NZ dealers named GM International Grandmasters

Left to right: Kristian Aquilina (Managing Director, Holden New Zealand), Tony Shorland, Mike McCready, Dave Howarth, Phil Dixon, Richard Evans, Ralph Blackburn, Jared Morris, Terry Kurvink, Mark Bernhard (Managing Director, Holden Australia)

Eight New Zealand Holden and Isuzu Truck dealers were recently named GM International (GMI) Grandmasters at an awards programme in New York City’s Gotham Hall.

The GMI Grandmasters honours the best GM dealers in their region for overall excellence, with 116 dealers across the world awarded this year. Selection is based on vehicle and parts sales, customer satisfaction, facility standards, and quality and quantity of operations.

“Over the past year, our dealers have done an outstanding job and are a critical part of our team,” said GM executive vice president and president of GM international Stefan Jacoby.

GMI Grandmasters were selected from the highest-performing dealers from New Zealand, Australia, the Middle East, Korea, Israel, Japan and Southeast Asia.

“Congratulations to all of our winning dealers. You have been instrumental in the growth of Holden in New Zealand and you have set a great example for your fellow dealers,” said managing director of Holden New Zealand, Kristian Aquilina, at the awards dinner.

“We are proud to have each of you as a partner.”

New Zealand winners of the GMI Grandmaster programme for 2016 are:

Holden Grandmaster Chairman’s Award

Dave Howarth, Dealer Principal, Giltrap Holden, Glenfield

Richard Evans, Dealer Principal, Mark Cromie Holden, Whangarei

Jared Morris, Dealer Principal, Wadsco Motorworld, Blenheim

Tony Shorland, Dealer Principal, Shorland Holden, Rotorua

Holden Grandmaster

Phil Dixon, Dealer Principal, Schofields Holden, Newmarket

Mike McCready, Dealer Principal, Robertson Holden, Palmerston North

Isuzu Trucks

Terry Kurvink, Dealer Principal, Robertson Isuzu, Palmerston North

Ralph Blackburn, Dealer Principal, CAL Isuzu, Hamilton

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