Kelly Englerth - Since 2009
Local Sales Manager - email@example.com
Kelly was born and grew up in Wabasha MN. Because of her love of the Mississippi river and family Kelly now resides back In Wabasha. Kelly is married to Gary Englerth since 2010 and has two grown children. Casey Lafky who resides in Plainview MN and is the store manager for Farrell Equipment & Supply in Rochester. Daughter Kelsie Lee & family who lives in Fall Creek WI and is field Service Specialist for United Health Care. Kelly has three beautiful, energetic grandchildren Zoey, Madi & Colton. In addition to the grandchildren Kelly and Gary have two of the cutest 2 pound Yorkie’s this side of the Mississippi river valley. Their names none other than Willy & Waylon.
Always do the right thing. Learn each and every day, even if it means doing something out of your comfort zone. Listen, Listen & Listen some more. And last be the expert and excel in whatever it is you do.
Kelly's Fun Facts:
WORK HARD, PLAY HARD. Kelly loves spending time with family and friends. Loves to entertain and host parties. Enjoys sunshine, the outdoors, gardening, decorating & crafts and of course a roaring campfire, great music and a fresh cocktail.
Bill Klein - Since 1998
Transactional Sales Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
All About Bill:
Bill has been in broadcasting for over 30 years in Rochester the last 15 in TV at ABC 6 News. He has also done sports play by play and written a local sports column. He and his wife Jeanne have been married for 32 years. They have 3 children, Bob (married to Wendy) who works in Finance for Thompson-Reuters in Minneapolis. Shelly (married to Mike) is a Nurse Practitioner for Gunderson Lutheran in Onalaska, WI. And Stephanie, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota who works in Human Resources for GreenTree Financial. You'd never know they are his kids Bill says…they have their Mother's looks and brains. The family's Australian shepherd "Jake" however does bear a strong resemblance to Bill. Bill and Jeanne recently became Grandparents. Sylvie Lorraine (Bob & Wendy) and Carolynn Marie (Shelly & Mike).
There is always something new and exciting to learn in the world of television. Learning is a day-to-day experience. The only thing you personally have control over is the level of service and effort you give your clients and your team each day. Make each day count and take nothing for granted.
Bill's Fun Fact:
Bill once won a 10 event college "Superstars" athletic contest. (Without cheating!) Bill loves sports and politics and watches ABC shows like Castle, Nashville, Scandal and Revenge..
Chris Mans - Since 1993
National Sales Manager - email@example.com
All About Chris:
Chris is Minnesota born, Mankato to be exact. His family moved to Blooming Prairie where he graduated High School. He then went off to college at Drake University and received his BSBA degree. Chris then headed back to Minnesota and worked for IBM in Minneapolis, Des Moines and Omaha for 11 years before joining ABC 6 KAAL TV. Chris worked as an account executive before being promoted to National Sales Manager in August of 2007. Chris is married and keeps quite busy with his four children.
Chris's secret to success it to listen to clients, ask questions, and listen some more. In addition, Chris believes in understanding his own (ever changing) product so well that he can deliver the best plan to accomplish his client's goals every time. In IBM-speak it was called being customer-driven.
Chris's Fun Fact:
Chris sang with a diocesan choir for the Des Moines visit of Pope John Paul II in October 1983.
Kala Jensen - Since 2015
Digital Marketing Executive - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kala grew up in Spring Valley, MN and currently lives in Wabasha, MN. She obtained her BFA Graphic Design degree with a marketing emphasis at St. Cloud State University in 2011. She has 4 years of experience with digital marketing, design and sales in wholesale distribution of medical supplies.
Kala lives in the beautiful Mississippi River valley with her fiancé James, chocolate lab Karma and cat Bella. She spends most of her spare time freelancing, but when she doesn’t have her face in her computer you can find her playing piano, playing volleyball, painting, on the river, walking her dog, and most often – spending time with family, including her two adorable nieces Shealyn & Kenley.
Every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution. Everyone sees that solution through a different lens, but the most important lens to see it through is your client’s.
Kala's Fun Facts:
In 2009 Kala spent a semester abroad in Alnwick, England and lived in the castle where Harry Potter and Downton Abbey were filmed. She is double jointed and willing to prove that to anyone with a strong stomach.
Jean Wick - Since 2003
Account Executive - email@example.com
All About Jean:
Jean spent 21+ years at IBM in various administrative/tech support positions. In 2003 she came to KAAL where she works as an office administrator.
She has been married 23 years to her husband Jeff, and has two sons; Lucas and Logan. She lives in a wooded subdivision outside of Elgin MN where she loves to work in the garden. Her family likes to canoe, play ping pong and play baseball and kickball in their back yard. They have a pet dog, cat, and a RAT! They try to vacation in Seattle, WA at least once every two years, as Jeff is originally from the Pacific NW and still has many relatives there. This year their entire family attended their second trip to the Indianapolis 500.
