Retail veterans switch management roles at OpenRoad
OpenRoad Auto Group — the largest dealership group in British Columbia —announced in mid-October that in support of continued growth within the company’s 18 dealerships, two of its general managers will trade responsibilities.
Dimitri Kotsalis is the new general manager of BMW Langley and MINI Langley, and Aly Jiwani is the new general manager of OpenRoad’s The BMW Store, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver and MINI Yaletown.
In 2011, Kotsalis became general manager of The BMW Store, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver and MINI Yaletown, where Jiwani is now responsible for operations. And Jiwani took on the role of general manager of BMW Langley and MINI Langley in 2010.
Kotsalis became Western regional manager of BMW Canada in 2009. His experience also includes time as general manager of Mercedes-Benz Richmond and Mercedes-Benz Markham.
He won the Mercedes-Benz Retailer of the Year award three times.
For nearly three years he also managed three factory-owned dealerships, including Australia’s flagship Mercedes-Benz of Sydney, as a dealer principal.
Since 2004, Jiwani has served in different positions at OpenRoad and earned multiple Honda Canada Senior Sales Master Awards and Grandmaster Awards. He was promoted to general manager of North Shore Acura in 2008 where he was later honored with two Acura ACE Awards. Jiwani is also the first Canadian to accept the Automotive News Top 40 Under 40 Automotive Professionals award.