Meet Our Team
Dustin Kalthoff, B.A. Hons
Originally from the City of Humboldt, Dustin started Saskatoon Auto Connection back in 2008 as a University of Saskatchewan student as a means to pay for his education. He did not fully anticipate how his philosophy for selling used automobiles would eventually become a full-time venture. His passion for automobiles is only surpassed by his passion for curling. Dustin has curled many seasons with Men's fours and represented Canada at the 2016 World's Mixed Doubles and qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics trials. During the summer months, Dustin's energy turns to auto racing, fishing and golfing or conquering the great outdoors with his trusty canine companion, Nokkvi.
James has been with Auto Connection since the early days. He started as a Sales Associate and has become an integral part of the organization as our Inventory Manager. James is responsible for acquiring and pricing our exceptional vehicles and keeping the stock replenished so that customers have a broad range of affordable and reliable vehicles to choose from. He is also responsible for keeping the vehicle listings up to date and taking all of the pretty pictures. James is a VW tuner/enthusiast, but when the snow leaves and the long hot summer settles in, you will find him zipping around the city on his motorcycle.
Director of Marketing
Shane brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the Auto Connection team. He has been a marketing professional for most of his career and has worked with numerous high profile clients in the private sector locally and abroad as well as the federal, provincial and municipal governments. He has held positions with local creative studios, commercial manufacturing companies and the University of Saskatchewan. Shane is also a professional photographer, filmmaker, local business owner and entrepreneur. Shane has been a teacher of Budo Taijutsu for over 24 years and has been actively involved in soccer for most of his life as both a coach and player.
Tyler is “Livin’ the Dream” as he puts it. He’s a tinkerer of all things automotive and began his love of automobiles as a kid reading through his Dad’s car magazines. He had many adventures building and breaking race cars and having previous builds find their way to the famed Barrett Jackson televised auction. Tyler’s Auto Connection story actually began in the mid 90’s when he stopped to give a boost to a stranded driver. That stranded driver was none other than Dustin the President and General Manager of Auto Connection. He brings years of experience from working at two major franchise car dealerships. When he’s not cooped up inside the shop, this self-proclaimed #1 Dad is spending his time outdoors with his Kids, his clubs, his tools or his spinning reel (in no particular order). We are thrilled to have him as a part of our team.
Darryl is rugged, but loveable. He is a multi-talented guy with a lot of car knowledge and singing chops to boot. He hails from Big River and comes to us from a large franchise dealership. He is thrilled to have an opportunity to interact with people and provide a top-notch customer experience. He absolutely loves, loves, loves paperwork and we are more than happy to oblige him. When he's not performing his duties at Auto Connection, he kicks off his loafers and dress shirt and dons his boots, plaid shirt and guitar – then he heads out on the open road to perform for his rapidly growing crowd of adoring country music fans. Darryl has performed on stage at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, at numerous venues around the province and is currently recording his own original music. Keep an eye out for it on your favourite music streaming service. Being a part of the Auto Connection team means he'll never have to write a song about his pickup truck dyin'.
A Queen City native, Chris joined our vehicle reconditioning team in 2015 as our first Red Seal Journeyman service technician well before we began servicing vehicles for the general public. Chris brings an award-winning wealth of skill and experience to the Auto Connection family. His persistence and attention to detail means that he is extremely hard to "stump" when diagnosing issues. We can imagine Chris was the kid who was always dismantling his family's appliances and machinery just to see how they worked. Thankfully he can also put everything back together again.
Shea's positive and easy going attitude is infectious. Her stellar customer approval rating is a testament to the exceptional purchase experience that Shea provides to everyone. On her very first day, she taught her first customer how to drive a 6-speed in a Mustang during the test drive. That takes courage and patience. It was during a "bring your owner to work day", that Molly our furry customer liaison/greeter first introduced us to Shea. We knew that she was a great addition to the team. When Shea is not working she's off camping in her Honda Element or swimming at the pool in her mermaid tail.
Clayton is a "no b.s." straight-shooting kind of guy. This can likely be attributed to his award-winning archery skills. Focused and calm under pressure, he's able to see the target and nail it. This is also what he does for his customers. He takes the time to get to know them and help them find exactly what they need. He has a love for the great outdoors and would rather be running around barefoot and fancy-free, but instead, he's got his feet squeezed into a pair of loafers...talk about commitment and sacrifice for his customers. Clayton invites you to come and test his aim and put his feet to the fire.
