• Kia

Harris Kia

2575 Bowen Road
Directions Nanaimo, BC V9T 3L4

  • Sales: (866) 796-5209
  • Service: (250) 751-1168

Meet Our Team

Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Tom Harris
    President & Founder

    The Harris Family have been in the car business here on Vancouver Island since 1964. Tom is also the President of Tom Harris Cellular Ltd., a chain of over fifty Telus Mobility stores in British Columbia and Alberta. He is also partnered in Harris Mazda, Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC, Harris Victoria Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, O.K. Tire Parksville and here at Harris Kia (He was previously partnered in Harris Nissan North Island, and Harris Mitsubishi, which were sold in 2014 and 2015 respectively).

    Always active in Dealer Associations and community work, he is Past President of the BCADA (The New Car Dealers of BC), and past Chairman of the board of The CADA (The Canadian Auto Dealers Association). He also served the CADA on the Industry Relations Committee. He is also Past Chairman of General Motors National Dealer Communications Team. He is the Past Chairman of the Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation and has chaired the Nanaimo United Way Campaign. He sat on the Nanaimo Community Foundation Board and was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the BC Ferry Authority. He chaired the Capital Campaign to build a permanent home for St. John Ambulance in Nanaimo. Mr. Harris was named Citizen of the Year for Nanaimo in 2004. In 2005 he was appointed to the Order of St. John and also received the Rotary Centennial Service Award for Professional Excellence. In 2012 Mr. Harris received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne. This prestigious medal was presented to Mr. Harris by Ron Cantelon MLA, on December 15th, 2012, to recognize Tom's dedicated service to his peers, his community, and to Canada. Mr. Harris and his wife Christine live in Lantzville and have five adult children and nine grandchildren.

  • Dave Bare
    Dealer Principal & General Manager

    On the Web: LinkedIn  | Twitter

    Thank you for visiting Harris Kia! My name is Dave Bare and I am the General Manager here at Harris Kia. I am proud of our dealership and the Kia brand but more than anything I am proud of the hard working, honest and passionate people that are our employees. We work hard every day to ensure a terrific experience whether you visit us in our sales department or our service center and that means in person, on the telephone or on-line.


  • Chris Gauthier

    Chris is the Controller of Harris Kia and Harris Mazda since 2008. He greets everyone with a friendly smile.

  • Mickey
    Kia Mascot

    I love greeting everyone even cats. My favorite snack is bacon. I love greeting everyone with a smile and lick. Harris Kia is great because they welcome all animals even hamsters! Come see me today!

  • Jackie DieBold
    Harris Auto Accounting Team

    Jackie is our happy go to girl, no challenge is too big for her to handle. She keeps the Harris Accounting Team running smooth since 2006.

  • Deb Paradis
    Harris Auto Accounting Team

    Deb's been with Harris Kia since 2011 and her lovely laugh and huge smile greets all clients of the day.

  • Linda Anderson
    Harris Auto Accounting Team

    Email: Linda.Anderson@harrisauto.ca

  • Sierra Kennedy

    Sierra has been with Harris Kia since 2014 and greets everyone with a big smile. " I was born and raised here in cedar with my two sisters. When I am not greeting customers, directing calls and brewing coffee, I am out exploring Vancouver Island with my dog Bailey."
    Email: Sierra.Kennedy@harrisauto.ca

  • Roy Berentsen
    General Sales Manager

    I was born in Port Alberni and started my career in the auto industry in 1993. I left the auto industry in 1995 to have a career as a corrections officer until 2004 on the mainland. I then became a used car dealer in 2004 with a small company and returned to Vancouver Island. I now call Nanaimo Home. I have represented many domestic and import brands in the auto industry and I am proud to call Harris Kia my car family. Our top ranked brand and our locally owned and operated dealership is a place that I am extremely proud to belong to. To spend each day with such a dedicated and caring group of people is truly a gift. When I am not working, I can usually be found either with my family or out on the open highway on my motorcycle. I have been with Harris Kia since July 2, 2010 ...and the saying is true...time really does fly when you are having fun.


