About the Morris Group of Companies
Walt Morris, a native of Stratford, Ontario, began in humble surroundings and relied on a strong work ethic and the values that he was taught during his time as a hockey player for much of his success. Hockey was a big part of Walt’s upbringing teaching him the importance of working as a team, loyalty and above all how to be a true leader. Walt was the Captain of the Stratford Cullitons Junior Hockey team, leading the team in 1986 to the win of the All Ontario Championship for the Ontario Junior Hockey League. After this triumph, Walt hung up his skates and started his career in the auto industry selling cars at a Mazda dealership in Guelph Ontario at 22 years old. This is where the Morris Group of Companies’ story began.
In 1993, Walt moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba with the vision of creating a name for himself in the auto industry. After 7 successful years as General Sales Manager at a local General Motors dealership, he was presented with the opportunity to become Vice President and General Manager of a Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealer across town, which were both consecutively number one every year. His rapid ascent continued in 2005 when he partnered with an Alberta automotive group to buy into Winnipeg Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in the Pointe West Autopark. Under Walt’s leadership, it rose quickly to be number 1 on the Prairies for 12 consecutive years however this achievement was only made possible by the team of talented individuals employed within the dealership. Walt’s focus has always been to build a unified team and together exceed the expectations of customers by providing them with an exceptional and honest experience both in sales and service. Walt continues to be a leader in the automotive industry as well as following his passion for fast cars, as he brought the Red River Co-Op Speedway to Manitoba, the largest oval stock car race track in central Canada. Exclusive Bus Lines was the next welcomed addition to the growing Group which is a charter and tour bus company providing transportation from Southwestern Manitoba to points all across North America.
In 2017, Walt had an opportunity come along to branch out on his own in mid 2017 forming the Morris Group of Companies. The automotive companies include Kenora Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kenora Honda and in 2018 he brought a new level of luxury to Winnipeg with Maserati and Alfa Romeo of Winnipeg. The Morris Group of Companies also consists of non-automotive companies which are Exclusive Bus Lines, Red River Co-op Speedway, Exclusive Car & Truck Wash and Headingley West Storage. The Morris Group of Companies is solely owned and operated by Walt Morris and supported by his devoted family.
Walt is extremely grateful and proud of his family as he has his loving spouse Cassandra at his side along with the entire Morris family. Walt’s brother, Wade is the Vice President and has brought a tremendous amount of knowledge and professionalism to the organization. Wade and his spouse Lucy moved to Winnipeg in 2016 to join the family business leaving his successful career as the President of Innpower Corporation. Walt’s two sons Brendan and Jared are a strong part of the automotive side managing Maserati and Alfa Romeo of Winnipeg. Both men come by the automotive gene honestly and Brendan recently graduated from the National Automobile Dealers Academy in Washington, D. C. Walt and Wade’s parents are also very involved offering their constant love and support to the whole family.
The Morris Group of Companies attributes their growth and success to the 200 amazing people that are employed within the organization. The Morris philosophy is “take care of your employees; and they will take care of your customers.” As a result of our “Always Promote from Within” mindset, there is great opportunity for employee growth and advancement.
The Morris Group of Companies is characterized by its emphasis on family, employee loyalty and its dedicated involvement in their local communities as a generous and supportive corporate citizen. Each year they adopt worthy causes and charitable organizations giving back to the communities that have meant so much to their success. Walt is proud to have accomplished what he has in Manitoba and North Western Ontario and looks forward to the future and continued growth of the Morris Group of Companies as it expands its footprint across Canada.