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New & Pre Owned Vehicle Sales

  • James  Perrier

    James Perrier

    New and Used Product Specialist

    James  Perrier

    James Perrier

    New and Used Product Specialist

  • Brandyn Woodruff

    Brandyn Woodruff

    New and Used Product Specialist

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    Brandyn Woodruff

    Brandyn Woodruff

    New and Used Product Specialist

    Hi, my name is Brandyn Woodruff. I am a product advisor here at Harris Mazda in the heart of Nanaimo, B.C. I graduated from high school in 2006 from Corihi Secondary in Campbell River. I’ve spent the last 14 years in customer service, with the last 6 years of that in franchise ownership. I take pride in treating my customers like family and making sure they always leave happy and return excited. I chose Harris Mazda because they’re the perfect example of a Family Dealership. It is a place I can grow my skills in the industry and be a part of this amazing team. Harris family has given back to the community of Nanaimo time and time again. I’m excited to be a part of that.

    My favorite Mazda is the CX-9 and the MX-5. My first car was a 1991 Chevrolet Camero Z28

  • Tyler Lavin

    Tyler Lavin

    New & Used Product Specialist

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    Tyler Lavin

    Tyler Lavin

    New & Used Product Specialist

    I work as a New and Used car sales specialist for Harris Mazda.  I spent 5 years at McGill University for physical education.  I played football in university which taught me a lot about hard work, and teamwork.  I make sure that teamwork translates into excellent customer service.  I like working for Harris Mazda because it as a type of environment that focuses on customer service as we are a salary based sales department.  This means less pressure for us and more time for me to focus on the overall experience.

    My favorite Mazda is the Mazda 6!  His first car was a 1987 Chevy Silverado!

  • Adams Obakpee

    Adams Obakpee

    New & Pre-Owned Product Specialist

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    Adams Obakpee

    Adams Obakpee

    New & Pre-Owned Product Specialist

    I am dedicated to selling New and Pre Owned vehicles and creating a fun and exciting buying experience for all of my clients. I am proud to work for Harris Mazda and be a part of the Harris Auto Group. Our mission is to be an industry leader in providing automotive solutions and services. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations and maintain their loyalty for a lifetime.

    I was born in Vancouver BC and raised in Kitimat BC, moved to Vancouver Island when I was 15 to play football. I have lived here for 5 years. My passions include football, hockey, enthusiastic driving and making others laugh.

    Be prepared to receive an unforgettable experience and to be treated with respect and professionalism. We are grateful that you decided to join our family at Harris Mazda.
    Please also visit me at my website.

Island Car Credit

  • Pat O'Dwyer

    Pat O'Dwyer

    Island Car Credit Manager

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    Pat O'Dwyer

    Pat O'Dwyer

    Island Car Credit Manager

    I am the Managing Broker for Island Car Credit.  I have a BA in business from UVIC and VIU.  I have 30 years experience in the auto biz!  I’m also U.S. Certified!  I am a member of the Nanaimo Golf Club, the Nanaimo Tubbers Hockey Club, Nanaimo Timberman Alumni and volunteer at the Meeting Place Christian Church.  I am a sponsor parent with Compassion Canada.  The Harris Family has been wonderful and supportive of me and my family.  They are a great place company to work for!

    My favorite Mazda is the CX9!  My first car was a Volkswagon Beetle!

Fixed Operations

  • Piper

    Piper

    Customer Relations Manager

    Piper

    Piper

    Customer Relations Manager

  • Ken Peacock

    Ken Peacock

    Shuttle Driver

    Ken Peacock

    Ken Peacock

    Shuttle Driver

  • Cindy Driver

    Cindy Driver

    Customer Care Coordinator

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    Cindy Driver

    Cindy Driver

    Customer Care Coordinator

    I am the Customer Care Manager and Service Advisor here at Harris Mazda. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Crisis Counseling Certificate, I am also a licensed Realtor and have various marketing and sales certificates. Working and helping people has always been my priority. Family is the most important part of my life. Fun fact I am a certified deep dive scuba diver and have travelled the world visiting many reef systems, and a member of the Underwater Archaeology Society of BC. I also enjoy rock climbing, hiking, painting, soap making and kayaking. I love working with everyone, we are like family – a Harris Mazda family. I love the challenge of learning and being given the opportunity to grow within the dealership. The Mazda product speaks for itself. Excellent.