  • Jan Cox
    Financial Services Manager
    (250) 751-1168

    I have been in the auto industry for over 16 years in Northern B.C. and Alberta. My husband and I moved to the island in January 2016 and are loving the lifestyle. Of course the north is "truck Country" and it's been exciting to learn what a great manufacturer Kia is. I love the Souls!
    I started working as a financial service manager on May 2016 for Harris Kia and we have an amazing team here. We are committed to exceptional customer service. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with all your financial needs. Come join the Harris Kia Family.

  • Rachel Roy
    Credit Drivers Special Finance Manager

    On the Web: Facebook | Twitter

    I have been dedicated to selling New and Pre Owned vehicles and creating a fun and exciting buying experience for all of my clients since 2009. I am proud to work for Harris Kia and be a part of the Harris Auto Group. Our mission is to be an industry leader in providing automotive solutions and services. We strive to exceed our customers' expectations and maintain their loyalty for a lifetime.

    I was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and our family moved to Vancouver Island when I was 2. I have lived here for most of my life and reside in Nanaimo. I have two amazing daughters, Emylee and Sophia. They inspire me every day and have made a huge contribution to developing the person I have become today. My passions include volleyball, freestyle dancing, enthusiastic driving and inspiring others.

    Be prepared to receive an unforgettable experience and to be treated with respect and professionalism. We are grateful that you decided to join our family at Harris Kia.

  • Christine Wright
    Credit Drivers Special Finance Manager

  • Michael Harry
    Sales Consultant

    My Hul'qumi'num name is Whutkeenum which has been handed down to me from my father.
    I am brand new to the sales industry and excited to have a new opportunity with Harris Kia.
    This place felt like home from my first interview to being supported by the Kia sales team. The entire Harris Kia family is a great place to belong to. I look forward to creating opportunities for myself, Harris Kia and creating long term friendships through serving my future and current customers.
    Come and have a Chat with me, grab a coffee and a cookie and let's learn together. 

  • Grant Brown
    Sales Consultant

    Grant is the man to talk to at Harris Kia. He has been with us at Harris Kia from the very beginning and his vast knowledge will amaze you. His easy going manner puts you at ease.


  • Nick Symons
    Sales Consultant

    I was born and raised in Nanaimo and I love living in this island community. I have always been what you call a "car guy" and I love helping people find exactly what they want. I am new to the industry and I'm loving the fun, upbeat, no-pressure atmosphere here at Harris Kia! Nick has been with Harris Kia since 2015.

  • Cameron Adams
    Sales Consultant

    First off I want to thank you for visiting my page! My Name is Cameron Adams and I am a Sales Representative at Harris Kia in Nanaimo, British Columbia. I was born and raised in this beautiful city and I absolutely love my job. My goal when I started this career in the automotive industry was to put in the time and effort to make every customer of mine happy when they leave the dealership whether they buy a vehicle or not. I will do my absolute best to make your car buying experience here at Harris Kia the best one you will ever have. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with such amazing and genuine people and also get the chance to sell Kia product because It has come so far and really is a top Company in our society today.
    I am a loving Father to my Siberian Husky "Astro" and play soccer at a high level for Nanaimo United FC. Don't be shy to swing by the dealership and test drive some vehicles or even just have a coffee with a great bunch of people. Click on the link below to read reviews from our customers!


  • Ryan Biggs
    Sales Consultant

    I have been in love with all brands of vehicles since I was a young man. I loved that goal of upgrading and fixing my 1981 El Diabo. I first started my career in a vehicle detailing shop and realized what customers like. Then in 2001 I became a delivery coordinator and was hooked into becoming a Sales Consultant. I have never looked back! I love working with clients and fulfilling their dreams.
    My ancestors set roots here in Nanaimo and received the honor of Biggs Park and Biggs Road to acknowledge them. I am a proud dad and enjoy spending my time teaching them about cars and trucks.
    I have worked at a few dealerships here in town and realized that my "Car" Family is Harris Kia. Come down and let me show you the New way to buy a car today.

  • Doug Krem
    Parts Manager

    Doug is up for the task of welcoming parts customers with a big smile and running our parts department smoothly and efficiently.

