RICHMOND, B.C. (March 12, 2019) – OpenRoad Auto Group has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the seventh year in a row and has been honoured with the prestigious Platinum Club award, the program’s highest level of corporate recognition. As B.C.’s largest automotive dealership group, the company is pleased to be recognized with this extraordinary achievement within the Canadian retail industry.
Now in its 25th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million for innovative, world-class practices and excellence in management abilities. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.
“We are continually striving to offer a better experience and unlimited possibilities for our employees and customers, so to achieve the Platinum level as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies truly validates our efforts to raise the bar within our industry,” said Christian Chia, Chief Executive Officer of OpenRoad Auto Group.
Founded in 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group continues to demonstrate leadership in the areas of automotive retail growth, profitability, and innovation as B.C.’s largest volume dealership group by employing new technologies and programs that improve the overall customer experience. Through new programs like Portfolio by OpenRoad, Canada’s first luxury car subscription service; OpenRoad’s Payment Engine, an innovative digital platform that allows customers to search for new and used cars by payment level; and Club OpenRoad, the company’s successful customer loyalty program offering discounts and access to member-only events.
OpenRoad currently employs over 1,500 associates with one of the highest employee retention rates in the industry. The company offers employees access to a variety of professional development and corporate culture building programs including the OpenRoad Leadership Development Program, a two-year course that gives selected associates the opportunity to gain experience and develop skills through diverse work experiences, education and networking.
OpenRoad currently owns and manages 33 retail and service locations in British Columbia and Washington representing 21 automotive brands, including Audi, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar, Land Rover, Infiniti, Lexus, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Genesis, MINI, Karma, McLaren, Lamborghini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, in addition to OpenRoad Exotics and three Richmond Auto Body locations.
Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. 2019 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include a clear strategy and vision, investment in capability and commitment to talent.
2019 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award, along with Requalified, Gold Standard, Gold Requalified winners and Platinum Club members will be honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 17, 2019.
A complete list of Best Managed winners, Requalified winners, Gold Standard winners, Gold Standard requalified winners and Platinum Club winners is available at www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.
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About Canada’s Best Managed Companies
Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on five levels: 1) Best Managed winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Requalified member (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully reapplied for the designation); 4) Gold Requalified member (Gold Standard winners may requalify for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 5) Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.
About OpenRoad Auto Group
OpenRoad Auto Group is B.C.’s largest automotive dealership group with over 1,500 associates representing 21 quality automotive brands at 33 retail and service locations. Established In 2000, OpenRoad Auto Group offers car buyers and owners an experiential automotive retail service. With sales and service in multiple languages, OpenRoad Auto Group encourages a car buying experience based on openness, participation and expertise. OpenRoad is proud to be a Platinum Club Member of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program, a CADA Laureate, and the recipient of multiple Canadian Best Employer Awards. openroadautogroup.com.
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