On October 13-14, Peter Polito, General Manager for Fix Auto Western Region, welcomed franchise strategic partners from around the province to the 2nd Annual British Columbia Regional Meeting held in Whistler, B.C.
This meeting, themed It Starts with Us, offered an ideal platform for shop owners to connect with the Fix Auto head office team, vendors and insurance partners. The regional meeting also provided owners an opportunity to network with their colleagues to share their experiences, knowledge and best practices.
“This important yearly event is very valuable for our franchise strategic partners as it not only provides them with updates on the business and the opportunity to meet with suppliers and insurance partners and their fellow owners, but also gives them a platform for open discussion with Fix Auto representatives to provide indispensable feedback,” said Polito.
The focus of this, and all regional meetings around the country, is the franchise strategic partners and supporting their ongoing success. Delegates took part in presentations from the Fix Auto Sales, Operations and Marketing teams.
Each presentation was full of updates and new opportunities and programs that are coming online; all designed to help each shop drive their business forward. Each presentation was held in an open format, giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions throughout, encouraging an open dialogue and fostering a collaborative environment. “We are looking forward to the opportunity for growth, business support and networking with our industry peers; which is now possible because we are part of the Fix Auto network,” said Steve Davidson, owner of the newest Fix Auto B.C. facility located in Kamloops.
Steve Leal, Fix Auto World President and CEO, believes in the franchise model and that franchise strategic partners are the experts in this industry. “Our role is to support their entrepreneurial spirit and mutually drive our business forward through innovation, comprehensive management tools, in-depth training, creative marketing and partnerships with insurance companies and suppliers,” remarked Leal during his video presentation to the attendees.
Jason Borth, President and co-owner of Fix Auto Courtenay noted during the meeting, “One of the things we like most about being part of the Fix Auto team is the relationships and support they provide when working with insurance companies.”
The delegates were also invited to attend an evening reception, vendor expo and silent auction. All funds raised during the silent auction went to the Fix Auto national charity partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Canada. Items up for auction included many tempting prizes from indulgent gift baskets, to the latest tech gadgets, to two roundtrip tickets to anywhere WestJet flies.
Total donations amounted to just over $4,100 being raised to help RMHC provide families of sick children with a place to stay while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital. “Our spirit of sharing and generosity was evident in the support shown for RMHC and continued throughout the productive and dynamic BC regional meeting,” concluded Polito.