Brad graduated from Grand Meadow in 1983. After graduation, he worked in the fertilizer and chemical business for 2 years, which started in Grand Meadow then took him to Florida for a short time and Wisconsin after that. He then moved back to Grand Meadow in 1985 and managed CTI (Clement Trucking Inc) for the Clement family for 4 years prior to venturing out and starting Valley Transportation in 1989. Valley Transportation was started by Brad, his father Dick Grafe, Pat Stienkamp and Jeff Hegge. Pat and Jeff were both co-workers and long time friends of Brad's prior to that.
The challenges over the next several years were not small, business was up and down and cash was tight due to rapid growth. Business decisions became much larger than any of them had imagined and Brad's father had health related issues that made him unable to tackle the day-to-day challenges. The coming years brought decisions that made Brad the sole owner of Valley Transportation. The decisions have not gotten easier since that time, but Brad says the staff we have now makes his job a lot easier than it was back then, when the four of them tried to do everything by themselves.
When not at work Brad enjoys boating, snowmobiling and spending time at the lake with family and friends.
Nick grew up in Grand Meadow where he graduated high school. He began working in the shop for Valley Transportation in February of 2001, then in 2005 he moved into the office as a dispatcher for the heavy haul division. He has now moved into Heavy Haul Dispatch Manager. He works closely with dispatch and customers as he coordinates freight. When Nick is not at work he enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, farming and snowmobiling.
Hanna was born and raised in Spring Valley, MN. She graduated from Kingsland High School in 2011. After high school, she worked at Mills Fleet Farm in Rochester, MN, for four years. She starting working at Valley Transportation in May 2015 as a receptionist. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, bow hunting, playing with her puppy, and spending time with friends and family.
Karyssa was born and raised in Winona, MN. She graduated from Winona Senior High School in 2012. After graduating, she moved to Spring Valley and started employment at Comfort Inn & Suites as a front desk agent for 2 years. She began her career at Valley in April of 2016 as a Receptionist. When Karyssa isn't answering phones, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as her 2 dogs.
Kristi Jack is our HR Director. She grew up in Spring Valley, MN, where she graduated high school and then attended Winona State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Kristi has been with Valley Transportation since June of 2006. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Rod is the accountant for Valley Transportation and has been with the company since March of 2000. He was born and raised in Austin, MN, where he graduated high school and then attended Winona State University, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Prior to coming to Valley Transportation, Rod was the accountant/office manager at Greenway CO-OP for 17 years. He has been married for 33 years and has three daughters. In his free time Rod enjoys golfing, fishing, archery, hunting and playing cards.
Julie is the accountant for Valley Forwarding and also does our driver payroll. Julie is from Spring Valley, MN, and has earned a degree in Finance and Accounting. Julie began working for Valley Transportation in May of 1995, prior to that she worked at a bank. Outside of work she keeps busy attending all of her children's activities.
Brandon is the staff accountant for Valley Transportation and started with the company in January of 2015. Brandon graduated from Dover-Eyota high school in 2010 and then went on to college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting. Brandon currently lives in Eyota, MN. Prior to Valley Transportation, he had an internship with Absolute Fire Protection as well as a seasonal delivery assistant for Schott Distributing out of Rochester, MN. He also drove pea combine during Harvest season for Lakeside Food in Plainview, MN. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing.
Karsen is from Rose Creek, MN. He graduated in 2010 from Southland High School. He continued his education at Rochester Community and Technical College. During Karsen's term at Valley Transportation he started as a Driver Manager in 2012 and as time progressed he was offered the Safety Director position in January of 2016, which he gladly accepted. Karsen's Midwest work ethic, eagerness to learn, and computer skills make him a great attribute to the company. In his spare time he enjoys working on the farm, snowmobiling, and serving the community on the Rose Creek Fire Department!
Mike is from Merced, CA. He is currently living in Grand Meadow, MN. Mike started in mining operations with his uncle in Kingsburg, CA. He then took his career to Phoenix, AZ, where he worked for CEMEX as an operations manager. He came to us in September of 2010 as a OTR driver, then went to the Shag fleet in 2011, and now he has since moved into the office in April of 2013. He is currently our Lead Recruiter which entails hiring drivers and foreseeing the recruiting operations. In his spare time he enjoys riding his Harley, dirt-biking and wakeboarding.
Daryl grew up in Clarks Grove, MN where he graduated from Albert Lea High School. He graduated from Alexandria Technical College with a degree in Law Enforcement. He started his career in Law Enforcement in 1979, which continued until 2015. Daryl was a County Sheriff from 2005 until his retirement in 2015. Daryl spent time working at Rochester Toyota before coming to Valley Transportation Service Inc. in January of 2017. He is assisting in Recruiting and Safety efforts and is a great attribute to the team. His eagerness to learn, background in Law Enforcement, and Midwest work ethic is a great attribute. When not working, Daryl likes spending time with his wife, Deanna, of 34 years as well as his kids and grandchildren. He also enjoys spending time with friends, camping, and boating.
