Staff


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Management

Robert Katz
Master Certified* General Manager
(952) 476-6111

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Michael Dalton
Master Certified* General Sales Manager
(952) 404-5103

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Personal Bio: 

"I grew up in Long Lake, Minnesota where I graduated from Orono High School. After Orono, I played a little college baseball and ended up graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with a degree in Environmental Science. I started with the company in 1995 and have been here ever since! I currently live in Medina, MN with my wife of 24 years and our four daughters. When we are not attending any of the kids' activities (which is a lot of the time) we enjoy traveling, playing golf, hanging out by the pool or getting together with friends."

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Mark Pelant
Master Certified* Pre-Owned Sales & Inventory Manager
(952) 404-5157

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David Skeens
Master Certified* New Vehicle Sales Manager
(952) 229-4316

My Reviews

Personal Bio:

"I was born and raised just outside of Des Moines, IA and have lived in the Twin Cities/Minneapolis area now for over 20 years. I attended college at Iowa State and hold degrees in both marketing and management. My wife and I now reside in the northwest metro area. I've been with Lexus of Wayzata since early 2006 and have enjoyed watching the dealership and our vehicles evolve. I have and will continue to enjoy working with and meeting our many wonderful clients. Outside of work, I enjoy golf, hockey, working out, biking and most things outdoors. Whether you are new to Lexus vehicles or have purchased multiple times over I am always happy to help in any way that I can." 

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Rich Barfknecht
Master Certified* New Vehicle Sales Manager
(952) 697-2300

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Personal Bio: 

"I grew up in Maple Plain and St. Bonifacius, MN, I graduated from Waconia High School and attended Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. My wife and I are the proud parents of 2 children who both currently go to school in Waconia. We live in Minnetrista and enjoy all of the biking trails, lakes, and wineries in the area. In my free time, I enjoy getting out on the lake with my family, going for bike rides, coaching T-Ball, and cooking. We have an awesome Beagle named Ace who comes along for the ride!"

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Stacy Kritsas
Master Certified* New Vehicle Sales Manager
(952) 746-6926

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Additional Languages: Greek & Spanish

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Bryan Grotte
Master Certified* Pre-Owned Sales Director
(952) 404-5145

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John Cadle
Certified* Business Manager

jcadle@lexusofwayzata.com


Personal Bio: 

"I grew up in Highland Park (St. Paul) where I was the seventh of nine children. I attended St. Thomas Academy and graduated from St. John's University.
For the past 20 years, I have  lived in Chanhassen, MN with my wife Leslie. We have 2 sons, one living in Arlington, VA and the other attending The University of Kansas.
I have been in the automobile industry for well over 30 years. Outside of work, I enjoy golfing and sport fishing and the time spent travelling with my family."

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Becky Stenson
Certified* Business Manager
(952) 737-4014

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Personal Bio: 

"I grew up on a farm in small-town Starbuck, MN where I graduated from high school. I attended the University of Morris for a year before moving to Tacoma, WA. From there I moved to Alaska, Massachusetts, and then back to Minnesota to be close by family again. I have been blessed with one son and a daughter-in-law who are very talented artists. I love to fish, paint, mow my lawn, and whatever other manual labor I can find. I have been in the car business since 1991, but have been at Lexus since 2017. I enjoy helping customers with their financing, and love making the experience a joyful one!"


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Lee Suedbeck
Master Certified* Parts Manager
(952) 404-5115

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Mike Dejong
Certified* Service Sales Manager
(952) 404-5137

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Sergio Pena
Master Certified* Business Manager
(952) 746-6913

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NEW VEHICLE SALES

Tim Ha
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
952-229-4315

tha@lexusofwayzata.com

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Kaan Akman
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-1535

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Personal Bio: 

"I grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and graduated from Aegean University where I played basketball. I have a 4-year-old son. He is pretty energetic and talkative. I live in Hopkins and like to go to local restaurants, breweries. I enjoy going Lake Calhoun and Lake Minnetonka also I like to go skiing Hyland Hills and Buck Hill with my son during winter. I like playing and watching basketball. 

I enjoy working for a great brand with great people."

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Timm Bastyr
Master Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5120

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Jake Blomquist
Master Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5117

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Bob Horwitz
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5121

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Personal Bio:

"I grew up in Rochester, NY and Philadelphia. I headed west after high school and went to the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. I moved to Minneapolis and began a career in retail with Dayton's. I've spent my career in retail and wholesale apparel, and had my own marketing company for 20 years working with high-end brands. I came to Lexus of Wayzata in early 2019 having never sold automobiles before, but wanting to bring my experience with high-end brands and consumer engagement to make the car-buying experience fun and enjoyable.

