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Mercedes-Benz hails top performers

Annual prizegiving for marque celebrates its best staff and dealerships across the country.
Posted on 23 March, 2021
Mercedes-Benz Wellington employees are all smiles after success at the 2020 Circle of Excellence Awards  

Staff at a number Mercedes-Benz dealerships are celebrating after scooping top honours in the marque’s New Zealand 2020 Circle of Excellence Awards.

The prizegiving replaces its traditional Retailer of the Year event and was conducted online because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mercedes-Benz Wellington and Mercedes-Benz North Shore, pictured below, were named the top dealers of the year and employees from both businesses featured prominently in the staff awards.

Victor Zhang, from the North Shore dealership, clinched a double as he scooped sales consultant of the year titles for new vehicle sales elite and new vehicle sales focus models.

A quartet of staff from Mercedes-Benz Wellington are toasting individual success after Blaine Minne topped the Shining Star – service manager of the year category, Hayden McKeown won the sales manager of the year prize, Martin Ngan was crowned sales consultant of the year for new vehicle sales premium, and Akash Jagaroo was named parts manager of the year.

Other award winners included Nelson Ng, from Mercedes-Benz Auckland, for the Shining Star – service adviser of the year, and Jia Yang, from Mercedes-Benz Botany, took out the sales consultant of the year category for pre-owned vehicles.

The Retailer Circle of Excellence is a new program for the marque and is designed to acknowledge and reward its two top performing dealerships. A Mercedes-Benz NZ spokesman says the format and new mandatory key performance indicators “ensures an elite group of the best of the best will be recognised and rewarded each year”.

Those who are part of the Circle of Excellence for 2020 will be awarded an invitation to the marque’s annual Product Forum in Germany.