Tori is our Safety and Recruiting Assisstant and also oversees our driver logs. She is from Spring Valley, MN, where she graduated from Kingsland High School in 2000. Tori worked in banking before starting her career in the trucking industry in 2004. Tori has been with Valley Transportation since March of 2008. She is our driver orientation specialist. Away from work she enjoys spending most of her time with her three children.
Brent has been involved in the transportation industry in about every fashion for 35 years, and has been with Valley since May of 2007. He helps oversee all of our dispatchers and covers for them and our sales staff when they are out of the office. Brent is from Spring Valley, MN, and has been married for 32 years; he has three children and one grandson and one granddaughter. Brent enjoys boating, fishing and just being by the lake.
Matt grew up in Spring Valley, MN. He is now living in Stewartville, MN, with his wife and two daughters. Matt's daily task include dispatching all of the heavy haul fleet, which ranges from 6 axle up to 11 axle. He studied Business Administration at Ridgewater College and Winona State University. After his education, Matt drove truck locally for three years and had then moved into dispatching. In his spare time, he enjoys snowmobiling with friends, fishing and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Wild.
Jeremy graduated from Stewartville high school and currently resides in Grand Meadow, MN. He has drove truck for ten years and started driving truck for Valley Transportation in 2006. In April of 2011 Jeremy moved away from the truck and came into our office as a dispatcher. When Jeremy is not at work he enjoys riding his motorcycle, traveling, camping and various sports.
Kevin currently resides in Grand Meadow, MN, and has been with Valley Transportation since May of 1997. Kevin coordinates freight for anything moving out of states east of the Mississippi River and he also dispatches 20-25 trucks. In his free time Kevin enjoys camping and watching NASCAR and football.
Tyler was born and raised in Algona, IA, where he graduated high school. He continued his education at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. He was on the golf team and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. He has six years of experience in the transportation industry. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes!
Nick was born and raised in Rochester, MN where he graduated in 2001 from Mayo High School.
He has been working in the customer service and transportation industry for the last 5 years.
Nick lives in Stewartville MN with his fiancé and two sons. He spends much of his time attending
his boys sports games. He also enjoys spending time with his family camping, fishing and attending
Blayne was born and raised in Grand Meadow, MN, and is a graduate of Grand Meadow High School. Over the years, Blayne has worked at CHS in Grand Meadow and for local farmers. Prior to joining Valley Transportation, Blayne was employed at the ethanol plant in Preston, MN. Blayne is married and has two children. He enjoys camping with his family and friends, NASCAR racing and living in a farming community.
Tonya is Steve's wife and she also works out of Broken Arrow, OK. She began working for Valley in January of 2004 and is one of our brokers. She also helps Steve's customers when he is not in the office. Tonya has worked in all areas of transportation, from fuel taxes to collections to fleet director, as well as a CSR manager and running two brokerage companies. When not at work Tonya enjoys walking, fishing and gardening.
Pat is from LeRoy, MN, and he been with Valley Transportation since the beginning. He was one of the original four partners of the company when it started back in 1989. Eventually, the current and sole owner, Brad, bought out the other partners, but Pat remained with the company and is currently a CSM. He oversees all of our dispatchers and helps coordinate freight when Tom and Kevin are busy. Outside of work Pat enjoys watching football and spending time with his children.
Tom has lived in southeastern MN his entire life. After graduating from Grand Meadow High School in 1978 he started working for various farmers and driving truck. When he was old enough to go over the road, he worked for Minnesota Implement hauling machinery and farming equipment for five years. He then went to work for Wayne Transports for 11 years hauling petroleum products and eventually moved into their office as a dispatcher. When the opportunity came along to work closer to home, Tom started at Valley Transportation in 1998 as our freight coordinator. Tom handles freight moving out of states west of the Mississippi. When Tom is not at work, he and his wife, Deb, enjoy yard work, fishing and boating, NASCAR, tractor rides on their old John Deere A and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Jimmie grew up in southern MN. He worked on farms and at a truck stop throughout high school, and graduated in 1988. After high school Jimmie went to vo-tech school for diesel mechanics and graduated in 1990. After vo-tech he began working on combines and tractors for an Implement dealer, then moved into their fertilizer division and was a custom applicator for three years. Prior to signing on as a dispatcher with Valley Transportation Jimmie also worked for an agriculture dealer and a truck and auto repair shop. Jimmie is currently a freight coordinator for Valley. Outside of work Jimmie enjoys hunting, fishing, horseback riding and restoring old cars and tractors. He also raced stock cars from 1991 to 2008.
Mike is from Harmony, MN. He has been with Valley since June of 2000 and has over 25 years of sales and customer service experience. Mike specializes in auction freight as he travels around the country to various auctions and quotes freight for customers. Give Mike a call with all your transportation needs; specializing in auction freight.