I have two daughters and three grandchildren. I live in Minnetonka, and am fortunate to have my family close by in Edina and South Minneapolis. I enjoy golf, biking, downhill skiing, music, and movies. I try to spend time with family cooking and entertaining."


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Maria Lasusa
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5118

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Personal Bio: 

"I grew up in Eagan, Minnesota where I graduated from Eagan High School, and then attended college at a small private university in Orange County, California. I've been interested in cars since I was a child, and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with guests and share my passion with them. I currently reside in Minneapolis. When I'm not working, I enjoy trying new restaurants in the cities, taking day trips, hiking, and running. I'm also a huge Minnesota sports fan and go to as many sporting events as I can, especially to cheer on the Timberwolves and the Wild."

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Kameron McGee
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 746-6923

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Ben Meyer
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5126

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Joe Nathanson
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 737-4021

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Lisa McNulty
Certified* New Vehicle Sales

lmcnulty@lexusofwayzata.com


Personal Bio: 

"I grew up in Buffalo, MN where I experienced the Andy of Mayberry small-town life. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, then enjoyed traveling overseas and living for a while in the Big Apple as well as a brief time working for a nonprofit in Brisbane, Australia. My husband and I have 4 furry children (rescue dogs) we call them the Rat Pack: Frankie, Joey, Angelo, and Tony. They don't sing, but they definitely have charisma! I, however, enjoy singing and playing the piano with a small group in Minneapolis, love road trips and driving my faithful, fabulous LEXUS!"


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Zach Polsfuss
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 746-6924

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Personal Bio:

"I was born and raised in Bloomington, MN and now live in Fridley, MN with my beautiful wife and our 5-year-old son Rees. We have 1 Persian cat named Sophie that just adores my son. We love traveling as a family and especially love Puerto Vallarta, MX. We were married there and our son was the ring bearer. My wife and I are very close with our families and have them in our lives as much as possible especially around the Holidays. In my spare time, I collect and DJ electronic dance music (think Chicago House and Detroit Techno), my son and I have regular dance parties together. I have been here at Lexus of Wayzata since the summer of 2015 and would be honored to work with you."

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Jonathan Riches
Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 746-6916

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Jamie Shapiro
Master Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5127

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Val Udermann
Master Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5133

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Gerald Franti
Master Certified*
(952) 404-5132

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Personal Bio: 

"Raised in a career military family, I had the life-enriching opportunity live abroad (England) and lived in multiple US states - Texas, Michigan, Ohio, & Wisconsin - before establishing residency in Burnsville, Minnesota.  My passion in the fine arts lead to BMEd and MM (performance) degrees and teaching music in Bloomington - continuing to expand my travel dossier to thirty-seven countries - prior to discovering the world of sales.  After forty years of marriage, kids, four dogs and surviving the roller coaster of seasonal ups and downs, I can finally consider my vagabond self an adopted Minnesotan.  Creative endeavors have always spurred my personal impetus with gardening, design, experimental cooking and fashioning my ubiquitous bow ties rising to the top.

I joined Lexus of Wayzata in 2012 as a Vehicle Delivery Specialist and transitioned to the New Car Sales & Leasing team within the first year.  I especially enjoy working with a diverse clientele and international colleagues at the store."

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Greg Ziton
Master Certified* New Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5122

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PRE-OWNED VEHICLE SALES

Christian Nicklow
Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
952-229-4313

cnicklow@lexusofwayzata.com


Personal Bio: 

I grew up in Edina, MN and graduated from Edina Highschool. I attended Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN, and I  received my degree in Travel and Hospitality at Minneapolis Business College. I currently reside in Northeast Minneapolis with my beautiful wife and two gorgeous children (who thankfully get their looks from their mother). Before getting into the auto industry, I was in the restaurant business for 24 years. I worked for my father and his brother's restaurants; Nicklow's, Shorewood and Santorini. I thrive in customer service, my family taught me to value others. To treat everyone with respect, kindness and love. "The good thing about my family is that we treat you like family...and the bad thing is we treat you like family." Outside of work I enjoy biking with my dog Maverick, spending time with my family, volunteering at my church, trying new restaurants in the city and watching my favorite Minnesota sports teams. I came to Lexus in 2019, and would love to make you part of our family!

