FAN Hosts Regional Meetings

FAN Hosts Regional Meetings
In September, Fix Automotive Network hosted regional meetings in Ontario (shown) and B.C. (Photos: Huw Evans)

On September 19, following its Ontario Charity Golf Tournament, Fix Automotive Network (FAN) hosted its Ontario Regional Meeting at Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City, Ont.

The event was significant in that marked the first time that all brands within the Fix Automotive Network family were present for an annual regional meeting.

As a result, franchise strategic partners representing Fix Auto, Speedy Auto Service as well as NOVUS Glass travelled from across the province to attend.

Also present were members of the FAN corporate team, as well as valued suppliers, insurance and fleet representatives. In total, 160 attendees took part in the meeting.

Building for the future

Addressing attendees, Daryll O’Keefe, General Manager of Fix Automotive Network Ontario and Manitoba, said, that “the annual FAN Regional meeting is a great opportunity to bring the Ontario team together for not only business updates and networking, but also to continue to build on our One Family, One Vision philosophy.”

Also attending was Steve Leal, President & CEO, Fix Automotive Network World. Leal’s address was truly inspiring, as he provided updates on some new initiatives, platforms and programs underway.

These included updates to current systems in place, based on feedback from FAN’s strategic franchise partners, as well developments on the new Milton training centre and the Speedy Zone drive-through diagnostic vehicle health check system that will be implemented across the Speedy network, beginning with the corporate location in Mississauga, Ont.

During the day, attendees also got a chance to attend breakout sessions for each of the network brands, as well as an onsite trade show hosted in a rotunda format.

Milestone recognition

During the meeting, Fix Automotive Network also provided Milestone Awards to facilities that have achieved significant status in years of service within their communities.

In summing up the event, Daryll O’ Keefe said, “the success of the Fix Automotive Network is because of the hard work and dedication of the franchise strategic partners. “Some of our shops have been around for six decades,” said O’Keefe. “This is an amazing achievement and a testament to our brands’ integrity.”

Following on from the Ontario event, on September 29, FAN hosted another regional meeting, this time in British Columbia.

Taking place at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver, the event, emceed by Fix Automotive Network B.C. General Manager Thomas Maple, drew network participants from across the province and delivered a combination of general and breakout sessions, as well as a vendor trade show on-site. Like Ontario, this event represented the first time that all three brands—Fix Auto, Speedy and NOVUS Glass were represented.

FAN Ontario & Manitoba GM Daryll O’ Keefe, with FAN World President & CEO Steve Leal.
Steve Leal discusses updates and latest developments taking place across the network.
Networking breaks provided a great opportunity to discuss ideas.
Tony DeSantis provides a sales update at the Ontario meeting.
At the on-site trade show in Ontario, the Enterprise team were hard to miss!
Representing Advantage Parts Solutions—Mike Borkovich, Tifarah Senkow, Roger Brown, Jeff Chopik
Representing Pro Spot, Russ Duncan (centre) flanked by Bruce Murray (left) and Darrin Heise, Color Compass.
Rotunda format proved a great way to navigate the trade show.
Special recognition was given to strategic franchise partners who had reached significant milestones.
FAN’s corporate team in B.C. pose for a group photo at the regional meeting, September 29.
Audience participation was great at both events (B.C. meeting shown).
At the B.C. event tradeshow, members of the local Ronald McDonald House Charities team pose for a group photo.
Sandra Zalec provides an update on marketing initiatives across the network at the B.C. regional meeting.

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