Staff


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  • Volker Grady
    General Manager
    250.585.6959

    vgrady@gain-vi.ca


    Born and educated in Germany I spend my first 37 professional years in the hospitality industry. Most of my Hotel Management assignments found my wife and I with our two children in the most beautiful cities and resort communities of British Columbia. Now residing in Nanoose Bay - Central Vancouver Island has become our home and playground. I've had a love affair with fine automobiles since I passed my driver's exam, so combining that with being service and performance driven, I've now found a calling in the automotive industry. My passion paved the way to joining the GAIN Group, more specifically leading the Nanaimo Group comprised of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Subaru.

    I believe that purchasing and owning a luxury car should be a memorable and enjoyable experience. This belief is one our Sales Consultants at the GAIN Group have fully embraced.

    I am very proud to be working with such dedicated teams in our four dealerships and look forward to welcoming our many current and new friends.

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  • Ahmed Orfi
    General Sales Manager
    250.585.6959

    I came all the way from Egypt to complete a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), I enjoyed travelling and doing business in different countries over the globe which enabled me to carry a diverse multicultural experience. In 2011, I added a Masters degree to my engineering and marketing degrees which enables me to deliver the best choice of products to customers. Outside work, I contribute to the local community of Nanaimo by voluntarily teaching judo for kids and adults at the Nanaimo judo club. Stop by for an outstanding experience at BMW Nanaimo today! 


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  • Peter Armstrong
    Sales Manager
    250.585.6959

    parmstrong@bmwnanaimo.ca


    My first great memory of cars, at age eight, was helping my dad change the rear drum brakes on my mom's E28 BMW 518i in Arctic Blue Metallic. That set the wheels in motion, so after completing business studies and spending a number of years working in manufacturing, sales and marketing, I finally took the plunge to pursue my passion.


    In 2002 I started my automotive career selling BMW and MINI at a small country dealership just outside London, England in a quaint village called Old Windsor. After a number of years in the retail sector I moved into BMW Group International & Specialist Sales Division where I supplied cars into niche markets namely Formula 1, PGA European Tour Golf, Moto GP and the America's Cup. I then returned to South Africa, where I was born, to work with leading truck manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz, Scania and Nissan to implement safety and performance based systems in the heavy commercial transport sector.


    Over the past 13 years I've had the privilege of working with exceptional people in this industry and I've met great customers along the journey who share a passion for luxury automobiles. I'm excited to join GAIN Group and my team and I would like to welcome you to our friendly dealership.

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  • Billy Robins
    Sales and Lease Consultant
    250.585.6959

    billy.robins@bmwnanaimo.ca


    Growing up in Ottawa I spent my youth as many young Canadians do, at the rink. Though my dreams of playing in the NHL were short lived I quickly discovered an alternative passion in the field of motorcycles. After high school I was hired on as a shop hand at Ottawa Motorrad, working my way up to become a red seal certified motorcycle technician working on such brands as Triumph, Ducati, Kawasaki and most importantly, BMW. It was at this point that I was first exposed to the superior quality, style, engineering and pride that BMW invests into their brand. However, a post high school trip to Victoria had been lingering in the back of my mind for years and I felt like something was drawing me to the west coast. When an opportunity presented itself to work in Vancouver I took the plunge and haven't looked back since. Living in Vancouver, Kelowna and finally settling here on the island has been the best decision I have ever made. Having the chance to live and work in "Canadian Paradise" as I like to call it has been an eye opening experience and has lead me to a place in my career that I had never thought possible. Beginning my career as a Sales Consultant here at BMW/MINI Nanaimo, I feel excited and grateful to be able to work for such a prestigious brand and fantastic group of dealers.          

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  • Nick Gomerich
    Sales and Lease Consultant
    250.585.6959

    nick.gomerich@bmwnanaimo.ca


    From a young age, I have always found myself amazed by luxury cars. As I grew it became a passion that I would eventually have to set aside for the time being to pursue another main interest in my life, hockey. Like most young Canadian boys, I had dreams of playing in the NHL and was lucky enough to see our beautiful country playing my Jr hockey days in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Powell River. Once my Jr hockey days came to an end I started my career in the automotive industry working as a lot attendant for BMW and Three Point Motors where I learned the ins and the outs of how a dealership works. That is where I knew my heart was set on the BMW brand as it is the perfect combination of reliability, comfort, and sportiness. I look forward to helping you in the near future to the best of my ability.