    My favorite Mazda is the Mazda MX-5 RF. My first car was a Pontiac Sunburst.

  • Tom Skinner

    Tom Skinner

    Service Team Leader & Technician

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    Tom Skinner

    Tom Skinner

    Service Team Leader & Technician

  • Jay Hickman

    Jay Hickman

    Service Advisor

    Jay Hickman

    Jay Hickman

    Service Advisor

  • Derek Pohl

    Derek Pohl

    Service Advisor

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    Derek Pohl

    Derek Pohl

    Service Advisor

    I am a professional service advisor at Harris Mazda. I have fourteen years in the automotive business. Thirteen years in parts and almost one in service. I hold a parts and warehousing Red seal apprenticeship ticket. I am skilled with a knife and have gone sky diving 3 times. Some might say I’m a little dangerous. I enjoy working on any vehicle I have owned which has given me a good understanding of vehicle mechanics. Harris Mazda is more of a friendly family. The drive for customer satisfaction and a friendly environment is excellent.

    My favorite Mazda is the RX8 as well as the Mazda 3 speed. My first car was a 1981 Pontiac Firebird.

  • Wil Beardmore

    Wil Beardmore

    Parts Consultant

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    Wil Beardmore

    Wil Beardmore

    Parts Consultant

    I work as a Parts Advisor in the Harris Mazda Parts Department.  In my spare time I likes to read and go to the movies.  I like working at Harris Mazda because it is a fun and energetic place to come to everyday.

    My favorite Mazda is the 1999 white Protege. My first car was a 1991 black Volkswagon GTI!

  • Ian Bunton

    Ian Bunton

    Technician

    Ian Bunton

    Ian Bunton

    Technician

  • Brian Yanda

    Brian Yanda

    Technician

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    Brian Yanda

    Brian Yanda

    Technician

  • Steve Bekker

    Steve Bekker

    Technician

    Steve Bekker

    Steve Bekker

    Technician

  • Andrew Bakker

    Andrew Bakker

    Technician

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    Andrew Bakker

    Andrew Bakker

    Technician

    I am a Red Seal Certified Automotive Technician at Harris Mazda.  I like working at Harris Mazda because it is a great place to work.

    My favorite Mazda is the 1999 Mazda Millenia.  My first car was a 2006 Mazda 5.

  • Austin Jaworkski

    Austin Jaworkski

    Detailer

    Austin Jaworkski

    Austin Jaworkski

    Detailer

  • David Steele

    David Steele

    Shuttle Driver

    David Steele

    David Steele

    Shuttle Driver

Accounting & Administration

  • Lily Gyorfi

    Lily Gyorfi

    Reception

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    Lily Gyorfi

    Lily Gyorfi

    Reception

    My Name is Lily, I am the newest addition to the receptionist team here at Harris Mazda. I have worked in customer service for the last 4 years, and wouldn’t change a thing about it. I love making a good connection and first impression with everyone that comes into the showroom, almost as much as I love animals. I like working at Harris Mazda because it is a dealership with such a high standard of excellence in every department.

    My favorite Mazda would be the hatchback blue Mazda Protege5. My first car was a Red automatic Geo Metro.

  • Linda Anderson

    Linda Anderson

    Accounting & Administration

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    Linda Anderson

    Linda Anderson

    Accounting & Administration

    I work in the Accounts Payables/ Receivables department at Harris Mazda. I graduated from South Delta Senior Secondary. I am a part time political junkie who likes working with a professional team whom makes the time at work pass quickly.

    My favorite Mazda is the Miata. My Granddad got me my very first, pedal powered, cherry red convertible when I was only 4 years old.

