Gerry Wood is the principle and founder of Wood Automotive Group. He started his legacy as a pioneer automotive dealer in Calgary’s automotive industry in 1983 when he acquired Southridge Lincoln Mercury, and renamed it Woodridge Ford Lincoln. Approximately 10 years after its acquisition by Gerry Wood, Woodridge Ford Lincoln expanded to form a group – the Wood Automotive Group – that now encompasses five automotive dealerships including Advantage Ford, and a separate All-Makes Collision Centre facility, for auto body repair and maintenance. Since 1983, Gerry’s businesses have been providing Calgary and area with exceptional products and services. His attention to quality has been recognized through numerous awards. His success can be attributed to his vision and dedication to Wood Automotive Group’s three leading principles: constant attention to customer satisfaction, professional staff and well-planned facilities.
Jeff has been with the Wood Automotive Group since 2003, holding positions in sales, finance and sales management before joining our team at Advantage Ford at the start of this year as our General Sales Manager. Upon the retirement of Glen Barreth, Jeff became General Manager of Advantage Ford in December 2016. He is very excited to continue his success by going over and above for all of our clients here! Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young kids. He is passionate about the outdoors, sports and motorcycles.
Originally from Lebanon, Sam has been in the car business since 1998. He started in sales with Advantage Ford in 2007 when he moved to Calgary. In only six months he made it to the top 10% of sales in the Western Region, followed by the top 1% for the next five years. He has been our Lease Renewal Manager for a few years now. Sam is loyal to his customers after sales and is proud to say 93% of his business is repeat clients. For those customers whose second language is English, Sam is fluent in both French and Arabic.
Marcos started in automotive sales at Advantage Ford in 2006, being awarded "Rookie of the Year - Ford of Canada" for the year of 2007. His continued success at our dealership led him towards becoming our Retention and Renewal Manager at the beginning of 2016 and as our Pre-Owned Sales Manager later that year. Marcos strongly believes that his success is a result of helping customers in a simple, no-pressure way and a strong commitment to following up with customers expectations.
With over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, and 14 of those years working for Ford, Sid made the move to Advantage Ford in October 2016. He is looking forward to building a strong lease renewal department here and having the opportunity to help customers with their buying/leasing process. In his spare time, he loves to hang out with his wife and two children.
Justin started working at Advantage Ford in November 2015, having previously worked at Woodridge Ford since 2011. He has vast experience in service advising and team leader positions. He is enjoying working with a new and skilled team here and with our loyal clientele. He believes the renovations/expansion of our dealership will make for a very exciting growth and customer service opportunity. Having been raised by a car enthusiast, Justin is heavily involved with other vehicles and automotive-related events in his spare time.
Evan has been with Advantage Ford since 2011 and has past experience as a mechanic, service advisor, and in sales. He knows a lot about suspension, wheels, and tires for both trucks and performance cars. Evan tries his best to please everyone and if you leave him with a problem, his team will do their best to figure out a solution for you. Evan loves restoring old vehicles and has got a long list of interests including skiing, camping, travel, photography, cooking, music, aviation, and railways.
Eric has 20 years of Ford experience and has been the Fleet Manager at Advantage Ford since 2011. If you are looking for any company vehicles, Eric is the person to contact. Like most of our employees, Eric is a big sports fan and loves playing hockey and golf. He also spends a lot of time camping with his wife and daughter.
Jordan has been in automotive sales for many years now and has been with Advantage Ford since 2012. He came to Calgary from Vancouver Island with his wife and two daughters. Since then he has fallen in love with the city and can't imagine a better place to work. Having worked at different dealerships in the past he feels very lucky to be with us now!
Gaz has been working in sales for over 11 years and has been with us since 2011. He speaks three languages fluently, including Albanian and Serbo Croatian. He immigrated to Canada in 1999 with his wife and four children. Over the years with us he’s been rated one of the best sales professionals here in terms of customer service and he’s excited to work with you next.
