Staff

Management / Sales

  • 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

  • Mike Retallick

    Mike Retallick

    General Sales Manager

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    Mike Retallick

    Mike Retallick

    General Sales Manager

    How long have you lived in BC?
    I moved to Vancouver when I was a kid from Ottawa. My family just moved up to Kelowna in November 2019.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why?
    That would be son Ashton. I’m like a big kid, so when we are out playing sports and having a good time life is good.

    What is your favorite activity or interest?
    Swimming. All the best swimming animals are a little chubby, just like me!

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Honestly, I love the fact that it is a family-owned and operated business. The pricing is fair and the service given to customers is top quality. It’s the way car buying should be.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    To take a vacation to Italy. My wife thinks it’s for the romance, but actually, it’s for the food!

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I used to have deadly hair. Like a young Leonardo Dicaprio. Now it’s more like old Bruce Willis.

  • Sam Ghessesow

    Sam Ghessesow

    General Manager / Partner

    (250) 491-9467
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    Sam Ghessesow

    Sam Ghessesow

    General Manager / Partner

    Where are you from and how long have you lived in BC?
    From Edmonton. 4 years in BC.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why?
    My family. They have an amazing way of making all of life’s stress and pressure disappear.

    If you had to choose: pizza, tacos, or burgers?
    All 3. I can’t get enough.

    What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
    When I was 14 my best friend pulled my pants down on the city bus. The bus was making a turn and I fell down pants around my ankles. Not fun!

    Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
    I am deadly at Jeopardy.

    Why did you get into/start this business?
    To pay off my student loan.

    What has been your biggest struggle either in work or life?
    Exercising consistently.

    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?
    100%

    What has been your proudest accomplishment?
    Moving to Kelowna from Alberta

  • 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 favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My mother because she is an angel.

    What is your favourite 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 favourite person to spend time with and why?
    My favourite 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 favourite 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, Saskatchewan 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!

Sales

  • Robert Morrice

    Robert Morrice

    Sales Consultant

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    Robert Morrice

    Robert Morrice

    Sales Consultant

    When did you start at Kot Auto Group?
    Since December 3rd, 2019

    Where is your hometown?
    Sunny Vancouver, B.C.

    Why did you choose to work at Kot Auto Group?
    Family owned and operated group, lots of great inventory to choose from.

    Favourite thing to do outside of work?
    I love to go camping with family and friends. B.C. is a beautiful place.

    Who is your favourite person to spent time with and why?
    My beautiful, loving, babe of a wife. She gives me everything I need.

    The top item on your bucket list?
    To sail the seven seas. Arrr!

    What is something not many people know about you?
    I won 2nd place in the World Series Rock Skipping Championships. Don’t skip school, skip rocks.

    What are you most proud of?
    My kids.

  • Jared Steinke

    Jared Steinke

    Sales Consultant

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    Jared Steinke

    Jared Steinke

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC?
    29 Years

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

    What is your favorite activity or interest?
    Gaming

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Family owned

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Surfing in the Caribbean

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I can lick my Elbow.

  • Cody Bates

    Cody Bates

    Sales Consultant

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    Cody Bates

    Cody Bates

    Sales Consultant

    How long have you lived in BC?
    2 years

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why?
    I love spending time with my son Dominic, he is my mini-me.

    What is your favorite activity or interest?
    Fitness

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Reputation

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Israel

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I’m a published author

  • Keith G Richards

    Keith G Richards

    Sales Consultant

    (250) 863-7762
    Keith G Richards

    Keith G Richards

    Sales Consultant

  • Shalane Walker

    Shalane Walker

    Inventory Coordinator

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    Shalane Walker

    Shalane Walker

    Inventory Coordinator

    When did you start at Kot Auto Group?
    August 8th, 2017

    Where is your hometown?
    Kelowna, B.C!

    Why did you choose to work at Kot Auto Group?
    I was told it was a great place to work and there were lots of opportunities to move up in the company.

    Favourite thing to do outside of work?
    Go for walks and spend time with my friends and family.

    Who is your favourite person to spent time with and why?
    My son and my wife because we all get to be goofy and make memories together

    The top item on your bucket list?
    To hold a sloth.

    What is something not many people know about you?
    I proposed to my wife only one month after being with her. We’ve now been happily married for 3 years and have a son.

    What are you most proud of?
    My son Grey.

Finance

  • Kerry Doyle

    Kerry Doyle

    Financial Services Manager

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    Kerry Doyle

    Kerry Doyle

    Financial Services Manager

    How long have you lived in BC? One week!

