Our Employees

SJF is a family-owned company composed of many talented employees. Come meet our crew and learn a little about what makes everyone tick. If you have any questions for any of the employees listed below, please use the provided contact information.


MN Business 100 Best 2018

SJF Material Handling Inc. employees at the "100 Best Companies To Work For" banquet sponsored by Minnesota Business Magazine. Pictured from left to right: Denise Rosenau, Sam Sterner, Matt Johnson, Vance Haugen, Tom Moore, Justin Erkenbrack, Staff Sterner, Frank Sterner and Eric Thovson.


The Owners

Stafford Sterner

Stafford Sterner

  • Position: President/Sales & Marketing Manager
  • Joined SJF: 1985

Stafford Sterner
President/Sales & Marketing Manager


Stafford Sterner
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Working with companies here in our home state of Minnesota
  • Equipment Specialties:
    Buying used equipment and liquidating entire warehouses
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Red Rider BB Gun
  • Last Book Read:
    What Doesn’t Kill You by Scott Carney
  • Favorite TV Show:
    Mystery of Oak Island, Vikings, Forged in Fire
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Sully (Yorkshire terrier)
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Running, target shooting vintage handguns, forging damascus steel, Japanese gardening

Contact Stafford

Phone: 320.485.2824

Email: sstswdeerner@sjf.cvpkipom

Stafford Sterner on Twitter Stafford Sterner on Google+ Stafford Sterner on LinkedIn

Frank Sterner

Frank Sterner

  • Position: Chief Operating Officer/ Project Management
  • Joined SJF: 1979

Frank Sterner
Chief Operating Officer/ Project Management


Frank Sterner
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Penguin Publishing Book Return Center, Cross-dock sortation, carousel automation
  • Equipment Specialties:
    System integration of various types of equipment including ASRS, conveyors (package and unit load), racking/shelving, carousels
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Hot Wheels
  • Last Book Read:
    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Favorite TV Show:
    Seinfeld
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Two sons and one daughter, as well as two dogs
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Hunting, fishing and hiking

Contact Frank

Phone: 320.485.2824

Email: fsternzzwaer@sjf.com


Sales

Jason Deiter

Jason Deiter

  • Position: Sales
  • Joined SJF: 1991

Jason Deiter
Sales


Jason Deiter
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Pushback rack in Trinidad, vertical carousels to New Zealand, shelving modules for Honeywell, designing and building various items when I worked in the SJF shop
  • Equipment Specialties:
    Pallet rack, carton flow, mezzanines, carousels, shelving, cantilever, conveyor, lift tables, dock equipment, bins and containers, warehouse design and layout
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Electrical outlet
  • Last Book Read:
    A children's book I read to my kids. If I had more time, I would enjoy reading about music, world history or other non-fiction documentary-type books
  • Favorite TV Show:
    MacGyver, Dukes of Hazard, Hee-Haw
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Three children – Ellie, Alex and Chase. Alex is a Jack Russel Terrier but we consider him one of our kids
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Playing guitar with my band(s), singing, writing music, motorcycling, snowmobiling, camping with the family, bicycling, hunting, firearms, welding, drawing, home design and building projects (DIY stuff)
  • Anything Else?
    My favorite color is blue and my father is my hero. Everything above is true except for the electrical outlet. The truth... it would have been a toss-up between a BB gun or a bicycle, though neither are really 'toys' in the strictest sense of the word.

Contact Jason

Phone: 320.485.4961

Email: jdeiter@sjf.cofgnwxvm

Jason Deiter on LinkedIn

Rhonda Remer

Rhonda Remer

  • Position: Sales
  • Joined SJF: 2006

Rhonda Remer
Sales


Rhonda Remer
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Borders Books Distribution Center liquidation
  • Equipment Specialties:
    New products in the online store
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Easy Bake Oven
  • Last Book Read:
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Favorite TV Show:
    House, Mike & Molly
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Son Remington
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Reading, movies, travel