Patrick was born and raised in Montreal, where he has a background in automotive mechanics. After graduating from the Canadian Automotive School of Business in Barrie, Ontario in 2007 with a Bachelor of Automotive Management and diploma in Automotive Marketing, Patrick made his way out west to Advantage Ford. He enjoys snowboarding in the winter, golfing in the summer, and is a huge Montreal Canadiens fan. Patrick has been with Advantage Ford since October of 2007 and looks forward to the years to come with the dealership.
Warren is new to the car business and has worked as a bank manager and small business owner in the past. Not only did he have his own business for over 20 years but he was also a small business consultant and sales trainer. Warren has lived in many places in Canada including Saskatchewan, Vancouver and Calgary. Despite moving around a lot he has called Calgary his home for over 24 years and lives here with his wife and two children. He cheers for the Canucks – but let’s try not to hold that against him.
Maz joined our team at the start of October 2015 and is looking forward to spending many years here, meeting new people and finding customers their perfect vehicles. He comes to us as an Iraqi computer engineer with a Masters in electrical and computer engineering. Maz possesses an excellent record of customer service and has the capability to work with people from varying nationalities and backgrounds. Thanks to more than 14 years of international experience in more than eight different countries, he is able to communicate with others at all levels.
Kevin started working at Advantage at the beginning of 2016, having spent five years in the automotive industry before here. He has always been a huge Mustang fan and has wanted to work for Ford for many years. He says everyone on our team has been very welcoming and their positive attitudes are infectious. Kevin and his family enjoys going to the lake in the summer and skiing in Lake Louise during the winter.
Zach joined our team in March 2016 after starting and running his own division of a nation-wide company the past four years. There he focused on growth and development, which included dealing with all aspects of the business but most importantly building a customer-orientated company. Zach's previous experience makes him a great fit for our dealership and he loves the fact that he's working for a company that strives for the highest customer satisfaction, something he passionate about. In his spare time, he enjoys camping with his fiancé and riding ATVs in the mountains. He also loves to restore utility and performance off-road vehicles.
Nick joined our team at the start of September 2016, having worked at our sister dealership Woodridge Ford for eight years prior. He is really excited to get to work in our newly-renovated dealership, with our great staff and amongst our SVT cars and trucks. In his spare time, Nick hangs out with his spouse and three-year-old daughter, leaving no time for hobbies other than camping. But he wouldn't have it any other way!
Ahmed began working with our team in June 2016 with over nine years of experience in the automotive industry. Born and raised in Ontario, his father owned a pre-owned lot, where Ahmed learned first-hand how to treat people honestly and sincerely. He has a passion for selling cars and seeing people happy when they purchase their new ride. In his spare time, Ahmed loves heading out to the mountains with his family and hosting barbecues for his friends.
A previous pipe fitter in the oil field, Tony started working at Advantage Ford in November 2016. He enjoys the thrill of sales and helping people get into vehicles that work for their families and lifestyles. When Tony is not at work, he is off adventuring with his wife and two kids - whether that be a road trip to somewhere new, camping in the summer or skiing in the winter.
Dan joined our Advantage Ford family at the beginning of March 2017, with over a year of experience in the automotive industry and ten years of experience in the oil and gas mining industry. Dan calls himself a true "cars guy" and he loves working with others to help them find a solution to their needs. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, playing golf, listening to music and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Mandy began working at Advantage Ford at the beginning of 2016. She has over eight years of experience in the automotive industry, with just over seven years of that time working for Ford. She looks forward to meeting new and returning customers, helping them set up with the best options possible. In her spare time, Mandy enjoys water skiing and being outdoors in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
Chris has worked in the automotive industry as a Finance Manager for many years and ultimately sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with our dealership in 2010. Previously he worked in the banking industry as a Financial Advisor. Chris is a father of two and likes golf, hockey, and baseball. One of his favourite parts of his job is seeing the excitement on a person’s face when they are getting their new car.
Mike has worked in the automotive industry for many years in various positions, which have included parts counter, sales, fleet, and lease management. He has worked at Advantage Ford since 2013 in our finance department and has over 14 years experience in finance. He has a wife of over ten years (who also works the same job as him) and two twin boys who he loves dearly.
