Meet Our Team

Our dedicated staff is ready to provide you with unrivalled service. Our experience and professionalism is evident from the moment you step in the door or engage with us over the phone.
General Manager

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 Nokkvi by his side.
James King
Inventory Manager

James King

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.
Sales Manager

Kevin Hanchuk

In addition to having years of experience in car sales, Kevin has held positions as a sales manager and finance manager in the power sports industry. He prides himself on having the freedom and creativity to find solid solutions for our dealership customers. Kevin loves to interact with people and provide stellar customer service. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a great sense of humour. He invites you to drop by, even it’s just to share good joke and have a laugh. Maybe call ahead to make sure he’s here and not working his handicap on the links.
Sales Associate

Barry Hanchuk

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.
Sales Associate

Laverne Nelson

Originally from Moose Jaw, Laverne has been in the auto industry for quite some time, with 4 years of autobody experience in addition to his more than two decades in sales. He’s such a good salesman that he sold a new car to one brother then immediately sold that gentleman’s trade to the customer’s own brother. How is that even possible? He’s a people person and is genuinely interested in learning about people and their diverse backgrounds. He want to ensure that he gets you into the automobile that suits your needs, your personality and your lifestyle. When he’s not serving customers he loves to relax by painting, fishing or spending time with his grandkids.
Service Advisor

Brynn Nickel

Brynn comes to Saskatoon Auto Connection from the the far off, magical fabled waters of the world famous Watrous, Saskatchewan. Hmmmm...must be why he floats into work everyday. He is another one of our super friendly Service Advisors always ready to provide a top-notch experience at our Auto Care Service Centre. When he isn't moving vehicles in and out of the service bays like an orchestra conductor, he likes to "relax" by slinging wrenches at home on his own side projects.
Shop Foreman

Chris Yauck

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.
Journeyman Automotive Service Technician

Tobi Wuschke

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 Meszaros

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.
Automotive Service Technician

Kyle Nelson

Kyle joins our team with over 12 years of comprehensive wrenching experience. It's 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'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.
Automotive Service Technician

Ethan Lato

Ethan is one of our young guns in the shop. He really likes the day to day challenges that come with the role as a service tech - there is always something new to tackle. His favourite car is a 1969 Corvette Stingray and we certainly approve of his taste in automobiles. If you happen to be the proud owner of one, you could become Ethan’s new best friend. Then he would very likely invite you come over for some serious car talk and video gaming activity (I wonder if he and Kyle are in an online guild together?). Just don’t wager the title of the ‘vette on a round of Capture the Flag...unless you want to walk home afterwards.
Auto Detailing Specialist

Jonel (Joe) Loyola

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.
Online Inventory Merchandiser

Wyatt Astle

Wyatt just loves to learn as much as he can about cars and the automotive industry in general. He would love to be a fancy pants marketing rep for a major car manufacturer. I guess we just aren’t “Detroit steel” enough for him. Apparently he wants a 6x6 Velociraptor truck conversion. He’s really into music and media and hopes to combine those two interests. Maybe he’ll start making music videos for rock stars. He recently had the opportunity to transfer a customer’s powerstroke diesel truck between our service centre and detailing centre, and we’re certain it turned him into a redneck. It appears that he is also a bit of an adrenaline junkie. So it all make perfect sense.
Bookkeeper

Mary D Lloyd

MaryD was born in “Taranna” Ontario (Toronto for all us Westerners) and made her way to Saskatoon by way of Yellowknife. She is very active in her local community and volunteers her spare time to support her favourite sport organizations, her faith, and dramatic arts. She is working towards her full CGA designation. Yes, she really loves numbers and even some people too! If she wasn’t doing what she does now, she would be working with Doctors Without Borders (as a Doctor, not an Accountant) or riding the rails as a train engineer. We think she’s a classy lady with style and flair and really lights up a room.
Director of Marketing

Shane Kartz

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.
Service Centre Customer Service Liason

Nokkvi Kalthoff

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 Barclay

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.
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