'THE CLIENT IS ALWAYS RIGHT!' Put yourself in their shoes as a business owner and you will see some of the headaches of trying to make a business work.
Jean's Fun Fact:
Jean can whistle louder than anyone she knows.
Danielle Kruger - Since 2014
Account Executive - firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up in SE Minnesota Danielle developed a taste for hot dish, a habit of being Minnesota nice, and a love for Minnesota sports, SKOL Vikings! Danielle is a recent high honors graduate from RCTC with as Associates degree in Mass Communications and looks forward to completing her Bachelor’s degree in the near future. Danielle joined ABC 6 KAAL TV as a sales intern September 2014 and was hired as an Account Executive that following November. The year 2014 was a big one for Danielle; she became a college graduate, started a new career, recently got engaged and is excited to begin this new chapter in her life.
When connecting with people who have a message, knowledge and communication are essential to helping your client find the most creative and effective way to spread that message, my goal is to listen to my client’s needs and continue to learn in order to become the expert my clients seek to help their business have an effective marketing campaign.
5 Things to know about Danielle:
- Family and friends are her foundation
- Reading is her addiction with movies coming in a close second
- Batman is her favorite superhero because he doesn’t need super powers to be a hero
- Popcorn is her favorite snack
- She named her dog Dora because she likes to explore
Brandi Bakken - Since 2014
Account Executive - email@example.com
Brandi is not a Minnesota native; listen to her talk and you will hear a southern drawl and several y’alls. She has lived in several different states, but has chosen to make Rochester, Minnesota home. She has been a broadcast person since a child. She started in TV, then went to radio in sales, commercial printing and circled back to TV sales. (She tried the industrial field sales for a few years and knows now she’s a marketing geek.) After living in Montana for a year, she is excited to be with the crew at ABC 6 News.
Listening and following through with the needs and requests of clients is very important. Working smarter for your customer is best. It isn’t just 30 seconds of air… It is creating an image and invitation for her clients to succeed.
Brandi's Fun Fact:
-Being outside is her favorite place to be: camping, motorcycling, hiking, riding in her Jeep, landscaping, NASCAR and Packers Football
-She has a thing for the letter G and the logo G: her dogs are Georgia (English Bulldog) and Gixxer (Yorkie), She loves Green Bay and Georgia Bulldog Football, Her high-school was the same logo as the Pack and UGA,
-Her dream is to have a Gypsy Draft Horse out on her country farm
-Her two best friends of 20 years are also redheads and the three of them are referred to as “The Reds”
-She has a book mostly written and would like to have it published
Jill Cordes - Since 2014
Account Executive - firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up in Wabasha, Jill really fell in love with the Mississippi River, She met her husband Lance and now calls Byron home, go Bears! Together they have two beautiful girls Alyssa, and Josilyn. Last year they added a new addition to the family, a German Shorthair named Suri. When they aren’t at a Byron sporting event you can find them in Wabasha where they love spending weekends on the river with friends and family. She is very excited to be a part of ABC 6 News.
A sale is not something that you go after, a sale is something that happens to you while you are serving your customer.
Jill's Fun Fact:
- Running is the best way to start and end any day!
- She would rather go on a Ski vacation then on a beach vacation.
- Candy is her food of choice
- She really doesn’t like driving in the snow, but she love playing in it!
- Go Pack Go!!! That says it all!
Jeremy Gunderson - Since 2015
Account Executive - email@example.com
Born and Raised in Rochester, MN, Jeremy graduated high school from Rochester John Marshall. Following graduation Jeremy attended to University of Minnesota Duluth as well as Rochester Community and Technical College and now resides in Kasson-Mantorville. Jeremy has two wonderful daughters Emily 18, whom is a Freshman at Lindenwood University playing Division 1 Hockey, and Ally 14, whom is a Freshman on the Dodge County Wildcat Hockey team. When not at work Jeremy can be found in the outdoors fishing, hunting, grilling out with friends, sporting events, or at the hockey rink.
A successful strategy always includes open communication, investing time to understand a customer’s needs, and following through on every goal and objective. Developing lasting and trustworthy relationships with customers is my number one priority as this allows the perfect balance between knowledge of their business, combined with a fresh stream of new ideas to keep up with changing markets.
-Jeremy is very active with hockey as he is the Varsity Girls High School Hockey Coach for the Dodge County Wildcats and a General Manager with USA hockey.
-He lives on a small Hobby farm with a black lab named Bella, six chickens, and four barn cats.
-Jeremy’s Grandparents Harold,94 years old,(best man in his wedding) and Marge,85 years old, have been married for 68 years and still reside in Rochester.