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  • Ben Thirlwell
    Sales and Lease Consultant
    250.585.6959

    ben.thirlwell@bmwnanaimo.ca


    Born in Victoria B.C. and now living in Nanaimo I am proud to call the West Coast my home. I spend my free time downhill mountain biking, snowboarding and going for drives up the coast. As a long time car enthusiast, I developed a passion for the BMW and MINI brands. The elegant designs and exceptional handling originally attracted me to the cars, but learning about the brands efforts for sustainability has given me an all new admiration for these companies. Before pursuing a career with BMW, I ran a bike shop, worked in the hospitality industry, and competed at the provincial and national levels for downhill mountain bike racing. I pride myself on providing honest and knowledgeable advice to clients, with the goal to help them find their perfect fit when they come to BMW/MINI Nanaimo.

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  • Ken Taylor
    Client Delivery Consultant
    250.585.6959

    clientdelivery@bmwnanaimo.ca

    I originally hail from Labrador and moved West where I lived in Whistler for 7 years. My passion for the outdoors lead my family and I to the Nanaimo area. I have been a Client Delivery Consultant for 15 years working for various dealerships. I am thrilled to join GAIN and be a part of such a fantastic team here in Nanaimo. I always love a challenge; whether I am trying to exceed your expectations as our Client, or through my hobbies. I look forward to guiding you along in your buying experience and hope you will always leave satisfied and with a smile on your face.

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  • Lisa Jenkins
    Client Delivery Consultant
    250.585.6959

    clientdelivery@bmwnanaimo.ca


    I first joined the GAIN Group in Victoria in 2007 and later took the opportunity to move to Nanaimo and joined the team here. I honestly can't say enough about the company as I truly enjoy my time here and the people I work with. My job as a Client Delivery Consultant gives me the opportunity to provide our customers with the benefits of auto leasing and financing. Being somewhat of a health and yoga fanatic the automotive industry is a far stretch from the direction I had originally set out for myself but I love the challenge, the people, the luxury cars, the opportunity for growth and knowledge and the satisfaction that every customer leaves with a smile on their face.

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  • Zach Funk
    Product Genius & Delivery Specialist
    250.585.6959

    zach.funk@bmwnanaimo.ca


    As a child, I spent much of my time playing with toy cars in my parents' basement; when my mother would tell me to go play outside, I played with my peddle Go-kart and made car sounds while riding it up and down the driveway for hours on end. Some of my most fond childhood memories were working on my Go-kart while my Dad restored his prized 1955 Chevrolet Belair Sport Coupe. When I outgrew my Go-kart my passion for cars took a back seat while I pursued my hockey dreams. With Hockey I was able to travel and live in cities all over North America until I eventually played out my Jr. Career for the Port Alberni Bulldogs in the BCHL. I am currently half way through a finance degree at VIU which I hope to use to advance me even deeper in to the auto industry. For now I get to indulge my obsession for cars while working for a great company selling one of the best brands in the world. I am very excited to be able to share my passion for cars and make each and every car buying experience one to remember fondly.

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  • Marci Fairgray
    Sales Administrator

    salesadmin@bmwnanaimo.ca


    "There are no strangers, only friends we have yet to meet."


    Coming from a background in hospitality, I recognize every interaction is an opportunity to make a difference.


    I am very thrilled to be part of this incredible team, and am excited to meet our current and new customers, provide outstanding service and ensure that each one has an exceptional and memorable experience at our dealerships.

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  • Tom Zieba
    Service Advisor
    250.585.6959

    service3@bmwnanaimo.ca


    Being a four year resident of Vancouver Island I am truly proud to call this beautiful place my home. Ever since setting foot into the BMW dealership over 2 years ago, I knew that this where my career will flourish. I am truly passionate about the brand and now being part of the team. I am very excited to express my passion for the BMW & MINI brands to customers and whatever their concern is, big or small, I will be there to help every step of the way.

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  • Andy Highton
    Parts Manager
    250.585.6959

    ahighton@bmwnanaimo.ca


    As long as I can remember I have had a passion for cars. Whether following Formula 1, touring cars or luxury road cars it has been something I have always had a strong interest in. After leaving school I started working as a trainee mechanic for a short period before moving into a Parts Advisor role which is where I found my true enjoyment, spending approximately 12 years working as a Parts Advisor mainly with Ford.

