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  • Harris Kia Team
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    Come and Meet Our Team Anytime! We offer free beverages and snacks plus Wifi to keep you comfortable. Plus meet our special team member Mickey!

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  • Mickey
    Kia Mascot
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    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!

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  • Dan Jones
    Sales Manager
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    I bring over 17 years of automotive experience to the Harris Kia Team. Working with Kia and Brands like Honda and Toyota has given me an excellent prospective for the wants and needs of Today's Clients. I have many contacts in the automotive industry and if your looking for something special I am confident I can find it for you.
    I enjoy spending my time with my wife, fishing, hiking or just relaxing with her company. Growing up in Tofino has given me the small town values and the shake of a hand still means everything to me.  Come and have a chat with me anytime.

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  • Alison Bates
    Sales Manager
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  • Matt McIntosh
    Internet Sales Manager
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  • Adam Knudsen
    Sales Consultant
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  • Grant Brown
    Sales Consultant
    Shuttle Driver / Sales Consultant
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    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. Come and See me on Sundays


      

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  • Joel Smith
    Sales Consultant
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  • Marcelo Suvillaga
    Sales Consultant
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    I was introduced into the automotive business, here at Harris KIA in 2013.  I was completing my University studies here in Nanaimo but I am originally from El Salvador.

    My wife, daughters, and I went back to El Salvador for four years, and now we are back in Nanaimo!

    After working for Harris KIA, I have always driven a KIA product and my personal credo is the "Golden Rule".

    I love a good joke in Spanish and look forward to speaking with you.

     

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  • Victoria Williams
    Sales Consultant
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    I just moved to Vancouver Island from Edmonton Alberta and joined the Harris Kia Team. I love learning about the new Kia vehicles and all their great options. Test driving them is fun. I am new to automotive sales but no question will go unanswered. I love researching and working with all customers at Harris Kia. Come in for chat. Let's have a hot chocolate and tell me why you love living on the Island.

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  • Kevin McInnis
    Finance Manager
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  • Daniella Hanoski
    Business Development
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  • Melody Barbeau
    Receptionist

    My name is Melody and I am very happy to be your receptionist at Harris Kia. I'm proud to be part of the incredible Harris Kia Team. Helping you get settled in our customer lounge is my pleasure.

    I grew up in White Rock, BC before making Nanaimo my home. I absolutely love the Island life here and enjoy hiking, biking, tennis and time outdoors with my husband and our beautiful dog Koa. Hope to see you soon.

     

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  • Mike House
    Service Manager
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    Mike has been with Harris Kia as the Service Manager since 2010 and 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.


     

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  • Kolbi McLean
    Service Advisor
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    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. Then 2017 Kolbi was the awarded Gold Canadian Champion! She then went on to representing Canada in Korea for the Kia World Service Advisor."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."

     


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  • Jason Carter
    Service Advisor
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    Happy to have just joined the Service Team at Harris Kia. I truly enjoying working with people. I have been in then automotive industry for 29 years. I love a good joke! Days off I spent with my blended family of 8 children. They keep me on my toes and many laughs. Other than that I love riding my motorcycle.

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  • Danika Berentsen
    Customer Care Co
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    I'm very excited for the opportunity Harris Kia has given me and look forward to speaking with you when you book your next service appointment!

    I am passionate and driven towards my career goals, I am an extremely friendly and happy person. My main focus as the Customer Care Coordinator is making sure that your experience on the phone is as welcoming as your experience in our Dealership and Service Department. Alongside being the Customer Care Coordinator, I'll be filling in on Reception every Saturday, so make sure to grab a snack and say hello!


    I also enjoy taking my German Shepherd to the beach, going on road trips with friends, and just living life to the fullest. I also compete heavily 5 nights a week against my dad when we watch Jeopardy


     

     


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  • Kera Parsons
    Customer Care Co
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  • Doug Krem
    Parts Manager
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    Doug is up for the task of welcoming parts customers with a big smile and running our parts department smoothly and efficiently.

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  • Andrew K
    Parts Consultant
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    Very excited to be a new 2018 Parts Consultant. I have been a vehicle detailer since 2016 and joined the Harris Kia Team in 2017. 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.

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  • Adam Ross
    Master Technician
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    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.

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

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  • Dana Vogel
    Master Technician
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    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!.

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  • Riley Brigden
    Master Technician
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    I really like working with my team of techs here at Harris Kia. We love the challenges of all makes and models. A good joke makes my day.

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  • Steve Gagnon
    Apprentice Technican
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  • Tony Mattson
    Head Detailer
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    NO problem is to hard for me to fix or clean. The challenges of keeping your new or used car spic and span is never to hard. The reward of seeing that shine and smell of a fresh new car for the customers is what it is all about. In my spare time I love riding my motorcycle cruising the Island.

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  • Ashraf Auqab
    Detailer
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    I have been with Harris Kia's Auto Spa now for since 2013. Not a spot of dirt is ever going to hide from me. I like a good joke or cookies can always make me smile.

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  • Jarod Berentsen
    Detailer
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    Jarod has been with Harris Kia since 2014 helping out our Auto Spa Department. Since 2017 he is now full time detailer and works very hard. Always a smile and a joke. Love all kinds of treats.

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  • Calvin Marshall
    Detailer
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  • Matt Gates
    Lot Manager
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  • Doug Moore
    Shuttle Driver

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    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.

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  • Richard Clarke
    Shuttle Driver
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    Richard's vast knowledge of Nanaimo gets our customers safe and sound to their destination. Richard has been with Harris Kia since 2015.

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  • Dave Bare
    Dealer Principal
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    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.

     

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  • Chris Gauthier
    Controller
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    Chris is the Controller of Harris Kia and Harris Mazda since 2008. He greets everyone with a friendly smile. Loves spending time with his 3 little children and loves sports.

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

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  • Dominic Hickman
    Accounting

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    I am happy to have just joined the accounting department for Harris KIA & Mazda.  I previously worked in accounting at the Health and Social Care Industry.

    I like to spend the weekends at the beach with family and friends when possible and get up early each day to feed and walk our dogs. My first car was a 2007 Vauxhall Astra (Saturn Astra) and my favorite Mazda is the MX-5, or as I first knew of it thanks to Gran Turismo; the Eunos Roadster.

     

     

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  • Brad Stewart
    IT Manager
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    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.

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  • Tom Harris
    Founder

    September 5, 1949 - June 28, 2017.
    Rest In Peace. We will Miss You.

    Tom Harris has been in the car business here on Vancouver Island since 1964. 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. Tom was 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 Past President of the BCADA (The New Car Dealers of BC),  past Chairman of the board of The CADA (The Canadian Auto Dealers Association), Past Chairman of General Motors National Dealer Communications Team, Past Chairman of the Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation, Chaired the Nanaimo United Way Campaign, Nanaimo Community Foundation Board and was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the BC Ferry Authority.
    His good will and leadership will be missed by us at Harris Kia.

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