  • Audrey Findley
    Parts Consultant

    After 13 years in serving and bar tending ...I needed a change. The automotive industry was my choice. I have been at Harris Kia as your Parts Advisor since January 2015 and love it! I work with so many amazing people and have great customers everyday. I love living in Nanaimo and taking the time to explore this island with my 3 amazing children. I also spend time watching my children excel in their martial arts programs and enjoy kickboxing myself. Email: Audrey.Findlay@harrisauto.ca

  • Mike House
    Service Manager

    Mike has been with Harris Kia as the Service Manager since 2010. Mike has been in the auto industry since 2002 working first as a service advisor. So he has a vast knowledge on all makes of vehicles. He keeps Harris Kia's Service Department running smooth and effortlessly. I love looking after our amazing customers and am a proud representative of the Harris Auto Group. Mike loves riding his motorcycle and exploring every nook and cranny of Vancouver Island.


  • Kolbi McLean
    Service Advisor

    Kolbi has been with Harris Kia as your service advisor since 2011. " I thoroughly enjoy the people that I work with and believe in our Dealership and in the Kia brand." In 2015, She was recognized by Kia Canada as the Silver Medalist in the nationwide service advisor competition. "I am proud of this as well as all the other awards the hardworking people at this dealership have earned. I have spent my entire life here on Vancouver Island. In my spare time you can usually find me at the arena or ball field cheering on my kids teams."

  • Keeran Sims
    Service Advisor

    I have just joined the team at Harris Kia's as your new Service Advisor. I have 2 years of experience in the auto industry and I am so excited to be part of this great team. When I am not at the service counter, I enjoy spending time with my family and hiking on the local trails with my dogs. I look forward to meeting you when you come in for your next vehicle service.

  • Nikita Corsie
    Customer Care Coordinator

    I am the customer care coordinator here at Harris Kia and love getting the opportunity to talk to so many great people everyday. I am so excited to have joined the Harris Kia Team. All the people who work here are great and the customers amazing as well! I was born and raised in Nanaimo and I am always surprised to still be finding new hidden beautiful places to explore in my free time.

    Warm Regards Nikita

  • Adam Ross
    Service Technician

    Adam has been with our Harris Kia dealership since May 22, 2013. He is a very skilled, factory trained technician who is ready to use his 10 years of experience to keep your vehicle on the road. No problem rattles Adam's Cage.

    Email: Adam.Ross@harrisauto.ca

  • Ryan White
    Service Technician

    I have been with Harris Kia since 2010. I started my apprenticeship with this excellent dealership and i am now a qualified Service Technician. In my spare time I enjoy racing motocross with my wife and two small boys. Email: Ryan.White@harrisauto.ca

  • Dana Vogel
    Apprentice Technician

    Dana is an apprentice automotive technician with Harris Kia since 2015. I really enjoy working for Harris Kia because they are very family oriented and of course I love my new 2017 Sportage!.

  • Riley Brigden
    Service Technican

  • Ashraf Auqab

    Email: Ashraf.Auqab@harrisauto.ca

  • Tony Mattson

    Email: Tony.Mattson@harrisauto.ca

  • Andrew Karmazynski

    I have been a vehicle detailer for almost 2 years now and just joined the Harris Kia Team about 2 months ago.
    I have lived on Vancouver Island all my life and I love it here. I love getting out and enjoying the spectacular nature on the island.

  • Jarod Berentsen

    Jarod has been with Harris Kia since 2014 helping out our Auto Spa Department.

  • Doug Moore
    Shuttle Driver

    Doug's vast knowledge of Nanaimo gets you home quickly and safe. Doug's easy manner makes your ride comfortable and happy. Doug has been at Harris Kia since 2014.

  • Richard Clarke
    Shuttle Driver

    Richard's vast knowledge of Nanaimo gets our customers safe and sound to their destination. Richard has been with Harris Kia since 2015.
    Email: Richard.Clarke@harrisauto.ca

  • Brad Stewart
    IT Manager

    Brad is our go to person for internet and computer issues. His sharp brain gets the job quickly done. No question on computers are ever too silly and his calm attitude keeps us from pulling our hair out with computer bugs. Thank goodness for Brad.

  • Susan Bare
    Internet Operations

    I am your used and new car website squirrel....i gather...receive and up date all used and new car information for our websites. I have been with our Dealership since 2007. I love taking the photo's and chatting to customers as I work.