  • Deb Paradis

    Deb Paradis

    Accounting & Administration

    Deb Paradis

    Deb Paradis

    Accounting & Administration

  • Irini Sandham

    Irini Sandham

    Receptionist

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    Irini Sandham

    Irini Sandham

    Receptionist

    I have been happily married for over three years and our little family is about to grow with our first child due to arrive in May! I have been with the Harris Auto Group for over five years and started at Harris Mitsubishi. Once they sold the store I missed my team and came back to work at Harris Mazda! I am the friendly and always happy voice you will hear when you call Harris Mazda! I love my position as I love to meet and greet all our wonderful Harris Mazda guests. Stop by anytime for a warm fresh coffee and say hi!

  • Jody Berentsen

    Jody Berentsen

    Receptionist

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    Jody Berentsen

    Jody Berentsen

    Receptionist

    I have been the Receptionist at Harris Mazda for over 2 years.  I graduated from A.D.S.S.  I have 3 teenagers which keep me very busy! I enjoy doing stuff around the house and yard work.  I love my job at the front desk because I usually get to meet everyone coming into the dealership.  Best of all, I consider all of the Harris Mazda Staff like family! The day passes so quickly because I always have different things to do!

    My favourite Mazda is the blue CX-3. My first car was a 1987 blue Suzuki Forsa.

  • Jackie Diebold

    Jackie Diebold

    Accounting & Administration

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    Jackie Diebold

    Jackie Diebold

    Accounting & Administration

    I am the Admin / Accounting for Harris Mazda. I come from school of hard work and experience. My current Project/ hobby and volunteer work is raising my daughter. I like working at Harris Mazda because of the family atmosphere; everyday at work includes laughter.

    My favorite Mazda is Harris Mazda. My first car was a 1989 Toyota Corolla.

  • Amy Elliott

    Amy Elliott

    Sales Administration Assistant

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    Amy Elliott

    Amy Elliott

    Sales Administration Assistant

    I am the Administration / Loan brokers assistant at Harris Mazda. I am a licensed sales person through VSA, and I have a certification of achievement for successfully completing First Canadian Group of Companies Financial Services Manager Comprehensive training program Finance and Insurance. I am outgoing and live an active lifestyle.  I have worked in retail and have developed exceptional customer service and organizational skills. I have volunteered at our local SPCA and I promise I’ll make you smile. I enjoy working at Harris Mazda because our team is more like a family and we push and encourage each other to exceed our own expectations. I also get to deliver awesome New & Used whips to happy customers.

    My favorite car is the Mazda CX-5. My first car was a silver 2004 Chevrolet Optra.

Management

  • Blayne Halter

    Blayne Halter

    Sales Manager

    Blayne Halter

    Blayne Halter

    Sales Manager

  • Tony Harris

    Tony Harris

    Managing Partner / General Manager

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    Tony Harris

    Tony Harris

    Managing Partner / General Manager

    I have grown up around the car business my entire life and from an early age I dreamed of being in business for self; my first business was actually a 25 cent candy machine in my dad’s dealership that I ran from the age of seven. I have worked in all areas of the dealerships from summer jobs washing cars and selling cars.

    I have a BA from the University of Western Ontario, graduated from the National Automobile Dealer’s Association Dealer Candidate Academy in 2007 and completed a post graduate Executive Education at Babson College in 2009.

    I first realized my dream of becoming a car dealer at Harris Mitsubishi which I owned with my father and operated since 2009; we sold that dealership to an ownership group from Alberta in March 2015. I have spent half of my time at Harris Mazda since august 2013 and this year invested in the dealership and am thrilled to be partnered with my brother and father here.

    Building on a fifty year foundation we felt it was time to innovate the retail automotive shopping experience at Harris Mazda; in the fourth quarter of 2015 we delivered on that with an array of super exciting changes including our expectation shattering Commission Free Sales Environment, No Buyer’s Remorse Allowed Policy, Trade Value Promise, and Stress Free Pricing to name a few. Our mission is to treat people the way we would want to be treated; every day we strive to be the Coolest Car Dealership In Canada (Friendliest Too!)

