Ron became an automotive service apprentice in 1978 at Tremblay Motors in Vancouver, which his grandfather founded in 1934. In 1984, he acquired his automotive mechanical licence and went into business with his father, Fred Tremblay, operating The Garage on MacDonald Street. During his more than 30 years in business, Ron has acquired his automotive service technician licence, Air Care endorsement, CVIP endorsement, and various advanced diagnostic certificates. Additionally he has employed more than 20 apprentices (including two of his three sons), indenturing most of them himself. Service, cars, and mentoring are Ron’s life—along with his passion for yachting around the B.C coast.
Ron also uses his considerable energy and expertise to give back to the industry and the community. He is the chair of the Automotive Sector Advisory Group. He has represented B.C. as a member of the National Occupational Analysis for the Red Seal Standards of automotive technicians in April 2015. He sits on the Automotive Programme Advisory Committee for BCIT on curriculum development, and he is also a board member of the Canadian Independent Automotive Association. As an implementation coach with Training with Total Automotive Consulting and Training since 2005, Ron has worked with well over 1,000 shop owners, throughout Canada.
The Garage is a key sponsor for the One More Time charity, which regularly feeds residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Ron also makes The Garage’s lot available on weekends for car wash fundraising events in support of local schools. Ron extends his mentoring skills as a supporter and participant of the Crash Youth Camp Society, which inspires leadership in youth “by getting out of the way.”
Randy is the owner of Maple Ridge Towing (1981) Ltd. and is in his 33rd year running the company. Maple Ridge Towing is very involved with industry training and have hosted WreckMaster courses in Maple Ridge over the past years.
Randy first served on the Board of Directors of the ARA in the 1980’s. He was Chairman of the Towing Division for five years in the 1990’s but has always maintained a seat on the Towing Division Executive since becoming a member of the ARA. In 1998-99 he served as Chairman of the Board of the ARA and then sat for several years in the capacity of Past Chair. In the early 2000’s he resumed the role as Vice-Chair of the Board where he remained until 2011 when he, along with other long term Board members, stepped aside, making way for new people with new ideas to get involved in the Association. In 2012, Randy resumed a Director position on the Board as the Chairman of the Towing Division.
Scott Waddle started Precision Auto Service in 1997. He is a participant in many regional and national organizations within the automotive, business, and educational fields, and he is also a director of the Langley Chamber of Commerce. Being a small business owner with a local client base and staff, and having a young family, Scott is very involved in the community at many levels.
Al Cameron, owner/operator of Bluenose Motor Co. in beautiful Parksville, Vancouver Island, is Chair of the Licensed Motor Dealer Division. In 2003, Al established Bluenose Motor Co., which offers sales/financing, mechanical repairs, detailing and body shop services and was voted Small Business of the Year in 2007 by the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.
Al moved to the West Coast in 1995 from Nova Scotia and started in the industry with the Jim Pattison Group in Victoria. He is a strong advocate of the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) and is their representative on the Board of Directors for the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of BC. Al is a member of the Parksville AM Rotary, and is a supporter of local community organizations such as the Parkville & District Chamber of Commerce, the SPCA, and Project Literacy.
Ed Hendricks is a partner with NDi Solutions Inc., based in White Rock, and a member of the Licensed Motor Dealers Division. Ed has been associated with the ARA since 1993 and served on the ICBC President’s Advisory Council, Odometer Fraud Task Force, the ICBC Customer Service Sub Committee and the Motor Dealers Customer Compensation Fund Board. Ed also served as Managing Coordinator for the Quality Assured Collision Group for eight years. He also developed the Motor Dealers Legislation Course for the ARA and taught it for over two years. With some minor changes, it is the same course now taught by the VSA for salesperson licensing. Ed is also a Director of the National CAC (Consumers Association of Canada).
Ed has a broad knowledge of all Divisions of the ARA, having served as President of the Association for three years and Chair of the LMD (Formerly the Independent Auto Dealers) Division for a total of 8 years.
During Ed’s tenure as President, working alongside Bob Clarke, the ARA grew from 4 Divisions to 7, and membership reached close to 1500 members.
Corey Doell was born in to the automotive business. His father owned Valley Supply Co Ltd, an automotive jobber store and machine shop, since 1952. Corey began working there at the age of 12, cleaning the stop and stores. In 1980, he graduated highschool and started working in the shop – later becoming an automotive machinist and running the shop for a few years. He took over the company at age 22, after his father passed. Corey was the owner/operator until he sold to Lordco in 1991. After that, he went into the repair business, starting Valley Auto Repair. After 7 years, his partner Walter Kaiser bought him out. Corey started Norlang Automotive in 1998 and has been running it since.
Corey is a licensed machinist and has worked with most of the automotive trainers in Canada and USA for the last 25 years. He also helped form the Walnut Grove Business Association, developing relationships with the Township of Langley, RCMP, Schools, Trustees, and local businesses. He is a former board member of that association and also was previously its vice-president and its president. Corey is a member of the Langley Chamber of Commerce and tries to participate in as many community functions as possible. He has been very active on School PACs for the last 20 years, while his four daughters were in school. He has volunteered his time to focus on business development in Langley, including the Urban design project for Willoughby Town Center, Mayors business roundtable, RCMP crime watch and many apprenticeship meetings.
