News and Events

2023 Sentes President’s Award WINNERS! – April 2024
It is with immense pride to announce the 2023 President’s Award Winners: Dean Anderson, Ben Godollei, Maggie Foun, and Mark Samson. The President’s Award recognizes the top volume sales consultant for each of our three stores. Your hard work and dedication is truly impressive and we look forward to many more successes and achievements together! Congratulations!

Happy retirement, Michelle Lindsay (controller)! – April 2024
Your dedication and hard work have left an incredible mark, and your absence will be felt by everyone who had the pleasure of working with you.

Congratulations on your promotions, Ben! – March 2024
“We’re proud to say we believe in growing our team for success. Such is the case with the most recent promotion: we are happy to announce that we have promoted Ben Godollei from sales consultant to sales manager for Kelowna INFINITI Nissan. Ben has shown passion for the brand with 10 years’ experience with service department right up to sales most recently. His excellent customer skills and understanding of the industry is invaluable and makes him a great success story for our team. He quickly has grown in his skillset for sales and we’re excited what his journey in his new role has in store for him! Congrats Ben.” -Elias Flores, General Manager

Congratulations on your promotion, Michael! – March 2024
“Michael is a key member of our service team who consistently delivers fantastic customer service, maintains a strong work ethic, keeps on top of things and is organized, and shows a willingness to learn new processes, and share ideas. These skills along with his calm, friendly, and approachable personality coupled with a great sense of humor make him a strong leader in our department. He has earned a much deserved promotion to assistant service manager of Kelowna INFINITI Nissan.” -John Hughes, Service Manager

Congratulations Ramneek! – March 2024
Ramneek Kaur in accounting has been promoted from assistant controller to controller.

Kelowna INFINITI Nissan Fixed Operations Bowling Night – March 2024
The KIN Fixed Operations team had a great bowling night at McCurdy Bowling last month. It was so much fun to get together and enjoy some good food along with some spirited competition. We didn’t know that we have such good bowlers!

Job Shadow – Kelowna INFINITI Nissan service team working in parts – January 2024

Sentes Automotive 2023 Length of Service Awards – December 2023
Special congratulations to all of you for the commitment and loyalty to us. Your exemplary commitment and integrity over the years has been pivotal to this company’s success. Cheers to many more years to come! At the Christmas party this past December 9th, our team received a few gift cards as a recognition for their loyalty to us and their hard work. Thank you for being an important part of our success and for choosing a career with us! *These awards are recognized in 5 years increments each year.

Sentes Automotive feeling festive! – December 2023
We hope you had fun at our 2023 Holiday Party! Thank you for all the hard work, commitment, loyalty, and excellence this year. We wouldn’t be who we are without all of you! We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2024! The best is yet to come.

Congratulations Kelowna INFINITI – November 2023
The Kelowna INFINITI team was treated to a night of bowling at BNA for being awarded with the 2022 BRONZE WINNER, in recognition of outstanding customer service. Thank you for the hard work team, it does not go unnoticed!

 

We are so lucky to have you, Danielle! – November 2023
CADA, The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, recognized Danielle Kruger, our Human Resources Manager as a proud member of the auto industry! Our company wouldn’t be what it is now without you, Danielle! #WOMENINAUTOMOTIVE

Bring Your Kids To Work Day – November 2023
On November 1st, we welcomed Grace at LOK, and Marcus and Carter at KIN. Both Marcus (Elias’ son) and Carter had a successful day of working in all departments at Nissan, and Grace had a lot of fun with mom (Rachel) helping out all customers walking into our Lexus showroom. Watch out! Alejandra will start recruiting!

BC Cancer – Inspired Leadership Series – October 2023
On Thursday September 7th, Adam Rich was the host speaker for the BC Cancer Inspired Leadership Series. Adam presented a history of Sentes Automotive and how leadership fueled the company’s growth. All members of BC Cancer – Kelowna were invited to attend this session which included a powerpoint presentation and talk along with an open question session. Adam was proud to share the many milestones and growth of our team and its member at Sentes Automotive and fielded many excellent questions from the crowd. He was honoured at the conclusion of the event with this crystal plaque. $100,000 was donated to BC Cancer, to help build their new Systemic Therapy Suite.

Congratulations Ben! – September 2023
We are proud to congratulate our very own Ben Godollei on achieving Nissan Award of Excellence for the second year in a row – Silver status! This is evidence of his excellent customer service, sales targets and overall customer satisfaction. Well done Ben and congratulations!