Steve started working for Valley in January of 2004 and is one of our sales representatives from Broken Arrow, OK. Prior to coming to work for Valley he drove truck for 20 years and then moved into dispatch and sales. Steve knows a lot about machinery and says he can load just about anything. Outside of work Steve enjoys fishing and hanging out on the boat.
Pete is from Spring Valley, MN where he graduated high school and then went on to attend Austin Technical Institute where he got his degree in Auto/Industrial Machining. Pete has been involved in farming, truck driving, and worked at Crenlo, Inc. as a class A welder before coming to Valley as a dispatcher in our brokerage department. Outside of work Pete enjoys flying, fishing and hunting.
Dean was born and raised in Grand Meadow and a graduate of Grand Meadow High School. He has been in the transportation business for the past 15 years as a business owner and broker. Previous to working here he has been a bar owner, as well as a Minnesota Real Estate Licensed realtor. In his spare time, Dean enjoys golfing, fishing and biking.
Erick grew up in the small town of Ostrander, MN about 10 minutes east of Grand Meadow. He is now living in Grand Meadow, MN. He attended school at LeRoy-Ostrander where he graduated in 2002. After high school he attended RCTC's criminal justice program. Erick began working for Valley in January of 2006 as our permit coordinator. In his free time Erick enjoys spending as much time as he can in his boat chasing walleyes and participating in fishing tournaments, mainly on the Mississippi River. When he is not in the boat he can be found spending time on the golf course, making fishing tackle and deer hunting.
Scott is from Grand Meadow, MN where he graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 2011. Scott continued his education onto Riverland Community College in Austin, MN where he received his Industrial Maintenance Degree. When Scott isn't ordering permits, he enjoys snowmobiling, getting his demolition derby car ready, hunting, and fishing.
Jared is from Spring Valley, MN. He is now living in Grand Meadow, MN, with his wife and son. He started at Valley Transportation Service Inc. in November 2013 as a permit coordinator. His day to day tasks include ordering permits for five axle trucks, reviewing permit books, and answering drivers questions. He graduated from Kingsland High School in Spring Valley, MN. In his spare time he enjoys watching Nascar, football and hanging out with family and friends.
Parker is a dispatcher for Valley Forwarding. He graduated from Mabel-Canton High School and then went to Rochester Community and Technical College for HVAC. He has worked on a farm most of his life and prior to coming to Valley he was a salesman at Cycle City in Rochester, MN. He currently resides in Lanesboro and when he is not at work he enjoys riding his Harley, snowmobiling, and hunting.
Joey is from Spring Valley, MN where he graduated from Kingsland High School in 2011. Joey continued his education onto Rochester Community and Technical College where he played football. When he is not at work he enjoys playing golf and watching sports.
Steve is from Spring Valley, MN, where he grew up on a farm. After high school Steve went to college for one year and then got into the sales business. He owned and operated an automotive parts store and machine shop for 16 years with his brother, Charlie. In 1988 he started working in sales for Featherlite Mfg. He was in charge of specialty transporters, race trailers, marketing trailers, etc. During the years at Featherlite he worked with many of the Winston Cup teams-Dale Earnhart, Richard Petty, etc. Steve has been with Valley Transportation since August of 2007. When Steve is not at work he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandkids.
Bruce is a dispatcher for Valley Forwarding. Prior to coming to work for Valley Bruce worked for Osh-Kosh Co for 17 years as their metal fabrication supervisor. He is married with 2 kids and has resided in Grand Meadow since 1991. When Bruce is not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, music and working around his home.
Mithell was born and raised in Grand Meadow, MN. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 2008. After high school he worked in construction and farming. He has worked on and off for Valley Transportation since 2005 as a mechanic. He started full time as a parts manager in 2012. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling out West, and farming with his family. Mitchell is also a volunteer firefighter on Grand Meadow Fire & Rescue.
Joe was born and raised in Riceville, IA, where he attended school through 1996. He then moved to Grand Meadow, MN, where he finished High School and graduated in 1998. He attended Riverland Community College and recieved a diploma in Automotive & Industrial Machining. After graduating he worked at McNelius Steel for six Years. He started working at Valley Transportation in February of 2007 as a mechanic. He then moved into the office in June of 2014 as a Parts & Service Assistant. He is still living in Grand Meadow, MN, with his wife and three children. He is a member of the Grand Meadow youth football board and is also a coach. In his spare time, he enjoys attending his kids sporting events, working on his race car and competing at local dirt tracks.
Andy graduated from Grand Meadow High School. Andy was Valley Transportation's first ever truck driver in 1991 when his career started. He has been involved in the trucking industry for the last 20 years. He started as a mechanic, then onto a driver and now has worked his way into the customer service industry. Andy has a great basis of knowledge to offer Valley and his customers. His daily duties consist of quoting freight for his customers and assisting drivers in orientation such as teaching them load securement, PeopleNet operation, TriPac Operation and truck & trailer operation safety. Andy is a great attribute to this company!