After 25 years, largely with the Winnipeg-based Crown (formerly Dilawri) Auto Group including four years as group president, Glen Daman decided that it was time for a change.
Now, refreshed after some time off, Daman has returned to the auto industry as president of the Applewood Auto Group – as of July 1 – on the West Coast.
“My wife, Donna, and I wanted to do something else for a while,” he says. “So we spent a year travelling throughout North America and Europe.”
The Damans had also wanted to try life on the West Coast. So they purchased a condo in Langley, B.C.
It was over dinner a few months ago with long-time friend Darren Graham, the founder and CEO of the Applewood Group, that Graham offered Daman a position originally as group vice-president.
He started that post on April 1.
“Darren and I have known each other for years through the auto industry,” Daman says. “I took the job initially on a trial basis. Applewood is a great company with a good group of GMs and strong teams.”
The Applewood Group runs six locations included Nissan and Kia stores in Surrey, a second Kia stores in Langley, a second Nissan store in Richmond and the Original Applewood Motors Super Centre that sells used cars.
“We expect to sell about 1,000 pre-owned models this year out of our Super Centre,” Daman says.