Joleen is our Used Car Manager. She has been in the car business for over 12 years, all of which have been spent with the Krusemarks' dealerships. Her first role was at Valu Ford & Chrysler's sister store, Morris Auto Plaza, as Finance Manager. For the last several years Joleen has been selling cars and managing the used inventory. In 2013 she took on additional responsibilities in marketing and wholesaling but she still focuses a fair amount of her time on her retail customers. Here's a word to the wise: Don't expect to find her at her desk. And you might even spot her running from car to car on the lot because sometimes walking just isn't fast enough!
Joleen and her husband Jay live in Alberta with their three children, Thomas, Jacob, and Gwen. Her interests outside of Valu Ford & Chrysler include reading, Sunday naps, and running. While not much for cooking, she does make one mean apple pie!
Todd has been working in sales and management for Tom and Joel Krusemark since 1992. He is here bright and early every morning and likely the guy to make the first pot of coffee. Most days you can hear him juggling multiple dealer-trade phone calls, calls from our manufacturer representatives, and customer phone calls. While Todd is responsible for managing our new Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram inventory, he still finds time to for his many long-standing customers. They, he says, are the reason he loves his work.
Todd grew up near Hoffman, Minnesota where he graduated from high school with Alan, another one of our salesmen. Todd currently lives in Elbow Lake with his wife Joan. He has 2 children, Kristina who lives in Alexandria and Cody who is employed out in North Dakota in Construction Management. His interests include being in the outdoors whether it be hunting or fishing, church activities, and spending time with his family.
Scott joined Valu Ford & Chrysler in 2010 with previous sales experience in radio advertising. In addition to working with his customers he works closely with Todd Blehr to maintain our new vehicle inventory. Being a member of Generation Y, Scott grew up "plugged in" to computers, phones, and handheld media devices giving him a natural ability to understand and support all of the newest technologies in today's vehicles. Have a question on navigation? He's the man to see!
Scott grew up in Herman, Minnesota and returned to buy a home there after college. He and his wife Casandra have a daughter, Brooklyn, who has her daddy wrapped around her finger. Aside from relaxing time with the family, Scott enjoys watching sports and playing softball.
Alan has over 20 years of experience in the auto industry, several of which he has spent working with Valu Ford & Chrysler and Valu Ford of Elbow Lake. Alan was on board when we opened Valu Ford & Chrysler in Morris in 2002 and after a few years away Alan rejoined our team in February 2013. He is as genuine as they come and would give you the shirt off his back. And talk about a story-teller - give him five minutes of your time and you will be in stitches!
Alan was born and raised in Hoffman and continues to make his home there with his wife Becky. They have two children, Jennifer, who lives in Jamestown, ND and Aaron who lives in Duluth with his wife, Andrea. In his spare time Alan loves to ride his Harley, do a little hunting, and keeps busy with projects around the house.
Mike joined our sales staff in 2011. He previously worked in sales/service of commercial and residential irrigation systems. (Next time you are at the Minnesota Zoo you can check out his handy-work in the Grizzly Bear Exhibit.) At Valu Ford & Chrysler, Mike works in new and used sales. He also handles the majority of our state and fleet bids, due to their complexity, time consumption, and the need for consistency.
Mike lives in Benson with his wife Nicole. They have a very busy household with three children, Tyler, Logan and Connor, as well as two dogs and a cat. Mike enjoys spending time with his family and golfing. In the winter months he is very busy both coaching youth hockey and watching his kids on the ice.
Tom loves cars. Whether chasing them at auction, hand picking them for his dealerships, or personally selling them, Tom is always hands-on and hard at work when it comes to his inventory. But just a few minutes with Tom and you will find it is not just the cars he loves, it is the people. When the phone is ringing or when a customer is waiting for assistance, Tom is frequently the first to help. In fact, he has been known run a car through the car wash or buff out a scratch or two - whatever it takes to make sure every customer need is met. So the next time you call or stop by do not be surprised if you are welcomed by Tom. He - along with the rest of the staff at Valu Ford & Chrysler - is truly grateful for your business!
Tom is a native of Elbow Lake, Minnesota where he lives with his wife Kari. Tom and Kari have two daughters, Hope and Abby, one a graduate of Concordia College and one who attends NDSU, Fargo, ND. One of Tom's favorite pastimes is mowing, so don't be surprised if you see him cutting the grass at Valu Ford & Chrysler.
Jason is the mad man in the gloves making our lot sparkle! He's got an attention to detail like no one else and can handle even the toughest dirt. His many years in the car business also comes in handy when we need an extra hand as he's more than willing to help out in many areas of the dealership. Who knows where you'll find him next!
Don joined our detail department in 2012. He lives in Hoffman with his wife Tonia and two daughters Nevaeh and Danika. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, riding his Harley and spending time with his family.
Dave joined our detail department in 2010. His energy rivals that of the energizer bunny. He lives in Elbow Lake with his fiancÚ Nicole and three sons Aidan, Clayton and Camren. He enjoys hunting and golfing in his free time.
Kris joined the Valu Ford & Chrysler team in June of 2008. Prior to that she worked in the banking industry and in a lawyers office. Her bright smile, organizational skills and fabulous baking are very much appreciated! Kris lives near Graceville with her husband, Brad ,who is a self employed farmer and trucker. They have two sons: Nate, who lives in Fargo and Aaron, who attends NDSU. They also have a St. Bernard, Ace who is the cutest thing you've ever seen! Kris loves to spend time with family and friends, bake (much to our pleasure!), enjoys shopping, walking, cleaning and organizing--really! She describes herself as an ordinary down to earth person who is a homebody now, but would someday like to travel.
Ellen joined the photography department in 2013. She lives south of Morris with her husband Greg and 2 kids - Shelby and Lee that are in college. She enjoys traveling with her family and being at the lake.
Amanda joined our Sales & Internet department in 2014. She lives in Graceville with her boyfriend Dustin and their 2 kids - (daughter) Mikaelyn and (son) Noah. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking and getting to know small town life again.
Gary was the service manager at our Elbow Lake location for over 10 years. Originally from the Morris area, he is a familiar face to many. He brought with him to Elbow Lake 22 years of experience - from making repairs to ordering parts to managing the shop, he's done it all and his experience is invaluable. He and his wife Karen have two children, Brent and Laura. Brent and his wife, Jackie have two children making Gary one proud Grandpa! Gary enjoys hunting, fishing - just about all outdoor activities as well as watching and playing sports.
Ordell has a wealth of experience that he brings to Valu Ford & Chrysler. He has been "in the shop" for over 34 years, but has been willing to leave that behind at times to take a spot out front with the customers. So, if you see him out front, not to worry, his experienced hands will probably be back on your vehicle as soon as Gary gets back from lunch!