Brenda came to Advantage Ford in August 2016 after starting her career in the automotive industry in sales in 2006 and then as a finance manager in 2008. With her big smile and infectious personality, she enjoys making the car buying experience fun for customers. Originally from Saskatchewan, Brenda still cheers for her Riders and loves spending time with her family and friends. Being a gardening enthusiast, she also enjoys spending time in her garden and with the wildlife that visit.
Kevin joined our team in 2015 after spending 19 years at Ford SVC as a master technician. He has a degree in Music from MIT and majored in Industrial Electronics. While still new to the Advantage Ford team, he loves coming to work every day and is looking forward to many more years here.
Dione has been in the automotive industry since 1993, starting out as a receptionist at a Ford dealership, and then moving into a service advisor role a couple of years later. Since then she has worked for Mercedes Benz and Nissan before coming full circle to work at our Ford dealership in mid-2015. She’s enjoying her time here and is looking forward to many more happy years. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her husband of 20 years, their son and daughter, traveling, and exploring the world of photography.
After working at our sister dealership, Okotoks Ford, for the past three years, Austin made the move to Advantage Ford in July 2016. With his experience in detailing and as a service advisor, he has been a great addition to our team thanks to his desire to help customers, enthusiasm and friendly personality. On the side, Austin continues to build his photography portfolio and enjoys watching sports.
Vanessa started working with Advantage Ford in 2010 as a part-time evening service advisor, eventually becoming a full-time service advisor in 2015. Before committing to our team full-time, she worked at a credit union for a few summers. Traveling is a passion of hers and she is always excited to plan her next trip.
Danielle has worked at Advantage Ford since 2012 and has been enjoying her time as the supervisor in the cash office. She has played hockey for 17 years in her spare time and enjoys playing baseball and camping. If you have any service-related questions, she would happy to help you.
Kaytlin has worked at Advantage Ford since 2014, helping the Service department run smoothly previously as a customer service representative and now as our Internal Coordinator. When she’s not working she can be found dancing, a major passion of hers.
Kevin joined our team December 2016 and loves being a part of our dynamic and diverse team. As our Internal Coordinator, he is responsible for assisting the New/Pre-Owned and Fleet Sales teams with expediting requests for parts, accessories and pre-delivery requirements of their vehicles. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys rock climbing and camping in the summer, playing hockey and skiing in the winter and getting his family and dog out into Fish Creek Park whenever possible.
Rick has been in the automotive industry since 1988, moving to Advantage Ford at the end of 2012. He has a journeyman certificate from SAIT and enjoys working closely with automobiles of all sorts. On the side, he enjoys riding my motorcycle during the summer and watching the Calgary Roughnecks during the winter. He also enjoys fishing, camping, and traveling.
Mike started working at Advantage Ford in October of 2015. He has spent 21 years working in the Parts and Service business, with the past two and a half years working for Ford. He’s especially excited to be on our team since he loves learning more about new models and being able to further his passion and knowledge about vehicles. If you have any questions regarding car parts, he would love to help you out. In his spare time, he enjoys watching hockey (he’s a huge Habs fan) and being in the outdoors with his dog.
Marshall has been in the automotive industry for over five years. He started his career as a lot attendant and has worked his way up to his perfect fit in the parts department. He has a passion for almost anything with wheels and is eager to help you with your next repair or to upgrade your Ford! Come visit him today, as he is the nicest guy in the world and will work hard to earn your trust and provide you with excellent service.
Justine has worked with Advantage Ford since 2015 and has five years experience working as an Executive Assistant. Her primary role is to assist the General Manager and Management Team to ensure that the dealership runs smoothly and that our customers have the best experience possible at Advantage Ford. Most recently, Justine was working as a legal assistant in downtown Calgary and currently still works as a part time personal trainer. Justine loves new challenges and being able to assist customers with anything they may need.
Lisa has worked at Advantage Ford since 2000, starting as the Vehicle Inventory Controller and then moving into the finance department as a Finance Manager for six years and now as the Lease and Finance Manager. She was a stay-at-home mother for her two kids before joining our family.