GNR Principals Named Canada Dealer Of Year

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November 8, 2018 by   Leave a Comment

Jim Gorrie and Kevin Betzold

Jim Gorrie and Kevin Betzold of GNR Camping World RV Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, were jointly presented with the prestigious 2018 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award today at the RVDA of Canada’s Annual Meeting held at the RV Dealers Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.

Being the first time that the award has been awarded jointly, the two dealer principals (and brothers-in-law) of GNR Camping World RV Centre, were both moved and surprised to have received this honor in tandem, according to a press release. Melanie Taylor, from RV Lifestyle Magazine, presented the pair with the Walter Paseska Memorial Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.

“Thank you very much for this great honour”, stated Kevin Betzold. “Our father-in-law, Gil Robert, started the dealership in the early 1970s. His motto was always to create a unique and memorable camping experience. We strive to carry on that motto and ensure that we provide complete customer satisfaction and are totally committed to enhancing RV lifestyles.”

“RVing is a lifestyle and a true family experience. We are a family business and our family focus is front and center at the dealership”, noted Jim Gorrie. In fact, Gil Robert was himself recipient of the 1992 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.

Each year, the RVDA of Canada, in conjunction with RV Lifestyle Magazine and Dealer News, invites nominations from across Canada for the Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award. The award is dedicated to the memory of the late Walt Paseska, founder of Walt’s Trailer Sales in Headingley, Manitoba, in recognition of his many years of commitment and dedication to the RV industry. Since established in 1989 by Camping Canada Magazine, this award has been presented to individuals who share Walt’s enthusiasm and commitment, in recognition of their long-term contribution to the RV lifestyle, and commitment to the community as a whole.

The award is presented to a candidate who has:

  • Demonstrated long-term dedication to the RV industry and promotion of the RV lifestyle by the acting dealer principal of a recognized full service RV dealership
  • Shown commitment and participation in the RVDA at the provincial or national level;
  • Been recognized by customers and peers as a person with the highest integrity and credibility in both work and personal life, and
  • Made a contribution to their community.

Nominees for this year’s award were:

Al Robinson, Great Canadian RV, Peterborough, Ontario.

Eric Soulière, VR Soulière, Lanoraie, Quebec.

Keith Stapleton, Gimme Shelter, Mono, Ontario.

Collin Yaretz, South Thompson RV, Kamloops, British Columbia.

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