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Ignacio Garrigos
Master Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5144


Additional Languages: Spanish

Personal Bio:

"My philosophy here at Lexus of Wayzata has always been to do my best and provide the best service to my guests. My background in Customer Service and Customer Relations have made me realize that you have to be approachable with your guests. It is all about the personal touch and the personal relationship when it comes to a business proposal. 
At Lexus, I always try to make the customer feel like a guest in my own home. 
Treat everyone in a professional manner with respect and courtesy. Good things will happen if you do that."

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Mike Gleason
Master Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
(952) 697-2301

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Russell Lawrentz
Master Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5110

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Greg Loop
Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5143

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Personal Bio:

I have lived in the Minneapolis/St. Louis Park area for my entire life. With 40+ years in the automotive business I am prepared to be of assistance with all of my clients transportation needs. I am an avid "bad" golfer!  Just ask me about my 5 kids and 10 grandchildren, and you and I will be friends for life!

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John Maceachern
Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5147

My Reviews

Personal Bio: 

"I grew up in the "Motor City" (Detroit) involved in sports throughout high school. I moved to Minnesota in 1978  and entered into the Automotive industry shortly thereafter. 
Before joining the Lexus team,  I worked with the same company for 35 years. I have now been with Lexus of Wayzata for 2 years. In my off time, I enjoy a lot of activities; boating, fishing, my dogs and horses. Some of my other hobbies include; classic cars and trail rides."

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Dana Poppen
Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5124

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Cal Ryan
Master Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
(952) 404-5139

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Michael Shteyn
Master Certified* Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales
(952) 746-6915


Additional Languages: Russian

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Vehicle Delivery Specialists

Eric Baumann
Master Certified* Lexus Delivery Coordinator
(952) 746-6912

My Reviews

Personal Bio: 

I'm the son of a Lutheran preacher. We spent the bulk of my youth in rural South Dakota and Nebraska, until finally settling in Onalaska, WI my freshman year of high school. Like many preacher's kids, I too was a class clown. I coasted into graduation day on fumes, which helped punch my ticket to Riverland Community College in Austin, MN. I finished my schooling at UW-Eau Claire, where I studied Broadcast Journalism. I enjoyed 13 years as an on-air radio personality at 105 Dot 5 The Buzz in La Crosse, Z100 in Eau Claire, 104.7 KCLD in St Cloud and KS95 and 93X here in the Twin Cities. My most memorable celebrity encounter? Once, backstage at a celebrity gala, NBC's Matt Lauer and I touched hands while reaching for the same banana nut muffin.  

Casey, our daughter Avery (13), sons Cade (11) and Phoenix (4) and I live in St. Michael. I cheer for the Green Bay Packers, any team playing the Vikings, Nebraska Cornhusker Football, the Timberwolves, the Brewers, the Twins (I'm bi-leagual) and my amateur baseball team, the St Michael Angels! My hobbies include agreeing with my wife, buying things at Goodwill for $1 and selling them on eBay (or wearing them), cheap domestic Wisconsin beer and Netflix.

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Christopher Broin
Master Certified* Lexus Delivery Specialist
(952) 404-5142

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Danny Hoang
Certified* Lexus Delivery Specialist
(952) 746-6917

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Jean Judge
Master Certified* Lexus Delivery Specialist
(952) 746-6911

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Maverick Schultz
Certified* Lexus Technology Specialist

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Service

Ali Alvi
Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 229-4305

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Tom Bennett
Senior Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 404-5138

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Tri Bui
Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 697-2306

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Nick Dansie
Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 476-6111

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Chris Doyle
Master Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 404-5107

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Doug Evans
Master Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 404-5109

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Celeste Harris
Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 697-2313

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Tom Lofquist
Certified* Service Advisor Lead
(952) 746-6928

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Joe Lushine
Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 697-2307

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Michael Peters
Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 404-5125

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David Tran
Certified* Service Consultant
(952) 229-4301

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Parts

Jay Smith
Certified* Parts Specialist
952-404-5114

jsmith@lexusofwayzata.com

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Paul Martin
Master Certified* Parts Specialist
(952) 404-5114

pmartin@lexusofwayzata.com

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George Milanovich
Certified* Parts Specialist
(952) 404-5114

gmilanovich@lexusofwayzata.com

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Mike Ptacek
Master Certified* Parts Specialist
(952) 404-5114

mptacek@lexusofwayzata.com

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*Master Certified, Senior Certified, and Certified are professional designations for Lexus Associates. 

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