News and Events

2023 Sentes President’s Award WINNERS! – April 2024
It is with immense pride to announce the 2023 President’s Award Winners: Dean Anderson, Ben Godollei, Maggie Foun, and Mark Samson. The President’s Award recognizes the top volume sales consultant for each of our three stores. Your hard work and dedication is truly impressive and we look forward to many more successes and achievements together! Congratulations!

Happy retirement, Michelle Lindsay (controller)! – April 2024
Your dedication and hard work have left an incredible mark, and your absence will be felt by everyone who had the pleasure of working with you.

Kelowna Mercedes-Benz marks International Women’s Day by celebrating women in the driver’s seat – March 2024
Kelowna Mercedes-Benz hosted the premiere screening of a new documentary about women in motorsport and welcomed one of the feature drivers: Nicole Havrda, a racer from B.C. who is currently competing in Formula 3 with the goal of one day racing for Formula 1. In addition to that, we welcomed young guests from the local ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ organization to meet Nicole. It was an absolutely incredible night!

Congratulations Brad! – March 2024
Bradley Chabot at KMB has transitioned from lot attendant to service washer.

Congratulations Diego! – March 2024
Diego Sanchez at KMB transitioned from sales consultant to product specialist.

Congratulations Ramneek! – March 2024
Ramneek Kaur in accounting has been promoted from assistant controller to controller.

Hard work pays off! – March 2024
Marlon Blom and Cory Myraas (KMB Parts Consultants) received a $100.00 gift card each for putting in some hard work over the last 7 months and achieving the Mercedes Benz Online Digital Sales Target (%) for 2023. You two are amazing!

Welcome back, Ken! – February 2024
Ken first joined our Kelowna Mercedes-Benz team in February 2012 and worked with us almost for 7 years. Now, after 5 years has rejoined the team and is coming back to us stronger than ever! Ken is a highly experienced salesperson with an extensive knowledge of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Happy retirement, Carol and Brian! – January 2024
We are so going to miss you both but we are happy for your next chapter. We hope you have the best time. Thank you for your many years of hard word and dedication!

Sentes Automotive 2023 Length of Service Awards – December 2023
Special congratulations to all of you for the commitment and loyalty to us. Your exemplary commitment and integrity over the years has been pivotal to this company’s success. Cheers to many more years to come! At the Christmas party this past December 9th, our team received a few gift cards as a recognition for their loyalty to us and their hard work. Thank you for being an important part of our success and for choosing a career with us! *These awards are recognized in 5 years increments each year.

Kelowna Mercedes-Benz, one of the most important brands in the world! – December 2023
According to Interbrand, a US brand consulting company, Mercedes-Benz remains among the top ten most important brands in the world for the eighth time in a row. Mercedes-Benz is the most valuable luxury automobile brand in the world in the current “Best Global Brands 2023” ranking. After five years in a row at number eight, the star now shines as the seventh most important brand in the world. We are super proud to represent the Mercedes-Benz brand and follow what it stands for: “Desire for Iconic Luxury”. Another highlight for our store, it’s that we’ve been ranked 2nd in the country for sales CEI and also for service and parts like we have been all year. This is very well deserved, team! We appreciate the commitment and hard work you all put in. Cheers to an amazing and successful 2024!

Women in Trades at Kelowna Mercedes-Benz – December 2023
Kelowna Mercedes-Benz welcomed a few students from the Women in Trades program at the Okanagan College Thursday, November 30th to learn more about the automotive industry and the different career paths they could take. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped to say hi to them. They loved the facility tour and our brand new building! Hopefully, we will have some new apprentices coming our way!

2019 & 2023 signed KMB tile presentation – December 2023
The management team at Kelowna Mercedes-Benz presented a tile signed by everyone in the dealership to Adam Rich (Dealer Principal). What a thoughtful gift!

Sentes Automotive feeling festive! – December 2023
We hope you had fun at our 2023 Holiday Party! Thank you for all the hard work, commitment, loyalty, and excellence this year. We wouldn’t be who we are without all of you! We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy 2024! The best is yet to come.