    Pop in and see for yourself a dealership operating the way you wish they all would.

  • Doug Culham

    Doug Culham

    General Sales Manager

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    Doug Culham

    Doug Culham

    General Sales Manager

  • Brad Stewart

    Brad Stewart

    IT Manager

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    Brad Stewart

    Brad Stewart

    IT Manager

    I am the IT Manager at Harris Mazda.  I have been an IT Professional for close to 20 years now and have been dealing with Automotive Dealership IT for 9 of those years. Previously being a Service Trainer in the restaurant industry I am able to easily balance the ‘people side of technology’ with the technology that is needed for business; Helping make the daily use of tech as enjoyable and as painless as possible for all of the staff working for the Harris Auto Group.  Harris Mazda (and the entire Harris Auto Group) has a fantastic staff and a great atmosphere to work in.

    My favorite Mazda is the Mazda R360. My first car was a Datsun 810.

  • Chris Gauthier

    Chris Gauthier

    Controller

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    Chris Gauthier

    Chris Gauthier

    Controller

    I am a controller for Harris Mazda. I have a bachelor of science, Doctor of Chiropractic and a Chartered professional accountant. I enjoy mountain biking, camping and spending time with my wife and 3 children. I am also the treasurer of the Nanaimo New Car Dealers Association, as well as the treasurer of Enchanted Woodlands Child Care Center. I like working for Harris Mazda because I enjoy the people and the daily challenges.

    My favorite Mazda is the CX-5. My first car was a 1986 chevy cavalier.

  • David Corrigal

    David Corrigal

    Sales Manager

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    David Corrigal

    David Corrigal

    Sales Manager

  • Rob Devore

    Rob Devore

    Service Manager

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    Rob Devore

    Rob Devore

    Service Manager

    I am the Service Manager at Harris Mazda. I attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City in the field of Sports Medicine.  I was a small business owner in the retail & service area.  I also have 10 years automotive and mechanics experience under my belt!  I volunteered for 6 years as a high school and middle school basketball coach in the area. I continue to play competitive sports and active in the outdoor activities like hiking and camping.  I feel like I am a coach on the field with my teammates at Harris Mazda. The people at Harris Mazda are great to work with!

    My favorite Mazda is the Mazda Speed 3!  My first car was a 1976 Formula Firebird!

  • Mike Harris

    Mike Harris

    Dealer Principal

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    Mike Harris

    Mike Harris

    Dealer Principal

    Michael graduated from Brentwood College School in Mill Bay B.C. in 1992. Later that year he enrolled at the University of Victoria and graduated with a political science degree in 1996. While attending University, Michael operated a successful painting business with six employees for three years. Between his third and fourth year at university he sold vehicles at Tom Harris Chevrolet Cadillac in Nanaimo.
    The day after graduation Michael returned to work at Tom Harris Chevrolet Cadillac. Michael worked as a sales consultant there for the next three and a half years, and was awarded membership in General Motors’ Sales Marketing Guild, being recognized as a top producer with high customer satisfaction scores.
    In 1998 Mike completed G.M.A.C’s Managing Retail Operations course. In January 1999 he enrolled in the National Automobile Dealers Association’s Dealer Candidate Academy in McLean Virginia, USA. He graduated from the program in December of the same year with a post-graduate diploma.
    In January of 2000 Michael became the General Manager of Woodgrove Chevrolet Oldsmobile and three years later that dealership was awarded General Motors highest achievement, “The President’s Triple Crown Award” based on sales and customer satisfaction.
    From 2002 to 2006 Michael split his time acting as General Manager of Island Kia, and Harris Mitsubishi in Nanaimo, and Woodgrove Chevrolet Oldsmobile in Parksville. During this time Michael oversaw the development of Island Kia and Harris Mitsubishi which were brand new dealerships, selling what were new brands to Canada at that time, into stores with tremendous growth. In 2002 Island Kia won Kia Canada’s most prestigious award for the highest service department customer satisfaction rating of any Kia dealership in Canada.
    In June of 2007 Michael purchased Christensen Mazda in Nanaimo with his father and business partner, Tom, and began actively working as Dealer Principal there, splitting his time between Christensen Mazda and Oceanside Chevrolet. (In 2010 they changed the name of the Mazda dealership to Harris Mazda).
    In March of 2008 along with his partner, Tom, they purchased O.K. Tire in Parksville.
    In 2009 Oceanside Chevrolet was awarded the Buick and GMC franchises by General Motors and is now known as Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC.
    In June of 2012 Michael and three partners purchased Harris North Island Nissan in Campbell River. Michael and his partners subsequently sold this business in 2014.
    In September of 2012 he and two partners purchased Harris Victoria Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Victoria, BC.
    Michael served on the Board of Directors of a company called Western Dealers Co-Auto, based in Edmonton, Alberta from 2007 until 2013.
    Michael served on the Board of Directors of the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia, representing the auto dealers of North Vancouver Island from 2008 until 2014.

