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The History of Denny Menholt Chevrolet: How Your Chevy Montana Dealership Came to Be

By Don Bach on Jul 19, 2017 8:05:27 AM

 History of Denny Menholt Chevrolet | Chevy Montana Dealer

Denny Menholt Chevrolet is proud to have been your preferred Chevrolet Montana dealership for the past 30 years.

(So proud, in fact, that we're throwing a huge 30th Anniversary Event on our entire inventory of cars for sale in Montana! Shop it now »)


In the car industry, 30 years is a pretty long time. So how have we stayed in business since 1987 — and how did we get started in the first place?

Keep reading to learn more about the history of Denny Menholt Chevrolet, our founder Denny, and all the great people who make this Chevy Montana dealership so special.


Denny Menholt Dreams of Being a Pharmacist...

Denny Menholt has been a hard worker since he was young.

Having grown up in Canton, South Dakota — a town of 2,500 — he understands what it's like to be part of the tight-knit fabric that small towns seem to weave.

Perhaps it was that humble Midwestern mindset that gave Denny such a good work ethic. At 16 years old, he began to work for a local pharmacist, Roger Molstad, almost every day after school and during the summer.

Denny decided that he wanted to become a successful pharmacist too, so he saved for college and enrolled in South Dakota State University. But he soon realized he wasn't cut out for a career as a pharmacist after all.

After working a few odd jobs, Denny enrolled in another college, where he majored in chemistry so that he could become a pharmaceutical sales representative. He thought he'd found his calling.


...And Then He Quits College...

One day, Denny was speaking with a professor who used to be a pharmaceutical rep, and he asked the professor why he quit. He replied that it was because there was so much pressure to sell and not as much attention to detail.

When Denny told the professor he wanted to work in sales, the man simply laughed. He said that if Denny really wanted to be a salesman, he wouldn't need a chemistry degree — or a job as a pharmaceutical rep — to become one.

The very next day, Denny quit college.


...And Starts Selling Cars...

With the boost of confidence his professor had given him, Denny set out to make his name in sales.

He started in mobile home sales and became the manager of Iseman Mobile Homes in Huron, South Dakota, at the ripe age of 22 years old.

Two years later, he transitioned to auto sales. He first worked for two small dealerships and then moved to Brookings, South Dakota, where he married his wife, started a family, and became part-owner of a mobile home company. When his partners sold out in 1979, he went back to auto sales, working for Frank Stinson Chevrolet in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

"It was the first time I'd worked in a big store," Denny said. "I immediately fell in love with the competition and the hustle and bustle in a larger store."

Within six years, he had worked his way to the position of general sales manager. And two years later, he became partners with his employer, when Stinson fronted the money for Denny to take over his dealership at Billings Frontier Chevrolet.


Denny Menholt Chevy Montana Dealer...And Now Here We Are!

Fast-forward 30 years, and Denny is still serving customers here at your Chevy Montana store — except now, it has a new name.

At Denny Menholt Chevrolet, Denny works with a fantastic team of similarly hard-working people. As Denny has said, "I think the value of any organization comes down to employees."

In the last 30 years, the same principles Denny held dear at the start of his career have remained, as the group has grown and acquired nine mores dealerships throughout South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon.

Throughout it all, the Menholt group has continued to focus on great customer service and invest in quality employees.

Denny Menholt would like to take this time to recognize and thank all those great people employed across the ten Menholt stores. Their commitment to exceptional customer service is what makes this family-owned group just a little different!



Shop the 30th Anniversary Event at Your Chevy montana Store

30th Anniversary Event at Chevrolet Montana Store

Our team would like to thank you as well. Your loyalty has helped keep us in business for 30 years (and counting)!

To celebrate three decades as your number-one Chevrolet Montana dealership, we're hosting our enormous 30th Anniversary Event going on now. During this sale, you can enjoy fantastic deals on our entire selection of cars for sale in Billings!


Special Offers on New Chevys in Billings


Special Offers on Used Cars in Billings

  • Prices thousands of dollars below NADA book value
  • No down payment on all used vehicles
  • No payments for 90 days on all used vehicles


Shop the 30th Anniversary Sale Today!

That's just the beginning. To see all the deals we've got going on now, read all about the 30th Anniversary Event here.

Ready to start shopping? Browse our new and used inventories online, and see our hours and directions when you're ready for a test drive!


1See dealer for eligible models.

2$13.87 per $1,000 financed, regardless of down payment. LT models. With qualified credit.


Topics: Sales/Events, Employee Spotlights

Author: Don Bach

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