Our Team

Matt Lachowitzer

Owner & Founder


About Matt

Matt is a father of 3, an avid fishermen and Minnesota Vikings fan, and owner and founder of Matt’s Automotive Service Center. A Herman, MN native, Matt started this company as a two-bay shop back in 2009. He has expanded the company into 10 locations with beautiful, state of the art facilities serving the Fargo-Moorhead & Greater Twin Cities areas. Matt enjoys being a pillar in the community, giving back in any way he can, and providing knowledge and education in the biggest ways possible. As a result of being a continuous educator and an amazing pillar in the community, Matt won Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 through the Fargo-Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and was named the top shop operator in the country by Ratchet & Wrench magazine in 2021. Matt’s Automotive has been recognized as a top 1% shop in the country. When Matt’s not working, he enjoys being outdoors, riding side by side, boating, playing buck hunter, and spending time with his kids.

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Vern is an enthusiastic coach for our team that loves helping people and teaching what he has learned to as many people as possible. He enjoys getting disappointed by the Vikings every Sunday during football season and hopes that one day, he might see his team in the Super Bowl. He is an avid gamer that loves a good adventure and hates online multiplayer games. He enjoys spending time with his fiancée Brita, his dog Blue, and family and friends in his free time. You can also catch him binge watching almost any TV show imaginable and catching every Marvel movie or show as it is released (he might have a little bit of FOMO). Vern has aspirations of becoming an automotive business coach for the industry so that he can start to fulfill his dream of helping to change the perception of the automotive industry.

Chris K.


Chris, a New England, ND native, is a father of 2 boys. Not only is he the Controller for Matt’s Automotive, he also owns a Local Wedding DJ and Entertainment business. During his free time he loves spending time with his wife Britny, playing Fortnite with his boys, or doing some crazy house renovation that he probably should just hire someone to complete.

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Hi, my name is Jeremy and I have been in the car business for 25 years. I started changing oil and worked my way through into sales and management at Lunde Kia in Fargo. In 2019 my father was diagnosed with Glioblastoma brain cancer and that ended the car business for me as I took care of him and brought him to his many appointments throughout the day. I started dealing blackjack at night and loved it but not the late-night hours. Decided it was time to get back into the business and Matt’s Automotive Service Center has welcomed me with open arms as a Service Advisor. Very much needed new challenge for me. In my off time, I am a billiards fanatic and I can’t get enough of that game. So, if you ever want to set up a challenge match you can find me at Moorhead Billiards or the Gastropub here in town. I look forward to helping you with all your car needs or at our local pool halls.

Chris B.


Hi, my name is Chris and I have been the Service Manager at Matt’s Automotive Service Center in Moorhead for a little over a year now. Prior to this position, I worked as a Machinist for a couple of different local companies over the past 5 years while attaining my degree in Finance. In my free time, I spend most of it going out with my daughter getting Boba, roller skating, walking around the mall, or at the lake all summer in the evenings and weekends swimming. I enjoy watching football on Sundays and music is my go-to for just unwinding at the end of the day.



Haley is originally from East Grand Forks, MN and moved to Fargo in 2011. Originally working in the restaurant industry, she wanted a change and joined the team at Matt’s Automotive. She enjoys helping people and educating and empowering her customers. Haley is an animal lover who has several cats and a handful of reptiles. In her free time, you can find her crocheting, reading a good book, and spending time with her friends and family.



Jenni is a mother of 2 boys from West Fargo, ND. She is passionate about connecting with people, which is why she really loves her job as the Service Manager at our Fargo location. Jenni has been in the customer service industry for over 20 years. After living in California for a few years, she really enjoys getting back and visiting family and friends there. When Jenni isn’t working, she enjoys hosting dinner parties, happy hour with friends, entertaining her husky and spending time with her two sons.



I was born and raised in rush city Minnesota. I enjoy working on classic cars, driving in autocross events, riding snowmobiles and fishing in my spare time. I originally was a technician, but chose an advisor position as i wanted to learn more about the front end of the shop.



Dustin is the father of 4 amazing kids, 2 boys and 2 girls. If there is one thing you need to know about Dustin is that he loves sports, coaching, playing, and officiating. Dustin was born and raised in Willmar, moved around a bit, but settled back in the Willmar area. Originally working in the restaurant and hospitality business, Dustin decided to move to the automotive business and has found a knack for it. In his spare time, Dustin is the manager of the Willmar Rails amateur baseball team, he umpires high school and college baseball, and he referees high school and college football.



