With the opening of his very first store in 1987, President, Jim McManes fashioned a culture where people come first. This is still evident in all of his 20 stores across Canada today, including South Trail Kia. The McManes Auto group acquired South Trail Kia and took over operations in October of 2015. Since then, we've been the biggest Kia dealership, built to be a car dealership, in Canada. We promote professional and personal development and we really strive to hire from within. South Trail Kia has a culture that cares about their employees and their families and we hold a variety of employee events including dunk tanks, curling bonspiel, softball games and many more!
Our Dealer Principal, Kelly Temple, started selling cars for Jim McManes in October of 1992 and he has been the managing partner of South Trail Kia since 2012. Her roots are from Saskatchewan but has lived in Calgary since 1969! Kelly is a great example of a Core Value of the McManes Group - successful achievers will have opportunities to advance! Kelly uses a collaborative management style that leverages the strength of each team member which brings out the best of each employee. Kelly was the President of the Calgary Motor Dealer Association in 2015 and a Chairperson of the Calgary International Auto & Truck Show in 2016.
Vision: It is the vision of South Trail Kia to continually improve our customer satisfaction, our team skills and our company profitability.
Mission: It is the mission of South Trail Kia to provide our clients with professionally trained, qualified and trusted service to meet all of their automotive needs!
Values: South Trail Kia values our team, our customers and our community!
New Car Sales Manager
“My name is Greg Lee and I have been working at South Trail Kia as a sales manager since we opened in 2015. Prior to that, I was still with McManes group as a sales person and got promoted as a sales manager. I love working for South Trail Kia, as they value my skills and are fully committed to help me become a successful professional in the industry. Most importantly, they treat me like family. Coming to work feels like I am going to another home and this makes me happy to be at work. They are dedicated to help you grow within, and they will give you the opportunity to grow together and this is a great motivation for me. I have worked for other groups in the past 7 years and McManes Group is definitely the one I will be continuing my career with, and I would recommend our group to anyone!”
New Vehicle Sales Manager
“My name is Serge Bilan and I am a Finance Manager. I have been with South Trail KIA since the 1st day of its operation and started as a sales consultant. It has been an amazing time here as the employees are very great people to work with. The management team is here to support you and company provides an opportunity for advancement. Definitely would recommend South Trail KIA to anyone who is looking to start a career in automotive industry.”
Accounting and Payroll Clerk, Health and Safety Coordinator
“I have been with South Trail Kia since we opened in 2015, and the McManes Group of Companies since 2014. When I started at South Trail Kia, I had no Payroll knowledge. The Dealership has supported me through my payroll schooling and has given me the motivation to know I can do anything that I set my mind to. With this support and encouragement, I now have one course left to complete before I get my Payroll certificate. Since I started working for the McManes Group of Companies I have noticed that we are a Family Oriented Company.”
We pride ourselves on providing a clear and defined career path to all of our employees. Our management team consists of people who have been trained and promoted from within our organization. Employees are encouraged to take training through NADA, SAIT and other automotive related faculties that will provide employees with skills to advance to their next level.
Additionally, we strive to be much more than a business. We are partners with our community and as an employee, you will get a chance to give back as well. We partner with many local organizations, charities and events with the goal of supporting our local community and the less fortunate. South Trail Kia takes great pride in giving back to the community. Here are some examples of our involvement. South Trail Kia hosted a fundraiser in May of 2017 to support local kids sports and Calgary Bronco’s Athletic Association. We also participated in Stephen's Backpacks, Kia Canada, Calgary Food Bank and One Warm Coat!