2007 Kenworth Dealer of the Year goes to Custom Truck Sales

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Custom Truck Sales in Regina, Sask., was named 2007 Kenworth Dealer of the Year for the United States and Canada at the annual Kenworth Dealer Meeting held recently in San Diego. Kansas City was named 2007 Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year.

“We’re very honored to be chosen for this prestigious award from among the many outstanding Kenworth dealerships,” says Brent Leach, president of Custom Truck Sales. “This recognition is a great testament to the hard work of our dedicated employees, who provide a high level of service to customers on a daily basis.”

Custom Truck Sales was chosen as Kenworth Dealer of the Year from among Kenworth’s six Gold Award winners for 2007, which also includes Edmonton Kenworth (Edmonton, Alb.), Inland Kenworth – U.S. (California, Arizona and New Mexico), Kenworth of South Texas (San Antonio), Kenworth Sales Co. (Salt Lake City) and MHC Kenworth (Oklahoma).

“Custom Truck Sales had an excellent year in 2007 by selling the entire Kenworth heavy- and medium-duty truck product line and providing excellent customer support,” says Bob Christensen, general manager of Kirkland, Wash.-based Kenworth and Paccar vice president.

Custom Truck Sales has been a Kenworth dealer since 1965 and operates dealerships in Regina, Saskatoon and Estevan, Sask., and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The dealer isn’t new to the awards podium; Custom Truck Sales won Kenworth silver awards in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

The other four Kenworth dealer finalists recognized in the medium-duty category at the meeting were Inland Kenworth – U.S. (California, Arizona and New Mexico), Kenworth of Birmingham (Ala.), MHC Kenworth (Texas) and Kenworth Toronto.

“It’s an outstanding honor for MHC Kenworth – Kansas City to be recognized as Kenworth Medium Duty Dealer of the Year,” says Tim Murphy, MHC Kenworth president. “We have a strong, dedicated emphasis on serving medium-duty truck customers, and we are proud of the dealership’s efforts in providing excellent customer satisfaction every day. We offer all the Kenworth PremierCare programs, extended parts and service hours, mobile maintenance, and now we offer the new Kenworth T170 Class 5, T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 models, which perform well in a wide range of medium-duty applications.”

“MHC Kenworth – Kansas City is a leader among the Kenworth dealer network that has made an outstanding commitment to medium-duty customers with investments in parts, service and personnel,” Christensen says.

Also during the Kenworth Dealer Meeting:

  • Kenworth honored its 14 2007 Silver Award winners: Cooper Kenworth, Inland Kenworth (Canada), Kenworth Northwest, Kenworth of South Louisiana, Kenworth Toronto, Long Island Kenworth, MHC Kenworth (Colorado), MHC Kenworth – Kansas City, MHC Kenworth (Tennessee), MHC Kenworth (Texas), Motor Power Kenworth – Great Falls, Truck Enterprises – Chesapeake, Wallwork Kenworth and Worldwide Equipment; and
  • Kenworth named the members of its 2008 Dealer Council, which consists of leading executives from the company’s 300 dealerships in the United States and Canada: Chairman – Jay Ellison, Kenworth of South Texas, San Antonio; Brent Leach, Custom Truck Center, Regina, Sask.; Harry Mamizuka, Bay Area Kenworth, Oakland, Calif.; Dan Penksa, Kenworth of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.; Alex Sykes, Cooper Kenworth, Durham, N.C.; and Ron Whiteford, Lower Great Lakes Kenworth, South Bend, Ind. Kyle Treadway, Kenworth Sales Co. in Salt Lake City, serves as the Kenworth ATD line representative. The council’s goal is to help promote program consistency across the dealer network so that every Kenworth dealership provides a superior level of customer service.
  • The truck maker also named its 2008 Kenworth Service Council, which is comprised of leading Kenworth service managers in the United States and Canada: Chairman – Frank Chiarizia, Inland Kenworth, Burnaby, B.C; Mike Allen, GreatWest Kenworth, Calgary, Alberta; Michael Donnelly, MHC Kenworth – Little Rock, Ark.; Scott Elders, Michigan Kenworth, Grand Rapids, Mich.; John Gibson, Truck Enterprises, Harrisonburg, Va.; Adam Jurgens, Kenworth Sales – Missoula, Mont.; Mark Haywood, Cooper Kenworth, Durham; Michel Nault, Kenworth Montreal, St-Laurent, Quebec; and Kenworth Dealer Council representative Alex Sykes, Cooper Kenworth, Durham.