Barry is celebrating his 16th year in car sales and he chose Saskatoon Auto Connection to take him to his 17th year and beyond. Word has it that he is quite the cook or at least he thinks he is (the jury is still out). I like to picture him in the kitchen like the Muppets Swedish Chef. When he isn't fricasseeing and sauteeing he's wheeling and dealing. Interesting fact, Barry used to be a private detective back in the day. We want to assure you that when he is asking you questions it's not an interrogation, he's just trying to figure out how he can help you "cook up the best deal". Sorry, couldn't resist the pun. Seriously...this stuff almost writes itself.
Journeyman Automotive Service Technician
Tobi is one of our highly skilled technicians and a dedicated family man. His logical approach to troubleshooting issues as they arise serves our customers well. We aren't sure how to break the news to him that logical thinking won't help him much when raising his young family. Kids are more unpredictable than cars and will say and do the darndest things. We are sure however, that his family will benefit from his generosity and propensity to go out of his way to help people. His love for cars extends to anything modifed that generates lots of noise and power...our own resident Tim the Toolman Taylor...oooh oooh oooh...except he can actually fix stuff.
Journeyman Automotive Service Technician
Evan is a certified SGI Automotive Mechanical Inspector and seasoned journeyman technician. His calm, quiet personality is beneficial when looking to eradicate those pesky gremlins. We don't know for sure, but we assume he's the enforcer on his hockey team and that's how he unwinds and blows off steam.
Journeyman Automotive Service Technician
Ken brings over 30 years of automotive experience to the Auto Connection service team. You can count on him for several things: 1) He's got the knowledge and experience to diagnose and fix any problem; 2) His attention to detail and ethics means he will perform the job efficiently and without reproach; and 3) if the hoist ever breaks down that's not a problem, Ken will just lift the vehicle with this bare hands and still get the job done. It is what it is...right Ken?
Automotive Service Technician
Kyle joins our team with over 10 years of comprehensive wrenching experience. It's very obvious that he cares about his work and the customers he serves. Kyle has a no B.S. attitude and will always tell you like it is. He claims his biggest achievement is depriving the world of his offspring. I'm not sure we can agree with that as it would be beneficial to have an army of mini Kyles busily working about the shop as efficiently as he does. He's not a morning person, yet he still manages to be one of the first team members to arrive each day. Rumour has it that he could have had a career playing for the Toronto Raptors as a free-throw sharpshooter. In his spare time he's an avid gamer when he not driving his McLaren, ahem...I mean driving his Camaro dreaming that it's a McLaren.
Jonel (Jo) Loyola
Auto Detailing Specialist
Joe is our superstar detailer. He is a master of his craft and takes great pride in his work. He has earned the nickname "Magic Man". A dedicated family man, Joe is usually treating other Auto Connection team members with tasty treats popular in the Philippines. We honestly don't know how he stays so happy all of the time, always smiling and singing along to the radio. Watch out when his jam "Barbie Girl" starts playing, he becomes an unstoppable force.
Auto Detailing Specialist/Inventory
Walker is a key member of our detailing, reconditioning and sales teams. When Walker's not returning cars back to showroom condition, he is helping to ensure inventory is updated and visible on our numerous online sales channels. He has a serious passion for cars and his interest in photography and attention to detail is invaluable in capturing every angle for display in our listings. An award-winning natural leader, Walker has captained a number of AA hockey and provincial ball hockey teams.
Val really likes numbers...like the number 24...that's the number of years she's been professionally crunching numbers. She is always ready to share a light-hearted story or one of her sweet treats (sometimes both at the same time). As warm and pleasant as Val is, she is a stickler for details and numerical accuracy...nothing gets past her eagle eye. Val has travelled North America extensively...she only has 4 states and one territory to go before she can lay claim to visiting every province, territory and state. Now, if it had only been done in a 1966 Mustang...someday Val...someday.
Service Centre Customer Service Liason
Nokkvi has been greeting customers at the store since he was knee high to a grasshopper. His friendly and playful temperment is very welcoming to all of our visitors. He may even ask you to play ball or toss his rubber bone around a few times just to break the ice. His ancestral family were sheep herders from Iceland, but he's Canadian all the way...Quebecois to be precise, although you would never know it as his francophone accent can't even be detected.
Sales Centre Customer Service Liason
Molly is our newest furry greeter. She is as smart as a whip and friendly as can be. She really appreciates that we have a very flexible pet owner policy and she is able to bring her owner, Shea, to work everyday to brighten up the dealership. She looks forward to meeting you in person.