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Jim Hew, my close friend.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Golfing.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? I love the Nissan product and Scott Barber was a reference.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Golf St. Andrews

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I am a part time singer for various bands.

  • Eric Nowak

    Eric Nowak

    Sub Prime Financing Specialist

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    Eric Nowak

    Eric Nowak

    Sub Prime Financing Specialist

    How long have you lived in BC?
    My whole life.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why?
    My two amazing kids.

    What is your favorite activity or interest?
    Golfing, fishing and every other sport.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    It is a family run business.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    To golf Pebble Beach.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I am a master chef.

Service

  • Kris D'Aoust

    Kris D'Aoust

    Service Technician

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    Kris D'Aoust

    Kris D'Aoust

    Service Technician

  • Sophia Almeida

    Sophia Almeida

    Detailer

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    Sophia Almeida

    Sophia Almeida

    Detailer

    When did you start at Kot Auto Group?
    June 13th, 2017

    Where is your hometown?
    Fort St. John’s, B.C!

    Why did you choose to work at Kot Auto Group?
    They had a position open for detailing, and I enjoy detailing vehicles! So I applied.

    Favourite thing to do outside of work?
    Go to the gym, spend time with friends, and be in my PJs!

    Who is your favourite person to spent time with and why?
    Brandon, my boyfriend, and my best bud Shalane! They both make me laugh and I can be myself around them.

    The top item on your bucket list?
    Travel and visit an elephant sanctuary. Holding a baby elephant? Yes please.

    What is something not many people know about you?
    Mike Retallick is my second cousin.

    What are you most proud of?
    My weight loss. I’ve lost over 100lbs in the last 6 years!

  • Brett Pawluk

    Brett Pawluk

    Detailer

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    Brett Pawluk

    Brett Pawluk

    Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC?
    3 months.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why?
    My dog Kemu, he always makes me laugh.

    What is your favorite activity or interest?
    Basketball.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Friendly environment.

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Own a R-35.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I really enjoy hiking.

  • Cameron Sorensen

    Cameron Sorensen

    Detailer

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    Cameron Sorensen

    Cameron Sorensen

    Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC?
    My whole life.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why?
    My friends because we get along best.

    What is your favorite activity or interest?
    I really enjoy playing soccer.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group?
    Saw an ad on Indeed!

    What is one thing on your bucket list?
    Seeing more of the world.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you?
    I want to be a real estate agent when I’m older.

  • Azalea Jenns

    Azalea Jenns

    Detailer

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    Azalea Jenns

    Azalea Jenns

    Detailer

    When did you start at Kot Auto Group?
    October 5th, 2020

    Where is your hometown?
    Kelowna, B.C!

    Why did you choose to work at Kot Auto Group?
    The environment I’m in is ideal. I love deep cleaning cars.

    Favourite thing to do outside of work?
    Relax at home or do fun car stuff.

    The top item on your bucket list?
    Build a drift car.

    What is something not many people know about you?
    There isn’t much, I’m pretty open about my life.

    What are you most proud of?
    That I finally moved out and pay all bills on time.

  • Ava-Lyn Thiessen

    Ava-Lyn Thiessen

    Detailer

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    Ava-Lyn Thiessen

    Ava-Lyn Thiessen

    Detailer

    When did you start at Kot Auto Group?
    November 25th, 2020

    Where is your hometown?
    Kelowna, B.C.

    Why did you choose to work at Kot Auto Group?
    The fun environment.

    Favourite thing to do outside of work?
    Lay in bed with my cat and watch movies.

    Who is your favourite person to spent time with and why?
    My boyfriend, because he’s my best friend.

    The top item on your bucket list?
    To travel!

    What is something not many people know about you?
    I do tattoos!

    What are you most proud of?
    I quit smoking!

  • Kaelan Greenhalgh

    Kaelan Greenhalgh

    Detailer

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    Kaelan Greenhalgh

    Kaelan Greenhalgh

    Detailer

    How long have you lived in BC? I am born and raised in BC.

    Who is your favorite person to spend time with and why? Andrew because it’s never a dull moment when we are together.

    What is your favorite activity or interest? Snowboarding, skateboarding, and cars.

    What made you choose Kot Auto Group? My buddy told me it is an awesome company to work for.

    What is one thing on your bucket list? Personally drive at 300 mph.

    What is something that not everyone knows about you? I have gone professional in 3 different sports.

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