    Service Manager

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    Lonnie Smythe

    Lonnie Smythe

    Service Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? My whole life.
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My kidlets. They are so full of character and are amazing human beings.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Fishing and being out on the water.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? It was recommended to me by friends.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? To finally learn to rock out on my drums.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I can’t think of anything, I am a open book!

  • Jeff Hartig

    Jeff Hartig

    Parts Manager

    (604) 467-3401
    Jeff Hartig

    Jeff Hartig

    Parts Manager

  • Austin Dean

    Austin Dean

    Service Advisor

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    Austin Dean

    Austin Dean

    Service Advisor

    How long have you lived in BC? 3 years.
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Allan, my best friend. We share Whitecaps tickets and spend most of our time hiking and camping.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Martial arts, guitars and motorcycles.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? To further my skills and learn about about a new brand.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? To travel to Thailand.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I received my Karate black belt at age 12.

  • Ryan McBride

    Ryan McBride

    Internal / Parts Advisor

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    Ryan McBride

    Ryan McBride

    Internal / Parts Advisor

    How long have you lived in BC? 18 years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My bestfriend because we get along so well.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I got the opportunity from an existing employee.

  • Joel Neufeld

    Joel Neufeld

    Shop Foreman

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    Joel Neufeld

    Joel Neufeld

    Shop Foreman

    Originally from the Thompson/Nicola Valley, Joel moved to the Lower Mainland area 4 years ago. He has been a technician for various dealerships for over 10 years. Joel joined the Service team at Maple Ridge Hyundai in early 2017.
    When Joel isn’t working on vehicles in the shop, he’s out enjoying the outdoors around BC.

  • Jesse Kuhn

    Jesse Kuhn

    Service Technician

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    Jesse Kuhn

    Jesse Kuhn

    Service Technician

    Born on Vancouver Island, Jesse grew up in Nanaimo before moving to Maple Ridge. Jesse started his apprenticeship training in 2010 at BCIT, and work at a local repair shop for 4 years gaining experience, before joining the Maple Ridge Hyundai team. When Jesse isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time iwth his family, and being active.

  • Vincent L'Herbier

    Vincent L'Herbier

    Service Technician

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    Vincent L'Herbier

    Vincent L'Herbier

    Service Technician

    How long have you lived in BC? My whole life.
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife. She is a great support and always has a positive attitude.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Motor Sports.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? The team environment.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go to the 24 hours of LeMons
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I sim race online. Esports on Iracing.

  • Eugene Park

    Eugene Park

    Service Technician

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    Eugene Park

    Eugene Park

    Service Technician

    How long have you lived in BC? 12 years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My wife and family.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Hiking and backpacking.

  • Germain McFarlane

    Germain McFarlane

    Detailer

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    Germain McFarlane

    Germain McFarlane

    Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC? February 2019
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My kids.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Playing basketball and golf.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I heard positive things about the group.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? I want to detail one of Jay Leno’s cars.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I love life!

  • Brayden Hogarth

    Brayden Hogarth

    Detailer

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    Brayden Hogarth

    Brayden Hogarth

    Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC? 13 years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My sister, we get along well and do lots of things together.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Basketball
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? My Mom just purchased a Tucson
    What is one thing on your bucket list? Daytona 500 Race

  • Shaylee Lundeen

    Shaylee Lundeen

    Detailer

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    Shaylee Lundeen

    Shaylee Lundeen

    Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC? 27 Years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My cat because he is the sweetest.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Karaoke
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Good people to work with.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Go to France.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I play more video games than I care to admit

  • Kyle Morningstar

    Kyle Morningstar

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    Kyle Morningstar

    Kyle Morningstar

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    How long have you lived in BC? 1 month.
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My girlfriend, she is also my best friend!
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Driving.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Passion for cars.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? To go to Japan.

  • Steve Exler

    Steve Exler

    Shuttle & Parts Driver

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    Steve Exler

    Steve Exler

    Shuttle & Parts Driver

    How long have you lived in BC? 25 Years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Friend Daniel
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Touring the Rockies
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Wanting a fun, new job
    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel to Egypt

Office

  • 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 favorite 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 everytime!
    What is your favorite 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.

  • Sandra Newton

    Sandra Newton

    Director of Accounting

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    Sandra Newton

    Sandra Newton

    Director of Accounting

    How long have you lived in BC? My whole life.
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why?My Daughter. She is so much fun and so silly. She makes me laugh everyday.
    What is your favorite activity or interest?Hiking. I love to explore new places & challenge myself.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I’ve worked here before, when i first graduated university, and I loved it. The team is great.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? I would like to travel through Europe with my Daughter.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? Aside from being Canadian, I am also Montenegrin.

  • Kevin Matthew

    Kevin Matthew

    Senior Group Controller

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    Kevin Matthew

    Kevin Matthew

    Senior Group Controller

    Born and raised in the lower mainland, Kevin moved to Maple Ridge in 1994 with his wife Jill. By the end of 2000, their family had grown to include 3 beautiful children: Morgan, Sean, and Erin. Kevin joined Maple Ridge Hyundai in 2009 in the Accounting department. Anything to do with computers, processes and systems, Kevin is the guy to see. If he can make it into a spreadsheet, he will. When not working, Kevin might be enjoying a hike on Golden Ears mountain, but is more likely at Starbucks or having Sushi.

  • 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!

  • Lindsay Stone

    Lindsay Stone

    HR Coordinator

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    Lindsay Stone

    Lindsay Stone

    HR Coordinator

    How long have you lived in BC? On and off – 3 years!
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My dog Lucy! And of course my family.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Hiking, biking, yoga – any sort of movement and bonus if it’s outdoors.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I liked the family-focus of the business and everyone seems very dedicated and collaborative.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? Travel to as many countries as I can!
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I love learning about new cultures, traditions, customs, etc. and can speak Spanish.

  • Lisa Boida

    Lisa Boida

    Accounting Clerk

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    Lisa Boida

    Lisa Boida

    Accounting Clerk

    Lisa was born and raised in the lower mainland. She has been working in the automotive industry for over 10 years. When she is not working she loves to spend as much time as she can with her husband and two children. She’s never met a beach she doesn’t like.

  • Pari Sangi

    Pari Sangi

    Receptionist

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    Pari Sangi

    Pari Sangi

    Receptionist

    How long have you lived in BC? 16 years
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My older brother because he is the funniest person I know.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? Hiking with friends.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I heard it is a great company and it has a great atmosphere.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? Go skydiving in Dubai.
    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I was born in Dubai.

  • Mohneet Dhinsa

    Mohneet Dhinsa

    Receptionist

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    Mohneet Dhinsa

    Mohneet Dhinsa

    Receptionist

    How long have you lived in BC? 24 year. My whole life, born and raised in BC.
    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? My dog, he is almost three and a half years old and 10 pounds so he goes everywhere with me.
    What is your favorite activity or interest? I play soccer in my spare time on a rec team.
    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? Having friends already working here made it a welcoming place.
    What is one thing on your bucket list? To travel to Europe and explore many coutries.

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