Contact Rhonda

Phone: 320.485.4968

Email: rremenhrjr@sjf.com

Rhonda Remer on LinkedIn

Kendal Kalamaha

Kendal Kalamaha

  • Position: Sales
  • Joined SJF: 2007

Kendal Kalamaha
Sales


Kendal Kalamaha
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Custom wire baskets incorporated into a "poor-man's" pick module using wire decks, dividers and partitions
  • Equipment Specialties:
    Customized racking systems (push-back, drive-in, carton flow) and custom conveyor applications
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    I don't recollect a favorite toy. Being one of seven kids raised on the farm, we had little time to play
  • Last Book Read:
    Aftershock by David and Robert Wiedemer
  • Favorite TV Show:
    I don't watch television, but my favorite movie is Silverado
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Son Kastle and daughter Kwynn
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    I enjoy my work and also teaching my children good work ethics, morals, values and the pleasures of a loving relationship with family

Contact Kendal

Phone: 320.485.4966

Email: kkayhbjlbwugtamaha@sjemwif.com

Vance Haugen

Vance Haugen

  • Position: Sales
  • Joined SJF: 2007

Vance Haugen
Sales


Vance Haugen
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Working with a local Fleet Supply store on several warehouse projects
  • Equipment Specialties:
    Racking (all types), conveyor, carousels
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Legend race car
  • Last Book Read:
    A book about the Normandy invasion (can't remember the name)
  • Favorite TV Show:
    Harry's Lawn, NCIS, 2½ Men, White Collar
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Sons Brad, Brandon, John and Joshua; four grandkids and dog Bailee
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Golfing, bowling, pheasant hunting

Contact Vance

Phone: 320.485.4965

Email: vhaugotoogebdpafon@sjf.com

Vance Haugen on LinkedIn

Tom Moore

Tom Moore

  • Position: Sales
  • Joined SJF: 2014

Tom Moore
Sales


Tom Moore
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    None yet – I'm still learning the ropes
  • Equipment Specialties:
    Previous experience in skid loaders and compact mini skid loaders
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Lincoln Logs
  • Last Book Read:
    Tell My Sons by Mark Weber
  • Favorite TV Show:
    Anything on the History Channel
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Black lab Mabel, yellow lab Junior and cat Ghost
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    In the spring and summer, you will find me in my 17-foot Lund Angler searching for walleyes. In the fall, I will be hunting with my labs in search of pheasants and waterfowl. In the winter, I will be enjoying a cocktail waiting for a walleye to bite in my True North wheel house.
  • Anything Else?
    I live on a 100-acre farm which I have converted to a Rotational Pasture Grazing System for my herd of Scottish Highland Cattle. The herd is currently at 24 head.

Contact Tom

Phone: 320.485.4969

Email: tmoore@sjf.com

Eric Thovson

Eric Thovson

  • Position: Sales
  • Joined SJF: 2014

Eric Thovson
Sales


Eric Thovson
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    I enjoy getting out in the field and meeting clients to better understand their needs.
  • Equipment Specialties:
    Warehouse design/relocations, specialty conveyance & sortation
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Hot Wheels, BB gun, Atari
  • Last Book Read:
    The Must Have Customer
  • Favorite TV Show:
    The Blacklist
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Wife Rhonda (married 24 years), daughter Bella, son Dane, dog (West Highland Terrier) Izzy
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    I'm a Certified USA Swimming Official. I also enjoy fishing, camping, traveling, boating, swimming, photography, golfing and spending time with family.
  • Anything Else?
    I'm a graduate of St. Cloud State University (Planning & Zoning) and have 28 years of professional sales experience. 2016 & 2017 SJF Sales Champ.

Contact Eric

Phone: 320.485.4967

Email: ethovson@sjf.com


 
Justin Erkenbrack

Justin Erkenbrack

  • Position: Sales
  • Joined SJF: 2018

Justin Erkenbrack
Sales


Justin Erkenbrack
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    I don't have a favorite yet
  • Specialties:
    Racking
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Baseball bat and glove
  • Favorite TV Show:
    How I Met Your Mother
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Two kids - Hadley, 5, and Jaxton, 1-1/2
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    If I'm not with my kids, I am at Snap Fitness or playing baseball or softball.
  • Anything Else?
    I am from Stewart, MN and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 2010.