    After leaving the UK in 2007 I emigrated to Canada which is now where I call home. I found myself working in different industries which included medical and the aviation field while living in the Vancouver area.

    Recently my wife & I decided relocate to Vancouver Island and I realized my career path wasn't complete and had the desire to rejoin the automotive industry.

    Having the opportunity to work for BMW/MINI Nanaimo isn't just a job in the automobile field, it is a chance to work for a Premier Dealer for luxury cars. I am extremely excited to be working with vehicles of such high quality and customers who appreciate luxury and a great driving experience. I look forward to serving and assisting you. Come by, introduce yourself and say hi.

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  • Jerromy Turner
    Parts Advisor
    250.585.6959

    parts2@bmwnanaimo.ca


    Born and raised in Ladysmith and Nanaimo, I knew I wanted to work in the Premium Automotive industry at an early age. I am proud to say I have worked in the GAIN Group for over 9 years in various positions.

    I am thrilled to join the BMW and MINI Nanaimo team as I follow my career path as a BMW Parts Advisor. BMW and MINI are both brands that showcase a lifestyle and pure driving pleasure. These brands are not just a vehicle to get you from A to B, but vehicles that embody comfort, sportiness, style and presence.


    I look forward to working with you and helping you in any way that I can.

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  • Sebastien Liottard
    Service Advisor
    250.585.6959

    service2@bmwnanaimo.ca

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  • Barry Morton
    Shop Foreman
    250.585.6959

    bmorton@bmwnanaimo.ca


    Born and raised in Scotland, I have been fortunate enough to travel the world while serving with the Royal Air Force asa fast jet technician. 

    I switched careers to become a BMW technician on 2003. I am passionate about the brand, having owned literally dozens of them over the years.  

     My favourite models are the E30 325i and E39 530i sport. 

     As a new addition to the Nanaimo team I embrace the opportunity to look after your vehicles every need. 

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  • Daniel Potvin
    Apprentice Technician
    250.585.6959


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  • Mark Anders
    Apprentice Technician
    250.585.6959

    manders@bmwnanaimo.ca


    I am excited to start at BMW Nanaimo and with having recently graduated VIU automotive program, can't with for the opportunity to become a technician in the shop.  When not working I enjoy biking, playing drums, long boarding or basically anything outdoors.

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  • Chad Jardin
    Internal Technician
    250.585.6959


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  • Andrea Backman
    Warranty Administrator
    250.585.6959

    abackman@gain-vi.ca

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  • Adam Finnink
    Customer Relations
    250.585.6959

    crm4@gain-vi.ca

    Adam has been blessed with several opportunities and met some truly incredible people since moving to the island. His goals for the future are to continue playing for the V.I. Raiders, build up and race his R34 Skyline while providing  exceptional service to our staff, friends, family and customers at the GAIN Group.

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  • Marie Martinello
    Customer Relations
    250.585.6959

    crm5@gain-vi.ca

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  • Cathy Pepin
    Reception
    250.585.6959

    nanaimo-welcome@gain-vi.ca

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  • Patty Shelley
    Part time Reception
    250.585.6959

    nanaimo-welcome@gain-vi.ca

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  • Andre Bouter
    Shuttle Driver
    250.585.6959

    My early career was serving as a peace officer with the RCMP for 20 years, where I worked general duty, executive diplomatic protection, protective operations, and customers and excise section.


    I am a certified career development practitioner, having for the past 17 years assisted individuals choose, train, maintain and procure employment.


    My wife and I took early retirement and moved to Nanaimo from the lower mainland in 2013. We thoroughly enjoy island living and travelling. Since then, I have chosen to work part-time as the Courtesy Shuttle Driver for GAIN. I look forward to meeting you and ensuring you have the best customer experience and get to and from your destination with pleasure.

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  • Jim Plasteras
    Shuttle Driver
    250.585.6959

    I happily began my role as shuttle driver with the Gain Group in the fall of 2016, after spending 28 years working as a municipal employee in both Coquitlam and the City of Nanaimo.  Providing excellent customer service was foremost in the positions I held in both communities. Working for the Gain Group allows me to continue offering and delivering superior service to our customers and serving as an ambassador for our company and the brands we represent. The organization and staff in all departments and dealerships show the same enthusiasm, which results in very satisfied customers and an excellent workplace environment. Very happy to be part of the team!

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  • Laurie Jones
    Shuttle Driver
    250.585.6959


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