We are so lucky to have you, Danielle! – November 2023
CADA, The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, recognized Danielle Kruger, our Human Resources Manager as a proud member of the auto industry! Our company wouldn’t be what it is now without you, Danielle! #WOMENINAUTOMOTIVE

Congratulations Dionne! – November 2023
Dionne Tudor was promoted from Warranty Administrator to Warranty Manager

Congratulations Aidan! – November 2023
Aidan McGuinness was promoted from Delivery Specialist to Service Assistant

Kelowna Mercedes-Benz Technicians Killin’ It As Always – November 2023
Keydon’s first engine replacement was an absolute success & Steve Bruckner working on a GT Black series

BC Cancer – Inspired Leadership Series – October 2023
On Thursday September 7th, Adam Rich was the host speaker for the BC Cancer Inspired Leadership Series. Adam presented a history of Sentes Automotive and how leadership fueled the company’s growth. All members of BC Cancer – Kelowna were invited to attend this session which included a powerpoint presentation and talk along with an open question session. Adam was proud to share the many milestones and growth of our team and its member at Sentes Automotive and fielded many excellent questions from the crowd. He was honoured at the conclusion of the event with this crystal plaque. $100,000 was donated to BC Cancer, to help build their new Systemic Therapy Suite.

Congratulations on your new vehicle, Olya and Zhenya! – September 2023
In May of 2022 Margot Sentes answered a Facebook post from a 32 year old woman wishing to flee the Ukrainian war and come to Canada. Margot and Rick decided they had the room and took in two young woman. Elena stayed with them for 6 months and Olya for 9 months. Olya became close to Margot and Rick joking that they were her second parents. However in February of this year Olya made the very difficult decision to return to Ukraine. She had married one month into the war and was desperately missing her husband. It took 6 months but finally Olya and Zhenya found a legal way to allow Zhenya, a man of conscription age, to leave Ukraine. After a tense 2 hours at the Ukraine border and another 3 at Polish customs they were granted entrance to Poland. It was 3 am in Poland when Olya phoned Margot to say they made it, they were safe. As soon as Margot knew they were in Poland she began the search for accommodation for the couple. This was right at the worst time of our summer fires. But fortunately Margot found a basement suite. She had saved certain pieces of furniture from the old Mercedes-Benz building. Margot worked on furnishings and preparing the suite for the arrival of Olya and Zhenya. Rick and Margot flew both of them to Kelowna and as a final aid to their start of a new life in Canada Rick and Margot gave them a car.

Goodbye, old Kelowna Mercedes-Benz! – September 2023
We officially say goodbye to the old Kelowna Mercedes-Benz building and the previous home of Kelowna Infiniti Nissan.

Women in Automotive – September 2023
CADA (Canadian Automobile Dealers Association) recognized our very own Director of Internal Operations, Pamela Pearson, as an inspiration in the industry that we all work in and love. “CADA is proud to highlight Pamela Pearson, an inspiration to all those in the automotive space. Pamela is the Director of Operations for Sentes Automotive in Kelowna, British Columbia. She has been a member of the automotive industry for over 15 years. She is extremely passionate about all things automotive and is an inspiration to all those within the automotive space. CADA is proud to support #WomenInAutomotive.”

Wishing you all the best, Amanda
This month we say goodbye to our Human Resources Administrator, Amanda Harris, who is moving to Calgary, AB. We are extremely grateful she spent 5+ years with us!

Staff BBQ’s – July 2023

Big Opening for Mercedes-Benz Service and Parts – July 2023
Chris Falvo and Mr. Nguyen, our very first customer in the new building.

Trades Commencement Awards – June 2023
Our director of internal operations, Pamela Pearson, represented the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA) and Sentes Automotive at the Trades Commencement Award ceremony and celebrated the hard work, passion, and dedication of the students in various of trades. “Trades are vital to the success of our economy, and the future is bright with these young apprentices.” – Pamela Pearson (Director of Internal Operations).

Way To Go, Rafal! – June 2023
Our fixed operations director, Rafal Chrzanowski, not only volunteered at the YMCA ‘Cycle for Strong Kids’ riding over 100kms but also raised $1,500 towards this program and helped raise over $200,000! WOW! You’re amazing, Rafal. Thank you for everything you do for us and the community!

Counting the days to move in – May 2023
Hoists and tools boxes are now installed in the new Mercedes-Benz building. This is so exciting! We can’t wait to see the new Mercedes-Benz store all finished and ready to rock ‘n roll!

2023 Woman Of The Year – May 2023
Please join us in congratulating our very own Director of Internal Operations, Pamela Pearson, for being awarded as the 2023 woman of the year. Well deserved award, Pamela. Thank you for representing women, the community, and our company. Your hard work and dedication inspire us!