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John started his journey in the automotive industry selling cars at the age of 17, working during the harvest offseason in Weyburn, SK. He found he was much better at the automotive industry than he was farming, and therefore continued down that path! He started selling cars at Barber Motors, and his small-town attitude has stayed with him.
John married his High school sweetheart Trina at the age of 19. She has become instrumental in the growth of the company over the years.
Trina works behind the scenes on major decisions and human resources but is still very active parenting their youngest son Logan born in 2009.
John had several senior management positions over the 17 years he worked in Edmonton. In 2010 he moved the family to the Okanagan with his family. Putting everything on the table with the acquisition of his first dealership Kelowna Hyundai in November of 2011!
Throughout the growth of Kot Auto Group, John has been proud to be able to put family first and build a family-owned and operated business he can be proud of.
After growing up around the car business, Brandon, Trina and John’s oldest son, started selling cars right out of high school. Brandon left the family business for a few years but remained in the car business to gain experience in Finance and Sales management. Brandon came back to Kot Auto Group in 2018 and is currently the Active General Manager at Victoria Hyundai and the Director of Operations for the group.
Jordan attended University right out of High School and graduated with a business degree. He and his Wife Hali just had their first child, Haven. Hali is a stay-at-home-mom and is loving every minute of it. Jordan is currently the active General Manager at Kelowna Kia.
Janessa McGowan has had several positions at Kot Auto Group, including Marketing Coordinator, Human Resources and receptionist. She is currently the Finance Director at Kelowna Kia. Connor McGowan married Janessa in 2020. Connor started selling in January of 2016 at Kot Auto Group and is currently the General Sales Manager at Kelowna Hyundai.
On top of a passion for cars, John is an avid sports fan! Hockey is his favourite, where he has been both a coach and player. His favourite pastime is taking his longer termed staff to Haida Gwaii for the annual Kot Auto Group Fishing Trip! In John’s spare time, he keeps busy with his younger son Logan and wife Trina.
2012– Acquired Buy Direct Truck Centre
2013– Acquired Maple Ridge Hyundai
2016– Purchased the future home of Kelowna Hyundai and Genesis Kelowna at 1638 Cary Road
2017– Was awarded Nissan Brand Open Point
March 2018– opened Penticton Nissan a new 20,000 Square Foot Nissan Building, being the first dealership in Canada built on Native land on a lease! Has maintained a great relationship with the Penticton Indian Band as a result.
2018– Was awarded the Genesis Brand Distribution for the Kelowna Market
June 2019– Took over Victoria Hyundai
2019– Was awarded the Genesis Distribution for the Victoria Market
December 2019 – Took over Kelowna Kia
2021– Building commences for brand new Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre stores and offices