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Administration

Dan Loewen
General Manager
1 (866) 993-0542

Dan got his start in the automotive world in the early 1990's after a tenure in the banking world, working for Bank of America in his early 20's. In 1998 he joined Vernon Dodge in the Finance Department and has worked his way up through the management roles, taking the position of General Manager originally in 2004. Dan was born in Salmon Arm and moved to Vernon in 1991 where he now resides with his wonderful family. Dan enjoys playing and watching hockey, getting out on the lake and everything the Okanagan has to offer.

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Lee Casperson
Chief Financial Officer
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Born and raised in Vernon, Lee moved to Victoria to continue schooling in the food and beverage industry then moving onto accounting. He received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1995 shortly after he moved back and raised his son and daughter in Vernon. Lee started with the Johnston Auto Group in 2002 and became the Chief Financial Officer in 2005.

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Jim Porcaro
Facility Manager
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Jimmy has been in the Auto Industry now for 36 years, 20 or which he has spent here at Vernon Dodge!  When Jimmy first started here he was head of detail and accessories, 15 years later he was promoted to facility manager. Jimmy is an integral part of how this Dealership works. He is always hard working and willing to do what it takes to keep people smiling!

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Steve Hachey
Systems Coordinator
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Steve has been with the Johnston Automotive Group for 25 years, he is an integral part of how this dealership works! Steve takes care of all the computers and networks for 5 Dealerships within the Okanagan Valley.

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Wendy Hellevang
Receptionist
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Wendy Hellevang has thirty two years as an automotive receptionist with twenty eight of those years being here at Vernon Dodge. When Wendy is not working she enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, camping, playing board games, and enjoying what the Okanagan has to offer.

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Aaron Lystang
Controller
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Aaron grew up in Edmonton, then moved to Kamloops and has been living there for the past 10 years. Prior to having a career in the automotive industry, he has worked at KPMG for 5 years. What's more, Aaron is a Chartered Professional Accountant and he loves all outdoor activities!

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Rikki Romanovitch
Office Administrator
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As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Rikki is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Kate Manansala
Sales Administrator
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Kate has been working as a CPA abroad before moving to Vernon, BC. She just started her career in the automotive industry last year and has loved it ever since. Whenever Kate isn't working, she enjoys spending her free time reading, binge-watching, listening to music and enjoying what the Okanagan has to offer.

As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Kate is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Cindy Roussy
Business Development Coordinator
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Cindy has been working in the automotive industry as a BDC person for 17 years. She loves family, animal rescue, gourmet cooking, race cars and the great outdoors. As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Cindy is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Sales

Mike Grant
General Sales Manager
1 (866) 993-0542

As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Mike is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.


And he loves pooches!

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Tim Proctor
Sales Manager
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Tim is originally from Winnipeg and moved his family to Vernon in 2007. Tim has a huge passion for Golf and became a Class A member of the CPGA. However on a dare he tried out a job in automotive sales and was hooked! "Being able to help people find the perfect vehicle them or their family is the most rewarding part of the business."

His hobbies include, hockey, camping, fishing, boating, skiing, paddle boarding and hiking. Getting out and enjoying everything the Okanagan has to offer.

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Kam Randhawa
Sales Consultant
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Originally moving to Vernon in 1975, Kam has been helping people buy vehicles for over 30 years! He takes pride in helping his customers find exactly what it is they need!

Kam enjoys spending time with his family and friends and giving you a great buying experience! 

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Leif Peek
Sales Consultant
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Originally from Germany, Leif (pronounced LIFE) moved with his family to Vernon in 1995. After college and a few odd jobs, he decided to pursue a career in automotive sales. First, with General Motors for 8 years and then moved here to Vernon Dodge. Leif is fluent in German. He enjoys getting out of town and exploring all the Okanagan has to offer. Leif is passionate about helping out in the community and spent 3 years as a volunteer fire fighter for the Okanagan Landing Fire Department. Leif looks forward to assisting his previous customers and also helping new clients find a new or used vehicle perfectly suited to their lifestyle.

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Landon MacKay
Sales Consultant
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Landon (A.K.A. Lando, Landozer, Calrissian) has been with the Johnston Automotive Group since 2014, and he absolutely loves it! The career choice for Landon was unexpected, however it has allowed him to stay in his hometown to marry his wonderful wife and provide for his family! Being able to help people improve their lives is what Landon is all about! He takes pride in his job and says he gets to work with the 'Best team in the Okanagan'. Lando invites you down to come see what the 'Friendliest Dealership in the Okanagan' has to offer!

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Myron Crown
Sales Consultant
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Myron grew up in Terrace, BC where his passion for fishing was ignited. For 24 years, he and his wife, Darla, ran the fishing and hunting store in Salmon Arm. They have lived in the Shuswap for the past 36 years. In his younger years, Myron and his father owned a Nissan dealership and has spent the last 7 years in Sales in Salmon Arm. And now, he is very excited to have joined the team at Vernon Dodge!

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Todd Ackerman
Sales Consultant
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Todd grew up in Saskatoon and he's new to Vernon! He's been working in sales and service for over 20 years now. On his spare time, he coaches a youth football team and loves being active for fun. He's here for the active lifestyle!

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Ed Foychuk
Sales Consultant
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Ed recently moved to Vernon after living overseas for 20 years. He is loving the Okanagan and enjoys meeting the great people here!

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Finance

Jason Attwood
Business Manager
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As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Jason Attwood is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Dana Gerow
Finance Manager
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Dana is a rascally little character from the flatlands. 

