The annual Elite Support CIC Summit includes a competition for Continuous Improvement Event of the Year and was won by Freightliner Northwest team.
Any Continuous Improvement Coordinator (CIC) from the 294 Elite Support Certified dealerships can submit an event for the competition. This year, the Gordon Truck Centers (GTC) dealer family including Freightliner Northwest (FNW) and Western Star Northwest (WSNW), submitted nine events in total, the largest team effort by any Dealer family. Dealership CI events are part of the commitment to the Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) Elite Support program, the company says.
Two FNW CI events and CICs made it into the competition’s Top 16. Brian Nicol represented the Redmond, Ore., branch with an event focused on “Time to 1st Communication” and Linda Meacham represented the Spokane, Wash., branch with an “Express Repair” event. Meacham’s event worked through three separate rounds of voting and claimed the top spot and trophy for CI Event of the Year.
The GTC dealer family has previously had events in the top 16 and top eight with this year earning the first Event of the Year award. “This is an extraordinary accomplishment and testament to the hard work of the Spokane team — they are number one out of all Elite Support Certified Dealers in North America,” says Sean Bolan, Dealer Family Continuous Improvement Coordinator.
Meacham says, “This project was countless hours of work over nine months and our service team deserves every bit of the recognition that FNW-Spokane received at the summit. I am honored to have represented such a stellar team and project.”
In addition to the Event of the Year accolades, Nicol was one of this year’s two inductees into the Elite Support Summit Club. The Summit Club is elite, with less than 15 members of longtime, dedicated CICs who have shown great leadership among their CIC peers. The Summit Club works directly with DTNA’s Elite Support team and plays a large part in shaping the Elite Support program, as well as planning the annual Summit. Nicol joins Jerrad Avery, Freightliner Northwest Regional Operations Director for the East, as GTC’s second member of the Summit Club, the company says.
“The Spokane team had a fantastic CI event and Linda did an amazing job showcasing the event. GTC has received recognition at every Summit as a CI event runner up or one of the other awards, this year was no different and for Spokane to win CI event of the year really was a proud moment,” says Nicol.
Gordon Truck Centers Inc. congratulates Nicol, who has helped lead the dealership family on Elite Support for 10 years.
The Elite Support program is a commitment to a high standard of consistent customer experience across a network of certified dealers. The GTC dealership family is committed to taking the necessary steps to earn and maintain certification at all locations across the network, the company says.