Don K - Whitefish
Mr. Don Kaltschmidt - President, Don K Chevrolet/Chrysler/Subaru
Don Kaltschmidt – president of Don K Chevrolet/Chrysler/Subaru – is celebrating 25 years in business this year … and he’s also celebrating his company’s nomination for the prestigious 2015 Time Magazine Dealer of the Year award.
A 1974 graduate of Flathead High School, he left the area in 1974 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975. He left the Marines as a corporal after his three-year commitment, and began working as a salesman for a Chevrolet dealer in San Diego.
Don and his wife Debbie moved back to the Flathead in 1985, where he landed a job as the sales manager at Jim Dowen Chevrolet in Whitefish. He was promoted to general manager, and by 1991 had bought-out the company’s partner and become sole owner.
Several years later the dealership moved from its downtown location to its current spot just south of town on U.S. Highway 93. And after weathering both the economy’s recession and the contraction of the U.S. auto industry, Kaltschmidt began expanding his operation, which by 2011 included the Subaru, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram flags.
Don K Whitefish currently employs about 100 full-time staffers, and sells an average of 250 vehicles each month.
Connecting with and giving back to the community is important to Kaltschmidt, who said he views his business’s success as a gift from the Flathead and a tribute to his employees.
Don K Chevrolet/Chrysler/Subaru
6219 Hwy 93 S.
Whitefish, MT 59937