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Gerry first began his career in Scotland at his father’s Ford Dealership where he was involved in converting vehicles to hand-controls for disabled drivers.

In 1969 Gerry headed west and began work for Maclin Ford as a Sales Representative and then spent 5 years as the New Vehicles Sales Manager.

In 1979 Gerry bought a small GM Dealership in Vulcan, AB.

In 1983, Gerry bought Southridge Mercury Lincoln and renamed it Woodridge Lincoln Mercury, now named Woodridge Ford Lincoln.  In 1984 Woodridge recorded the highest sales volume of new Mercury cars in Canada.  In 1985 Woodridge outsold all Mercury and Ford franchise dealers in the nation.

Continued Business Developments:

1987   Woodridge Body Shop facility opened

1987   Village Honda was opened in partnership with Dr. Peter Finch

1991   Okotoks Ford Lincoln commenced business

1992   Cavalcade Auto Acceptance Corp was established

1995   Advantage Ford sales was opened

1996   Purchased Big 4 Motors together with Glen Barreth

2009   Built and moved into new Woodridge Ford Lincoln facility

2013   Built and moved into new Okotoks Ford Lincoln facility

2015   Driverz Auto Sales Ltd. was opened

2020    Wood Auto Rentals was opened

Over the past 36 years Gerry has continued to grow these and other business enterprises. The Wood Automotive Group has pioneered and fine-tuned customer marketing initiatives, the concept of vehicle leasing and cost-effective, excellent service, and has made a commitment to life-long relationships.

The Wood Automotive Group now employs almost 600 individuals providing outstanding employment opportunities in the Calgary area.

As a recognized leader in the Canadian Automotive Sector, Gerry has accepted many key appointments with local, provincial and national associations.  As a member of several executive bodies, he represents Canadian automotive dealers to both manufacturers and governments.

He is highly active in the Calgary and Okotoks communities.  Some of Gerry’s involvements entail organizations such as the Inclusion Alberta, Robbie Burns Club of Calgary, Mustard Seed, and The Salvation Army. The Woodridge Charity Golf Tournament celebrated its 30th and final year in 2015 and with the tireless efforts and hard work of his wife Elaine, has raised almost 4 million dollars in funding towards the building of the PREP School and programs for individuals with Down syndrome.  Gerry has furthered his commitment to supporting children’s charity as a major sponsor of the Shaw Charity Classic Golf Tournament and the creation of the Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month Award in support of KidSport and Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank.

AWARDS:

2018              Received the Order of Canada

2017              Inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame

2017              Rotary Club International Integrity Award

2017              10+ time President’s Award winner, Ford Canada

2015              Ford Credit Master’s of Excellence Award

2012             Business in Calgary Magazine –“Leaders of Tomorrow”

2010             Rotary Club International Integrity Award

2006             Northwood University, Automobile Dealer, Education Award

2003             Immigrant of Distinction, Business Award

2000             Maclean’s Dealer of Excellence Award

1999             Retail Entrepreneur of the Year

1997            Finalist in Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies

1991             #1 Plan Deal in Canada, Ford Credit Canada Limited

1987             Pinnacle Award – Business Leadership Award

1987 – 1997   Calgary Private 100 Award

PAST & PRESENT COMMITTEES

  • Chairperson of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association
    • 1997-1998        Secretary-Treasurer
    • 1998-1999        2nd Vice-Chair
    • 1999-2000        1st Vice-Chair
    • 2000-2001        Chairman of the Board
    • 2001-2002        Immediate Past Chair
    • 2002-2003        Senior Past Chair
  • Past Director of Co-Auto Dealers Association of Alberta
  • Past Director of Alberta Ford & Mercury Advertising Association
  • SAIT Institutional – Past Advisory Committee
  • Calgary Burns Club – Lifetime member
  • Past Board of Directors of Down Syndrome Research Foundation
  • Past – Major Corporate Sponsors Committee for Calgary Stampede
  • Mount Royal College – Advisory Board member for the Transitional Vocational Program, Faculty of Continuing Education
  • Calgary Handibus Association Fund Development Advisory Board
  • Alberta Scottish Business Association – President

CHARITIES

  • Salvation Army – Advisory Board
  • Woodridge Charity Golf Tournament committee member and founder – 30 years, raising close to $4 million to support Down Syndrome research, education, the PREP program and building the Woodridge PREP Centre/School for individuals with down syndrome & their families
  • Children’s Wish Foundation
  • United Way
  • Inclusion Alberta
  • Shaw Charity Classic
  • Foothills Country Hospice Society
  • Sheep River Health Trust
  • Partnered Wood Automotive Group and 7 dealerships with KidSport & Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank
  • Foothills Search & Rescue
  • Special Olympics Calgary
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Calgary Dream Centre
  • Military Family Resource Centre
  • Field of Crosses Society
  • Shriners Hospital for Children
  • Breast Cancer Society of Canada
  • Alzheimer Society of Calgary
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta
  • Alberta Cancer Foundation
  • Kids Cancer Care
  • Stars Air Ambulance
  • Edmonton Down Syndrome Society
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Bethany Care Foundation
  • Calgary Flames Foundation
  • The Mustard Seed
  • Calgary Drop-In Centre

EO Calgary

Membership: 108
Median Sales ($USD): 2.5M
Employees: 7,787

Contact Us

EO Calgary
Unit 345
2500 Castle Dr
Calgary, AB

T: (403) 629-4753
E: info@eocalgary.com