Contact Justin

Phone: 320.485.4962

Email: jerkenbrack@sjf.com

 

Sales/Purchasing

 
Sam Sterner

Sam Sterner

  • Position: Lead Purchaser/Sales
  • Joined SJF: 2012

Sam Sterner
Lead Purchaser/Sales


Sam Sterner
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Border's Books liquidation
  • Equipment Specialties:
    Pallet racks, carousels
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Legos
  • Favorite TV Show:
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    None
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Fishing, hunting

Contact Sam

Phone: 320.485.4970

Email: samsternkaodiber@sjf.com

Sam Sterner on LinkedIn

 

Finance/Accounting

Ed Salonek

Ed Salonek

  • Position: Controller
  • Joined SJF: 2006

Ed Salonek
Controller


Ed Salonek
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Intertech move (another company), year-end process, fastenal recap
  • Specialties:
    Coins, bills, accounting software
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Tractor
  • Last Book Read:
    7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Favorite TV Show:
    Sons of Anarchy
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Daughter Olivia, son Chad and goldfish Riley
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Golfing, fishing
  • Anything Else?
    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Accounting and I'm in the process of earning my Masters in Business Administration

Contact Ed

Phone: 320.485.4950

Email: eoapqkasauyaqlonek@sjf.cowodqkm

Ed Salonek on LinkedIn

Lori Bachel

Lori Bachel

  • Position: Accounting
  • Joined SJF: 2009

Lori Bachel
Accounting


Lori Bachel
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Every time my team and I get a part of the yard inventoried, I get a kick out of seeing the equipment in inventory and then seeing the orders come in for that exact material. I enjoy seeing the "Purchase to Inventory to Sold" flow
  • Specialties:
    Credit cards, purchase orders, sales orders, etc.
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    My bike – to me it represented freedom
  • Last Book Read:
    The Ice Man, Confessions of a Contact Killer. Also Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • Favorite TV Show:
    Top Gear
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Son Lucas, daughter Cecelia, dogs Chloe, Roscoe and Mercedes, pig Professor Zippy Oinkelstein and rat Shaniqua-Laquita
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Gardening, reading, playing outside with my kids, riding the motorcycle and I love cooking (BUT NOT BAKING)

Contact Lori

Phone: 320.485.4949

Email: lbachel@sjf.nomswcom


Shipping/Receiving

 
Nichole Storms

Nichole Storms

  • Position: Shipping/Receiving
  • Joined SJF: 2014

Nichole Storms
Shipping/Receiving


Nichole Storms
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    I haven't been here long enough yet to have a favorite
  • Specialties:
    Shipping
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Shopping cart and cash register – I still like to shop!
  • Last Book Read:
    Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Favorite TV Show:
    American Horror Story
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Two sons, one daughter and a border collie named Foxy
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Scrapbooking, reading and exercising

Contact Nichole

Phone: 320.485.4948

Email: nstorms@sjf.com

 

Engineering

 
Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

  • Position: Engineer
  • Joined SJF: 2004

Matt Johnson
Engineer


Matt Johnson
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Thermal Transfer (a conveyor system), Mindware, Artic Cat
  • Equipment Specialties:
    Rack and conveyor systems
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    Hockey stick, RC cars/boats
  • Last Book Read:
    The Bourne Trilogy
  • Favorite TV Show:
    The Big Bang Theory
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Son Callen and another on the way!
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Trout fishing, playing hockey, biking

Contact Matt

Phone: 320.485.4952

Email: mjohnson@sahxmijf.com

Matt Johnson on LinkedIn

 

Web Development/Marketing

 
Denise Rosenau

Denise Rosenau

  • Position: Web Developer
  • Joined SJF: 2015

Denise Rosenau
Web Developer/ Marketing


Denise Rosenau
  • Favorite Project(s) Worked On:
    Updating SJF's websites and photo updating
  • Specialties:
    Web-based anything in general, Photoshop, troubleshooting, Search Engine Optimization
  • Favorite Childhood Toy:
    My bike and Legos, but not both at the same time
  • Last Book Read:
    Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech with my son Chase
  • Favorite TV Show:
    Walking Dead, Blacklist, Criminal Minds
  • Kids/Grandkids/Pets:
    Husband Gregg, three sons – Mitch and daughter-in-law Sheryl, Cam and Chase and three cats
  • Hobbies/Pastimes:
    Reading, photo art, gardening/landscaping
  • Anything Else?
    I enjoy learning/trying new things and often find myself so focused on my "new project" that hours drift by without my realizing it.

Contact Denise

Phone: 320.485.4947

Email: drosenau@sjf.com

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