BRP honored its longest-tenured dealers from Club BRP in Montreal in July. The oldest dealership in each of its’ four categories also received an award.
“We wanted to pay tribute to the dealers who have been with us the longest. We wanted to thank them for their support, hard work and contribution to our mutual success over the years,” said Pierre Pichette, vice president of communications and public affairs. “Because we grew through acquisition, we decided to create four categories for the purpose of this exercise, Evinrude North America, Recreational Products (Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Can-Am) North America and International and a last one with all the members of the BRP Finland network. We acknowledged five people in each category. The oldest of each category received a very special souvenir in recognition of their long services to our company and to the business of powersport.”
Those honored, followed by their year they began working with BRP, were:
• Recreational Products North America: Leroy, David, Dean and Paul Simonar of Simonar Sports, Luxemburg, Wis., 1965; Brenda Neufeld of Turple Bros. Ltd., Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, 1965; Jacques Spense of Roland Spence & Fils Inc., Jonquière, Québec, Canada, 1965; Roger A. Pelletier of Roger A Pelletier, Cabano, Québec, Canada, 1965; Don Truchon of Truchon Fuels, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, 1964; Catherine Roberts Roberts of Sport Center, Inc., Saranac, N.Y., 1962; and Réal Hallé of André Halle & Fils Ltée, Amqui, Québec, Canada, 1961.
• Recreational Products International: Emil Itkin and Vidal Itkin of DEPAR Motor ve Malzene a.s., Turkey, 1968; Ian Smith of Angus Smith Marine, Townsville, Australia, 1966; John Ripard Jr. and Darius Goodwin of RLR Ltd., Malta, 1966; Gabriele and Silvio Lieto of Nautica Lieto, Gaeta, Italy, 1962; and Jon Hunt of Hunts Marine, Sydney, Australia, 1960.
• Evinrude North America: Paul J. Eby of Ipswich Outboard Motor and Boat, Ipswich, Mass., 1951; Edwin C. Fisher of Fisher’s Marina, Millersport, Ohio, 1950; Robert W. Rule of Maple City Marine Limited, Chatham, Ontario, Canada, 1950; Jeffery Sanborn of Handbergs Marine Inc., Crane Lake, Minn., 1926; and Scot Davidson of Bonnie Boats Limited, Jacksons Point, Ontario, Canada, 1923.
• BRP Finland: Roger Sagbakken of Motorspeed AS, Lillehammer,1980; Jan Kåre Nordheim of Elvsaas Motor og Fritidsenter AS, Molde, 1972; Heikki Tuovila of Tuovirengas, Kemijärvi, 1970; Christof Leitner of Intercom Dr Leitner, Sterzing, 1967; and Per Lindblad of Lindblads Motor, Vilhelmina, 1967.