Hard work is a prized trait in the O’Gorman family so it should come as no surprise that Mitchell O’Gorman also worked his way up from a lot attendant, washing cars (before bussing tables at Earls at night), to his current position as Team Ford’s General Sales Manager. He had also found himself as a night shift manager at Earls, but between the early success he experienced in automotive, and the importance he placed on supporting his family, he’s spent the better part of the last twelve years honing his skills at Ford dealerships using the honest and upfront approach.
The dream wasn’t always selling cars, and Mitchell was an exceptional multi-sport athlete. If he wasn’t on the basketball court he was on the football field, and spent his three years of high school football on an undefeated Strathcona Lords team where he played every position but quarterback. Always a big game player, Mitchell could be found streaking down the sidelines and hauling in long tosses for big yards and even bigger touchdowns. But the track was where Mitchell really shone, and learned some invaluable life lessons. He started running track in high school, a path that led to a Nike sponsorship and a spot as a pro-sprinter on the Canadian track team—not to mention it took him all around the world to places like Helsinki and Africa. Nearly a household name, and a single race away from competing at against Usain Bolt in Beijing, Mitchell turned down multiple scholarships to chase his 200 metre dream when, unfortunately, a hamstring injury derailed his track career. Still, Mitchell has no regrets about any of it, and uses the lessons he learned over the years on and off the field in order to constantly improve; “Track is an individual sport, and the car business is much of the same. You can only blame yourself… you have to be disciplined, and have internal drive.”
And internal drive isn’t something Mitchell lacks. Expressly “not the three-piece suit guy,” Mitchell pulls up into work every day in an F-150 and puts in long hours. His goal—a store of his own one day. Because in addition to his family at home, he feels a strong desire to support his family at work as well—doing it the only way he knows how, leading by example. When he does leave for the day it’s all about spending quality time with the family, like taking his son Ryan to watch the Oilers and his favourite player play (we’ll give you one guess). Either that, or you can find Mitchell playing mens league basketball or football. We know what you’re thinking—what about plugging in some headphones and going for a jog? “I hate running.” Not one to mince words, Mitchell likes the honest and upfront approach.