TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada and the Zanchin Automotive Group are proud to announce that Neal Bodack will be joining the Mercedes-Benz Durham dealership as the General Manager and partner. The Mercedes-Benz Durham dealership was acquired by the Zanchin Automotive Group in late 2015. In addition to his role at Mercedes-Benz Durham, Neal will also become a key member of the senior leadership team at the Zanchin Automotive Group.
Neal joined Mercedes-Benz Canada in 1988, and since then has held numerous senior positions in both retail and wholesale capacities for close to 30 years. In his most recent role, Neal was Vice-President, National Sales responsible for new and pre-owned sales, remarketing and corporate sales. As part of his many accomplishments during his stellar career, he helped steer Mercedes-Benz to the #1 luxury manufacturer position in Canada for both 2014 and 2015.
Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada said, "Neal's commitment to the success of the business, his determination, and his attention to detail have been the hallmarks of his career at Mercedes-Benz Canada for many years. I'd like to thank Neal for his tremendous loyalty to the brand, to his various teams, to our customers, and to Mercedes-Benz Canada over the years. We wish him all the very best as he takes on this new challenge within our extended Mercedes-Benz family."
"It's a bittersweet time for me at this juncture. I was at Mercedes-Benz Canada for most of my career and I absolutely loved working for the three-pointed star in various capacities at both the corporate retail and wholesale levels," said Neal Bodack. "The company grew exponentially during my tenure and I learned so much over the years. I am proud of what we collectively achieved while I was part of the executive team and I am very excited to be able to take over the helm of an already well-established, privately-owned dealership within the Mercedes-Benz Canada dealer network, and bring its overall performance to the next level. I also very much look forward to working with Joe and the Zanchin Automotive Group."
Joe Zanchin, President of the Zanchin Automotive Group added, "I am thrilled to have Neal take over the reins at Mercedes-Benz Durham. As a recently appointed Mercedes-Benz dealer, I applaud the company's mission to provide unparalleled customer sales and service to our loyal and newly-minted customers. I have always believed this to be the most important aspect of the automotive business and I know that, with Neal's experience, passion and commitment, he will help us build on that very important foundation. I am also very excited to have him join our leadership team at the Zanchin Group."
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the Mercedes-Benz and AMG passenger vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,500 people in 21 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 11 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 46 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 44,526 vehicles in 2015. This represents the best year ever for the company and has positioned Mercedes-Benz as the top luxury manufacturer in Canada for the second consecutive year.
About The Zanchin Automotive Group
The Zanchin Automotive Group began its operations in Toronto in 1974. It has since acquired more than 30 multi-franchised dealerships which employ 1,260 individuals dedicated to service excellence and community engagement in the GTA.
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SOURCE Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
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