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Parts

Kal Kang
Parts Manager
1 (888) 410-5991

Kal has been working in the automotive industry for 20 years now with 15 years of Chrysler experience. He's passionate about motorcycles and traveling. Whenever Kal isn't working, he loves spending time with his wonderful family.

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Rob Kersley
Parts Advisor
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Rob started working with the company after graduating from VSS in 1972. Rob is a very knowledgeable asset to our parts department! In Rob's spare time he enjoys curling and golf and has a large passion for philately.

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Ryan Bentson
Parts Advisor
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Raised here in Vernon, Ryan has been in the Automotive Industry for 27 years, spending the past 12 years here at Vernon Dodge in our parts department. Ryan had a double lung transplant in 2011 and is living life to its fullest potential. Ryan is a big sports fan, with a love to watch the Vancouver Canucks and the Seattle Seahawks.

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Joshua Van Gameren
Parts Advisor
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Born and raised in Vernon, Joshua has been in the automotive industry since he graduated high school. He loves to assist customers in finding what they need. Joshua also loves sports and outdoor activities.

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Troy Douma
Parts
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Troy is a car enthusiast and he loves stir fry! As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Troy is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Service

Ron Russel
Service Manager
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Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ron Russel is a huge part of how our dealership works. Ron has been a part of our team here at Vernon Dodge for over 25 years and has been in the industry for 39 years spending 11 years working for Eastside Dodge in Calgary, Alberta. 

When Ron isn't working, he enjoys curling and playing in Bonspiels. He also enjoys spending time with his wife doing renovations to thier house and being with their 2 dogs!

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Darren Farion
Service Advisor
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Darren has been a part of the Vernon Dodge team for five years now, in his spare time he enjoys playing baseball, curling, boating, and in the colder months skiing. You can find Darren in our service department ready to answer any questions you may have.

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Kyle Gordon
Service Advisor
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Born and raised in Yellowknife, NT, Kyle made the move to the Okanagan in 2011 and is enjoying what it has to offer. Kyle has been service advising for over 3 years now and prior to that, he worked as a Heavy Duty/Automotive Diesel Mechanic for over 10 years. He is very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Chris Martens
Warranty Administrator
888-738-9859

Born in Calgary and raised in Nanaimo on a beautiful Vancouver island, Chris began his automotive career at 14 years old. He washed cars on a local Chrysler dealership as a start and worked his way up throughout the years and became both a Sales Person and a Service Advisor.


He decided to move from Vancouver to sunny Okanagan to further enjoy the outdoors. Now Chris can't wait to go into the back country for camping and spend some time at the local lakes and wineries!

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Julian Van der Meer
Express Lane Technician
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Julian loves the unique opportunity to be around so many vehicles that he loves. In his free time, you can find Julian hanging out with his friends or tinkering with cars.

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Les Danby
Service Technician
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As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Les is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture. When Les isn't working he enjoys curling, walking his dogs, as well as taking trips back to Ontario for dirt modified races.

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Jeff Hutton
Service Technician
1 (888) 410-5991

As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Jeff is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Tyler Wright
Service Technician
1 (888) 410-5991

As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Tyler is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Ryan Egely
Service Technician
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Ryan has been a mechanic at Vernon Dodge since 1994!

When Ryan isn't working he spends his spare time fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

Ryan also really enjoys spending time in his veggie garden as well as tinkering around on old vehicles.

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Mike Dobernigg
Service Technician
1 (888) 410-5991

As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Mike is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Wayne Shultz
Service Technician
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Born and raised in Vernon, Wayne is a certified transmission re-builder and has been in the automotive industry for 19 years! When Wayne isn't at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and step-daughter, as well as playing softball, curling, and skiing.

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James Wellman
Service Technician
1 (888) 410-5991

James has been in the automotive industry for ten years!

Originally from Alberta James made the move to Vernon BC to take advantage of what the sunny Okanagan has to offer. When James is not working he enjoys spending his time with his six year old son, snowboarding, fishing, and mountain biking.

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Blaine Dyson
Tire & Alignment Technician
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Blaine is a born and raised Vernon guy! Hes been in the auto industry for about 5 years now. His goal in the industry is to be able to give our customers the best experience possible!

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Josh Greeno
Service Technician
1 (888) 410-5991

As a member of Vernon Dodge Jeep, Josh is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Lance Cooper
Service Technician
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Lance recently moved to Vernon from Alberta with his lovely wife, Danielle and his son, Russell. He loves to fish and camp and is looking forward to living in God's country!

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Don Sidoni
Shuttle Driver
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Chances are if your vehicle is in service, Don will be the guy that gives you a ride and takes you to where you need to be. Don has been married for 42 years with two kids, and six grandchildren. When he is not working Don loves to go fishing, as well as spending time with his family and friends.

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Jonathan Frank
Lot Attendant
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Jonathan has been with Vernon Dodge for two years now. When asked what his favorite part of the job is he replied with "The people I work with, they are great and make me smile and laugh almost all day!" He also really enjoys getting to drive a variety of vehicles around the lot while organizing them. When Jonathan is not at work he likes to spend his free time with friends and family as well as his bird. Jonathan is an integral part of what makes the company work, both for our clients and for their contributions to our unique and inviting culture.

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Jacob Bayfield
1 (888) 410-5991

Jacob is excited to work on all makes of cars! On his off time, Jake likes to get out and explore the back country, lakes, cities and towns. He also loves being a DJ and producing awesome music!

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Aaron Dyson
Lot Attendant
1 (888) 410-5991

Aaron is a simple man. He loves his children and his family so much! Whenever he has free time, he loves to play hockey and other recreational sports.

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