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 to the Auto Connection team. He has been a marketing professional for over 25 years 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 local business owner and entrepreneur. He is a welcome addition to our organization.
Very approachable and extremely knowledgeable, Oscar is a native of San José, Costa Rica and was the 1994 National Quad Motocross Champion. He spent his youth riding the sand and the surf. The only reasonable explanation for leaving the beautiful tropics to brave our winters is because his better half is from Saskatoon. Ohh, the power of love is strong. We are glad he made the right decision to come here because now he's a big part of our experienced team. Oscar really goes out of his way for our customers and works tirelessly to ensure that repairs are done in the most timely and cost effective way without compromising quality and safety.
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.
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.
Dave originally hails from beautiful Saint John, New Brunswick. He is a true car nut and his knowledge of automobiles is impressive. Almost as equally impressive is his knowledge of Canadian geography as he has trekked across our great nation 3 times so far. His friendly, easy-going demeanor puts customers at ease very quickly. He is ready to help you get into a car that fits your lifestyle and personality. Dave invites you to come put his knowledge to the test.
We are pleased to announce that Brandon has recently made the transition from our Auto Care Service Centre to our Sales Centre. His charisma and automotive knowledge will be a great addition to our stellar Sales Team. Brandon has a serious passion for cars. In fact, he had his first job in automotive maintenance before he was finished high school. His tall frame and sense of humor has earned him a spot as Klaus Weber Jr. His dedication and solid work ethic is second only to his commitment to providing exceptional customer service. Brandon is equally comfortable chatting with our clientele as he is wrenching on engine blocks. He loves giving high-fives, but Klaus is the only other person in the shop tall enough to reciprocate.
When this Outlook born and bred prairie boy is not dreaming of hiking the Camelback or Superstition Mountains in Arizona or thrashing the slopes of Colorado, you may find him sharpening his pencils…for sketching portraits. Troy is down to earth, extremely grounded, courteous and ready to listen which is to be expected coming from a family of 11 siblings! His sense of adventure and laid-back personality allows him to easily connect with his clients and form strong friendships. There are witnesses that say clients bring gifts and shower him with emotional gratitude weeks after driving away in their new cars. His Dudley Doright ethics may serve us all well someday if he decides to pursue law enforcement.
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
Klaus exudes South African charm and has quite a sense of humour. He loves to stay current with modern automotive technologies and keeps honing his craft to help customers get back on the road quickly. The irony is that Klaus fancies himself a bit of an vintage World War 2 automotive historian/collector. In fact, in his spare time, Klaus can be found in his home shop restoring 1940 era Jeeps. The next time you come in for service ask Klaus about his European tour in his fully-restored World War 2 Jeep.
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.
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
Bio to come...
Shuttle Driver / Shop Assistant
The youngest member of our team is often mistaken for having a twin brother as he can magically appear to be working at our two locations at the same time. A self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades (we just call him the "Gopher"). When he isn't shuttling customers, he is picking up parts, moving vehicles, assisting the Service Advisors, answering phones, creating work orders, detailing cars, assisting with marketing activities or cleaning up around the offices and service bays. He even rolls up his sleeves to assist in the shop when an extra pair of hands is needed. Always willing to go the extra mile (pun intended), Ethan wants to ensure your experience is a positive one. When he's not loading tire racks at work, you'll find him at the gym trying to get the "gains" or on the soccer pitch plying his skills in the "beautiful game".
Val really likes numbers...like the number 23...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.