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!
Vernon Nissan & Air Rescue One – April 2022
The OurCommunity committee, decided to spend $1000 of our $105,000 annual budget on supporting the Okanagan’s Air Rescue One helping raise enough funds to purchase a portable helicopter winch. The donated $1000 was given directly to the local Vernon Air Rescue One Heli Winch Society. This donation will help the society purchase a dedicated rescue winch for the Air Rescue One program. This program is fueled by donations and started in 2014. Since then, they have rescued over 150 people and winch rescue is becoming the new standard in BC!
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!
Vernon Nissan Secret Santa – December 2021
Our Vernon Nissan team celebrated each other and a year well done before the holidays by doing a secret Santa gift exchange and catered lunch.
Vernon Nissan’ Adopt a Family – December 2021
Each year along with other dealerships in our automotive group, Vernon Nissan sponsor’s a family in need through the Boys and Girls Club during the holidays. This December, our Vernon team was able to donate, shop and wrap Christmas presents and hand deliver to our adopted family. We are grateful for each of our staffs generosity and participation.
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)
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 Vernon Nissan. Detail is a vital department for our business to serve our customers. Vernon Nissan’s small but mighty detail teams work 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.