I enjoy talking and meeting new people. In my free time I enjoy spending as much time out in nature hiking, fishing, hunting and spending that time with my family. I am also an avid golfer whose game could use some help but I have a great time doing it.



I was born and raised in central Florida and my whole life I dreamed of living somewhere it would snow. So, I moved to Fargo! I love hiking, camping, video games, crocheting, reading, D&D, baking, making candy, latch-hooking, bowling, karaoke, antiquing, oddity shops and checking out dive bars with my friends. I have extensive retail experience, mostly dealing in men’s fashion and I had a lot of fun with it! I joined Matt’s Automotive because I wanted to be a part of a team and an amazing company culture.

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Raised in the Fargo/Moorhead area, he has a strong passion for working on cars and constantly seeks to acquire new techniques and skills for automotive craftsmanship. His ultimate aspiration is to build his dream car a skyline. On the weekends he enjoys watching football, enjoys it more when the Falcons aren’t losing.



Mike has been in the automotive industry since January of 2005. Married for 4 years and proud father of 2. Native of Rugby ND. Lived in Fargo since Oct 2004. Passions are trap shooting, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. Dallas Cowboys Fan.



Victor is a native of moorhead, who still lives there with is dog Buddy.Who enjoys spending time with and riding motorcycle during his off time. He was always tinkering with motors as a kid. He worked at a parts store in high school where his passion for help people with their cars grew. Then worked on custom cars and was a fleet mechanic. He loves the environment and opportunities at Matt’s Automotive



Hello, I’m David. I’ve been with Matt’s Automotive for 10 years now and I’m the lead technician for the company. I started working on cars when I was 14 as an apprentice at a small town shop. From there I decided that this is what I wanted to do and went to WyoTech in Laramie WY.  I graduated from WyoTech in 2012 with a 4.0 and started working at a local Firestone before moving to Fargo. Since then, I’ve become ASE Master and Advanced Specialist certified. I was voted top 10 technician in North America by MotorTrend in 2022. I enjoy fishing and boating with my family, and spending time building RC cars with my son.



Brady just became the father to a baby boy. He enjoys going boating with his family and friends all summer long. In the winter time, Brady loves to go snowmobiling. In his free time, he likes rebuilding cars and helping his friends build their drift, drag, and autocross cars. Brady recently has found enjoyment in tuning vehicles. The transition to Matt’s Automotive Service Center has been an amazing experience and he can’t wait to grow in his employment.



Wes has had a shorter career in the Automotive industry but has quickly rose to be one of the most productive team members in the Matt’s Automotive family. His eye for speed, accuracy and efficiency is second to none. He has a thirst for knowledge and taking care of people and their cars. When he’s not working you might find him enjoying time with his friends, fishing in a lake or river, pontooning, ice fishing or hunting. You could call him an outdoors guy.



Josh has over 25 years in the automotive repair industry ranging from fixing heavy equipment to diesels to small cars. He has been able to take one of the transitions that many do not consider easy from a diesel technician to an automotive technician with stride. He has three daughters and a fiancé at home that he loves spending time with. When he’s not working you might find him spending time with his daughters, glamping (he likes camping but only in his camper), or riding motorcycles.

James a.k.a. smokey


Married with 4 kids 15 Grand kids
I live with my wife, my daughter, her husband and 5 grand kids. When I come home from work they all greet me with hugs and love that truly makes my day.

I have been on a motorcycle since I was 9 years old. I have traveled around the world three times. I have ridden around the United States 3 times.I was labeled as the new easy rider by harley davidson members magazine.

I served in the United States Navy for 5 years and served on ship in the Mediterranean Sea for 4 years. I have worked on computers since 1977.
I was a 5 star chef for 17 years and from there I started working on cars so I could spend more time with my kids.

I worked with a lot of great people and they have taught me patience and don’t give up.



Preston considers himself to be a pretty boring person. He has spent the last 5 years mastering his skills in replacing windshields and performing ADAS calibrations. He has taken a new leap to learn more of the body repair industry. When he’s not working you might find him playing Grand Theft Auto (the video game, not real life). With GTA 6 coming out in 25 and asked if he was excited, he responded, “I’m going to be sick the week that game comes out.” He loves hunting pheasant, bass and ice fishing. He also enjoys fixing and riding snowmobiles.



Sophie is a 2022 graduate of Fargo South High School, and became interested in becoming a mechanic after taking a couple years of Automotive classes in school. After working in Food Service for four years she decided to make the jump to the automotive industry in November of 2022. First starting at our North Moorhead location as a Tire & Lube Technician, she later transferred to our 13th Ave location as a General Service Technician and has been happily working there since. During her free time Sophie enjoys playing games online with her friends and creating digital art, as well as loving on her pet Rottweiler. Sophie is glad to have made the jump to Matt’s Automotive Service Center, as well as the practical experience she gains by working here.



