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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., January 30, 2019 — The Pohlad Companies today announced that effective February 4, 2019, Tom Pohlad, president and COO of Carousel Motor Group (CMG), will become CEO of PaR Systems LLC, a leading provider of automation, robotics and specialized material handling solutions. The Pohlad Companies acquired PaR Systems in October 2017 from MML Capital Partners. Tom succeeds Mark Wrightsman who has served as CEO of PaR Systems since 1999, successfully guiding the company’s growth and performance for 20 years. Tom joins a highly capable PaR executive team. Mark will remain on the board of PaR Systems and serve as an advisor to Tom and the company.

“We would like to thank Mark for his years of outstanding service and leadership of PaR Systems,” said Bert Colianni, CEO, Pohlad Companies.

With Tom’s departure from Carousel Motor Group, Chase Hawkins, vice president Porsche brand, will become president and COO, broadening his strategic, financial and functional responsibilities for the business, while maintaining his role at Porsche. General managers of CMG’s Audi Minneapolis and St. Paul, BMW of Minnetonka, Coon Rapids Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and North Branch Chevrolet dealerships will continue to lead their respective businesses and will report to Chase.

“We are excited by these leadership changes which will capitalize on the energy and creativity among the smart, talented and passionate teams at both operating companies,” said Colianni. “We are confident that, under Tom’s direction, PaR will build on its strong market position, continuing to advance its breakthrough work in automation, robotics and specialty material handling, and equally certain that Carousel Motor Group will continue to thrive and maintain its superior brand stewardship and exceptional customer experience under Chase’s leadership.”

Tom has served as president and COO of Carousel Motor Group since 2016. Previously, he served in a variety of roles within CMG, including General Manager Porsche of Minneapolis and Audi Minneapolis. Prior to joining Carousel Motor Group in 2010, Tom held roles in Pohlad Companies ranging from Commercial Real Estate to Major League Baseball to Pepsi Bottling. Tom joined the Pohlad family business after graduating from Boston College in 2002.

Chase has built considerable industry knowledge during his nearly three decades of experience in automotive sales, service, marketing, product planning and pricing roles, including Group General Manager of Motor Werks Auto Group and U.S. and international assignments with General Motors, in addition to his three years at CMG. Chase received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Natal, Durban in his native South Africa. He has lived or worked in countries on five continents.

MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 25, 2014) — RJM Construction, a Minneapolis-based general contractor, has been selected by Carousel Motor Group to build a new facility for its Porsche of Minneapolis dealership. Located at 9595 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley, the new Porsche of Minneapolis building will be constructed on the parking lot of the existing dealership location. The dealership will remain open during construction.

At 31,000 sq. ft., Porsche of Minneapolis will be increasing its size by 18,000 sq. ft. over its existing facility. The new building will include an expanded showroom and the repair shop. Using materials that incorporate the latest Porsche brand features, the building will include an exterior metal facade, a curtain wall system and interior finishes with Porsche signature colors. Construction will begin in October 2014 and will be complete by July 2015. RJM Construction also provided pre-construction services to the project.

“Working with RJM, we looked at both remodeling and expanding the existing facility versus building a new one. Ultimately, building new allowed us to minimize the disruption to our business and gave us more flexibility with planning our new space,” said Jay Hulbert, president, Carousel Motor Group.

MINNEAPOLIS — (July 1, 2014) — Twin Cities Automotive (TCA), part of the Pohlad Companies, is adopting a new name that reflects a bit of the company’s own history: Carousel Motor Group.

“Our new name, Carousel Motor Group, is a nod to our company’s past – the purchase of Carousel Audi and Porsche in 2012 – while representing our aspirations for the future,” said Tim Kraemer, the executive who has led the branding initiative for TCA.

“We think our new name is distinctive and memorable and will allow us to go and grow anywhere – a definite plus, since our goal is to double the size of our company,” said Jay Hulbert, president. “The name Carousel Motor Group not only gives us the flexibility to expand into new geographic areas, but also into new manufacturer brands and even different vehicle categories.” (more…)

March 2013

They’re big players in banking and commercial real estate. They own a jewelry store, a radio station and many other successful businesses. Heck, they even own a pro sports team.

So what’s next on the to-do list? For the Pohlad family, it’s cars. Selling lots and lots of cars.

Over the past few years, the Pohlads quickly emerged as one of the area’s biggest auto dealers, expanding to 11 stores with roughly $600 million in combined annual revenue. And they’re not done.