Two dealers from the Philippines became 2016 GM International (GMI) Grandmasters in Barcelona, Spain, last May 9, 2016. The winners are Chevrolet Batangas, which was given the Rookie of the Year award. Representing Chevrolet Batangas were Mr. Felix Limcaoco, Mr. Carlo Montemayor and Mr. Doroteo Sornet

Meanwhile, Chevrolet Cebu was named Dealer of the Year and was represented by Ms. Emily Ong. They were among the 124 individuals in the region who received GM’s highest honor for its dealerships.

Now on its 13th year, the GMI Grandmasters program was created to reward GM’s best of the best dealers in the region for their excellence. Winners were selected based on vehicle and parts sales, service, customer satisfaction and facility standards. They were judged on both the quantity and the quality of their operations.

“Now, more than ever, we need high-performing business partners who are passionate about winning to sell and service our vehicles. Nobody knows our brands, products or customers better than our dealers. That is why we regard them as a critical part of our team,” said GM Executive Vice President and President of GM International Stefan Jacoby

“Our dealers are playing an important role in building the Chevrolet brand and supporting our sales in the Philippines. Like GM, our Grandmasters are putting the customer at the center of everything they do and building a culture to win. Their outstanding performance has set the standard for our entire network,” said Atty. Albert Arcilla, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Philippines – The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI).

During this year’s Grandmasters program, which began on May 8, GM provided participants an update on its business and its exciting plans for the future. It also showed dealers some of the products that are being launched across GMI markets in 2016 as well as in the coming years. The program concluded on May 11 in Castell de Sant Marcal with a gala dinner for all participants.

GMI announced that next year, the Grandmasters will progress to a more intimate, market-specific format. GM will continue to recognize elite dealers in each market as GM International Grandmasters, while encouraging and rewarding strong, high-performing teams. It will also launch the GM International President’s Club, an exclusive team of 10-15 dealers from across the region who will have the opportunity to truly influence the company’s business by sharing their input with GM’s leadership team.