News and Events

Sentes Automotive supporting the 4th annual Music Fest for MS – May 2022
On May 8th, some of our dedicated staff members golfed on behalf of Sentes Automotive just outside of Vernon, BC at Predator Ridge Golf Club at the Music Fest for MS. The golfers, Garret Thorne (Vernon Nissan), Stasi Raptis (Kelowna Mercedes-Benz), Greg Flemming (Kelowna Mercedes-Benz) took to the greens while our other team members guarded the sponsored hole. We were invited to this tournament by the Klick family to raise awareness and support Tom Klick who was recently diagnosed with MS. His son Ben Klick, a local country musician, has held this fundraiser event for the MS Society of Canada and the 4th annual Music fest (presented by BMO Private Wealth). Tom Klick thanked us for our participation and said that the event was sold out, and they passed the $50,000 fundraising target! We want to thank our team members for participating in this tournament for a great cause and we’d like to draw attention to raising funds for the MS Society of Canada and those that are directly and indirectly affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

President’s Award Trip – May 2022
We celebrated the top Sentes Automotive sales consultants for all the hard work over the last year. In attendance of this trip was Colton Steeds (Lexus of Kelowna), Eric Jameson (Kelowna Mercedes-Benz), Vik Jaiswal (Kelowna Infiniti Nissan), Mark Samson (Kelowna Infiniti Nissan), Dylan Tran (Kelowna Infiniti Nissan), and Calvin Reich (Vernon Nissan) along with their spouses. After a two-night stay at Watermark Beach Resort, they finished their adventure at the Kartplex at Area 27 Race Track. Congratulations all!

Mercedes-Benz Star Dealer Event – May 2022
To celebrate the 2021 Star Dealer Award for the Kelowna Mercedes-Benz team, we treated the team to a night out at BNA for some food, bowling and photo booth fun. Congratulations on all your hard work to achieve this award!

Google Review Contest – May 2022
For the month of April, Kelowna Mercedes-Benz ran a Google review challenge in hopes to gather 80 reviews to go from 4.8 to 4.9/5.00 stars. The team had an exceptional run with this challenge and ended up gathering 53 unique 5 star reviews. The KMB team has a total of 503 reviews as of April 30th, and only needs 27 more to achieve 4.9. There were multiple prizes to be won throughout the month, and GM Sam Kaloti drew names of the final winners. Reviews play an important part of a clients research into a business. We deserve to be recognized for our effort and commitment to excellence. Positive reviews will get you referrals and additional business. Keep up the great work and keep asking for those 5 star reviews and CSI surveys!

Employee Appreciation Program – April 2022
Throughout April we have continued showing our appreciation for our team members by selecting positions to celebrate and recognize, with a personal touch. This month, we recognized receptionists, sales admins, lot managers, and photographers. We celebrated each person by ordering them lunch from their restaurant of choice, and gifting them a gift card and item from their favorite local spots. We appreciate each and every one of you!

Sentes Ice Skating Day – March 2022
Our team rented out our local ice rink and invited our staff and their families for an open skate with the kids, followed by a staff hockey game!

New Mercedes-Benz Ground-breaking – February 2022
On February 15th, 2022 the Kelowna Mercedes-Benz team held an official ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the new build. In attendance along with our staff was the Fillmore construction team leads, Mayor Colin Basran, Counsellor Maxine DeHart, and a rep from Mercedes-Benz Canada. Thank you to those of you who came out for the photo opportunity! This is the beginning of an exciting and innovative community project.

Kelowna Mercedes-Benz Star Dealer Award – February 2022
We are excited and proud to announce that Kelowna Mercedes-Benz has been awarded the Mercedes-Benz Canada Star Dealer Award for 2022! Congratulations to our hard working and dedicated team on their success.

Kelowna Mercedes-Benz #1 in CSI in Canada – January 2022
We are extremely thrilled to announce that Kelowna Mercedes-Benz achieved #1 in customer satisfaction, competing against 52 other dealers in Canada. We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment on behalf of our team.

Promotion to General Manager – January 2022
On behalf of Kelowna Mercedes-Benz and Sentes Automotive, we are very excited to officially announce the promotion of Sam Kaloti from general sales manager to the role of dealership general manager. Sam commenced his employment with our team as a sales consultant in the spring of 2008 and has also served as pre-owned vehicle manager, and sales operations manager prior to his time as general sales manager. We couldn’t be more proud of Sam’s accomplishments and our team is thrilled to see him move into this important leadership role!

The Grinch Stopped By – December 2021
A few days before Christmas, we had a surprise visitor stop by each of our dealership. We are always grateful for our festive Kelowna Mercedes-Benz General Sales Manager, Sam Kaloti and his holiday cheer.

Potluck & gift exchange – December 2021
Every year our Kelowna Mercedes-Benz team looks forward to our annual staff potluck and gift exchange.

Kelowna Mercedes-Benz Foodbank Donations – December 2021
Each year along with our adopt a family sponsorship, our team collects donations from our generous staff and make a delivery to the local Kelowna foodbank.

Women In Trades Student Tour – October 2021
Sentes Automotive works closely with both the Women in Trades and Automotive Apprentice Technician programs at Okanagan College. We offer dealership tours, in-class presentations, career mentorship and part time / full time employment opportunities to the students. Our 4 Kelowna locations offer an apprenticeship program to support 1st year students throughout their entire apprenticeship. (Second photo was taken pre-COVID)

Kelowna Gospel Mission Charity Golf Classic – September 2021
Our company supported the 2021 Kelowna’s Gospel Mission Charity Golf Classic on September 10th at Sunset Ranch. Four of our team members represented the company on the course!

Mercedes-Benz Pizza Day – September 2021
Our Kelowna Mercedes-Benz team had a little internal competition, and the reward was a staff pizza lunch! They crushed their target and enjoyed a lunch from local Kelowna pizza kitchen, Red Swan Pizza.

Kelowna annual golf tournament – August 2021
Every year we look forward to our annual golf tournament with all of our Kelowna staff together. This year we had the tournament at the beautiful Two Eagles golf course in West Kelowna. The day was filled with sun, laughs and healthy competition!

Technician appreciation month – August 2021
August is technician appreciation month! We could not operate without the knowledge, skillset and dedication of our hard-working apprentices and journeyman/women technicians. We treated each team to snacks and drinks throughout the month, as well as a grand finale full day of fun at Area 27 Motorsport Park in Penticton.

Accounting appreciation month – July 2021
July is accounting appreciation month! Our accounting team works extremely hard with a keen eye for detail, behind the scenes, to keep our business running smoothly. This is a critical and valuable role within our organization, and we want to ensure each, and every member of our accounting team feels appreciated. The CEO and general manager’s took our accounting staff for a lunch, and we delivered the team special treats throughout July.

Detail appreciation month – June 2021
June is Sentes Automotive’ s detail appreciation month at Kelowna Mercedes-Benz. Detail is a vital department for our business to serve our customers. Kelowna Mercedes-Benz has our largest detail team in the group. This talented department works tirelessly to ensure every vehicle leaves the dealership looking brand new.  Over the month of June, we celebrated our teams by gathering all departments to show detail some extra appreciation. From individual staff features, to contests, treat days and cooling towels as a gift for the hot summer heat, we hope the detail team feels the extra appreciation this month and onwards.