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Nissan in Halifax wins award

O’Regan’s Automotive Group Achieves Ambassador Laureate Status

Paul O’Regan, owner of O’Regan’s Automotive Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was named one of three 2006 Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) Laureates, as selected by the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and sponsored by Industrial Alliance Pacific.

O’Regan’s Automotive Group, which represents both Nissan and Infiniti brands among others, was honoured by the dealer recognition program in the Ambassador category for extraordinary service to the community and/or the industry.

Mr. O’Regan and his group of dealerships is heavily involved in various community initiatives, including the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and over 20 others.  

Mr. O’Regan is an active member of various industry and manufacturer associations including the Nissan Dealer Advisory Board, as well as the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association.  He also sits on the board of several others including Saint Francis Xavier University, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and Alderney Landing Cultural and Convention Centre.


O’Regan’s Automotive Group, which represents both Nissan and Infiniti brands among others, was honoured by the dealer recognition program in the Ambassador category for extraordinary service to the community and/or the industry.

Mr. O’Regan understands the importance of promoting the automotive industry to youth in order to ensure a viable workforce for the future, by offering employment and training to students in industry related programs within local universities and community colleges. “My greatest joy is in the development of people,” said O’Regan. “I believe in empowering those around me and providing them the latitude to make decisions and to learn from their mistakes.  My greatest achievement has been to cultivate teams that are even more capable than their predecessors.”
This year, the Laureate program replaced CADA’s Dealer of Excellence Award, which was widely recognized as the highest career-defining honour a dealer could receive.  The CADA hopes the Laureate will surpass the outgoing award’s prestige and desirability, given the industry’s sensational response rate.

“We are extremely proud to have someone like Paul O’Regan within the Nissan and Infiniti dealer network,” said Mark Grimm, President of Nissan Canada Inc. “I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Paul and his group who have made tremendous contributions to their community and this industry.  They truly embody what the Ambassador Laureate represents.”

CADA invited all industry stakeholders, including dealers, supplier, associations and manufacturers to submit nominations for Canada’s finest dealers.  Other categories include the Innovator Laureate for initiatives that significantly enhanced performance or broadened the scope of business for new car and truck dealers and the Retailer Laureate for outstanding achievement within an individual dealership, including financial results and customer service.


Uni-Select appreciation event

Uni-Select Atlantic Division hosted yet another successful and fun-filled Representative appreciation evening and Golf tournament for 2006. This years’ location was Oak Island Resort and Spa near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and the Golf course was Osprey Ridge, only 30 minutes drive from the resort.

Each year, Uni-Select takes this opportunity to acknowledge the Manufacturer sales representatives who achieve the largest sales increase in the Division. Michael Boudreau of Tenneco Automotive received the award for the largest sales increase within the Top 30 lines, and Gary Walsh of NGK Spark Plugs received the award for the largest sales increase within the Non-Top 30 lines.

Awards: from left to right - Mike McQuinn (General Manager, USI Atlantic); Barry Keirstead (Affinia Group); Steve McGarrity (Dayco Products); Ron Lewis (Wilson Auto); Gary Walsh (NGK Spark Plugs); Mike Boudreau (Tenneco Automotive); Gary O’Connor (USI VP Sales & Marketing Head Office); Chris Avery (Affinia Group); Chris Lesperance (Operations Manager, USI Atlantic)

Also, each year our members recognize 3 top supplier reps for their outstanding performance: This year, there are 5 representatives who have achieved this award as there were 2 ties: Chris Avery (Affinia Group Inc); Barry Keirstead (Affinia Group Inc); Ron Lewis (Wilson Auto Electric); Steve McGarrity (Dayco Products); and Gary Walsh (NGK Spark Plugs).

The evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by a buffet supper, award presentations, terrific comedy entertainment from Marshall Button (aka “Lucien”), and grand prize draws!
The next morning the tee-off times began at 8:30am, and the weather couldn’t have been nicer!

We had 16 teams of 4 playing “best ball”, and at the end of the day they were all enjoying a BBQ luncheon of steak and chicken. After 18 holes, there were 3 teams that came in at 5 under par!

Everybody had a great time!

Team 1- Stephen Stockdale (JD Coyle sales rep), Cob Saunders (Grant Brothers Sales rep), Neil Browne (Browne’s Auto Supplies, NL), and Bill Hay (Dayco Products Head Office Representative).

Team 2 Barry Keirstead (Affinia Group sales rep), Howard Buzzell (RK Buzzell Ltd, NB), Chris Avery (Affinia Group sales rep), and John Coyle (JD Coyle sales rep).

Team 3 - Bruce Lawson (Castrol Canada Sales rep), Eric Harry (Affinia Group sales rep), Tom Dunlop (SS&M sales rep), and Joel Jessome (Westward Tools sales rep).

Although all three teams will have their names engraved on the USI trophy, Team 1 is the team who received their own keeper trophy through a process called ”retrogression”. Not wanting to end the party, a large group stayed an extra night to take a boat tour from Lunenburg back to the Resort, (with special thanks to Ian Creaser of Lunenburg Auto for organizing this event)!

Congratulations to everyone and thank you for your participation and support at this years’ event. Hope to see you all again next year!


NAPA Amherst grand opening!

NAPA Auto Parts Amherst at 63 South Albion Street,  recently held it’s Grand Opening. The 3 day event featured a ‘Customer Appreciation evening’ which was well-attended and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

NAPA Amherst team- Manager George Douglas (on Chopper) From left- Mike Dawson, Emily Bastock, Bill Andrews, Chris “Munchie” Manship, Paul Brown, Tom Steeves and Dave Griffin.

NAPA’s Orange County Chopper was also brought in and drew hundred of visitors to the store for an opportunity to get an NAPA souvenir photograph aboard the Chopper.

Owner Earl Casey and Manager George Douglas were very pleased with the response. Douglas said this new NAPA store is opening some eyes with it’s many advantages, “Lots of customer parking, huge showroom & clean retail area, the new Store is great and were hearing nice things from customers.”


Chuck Geldart enters a
well-earned NAPA retirement!

After a 36-year career in the automotive industry, well-liked NAPA Distribution Center Manager Charles (Chuck) Geldart (photo below) decided to retire this summer. Geldart started his career with CAWL (Canadian Automotive Warehousing) an as 18-year-old youth back in 1970.

Geldart became warehouse manager in 1973 and has witnessed many changes in the automotive industry from the introduction of computers and other warehousing innovations to the many changes in the vehicles themselves.

Now that's a party!

Geldart says the automotive aftermarket has come a long way over the years but keeping customers satisfied has always been his main goal, “ I’ve also been very fortunate to work with and become friends with many wonderful people and I’m going to miss them.” Geldart was both surprised and appreciative at the NAPA sendoff which featured retirement gifts and a wonderful supper with all his co-workers at Vito’s Restaurant in Moncton.

Chuck and his wife Nancy will keep busy during retirement with the couple’s five grandchildren, maintaining the family  farm in Albert County, and relaxing at their cottage in the Grand Lake area during the summer. His many friends and associates throughout the NAPA family wish Chuck a very happy and well deserved retirement