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.

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.

driveKimberley Dow, Account Manager

Kimberley has spent her entire career in the auto industry, which started in 2000. She started working during high school as a part-time receptionist and continued to grow throughout multiple different roles in administration, accounting and sales until she eventually found her best fit at the dealership as a Financial Services Manager. She has a vast array of experience with domestic, import and luxury brands and most recently worked at Pfaff Audi as an FSM for six years. When she isn’t working she spends all her time with her husband, two small children and their dog or is often hosting their large extended family for meals and game-night.

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.

driveDaphne Gnanapragasam, Account Manager

Daphne originally comes from an accounting and finance background. While helping her sister purchase a car, she fell in love with the industry! She started selling Volkswagens and later moved on to selling Audis.

Her natural ability to genuinely connect and help people is what distinguishes her in the industry.

When Daphne isn’t working, she enjoys spending her time with her family, friends, pets, travelling and learning new cultures.