Meet Our Staff

   


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  • Jeff Richmond
    General Manager

    Jeff Richmond has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry starting in sales in 1989. Jeff looks forward to seeing the excitement on a customer's face when they take delivery of their new or pre-owned vehicle at Valley Imports. Jeff is married and has three daughters. He invites everyone to experience something different at Valley Imports! 

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  • Kristen Pagel
    Sales Manager

    Kristen is a retired veteran of the North Dakota Army National Guard and has sixteen years' experience in vehicle sales, finance and management. Kristen prides herself on her ability to find the highest quality vehicles for her sales consultants to provide to the best customers in the nation! She also believes that Valley Imports has the ability to provide every customer with a unique experience and quality vehicle that fits their lifestyle and budget. Most importantly, Kristen understands that a vehicle purchase is the second largest purchase most people make. She appreciates that it is a big decision that requires your time and attention. Her sales consultants will be sensitive to your needs and provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision that you will be happy with for years to come! 

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  • Todd Potulny
    Sales Manager

    Todd was born and raised on a farm by Fordville, ND. He then moved to Grafton in 1985 where he met his wife Delene. Todd has now lived in the Fargo area for 27 years and has two children, Tyler and Tanner. Todd likes to go hunting, fishing, watch hockey and football. He has been in the car business for 22 plus years and has worked for Muscatell, Lunde and Dakota Chrysler Center! 

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  • Bill Thingelstad
    Used Sales Manager

    Bill was born and raised in Northwood, ND. He graduated from UND and is an avid hockey fan. He has been married to his wife Vivian for 34 years, they have 2 children; Daughter Katie who is 31 yrs old and lives in DC and Son Bryce who is 28 yr old who lives in Horace. Bill loves to golf and hunt pheasants with his 7yr old lab. Bill has been in the car industry for 27 plus yrs and has worked for Rydell, Muscatell and Corwin.  

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  • Matt Walz
    Business Manager

    Matt started in the automotive industry as a sales consultant in 1987 and has more than 27 years of experience with various positions. He says the best part of working at Valley Imports is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Matt is from the Fargo/Moorhead area with family roots in Mahnomen, MN and is part Chippewa or Ojibwa. He has three sons, Dakota, East and Creighton. He enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, motorcycling, golf, fishing, hockey and football. 

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  • Erik Swenson
    Sales Consultant

    Erik grew up in Fargo and attended Fargo South High School. After graduating from the University of North Dakota Erik returned to Fargo and has been in sales at Valley Imports for over 10 years. Erik enjoys spending time with his wife, three kids Madeline, Gavin, Cullen and Chocolate Lab Dez. Most of his time outside of work is spend chasing kids around, grilling, and the occasional trip out to the lakes. Some of his passions include hunting, Ducati Motorcycles, and rooting on UND Hockey.

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  • Jerry Meier
    Sales Consultant

    Jerry is married and has three children.  Born and raised in a farm community in rural North Dakota.  Earned a bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University with a major in Business Finance and a minor in Economics. Went to work for Valley Imports in 1975. I have worked in every facet of the business ranging from sales, pre-owned manager, new car manager, general sales manager and general manager. I am currently serving as the Porsche Brand Ambassador Manager.

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  • Tana Martin
    Sales Consultant

    Tana Martin is originally from New Rockford, ND. She graduated from North Dakota State University and pursued a job in retail sales. In her free time she enjoys most sports and spending time with friends. Her favorite teams range from the San Antonio Spurs to the Cleveland Indians.

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  • Marshal Girodat
    Sales Consultant

    Marshal grew up in the small town of Walcott, North Dakota. His parents own a farm so he worked there while he was younger. Living out in the country, Marshal enjoyed being outside and any activity that he could do with his Dad. He loves to hunt, fish, and go to the lake in general. Living in Fargo, Marshal has taken up bowling, golf, and playing basketball whenever possible.