Congratulations on your new vehicle, Olya and Zhenya! – September 2023
In May of 2022 Margot Sentes answered a Facebook post from a 32 year old woman wishing to flee the Ukrainian war and come to Canada. Margot and Rick decided they had the room and took in two young woman. Elena stayed with them for 6 months and Olya for 9 months. Olya became close to Margot and Rick joking that they were her second parents. However in February of this year Olya made the very difficult decision to return to Ukraine. She had married one month into the war and was desperately missing her husband. It took 6 months but finally Olya and Zhenya found a legal way to allow Zhenya, a man of conscription age, to leave Ukraine. After a tense 2 hours at the Ukraine border and another 3 at Polish customs they were granted entrance to Poland. It was 3 am in Poland when Olya phoned Margot to say they made it, they were safe. As soon as Margot knew they were in Poland she began the search for accommodation for the couple. This was right at the worst time of our summer fires. But fortunately Margot found a basement suite. She had saved certain pieces of furniture from the old Mercedes-Benz building. Margot worked on furnishings and preparing the suite for the arrival of Olya and Zhenya. Rick and Margot flew both of them to Kelowna and as a final aid to their start of a new life in Canada Rick and Margot gave them a car.

Women in Automotive – September 2023
CADA (Canadian Automobile Dealers Association) recognized our very own Director of Internal Operations, Pamela Pearson, as an inspiration in the industry that we all work in and love. “CADA is proud to highlight Pamela Pearson, an inspiration to all those in the automotive space. Pamela is the Director of Operations for Sentes Automotive in Kelowna, British Columbia. She has been a member of the automotive industry for over 15 years. She is extremely passionate about all things automotive and is an inspiration to all those within the automotive space. CADA is proud to support #WomenInAutomotive.”

Wishing you all the best, Amanda
This month we say goodbye to our Human Resources Administrator, Amanda Harris, who is moving to Calgary, AB. We are extremely grateful she spent 5+ years with us!

Kelowna INFINITI Nissan voted favourite dealership in town
Guess who was voted as one of the best New & Used Car dealerships in Kelowna? Congratulations team Kelowna INFINITI Nissan! Well-deserved for all your hard work! This competition was through communityvotes Kelowna 2023, where thousands of people in the community nominate and vote for their favourite business in town. Well-deserved! Keep up the great work team!

Staff BBQ’s – July 2023

Congratulations Kelowna INFINITI Nissan! – June 2023
We are beyond proud to announce that Kelowna INFINITI Nissan has been given the 2023 Nissan Global Award as not only the best Nissan dealer in Canada, but among the world! It’s our commitment to 5-star customer service that has allowed us to reach this great milestone, and we want to extend our most grateful gratitude to our staff members for their continued strive for excellence, and providing always the best service and buying experience to our customers. This award and recognition belongs only to you, big congratulations, team!

Trades Commencement Awards – June 2023
Our director of internal operations, Pamela Pearson, represented the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) and Sentes Automotive at the Trades Commencement Award ceremony and celebrated the hard work, passion, and dedication of the students in various of trades. “Trades are vital to the success of our economy, and the future is bright with these young apprentices.” – Pamela Pearson (Director of Internal Operations).

Way To Go, Rafal! – June 2023
Our fixed operations director, Rafal Chrzanowski, not only volunteered at the YMCA ‘Cycle for Strong Kids’ riding over 100kms but also raised $1,500 towards this program and helped raise over $200,000! WOW! You’re amazing, Rafal. Thank you for everything you do for us and the community!

Kelowna INFINITI Nissan Number 1 in Canada! – May 2023
Kelowna INFINITI Nissan not only won the Nissan Award of Excellence but they are number 1 in Canada! This win is a result of our excellent Sales and Service customer satisfaction scores, fix it right first time scoring, Parts and accessory purchase loyalty, Nissan Canada Finance penetration, N-CAR usage and New Sales target gross. Elias (General Manager): “2022 was a tougher year but despite that we were resilient and accomplished great things! We pushed through as a team and kept going despite the challenges. 2023 is looking great so far!”

Kelowna INFINITI Nissan Appreciation Event – May 2023
Because YOU DESERVE IT, team Kelowna INFINITI Nissan! Thank you for everything you do for this company.

2023 Woman Of The Year – May 2023
Please join us in congratulating our very own Director of Internal Operations, Pamela Pearson, for being awarded as the 2023 woman of the year. Well deserved award, Pamela. Thank you for representing women, the community, and our company. Your hard work and dedication inspire us!