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    Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    For those that don’t have social media, Yvan Lacroix has decided to retire.

    Best wishes to him and his wife On the next chapter of his life.



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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    there going to have a tough time getting someone to fill his shoes
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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Didn`t take long for him to find a new place

    After the announcement of my retirement, one of the first phone calls I received was from Lake Country Manufacturing. I’ve accepted the role of Global Brand Ambassador, along with Kelly Harris. We will be involved in training, R&D, trade shows, and product launches.

    I’m extremely excited as to what the future holds, Lake Country Manufacturing is a family owned company, that prides itself on its extensive and innovative line of products. With the addition of Lake Country Power Tools I’m going to have a lot of fun sharing all that Lake Country has to offer with my students, friends and followers! To learn more about Lake Country Manufacturing, please watch this short video.

    https://youtu.be/oFHadKgtBmQ

    Here is the official press release.

    Lake Country Manufacturing Launches
    Global Brand Ambassador Program at SEMA Show

    (Oconomowoc, WI, November 5, 2019) -- Lake Country Manufacturing, a pioneer in the detailing industry, has launched a new Global Brand Ambassador program at SEMA Show 2019. After over four decades of making premium polishing pads and accessories, in 2018, Lake Country Manufacturing rolled out a new logo and brand identity and launched a new company, LC Power Tools. The new Global Brand Ambassador program is the next stage in further expanding the brand’s worldwide market share.

    Kelly Harris, expert detailer and owner of KDS Keltec Ltd. and Yvan Lacroix, a well-respected car care expert and instructor, are the first two members of the Lake Country Manufacturing Global Brand Ambassador team. Harris will focus on the growing detailing business in Europe, while Lacroix will travel throughout the United States and Canada. Both will be on hand at the Lake Country Manufacturing / LC Power Tools booth (#50907) at SEMA Show 2019 in Las Vegas.
    In addition to representing both of the Lake Country brands at trade shows and end-user focused events, the brand ambassadors will also participate in and host detailer training classes in their territories. They’ll also be key players in the company’s product development process, conducting real-world testing of designs and providing input on future concepts. Both have loyal fans of their own, and will continue to share product training videos and detailing tips through their existing social media channels and websites.

    “I’m proud of our company’s well-earned reputation as a leader and innovator. Lake Country helped fuel the growth of the detailing industry, expanding and adapting our product lines to meet the evolving needs of the market,” states company President Jay Schneider. “Today, Lake Country Manufacturing products are sold in over 50 countries worldwide, and we’re also launching our first power tool, the LC Power Tools UDOS 51E. With their extensive industry experience, Kelly and Yvan are terrific additions to our existing team of professionals with a deep understanding of the detailing market. As we grow, the members of this team will help us to continue building our loyal fan base worldwide.”

    About Kelly Harris
    Kelly Harris is the founder and president of KDS Keltec Ltd, based in Kent, England. Following a lifelong interest in painting and customizing vehicles, Kelly founded his own business in 2008 and has built a reputation for providing premium automotive detailing, painting and mechanical work. KDS Keltec now employs six technicians, and has detailed over 2,500 vehicles. Kelly is also an experienced teacher, and provides detailing training classes to both small and large groups worldwide.

    Kelly Harris Social Media Links: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram

    About Yvan Lacroix

    Yvan Lacroix has been involved in the car care industry for over 3 decades. His passion for efficiency and innovation has driven him to create new products, tools and techniques. His business acumen is backed by founding a successful franchise system in his home province of Quebec, Canada, to being VP of business development for a major chemical company. Yvan’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit bring him teach the art of the business of detailing world wide.
    Yvan Lacroix’s Social Media Links: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram

    About Lake Country Manufacturing & LC Power Tools
    With over 50 patents worldwide, Lake Country Manufacturing has been an industry leader in the development of innovative polishing products, pads and accessories since 1977. LC Power Tools was launched in 2018 with an initial concentration on creating power tools for the professional detailing market. Both family-owned businesses are based in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.


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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Kelly Harris and Yvan Lacroix !!! The new dream team for Lake Country !!!
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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Pats300zx View Post
    Kelly Harris and Yvan Lacroix !!! The new dream team for Lake Country !!!
    Can`t forget Bob from Flex is also there as well. LC is in good hands.
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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Huh. Doesn’t sound like it was much of a retirement.

    Don’t mean at all to discount how much time he’s put in for Optimum; just interesting to announce you’re taking some you time, then 10 days later you’re back in action (including manning a booth at SEMA).

    I always liked Yvan back when I listened to the Optimum Podcast. I do wish him the best and hope his new gig fits into his goals he listed in his retirement post.
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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Money talks lol.
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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Oneheadlite View Post
    ... hope his new gig fits into his goals he listed in his retirement post.
    Sounds like he still gets to travel the country (or world). And now he gets paid to do so. Plus it strikes me that he actually enjoys doing what he does. Sounds like it fits his goals just fine

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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Oneheadlite View Post
    Huh. Doesn’t sound like it was much of a retirement.

    Don’t mean at all to discount how much time he’s put in for Optimum; just interesting to announce you’re taking some you time, then 10 days later you’re back in action (including manning a booth at SEMA).

    I always liked Yvan back when I listened to the Optimum Podcast. I do wish him the best and hope his new gig fits into his goals he listed in his retirement post.
    Clearly that was a face-saving excuse for why he left Optimum, he obviously wasn`t "retiring", only retiring from Optimum.
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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by JustJesus View Post
    Sounds like he still gets to travel the country (or world). And now he gets paid to do so. Plus it strikes me that he actually enjoys doing what he does. Sounds like it fits his goals just fine
    Um...I don`t think he was doing all that stuff for Optimum for free.

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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by Setec Astronomy View Post
    Um...I don`t think he was doing all that stuff for Optimum for free.
    I guess that makes me "the baaaaad guy. Duh"
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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Also maybe his role as brand ambassador entails much less hands on


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    Re: Yvan Lacroix of Optimum Retirement Announcement

    Good for him, he did great things to boost the footprint of the Optimum brand and had a knack for defending the brand without being defensive.

 

 

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