Denis Bellemare will be taking over the general manager’s desk at Mercedes-Benz Laval. But co-dealers Carole and Louise Leblanc expect the new hire won’t have a very steep learning curve.
Mercedes-Benz Canada said in a release that as regional manager, eastern region, Bellemare worked very closely with dealers from Quebec and the Atlantic provinces for almost 15 years.
During his tenure there he had a three-year stint as GM at Mercedes-Benz West Island.
Neal Bodack, the automaker’s V-P, national sales said when it faced management challenges at the West Island store in early 2013, the company felt Bellemare was a perfect candidate to take over the helm as general manager of the corporately-owned retail facility.
“Under his three-year leadership, dealership results soared in each and every department,” Bodack added.
When the dealership was sold at the end of 2015, he returned to his position as regional manager, eastern region and his work with the automaker’s regional dealer group.
Bodack went on to say the new hire’s dealership experience gave him “exceptional knowledge of the overall business and allowed him to become a stronger business advisor to the dealers in every facet of their operations. He now has the opportunity to once again put all of his skills to good use; we wish him well in his new endeavour.”
“I guess it won’t be entirely surprising for anyone to see me take on this new challenge at Mercedes-Benz Laval. As much as I still truly loved working with all of the dealers at the wholesale level, I have to admit that I missed the day-to-day minutiae and fantastic, adrenaline-charged environment that accompanied managing a fast-paced and vibrant dealership like our West Island location,” said Bellemare.
He added “I am, however, extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to work for Mercedes-Benz Canada in two highly exciting capacities for so many years; I am proud of what I achieved with the excellent colleagues I worked with during that time.
Co-dealers Carole and Louise Leblanc said: “Our dealership organization has grown exponentially over the last 27 years and we know only too well that Mercedes-Benz Canada has no plans to stay idle going forward.”
“Naturally, we have worked together very closely for many years. Both parties are in the enviable position of knowing exactly what to expect from each other and rejoice in knowing there will be virtually no learning curve!”
The appointment is effective immediately.