    Michael served on the Board of Directors of the New Car Dealers of B.C.’s Foundation from 2009 until 2014.
    Michael is married to Amanda and they have three sons named Matthew, Charlie and Ben.

  • Tom Harris

    Tom Harris

    Dealer Principal

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    Tom Harris

    Tom Harris

    Dealer Principal

    Mr. Harris was the Dealer Principal of Tom Harris Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. from 1983 – 2009, and is currently Dealer Principal of Harris Kia in Nanaimo. Mr. Harris is also the President of Tom Harris Cellular Ltd., a chain of Fifty Telus Mobility stores in British Columbia and Alberta. He is also partnered in Harris Mazda, Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC, Harris Victoria Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and O.K. Tire Parksville. (He was previously partnered in Harris Nissan North Island, and Harris Mitsubishi, which were sold in 2014 and 2015 respectively).

    Always active in Dealer Associations and community work, he is Past President of the BCADA (The New Car Dealers of BC), and past Chairman of the board of The CADA (The Canadian Auto Dealers Association). He also served the CADA on the Industry Relations Committee. He is also Past Chairman of General Motors National Dealer Communications Team. He is the Past Chairman of the Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation and has chaired the Nanaimo United Way Campaign. He sat on the Nanaimo Community Foundation Board and was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the BC Ferry Authority. He chaired the Capital Campaign to build a permanent home for St. John Ambulance in Nanaimo. Mr. Harris was named Citizen of the Year for Nanaimo in 2004. In 2005 he was appointed to the Order of St. John and also received the Rotary Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence. In 2012 Mr. Harris received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. This prestigious medal was presented to Mr. Harris by Ron Cantelon MLA, on December 15th, 2012, to recognize Tom’s dedicated service to his peers, his community, and to Canada. Mr. Harris and his wife Christine live in Lantzville and have five adult children and nine grandchildren.

  • Steve Barr

    Steve Barr

    Detail Manager

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    Steve Barr

    Steve Barr

    Detail Manager

    I work as the Detail Department Manager at Harris Mazda.  I also look after our Community Events.  I have had over 30 years experience of running detail departments.  I spent 10 years as a coach with football in Nanaimo.  5 years in the C.A.F. as a member of 3 P.P.C.L.I .  Both have shown me how to pay attention to detail, work hard and always give 100%!

    My favorite Mazda is the MX-5!  My first car was a Dodge Colt that I bought from Tom Harris!

  • Gui Abadia

    Gui Abadia

    Parts Manager

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    Gui Abadia

    Gui Abadia

    Parts Manager

    I am a very friendly Colombian guy! I am  the Manager for the Parts Department at Harris Mazda!  I have a bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering and also have Quality Assurance Training in LEAN, TPM and ISO 9001. I work for Harris Mazda because I love the cars and their technology.  At Harris Mazda I am in touch with my passion for cars and am surrounded by a great atmosphere to work in with a great team!

    My favorite Mazda is the Mazda 6 GT.  My first car was a 1992 Renault 4L that was “Aviation Blue”!

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