Corey is the current chairman of the ARA’s Mechanical Repair Division and has served on the MRD executive committee for many years. Now semiretired from his business, Corey splits his time between working in his shop and spending time in the Okanagan with his wife Beverley.
Jim LeBrun lives in Courtenay, B.C. and continues to promote Green recycled parts at Powerhouse Recycled Auto & Truck Parts in Cumberland, B.C. Jim has worked in the automotive recycling industry in B.C. for over thirty years. Throughout his career, Jim has served as a member of the B-CAR executive committee, previously as vice-chairman and now currently serving as chairman. Jim has also served as an active member of the Automotive Recyclers Environmental Association (AREA), including the role of vice-chairman. Jim previously served as a volunteer firefighter in his community for over fifteen years.
Jim grew up in the automotive industry and began his career from an early age working at his father’s GM dealership in California. He eventually worked his way up to the role of manager before emigrating to B.C. to help a friend establish an automotive recycling business. His original plan was to stay in the province for only six months, but his plans changed after he met and fell in love with his wife Suzi.
Jim is a passionate advocate for the industry and remains steadfast in promoting the environmental benefits of automotive recycling. The industry has come a long way in terms of environmental standards and best practices, and Jim believes that all stakeholders must work together to promote a cleaner planet. He describes it as “recycling the past to save our children’s future.”
Jeff Peat is the owner Capital Glass & Upholstery, with locations in Sidney and Victoria.
Jeff graduated from Camosun College in 1985 as an apprentice heavy-duty mechanic. At the time, the economy was in recession and work was sporadic for an apprentice. So when a friend of his in the window renovation business needed a hand for a couple of weeks, Jeff offered his services. He has been in the glass business ever since.
In 1987, he started working at Capital Auto Glass, under the mentorship of Ken Messerschmidt. Ken’s family had been in the auto glass business on Vancouver Island since the 1920’s. By 1994, he was managing the Sidney Location, and in 2002, he became the shop owner. In September of 2012, Jeff purchased the Victoria Location and the licence agreements for Duncan and Courtenay.
Kelly Gingles was born into the rental car industry through his family’s business. His father started with Tilden Rent-a-car ltd. in Terrace, Prince Rupert, and Kitimat B.C.
Kelly started at the bottom, washing cars before he could drive the cars into the shop. After Graduating from UVIC with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and working for National Tilden on Vancouver Island, he spent two years travelling in Europe before coming back into the family business, which had grown to include Smithers, Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Kamloops, and Kelowna.
Kelly Gingles was promoted to vice president in 2003 and was thrusted into leading the family business when his father passed in Dec 2004. Under his leadership, he re-opened an office in Kitimat and then another one further south in Penticton. He currently oversees the entire operation.
Kelly is married with three teenage daughters, and he is passionate about living on the North Coast and making the most of all four seasons. He is chairing the ARD for the second time, after taking a leave so that he could fulfill his role as the president of the Rotary Club of Terrace.
Mike Skiba has owned businesses in the powersports industry in the Lower Mainland since 1996. He currently owns Greater Vancouver Powersports (GVPS), with locations in Chilliwack and Surrey. When he is not in the office, Mike’s wife and two young daughters keep him very busy with all their activities. Whenever he can, Mike likes to get out and play with his own powersports “toys.”
Born into the automotive industry through his family’s business, Craftsman Collision, Rick Hatswell progressed from detailer through journeyman auto body technician and shop manager – then to the head office as Craftsman’s general manager while completing his MBA at Queens University. Currently, his role as chief operating officer tasks him with the responsibility for overall operations and sales development. Rick is the chairman of the ARA CRD and also sits on the Collision Steering council of the AIA Canada. He is married with two young children and is passionate about motorcycle rally racing. He will be competing in the 2016 Dakar World Rally in South America on a KTM rally bike.
Nairn Mckenna is the dealer principal at Company of Cars Auto Sales just outside downtown Vancouver. He has been a member of the Automotive Retailers Association since 2009, and having served on the executive committee of the Licensed Motor Dealer Division since 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2013.
Nairn entered in to the automotive industry in 1998 working initially as a wholesale broker. In 2008, he took what he learned working closely with both franchise dealers and independent providers and established his own business – Company of Cars.
Nairn believes that independent industry stakeholders need a strong and united voice to communicate their message to government and its’ various regulatory bodies. Nairn also sits on the Board of Directors for the Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of BC and as one of two representatives for the ARA, he is a strong advocate for the Automotive Retailers Association and its membership.
Cory Rushinko has worked in the towing industry for 22 years and is now a partner and general manager in the same company he started with, Bayview Towing. He was mentored by long time towing operator Don Crabb, who instilled in him that running a business is based on honesty, integrity and excellent customer service. Cory serves on the ARA Towing & Recovery Division Executive and most recently was on the TRD’s ICBC liaison committee.
In his spare time, you can find him hiding in the Caribou with his wife Michelle, and two kids, Ty 6 and Brooke 4, boating, quading and snowmobiling.