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  • Gordy Brustad
    Sales Consultant

    Gody grew up in the Devils Lake, ND area. Gordy was involved in the fuel oil business as an Amoco Oil Jobber, selling products to farms, home and commercial customers. Working for the oil business gave Gordy some great experience to be able to work with different groups of customers. He has been in auto sales since moving to Fargo in 1998 and has been with Valley Imports since 2008. Gordy thoroughly enjoys selling import cars and is also responsible for Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. When free time is available Gordy and his wife, Cheryl, enjoy being with family and especially the grandchildren, Austin and Kate. Please contact Gordy for all your Sprinter Van needs. Stop in a Valley Imports, where the customers get to enjoy a new and comfortable buying experience.

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  • Bob Schumacher
    Sales Consultant

    Bob grew up in rural Linton, North Dakota. He went to college and then moved to Lincoln Nebraska in the early 70's doing retail sales. He came back to North Dakota and moved to Fargo after finding the love of his life back in Linton.  In 1976, he started in the automotive sales. He has over 40 years of experience in all of the sales positions.

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  • Chris Dahlheimer
    Sales Consultant

    Chris grew up in Boulder City, Nevada. He moved to Bowdon, ND with family to live on the farm in 2012. Since then he has moved to Bismarck, ND and most recently Fargo, ND. His passion is working with computers. He also loves hunting, fishing, and traveling with friends and family. He is planning on attending NDSU in the future for Computer Science. One of the things he wishes he could do is get more into golf as a hobby.

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  • Steve Dargen
    Sales Consultant

    Steve grew up in Fargo, where he attended Shanley High school, MSUM, and NDSU. He was prominent in the Bar/Restaurant industry, for 20 plus years, before making the change to sales. He brings 10 years of sales experience with him to Valley Imports. "Before starting with VI, I had leased my current vehicle thru them, and experienced first hand, the ease, professionalism, and integrity, that VI offers to its customers. I am excited to be part of that process, as I realize just how satisfying it is for the customer!" Steve enjoys reading, movies, time spent with his friends, and multiple walks with his two dogs.....may the wind be always at your back!

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  • Eugene Lee
    Sales Consultant

    Eugene grew up in Fargo where he attended Shanley High School and NDSU. He studied business management and marketing before coming to Valley Imports. Eugene is a movie goer, paddle boarder and enjoys making new friends.

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  • Augustus Mongrue
    Sales Consultant

    My name is Augustus Mongrue, I am originally from Liberia, West Africa. I speak 3 languages besides English; French, Kreo and Gio.

    I left Liberia in 1996 because of the 15 years of the Civil War and moved to the Ivory Coast where I learned how to speak French. There was another war in the Ivory Coast, so I ended up leaving there and moved to Sierra Leone, where I then learned how to speak Kreo. I came to the United States in 2004 with the refugee program under the United Nations. I attended Thomas Jefferson High School and from there I went to Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY for my AS in Art and Science. I then continued my education at a four year institution, in Buffalo, NY at the University at Buffalo, where I studied Economics for my BA and a minor in International Politics. I then moved to Fargo, ND in 2015, and I am now a US citizen! My favorite color is White and Maroon and I enjoy playing soccer and swimming!

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  • Robert Seaman
    Sales Consultant

    Robbie was born and raised in the Fargo, ND area besides a two year stretch spent in Portland, Oregon. Robbie went to West Fargo High School and is currently a student at North Dakota State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in criminal justice with minors in emergency management and psychology. Robbie has been with Valley Imports for a few years as a Sales Assistant before recently accepting a Sales Consultant position. Robbie enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys Minnesota Vikings football and Portland Trail Blazers basketball. In his free time, Robbie enjoys playing pick-up games of basketball and football, and occasionally playing video games.

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  • Ethan Smith
    Sales Consultant

    I was born and raised in Fargo, ND and graduated from Davies High School in 2013. I have 7 years of retail and customer service experience which I apply every day as a sales consultant. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football, listening to music, playing billiards and modifying cars. My favorite part of my job as a sales consultant is the opportunity I get to meet new people and get to know them on a personal level.

     

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