Welcome to Isuzu Kelowna
The Bannister Automotive Group of Dealerships
The Bannister Automotive Group’s history begins in 1979 when founder Lyn Bannister moved his family to Barrhead, AB and purchased Lyn Bannister Pontiac Buick with the backing of Motors Holding (a division of General Motors).
Their store was met with great success, and in 1990 Lyn sold his Barrhead store and moved to the Okanagan, purchasing Bannister GM Vernon. It was here that in 1996 Lyn Bannister was awarded MacLean’s Magazine “Dealer of Excellence Award” for the province of British Columbia. This prestigious award recognized the best new car dealers across Canada, and continues to be a testament to the Bannister Automotive Group’s customer service.
In the midterm, Lyn’s three children, Chad, Mark, and Mary-Jo, all have received their post-secondary education in business and the automotive industry. Mark and Mary-Jo attended the Canadian Automotive Institute in Barrie Ontario, then transferred to Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida for their final year where they both obtained their Bachelor of Business Administration, Automotive Marketing. Meanwhile, Chad attended Camrose Lutheran College where he obtained his bachelor of Economics, followed by a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Upon graduation he enrolled in the CA program with KPMG obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation while both Chad and Mary-Jo have taken the dealer academy training through NADA.
What was once only Lyn Bannister has truly become a family business! And it continues to this very day, where Chad now lives in the Okanagan and helps run Bannister Cadillac Buick GMC which was purchased in July 2013.
Today the Bannister Automotive Group is quickly becoming Western Canada’s most well-known and trusted dealer groups. With our core values of integrity, respect, and hard work, we have no doubt that you too will experience these values when you visit any one of our family-run businesses!