About Us - Our Team

“Honesty and integrity are at the root of everything we do.”

driveFarid Ahmad, Partner

Farid was educated in the U.K. and graduated from Brooklyn’s Technical College in 1981. After several years in various positions in the auto industry in England, he immigrated to Canada in 1991 and joined a Honda dealership as a Sales Manager and eventually General Sales Manager. While there, he attended and graduated from the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy.

A true entrepreneur, Farid eventually left the retail automotive industry to start his own recruitment company with a focus on the automotive industry. Today, auto careers group has grown to became the largest automotive recruitment companies in Canada and have placed over 1,000 candidates in the retail automotive industry since 1996.

Farid is considered an industry expert in recruitment and hiring and has been a guest speaker for Chrysler Canada, Porsche Canada, BC Dealers association as well as other automotive industry groups.

Over the years, Farid has developed many strong relationships with dealer principals and manufacturers so when he decided that he wanted to become involved with the Mergers & Acquisitions business for dealerships, he was able to combine his knowledge and experience of the industry and his contact base to grow Dealer Solutions Canada into the largest Mergers & Acquisitions Company in Canada in just a few years. As of today he has been involved in over 70 dealership transactions.

Outside of the office you can find Farid with his family entertaining or enjoying a quiet evening with his two boys and wife Kim. He is an avid traveller having been to over 40 countries and continues to add to his list.

driveJordan Rees, Partner & CEO

Jordan Rees is our C.E.O and driving force of customer satisfaction and growth. Combining a mix business strategy with professional leadership and development. Jordan works with business owners and General Managers like you to help build your teams, and help discover the hidden talent in our industry. Whether you are a big dealer group, or a family run operation, Jordan will assist in determining and finding the right fit to help increase your business.

Jordan brings more than 10 years of management experience in the automotive industry. Before joining auto careers group, Jordan started his career in the industry at the Canadian Automotive Institute (C.A.I.) at Georgian College, and has experience at a corporate head office with a luxury brand in Sales and Distribution. Jordan then went on to retail where he spent five years in Sales Management and F&I. Jordan joined auto careers group as an automotive recruitment specialist and later became a partner in the new West Coast Operations, overseeing Calgary and Vancouver which service Winnipeg West to Vancouver and North to the Yukon and Territories. In 2015, Jordan was named Chief Executive Officer to oversee Canada and the expansion throughout the USA. With Jordan’s focus on building relationships, and ensuring each client receives our top service every time, he and his teams are sure to be a valuable asset to your recruitment needs.

driveMakenzie Carr, Executive Assistant

Makenzie comes to us from a recruitment and service background, with experience in telemarketing. She is a highly organized individual that strives to help our business become as efficient and successful as possible.

She has been with us since 2015. Starting out as a recruiter she learned auto careers group’s specialized recruitment process and has a clear understanding of the automotive industry. Friendly and optimistic, she enjoys building good relationships with everyone she encounters and is always ready to help out where ever it’s needed.

Makenzie enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, Snowboarding and painting during her time away from the office.

drivePatrick Kennedy, Director of Operations - East

Born in raised in Toronto Patrick has always had a passion for cars. Watching his father tinker with various Audis and Volvos are some of his earliest memories. Patrick originally followed his favorite scholastic subject Chemistry into the lab. Working for 7 years in the Chemical Industry as both a Laboratory Technician and Technical Sales Rep.

Eventually he followed his heart into the Automotive business in early 2007 starting at Queensway Audi as both Sales and Sales Manager and more recently at Pfaff Audi as Sales Manager. Patrick brings a wealth of experience in the IHG segment to the team and looks forward to assisting you in finding the very best people from his extensive and ever growing network. Outside the office Patrick enjoys writing music, watching Formula One, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

driveAlissa Swail, Director of Operations - West

Alissa joins us after a career that has taken her from cars to cosmetics and back again. She has an extensive and successful history as a Financial Services Manager at both import and domestic dealerships and for many years led a large team of independent consultants as a successful Senior Sales Director for a major Cosmetics Company. Her professional history also includes extensive travel as a part of a dynamic training team who taught sales professionals how to use customer based communication in order to increase their profitability. She is the proud mother of twin daughters, a travel enthusiast and adventurer who, when she isn’t working, can be found enjoying the beaches at her second home on the coast of Ecuador.

driveLorelei Krier, Account Manager

Lorelei has over 25 years of experience in the Automotive Industry ranging from Account Management for large Insurance companies to retail experience as a Financial Services Manager. She started her career in the automotive lending side with BMO in Calgary and after a year, was transferred to the West Coast where she has never looked back.

