Meet Our Staff

   


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  • Jeff Richmond
    General Manager
    701-356-8685

    Jeff Richmond has over 30 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 truly exceptional at Valley Imports! 

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  • Kristen Pagel
    Sales Manager
    701-356-8661

    Kristen is a retired veteran of the North Dakota Army National Guard and has over twenty years' experience in vehicle sales, finance and management. She 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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  • Matt Walz
    Business Manager
    701-356-8721

    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 Audi Fargo | 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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  • Bill Thingelstad
    Used Sales Manager
    701-356-8688

    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 more than 34 years, they have 2 children; Daughter Katie who lives in DC and Son Bryce 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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  • Todd Potulny
    Sales Manager
    701-356-8704

    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 plus 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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  • Jake Mueller
    Internet Sales Manager
    701-356-8667

    Jake was born in Fargo and moved to Hitterdal, MN with his family and graduated from Hawley High School in 2005.  Directly after high school he took on work in the energy industry and became part of the construction management team on many wind energy projects across the country focusing primarily on the electrical aspects.  After getting married and having their son, James, he left the traveling job to spend more time with his family.  He was referred over to the auto industry by a friend and has found much enjoyment and success in helping customers throughout the car buying process.  He recently joined Valley Imports as the Internet Sales Manager to help with the quickly evolving internet sales process.  When not at work, he spends much of his time with his family and has hobbies in music and saltwater aquariums.

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  • Jerry Meier
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8662

    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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  • Marshal Girodat
    Business Manager
    701-356-8715

    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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  • Bob Schumacher
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8670

    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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  • Erik Swenson
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8668

    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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  • Gordy Brustad
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8679

    Gordy 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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  • Tana Martin
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8664

    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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  • Robbie Seaman
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8740

    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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  • Matt Pyle
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8768

    Matt was born and raised in West Fargo, North Dakota and graduated high school at West Fargo High. Matt played football and ran track in high school, and played a little bit of club team rugby at UND, where he studied computer science for two years. Matt has since moved back to Fargo from Grand Forks to finish his schooling, except this time with a Business degree. Matt loves to save up money to spend it on trips exploring both State and National Parks, while also enjoying the road trip that goes with it.


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  • Joel Baumgartner
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8759

    Joel was born in Fargo ND, but moved to the Twin Cities at an early age. After finishing school, he started working in the car business, although he is new to Valley Imports, he comes to us with almost 2 decades worth of car sales experience. When he's not at work, you can usually find him on the golf course, at the bowling alley, or slowly cruising around the lake on a pontoon!


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  • Dzmitry Yatsuk
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8672

    Dzmitry was born and raised in the small town of Lida (Belarus, Europe) and has an Engineer of Energy bachelor degree from Belarussian State Agrarian Technical University. During his studies at the university he started to sell cars. He traveled and worked in other European countries such as Norway, Denmark, Germany, etc. Dzmitry enjoys fishing, reading, movies and riding bicycles with his wife.

     

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  • Reece Holland
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8756

    Reece has been in vehicle sales his entire adult life. He currently lives with his wife in West Fargo and spends his time away from the dealership fishing, hunting and diving into a good book.


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  • Tim Blaska
    Internet Sales Consultant
    701-356-8669

    Tim was raised in rural Outing, MN in the heart of lake country. After completing his Associate of Science degree in Engineering at Itasca Community College, Tim moved to Fargo to pursue his B.S degree in Finance at NDSU. Although he is new to Valley Imports, Tim looks forward to providing customers with an enjoyable and memorable car buying experience. In his free time, Tim enjoys spending as much time outdoors as he can, especially at the lakes. Hiking, hunting, and off-road motorcycle riding are some of his favorite pastimes.


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  • Lisa Lotzer
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8757

    Growing up going to Car Shows, Swap Meets and Street Rod Runs with her Dad, Lisa developed a passion for cars.  Her first car was a 1968 Fastback Mustang, which she helped her Dad restore. Lisa was born and raised in Fargo (North High '84 - NDSU/MSU).  She joins Valley Imports with over 25 years of sales experience and has worked for the following dealerships:  Corwin-Fargo, Tousley Ford-White Bear Lake, Vern Eide Acura-Sioux Falls.



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  • Rahiem Jackson
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8675

    Rahiem was born in Chicago, moved to Minnesota when he was 13 years old. Moved to Fargo in November of 2018. He has a daughter that he enjoys playing with the outside of work and also he is a big basketball guy. He loves the sales business been in since he was about 16.

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  • Dylan Vonbank
    Internet Sales Consultant
    701-356-8717

    Dylan was born and raised in Fairmont, MN, and moved to Fargo, ND in 2011 to attend NDSU.  He graduated May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Human Resources. He has one older brother, three nieces, and one nephew.  Dylan  joined the MN Army National Guard in February of this year, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at Fort Benning, GA on September 10th. He enjoys  throwing darts, playing tennis, and watching college & NFL football.  Dylan has been selling cars for almost 2 years now, starting out at Gateway Chevrolet, and moving over to Valley Imports.


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  • Britni Thiss
    Sales Assistance ( BDC )
    701-356-8755

    Britni was born in Minnesota and graduated from Minnetonka High School. She grew up living close to Lake Minnetonka and spent a lot of weekends at cabin with her two brothers and parents.  She enjoys boating, kayaking, cross country skiing, rollerblading, snowboarding, going on walks, any outdoor activity.  Also, she enjoys summer more than winter especially living here in Fargo where it's always super windy. Britni graduated from North Dakota State University (go bison!) in May with a B.S in Management Communication and a minor in Wellness.  She loves dogs and currently has two Coonhounds rescued from a shelter back in Minnesota, their names are Lady and Maple.  "If I'm not at work I'm probably taking them for a walk, or a rollerblade/ run because they both have a lot of energy." She also enjoys Netflix and online shopping on Amazon and also checking out nice cars when they drive by.

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  • Thomas Foreman
    Sales Consultant
    701-356-8716

    Thomas is from southern Minnesota. He is a baseball and hockey fan, enjoys spending time with family, distance running, woodworking, road cycling and alpine skiing. He is focused on building relationships and providing a superior customer experience for customers and clients of Valley Imports.


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  • Monica Morud
    Sales Assistant
    701-356-8745

    Monica was born and raised in Jamestown, ND. She is a Sales Assistant and Title Clerk, who has been with Valley Imports for many years. Monica is positive, with a good sense of humor, but at the same time she is serious and knows her business very well, which allows her to be professional in this field. Her hobbies are golf, pool time and going to movies.

     

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  • Viktoriia Tkachenko
    Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
    701-356-8731

    Viktoriia was born and raised in the Ukraine. She loves to cook, play volleyball, ride bicycle and has always been interested in other traditions, cultures and willing to learn something new. She began to travel, and worked in Europe. She graduated from the National University of  Ukraine and received a master's degree in Landscape Designing . To get more experience, she came to the United States, where she spent  1 ½ years working in customer service in Orlando, Fl., and she has completed studies for Software Quality Assurance, in Minnesota, where she now resides with her husband  Dzmitry.





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