Austin is the shop foreman at the Collision Center. He was originally hired as an automotive technician and earned the title of foreman through hard work, dedication and growth within the Matt’s Automotive organization. He originally is from Edgely, ND and loves spending time with his family. He is an avid NY Giants fan and enjoys watching football in his free time. In addition to football, he enjoys spending time with his family which consists of his 5 year old daughter and wife. He loves motorcycles, fishing, hunting boating and watching movies. He is also into comic books.


Zach is a laid back, chill guy and a father to one son. Outside of work you can find him at the dirt track races, traveling for his son’s soccer tournaments or antiquing with his girlfriend. Zach has been a technician at Matt’s Auto since 2013. A fun fact about Zach is that he likes to collect sports memorabilia. Go Falcons!



Hi! My name is Tyler! My hobbies are Fishing and Video games. I have two kids and are the absolute best! My favorite part of working at Matt’s Automotive is the co-workers I get to work with daily.



Mike has been with Matt’s Automotive for 2 years and really enjoys helping everyone out. He has been in the automotive collision industry for the past 8 years and loves learning more about how to perfect his craft. When he’s not at work he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Haley. He also enjoys animals and the outdoors, watching anime, and playing video games.



I’m Cole, I’ve been working in the automotive field for roughly 4 years. I chose this career path because I always loved working with my hands, even at home I like to work on model kits or other hands-on activities. I started working on lawnmowers and other small engines when I was still in high school, leading me to where I am today. I graduated from Hennepin Technical College with a 2-year Diploma in Automotive and learned much through the years in this industry. Every day I learn new things and plan on continuously growing my skill set as an Automotive technician.



Hi, I’m Jager Johnson. I enjoy working on vehicles and doing a wide range of other outdoor activities. Such as fishing, hunting, and camping.



My name is Joshua D. Smith and I’ve been a shop foreman at Matt’s Automotive Service Center for the past year. I’ve been working in this industry for twenty four years. My hobbies are any kind of motorsports racing. I enjoy being in the outdoors, hiking and exploring new places. I have two dogs that I love very much and three cats. I’ve been with my girlfriend Angie Tate for four years and I’m looking forward to many more years to ou come.

Andrew T.


My name is Andrew Toupal, and I have been in the automotive industry for almost six years. I have been working for Matt for a little over a year, and have loved every second of my career. My hobbies include woodworking, automotive performance, fishing, backpacking, and anything outdoors. I have one Husky and three cats, and I live with my wife of two years.



Living with my girlfriend and love to help raise my grandkids who are the joy of my life. I like sports and bud light beer. I have worked in the same building for 16 years. I like to keep my hands busy with fixing just about anything. I walk every night with my grandson that the weather permits. Pull tabs at the VFW are always a good time especially when my girlfriend wins. Been working on cars for over 30 years.



Dan is skilled in automotive repair, with over 15 years’ experience in both OEM and aftermarket vehicle repair. Throughout this time, he has discovered joy in coaching and mentoring aspiring technicians. Outside of work, Dan prioritizes family time, frequently enjoying camping, fishing, and engaging in motor sports, or maybe a BBQ. He also indulges his passion for cooking traditional French Cuisine for loved ones during his spare moments. Beyond his expertise in vehicle repair, Dan finds fulfillment in understanding the intricacies and never ending education of automotive technology. Moreover, he firmly believes in transparency and education, ensuring that every customer is empowered to make informed decisions about their vehicle.



Carter graduated from Dunwoody Automotive College and has been with Matt’s Automotive since early 2024. He enjoys outdoor activities like hunting and fishing. Carter is originally from St. Louis Park.

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Originally form Calgary, AB (Canada) and moved to Fargo in 2022. He is a University of Jamestown alum where he spent 3 years playing baseball and going to school. In the summer time he enjoys getting out on the golf course, watching the Toronto Blue Jays and in the winter he enjoys watching the Calgary Flames. He enjoys spending time with his wife Brienne, his dog Murphy and friends and family on the weekend. He enjoys getting to travel to see friends and family in Arizona and Canada with his wife. He is a people person and enjoys getting to know people and helping them out where he can.



I have been the office administrator assistant at Matts Automotive Service Center since January 8th, 2024. Before that, I was a stay-at-home mom with my 5 children and bartended on the weekends. In my free time, I spend it with my family and kids.

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