Throughout her career, she has always loved the interaction with her peers and has proven herself to be self-motivated, confident, and an articulate sales executive with the ability to pioneer the development of start-up operations, maximize revenue generating opportunities, and deliver best-in-class staff training to ensure optimal productivity. She is an effective communicator, listener, and negotiator with expertise in identifying sales opportunities and securing lucrative multi-year contracts.

She has always had a keen interest in assisting in the development of talented individuals to ensure the success of the industry she has loved for so long.

When Lorelei isn’t working, she is probably enjoying time with her family and friends.

driveJim Ralph, Account Manager

Jim comes from 15 years of Automotive Sales and Management experience. He started out as a Sales and Leasing Consultant and very quickly became a consistent top salesperson achieving the top 1% in sales across North America. From there moved onto management positions with Major National Fleet Companies and Ford Motor Company.

His professional background also includes widespread travel and employment with Canada's Department of National Defence, the US Military, NATO, and the United Nations. In 1988, the United Nations was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Jim is a very proud recipient of that prize. This experience affords him to handle very high stress situations, the ability to solve problems quickly, effectively, and efficiently. Placing the right people in the right position to achieve the best result has always been a top priority. There is no such thing as a problem without an effective and positive solution, the circle has to always complete itself.

In his spare time he enjoys entertaining his family, cooking gourmet food, along with casual wine tasting, and spending time on the ocean at his property in Eastern Canada.

driveJayne Reczulski, Account Manager

Jayne is a graduate from Durham College in Human Resources Management. With a background in retail management, she discovered her passion for people. Starting as a sales associate and working her way into management, she started specializing in Human Resources and recruiting. Jayne’s passion for people and natural ability to get to know others has set her apart in the recruitment field. Jayne loves recruitment because she enjoys helping people grow within their career paths, as well as getting to meet new people along the way.

Outside of work Jayne enjoys spending time with her dog Emma at her cottage in the Haliburton Highlands. She also enjoys new dining experiences with friends and watching the latest movies.

driveTracy Sveinson, Account Manager

Tracy has joined us from our automotive industry, having opportunity to learn many sides, most recently as Business Development Manager with one of the automotive lenders. She was the Regional Director of western Canada with Dealertrack Technologies, building an extremely successful sales team. She traveled extensively throughout the western provinces with the area managers driving revenue and providing leadership. Having the opportunity to meet many of dealers as well as their teams, this continues to be one of highlights of her career. Prior to this Tracy was a financial services manager working in both import and domestic stores, earning top business manager awards several years running. Tracy has a passion for building people and organizations to their full potential, which in displayed in the fact that throughout her career she has continued to educated herself from talented individuals, such as Jack Canfield – Human Potential Development, as well as Dr. Gary Chapman – Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People. She is the mother of two highly motivated daughters. Tracy is also a competitive reining horse rider and made it to the North American Affiliate finals her first year out. She will offer this same commitment to your recruitment needs.

driveLiam Moore, Account Manager

Originally from Barbados, Liam is a Marketing graduate from Seneca College who first joined the company under our marketing department. His firm belief in the power of relationship cultivation led him to a role as an account manager where he puts his business development knowledge and his people to use connecting Canada’s dealerships with top talent.

Outside of work Liam loves to play soccer (and is an avid Toronto FC fan), practice guitar and piano, and hit the gym.

driveCharmaine Perez, Recruiter

Charmaine is a graduate of Psychology and has extensive years of recruitment experience. Having started her recruitment career in IT, she then moved on to associate positions, heavy equipment, and then automotive. Her variety of experience and passion in recruitment, not to mention her years of study in Psychology, gives her an edge in the field.

When she’s not working, she enjoys reading books, playing video games, binge watching TV series, and playing with her dogs.

driveChristie Abagon, Recruiter

Christie has a degree in Management Accounting, but her background is in Customer Service and Recruitment. She has experience working for multiple industries, but her passion is in Lead Sourcing in the Automotive industry.

She is driven to help ACG find the perfect candidates for our clients, and her people and time management skills are her strongest assets in achieving her goals.

To be able to lead a balanced life, Christie makes it a point to spend enough time with her child and husband, who love to go on short trips together as a family.