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Nairn McKenna

At Company of Cars we as a team get to have some sway over our future and how we interact with our customers. That’s huge and you really don’t see that anywhere else!

—Nairn

Nairn began his career in the automotive sector as wholesale broker in 1998 with the Lansdowne Auto Group. In 2008, Nairn took what he learned working closely with franchise dealers, auto groups, and independent pre-owned dealers and established his own dealership – Company of Cars. When Nairn isn’t focused on his business, he is an avid athlete, CrossFit enthusiast and Martial Arts practitioner. He spends a great deal of his time mentoring youth in his community and building their confidence through sports. Driven and passionate about his community, Nairn is proud of his recent contributions towards establishing the Automotive Retailers Foundation. This Foundation, on which Nairn serves as a founding member, is dedicated to advancing education for the automotive service industry through the provision of scholarships and offering of poverty relief through tuition subsidies. Active and out-spoken in the automotive community, Nairn serves as a board member on the ARA (Automotive Retailers Association of BC) and as an ARA-nominated representative on the board of the VSA (Motor Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia), offering unique and innovative views to board discussions and decision making whenever possible.

Position/Title at Company of Cars: Dealer Principal
Time with Company of Cars: Since the beginning of time …
What does your job entail? Management, Sales, wholesale, sometimes lot attendant and car jockey, occasional motivational speaker, with a sprinkling of HR and Marketing.
How did your childhood prepare you for your job today? I spent most of my childhood dressed up as Superman, Spiderman or Batman, or painting, drawing and creating with my mom. I’m not really sure where I went wrong?
What is something about you that nobody knows? I took Ballet in my teens.
How do you spend your time when you’re not working? Company of Cars is my baby and the people that work with me are my family too, so a tremendous amount of my focus is directed towards this business and how we can make it better. I love to snowboard and box and stay active too so fitness is a central part of my life/work/family balance, but nothing in this world beats simple Sunday adventures spent with my wife and 2 year old daughter.
Describe your first car and what you loved or hated most about it? It was VW Scirocco that was taken away about 6 days after I first drove it.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? I did a lot of crazy things when I was younger. None are appropriate for this bio.
Why are you passionate about Company of Cars?At Company of Cars we as a team get to have some sway over our future and also over how we choose to interact with our customers. That’s huge and you really don’t see that anywhere else! This industry still has many negative stigmas and stereotypes associated with it. I see Company of Cars as a an opportunity and a bastion for something better.

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