AJAX, ON, Jan. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - Endras Automotive Group today announced that Mr. Shawn Morris has joined the company as their chief operating officer (COO), effective January 3, 2017. Mr. Morris' automotive industry experience spans over 25 years, spending most of the past decade in the roles of general manager and vice president of operations for both domestic and luxury import dealerships on both a retail and national level. Endras Automotive Group President Chris Endras said, "We are truly excited to have Mr. Morris join our team during this time of rapid growth of our business and exciting job creation for the Greater Toronto Area. We look forward to sharing more exciting details of our expansion in the near future".
Shawn Morris joins Endras Automotive Group after building a successful OEM career, doing business in Canada and the U.S. His return to the retail side utilizes the personal retail philosophy and team building skills he honed as Director of Sales Planning at Nissan Canada and Vice President of Sales at Volvo Canada Ltd. He is also currently completing his Master of Business Administration at the Kellogg-Schulich School of Business. Previous to that, he completed the Ivey Executive Program at Western University's Ivey Business School, and a BBA in Automotive Marketing from Northwood University.
Endras Automotive Group operating under the Lakeridge Auto Gallery banner for its premium-focused brands, manages 13 brands in the Ajax/Durham region such as BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, Infiniti, Volvo, Lexus, Land Rover, Jaguar, and all Chrysler brands. Their expansion, along with new initiatives planned over the next two years, will contribute more than 500 jobs to Durham Region.
The Lakeridge Auto Gallery's next major expansion will be the state-of-the-art Lexus of Lakeridge facility, opening in January 2017. The luxury dealership will be servicing all Lexus customers in the eastern region of the GTA. To learn more about the grand opening, visit lexusoflakeridge.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/lexusoflakeridge.
The Lexus opening comes within a month before the opening of two additional dealerships: Volvo Cars Lakeridge, and Jaguar Land Rover of Lakeridge. Launching four new premium brands into the East Greater Toronto Area market within a matter of weeks requires a tremendous hiring effort and Endras is actively seeking qualified candidates across the country. COO Mr. Morris said: "This is a tremendous opportunity and exciting times for us all. When was the last time an auto group opened four great brands within 30 days? That's amongst the great brands the group already represents… and they are all located in one area at the 401 and Salem Rd."
Lakeridge Auto Gallery is always focused on stellar vehicle performance. Plans are also currently underway to build a 40,000 sq. ft. OEM-certified collision repair centre on our dealership campus within the next two years. The cutting-edge facility will hire professionally-trained and brand-certified technicians to provide bodyshop repairs, ensuring optimum performance and solidifying Lakeridge's commitment to limitless high-quality service. As our motto states, we are "obsessed with performance".
Updates on these exciting initiatives will be available at lakeridgeautogallery.com.
SOURCE Endras Automotive Group
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