Meet The Alfs
Family-owned and operated dealerships since 1990.
From the beginning, we realized the relationship we forged with our customers and community was the cornerstone to our success; all our business decisions reflect this philosophy. In choosing the name for our Toyota dealership, we felt it was imperative that we identify with the community we serve. The residents of St Charles and surrounding communities are not just customers; they are our neighbors, friends, classmates, teachers, and team members.
The Alf’s have over 30 years of family-owned automotive sales and service operations in the Greater Chicagoland area. Our family takes a hands-on approach to running the dealership’s day-to-day operations. Dennis has now taken a step back to allow his sons to take the lead. Michael and Steven are committed to following their father’s purpose of doing business with Transparency, Integrity, and Competitive Pricing.
Dennis the founder of the company grew up in Berlin, Wisconsin on a Dairy Farm. He attended the University of Wyoming on a wrestling scholarship and married his high school sweetheart, Mary. After graduating college, he became a teacher and a wrestling coach in McFarland, Wisconsin. During the summers he sold cars at Schapee Pontiac in Madison, Wisconsin. After two summers of selling, Dennis followed his passion for cars and joined General Motors, where he spent 12 years working in the Pontiac division. He left GM to work in Atlanta for South East Toyota, a private distributor. In 1990, Dennis realized his dream of owning an auto dealership by purchasing St Charles Pontiac with a partner. In 1994, the partnership purchased St Charles Toyota and added the Buick franchise to the Pontiac store. Dennis and his partner split in 2000 to create ownership opportunities for his sons, and he became the sole owner of St Charles Toyota and grew from 800 sales in 2000, to its peak of 2,750 sales in 2006. In 2008, the Alf family completed Toyota’s new dealership image, which doubled the size of the dealership. In July of 2010, Dennis and sons purchased Crystal Lake Chevrolet. Realizing Toyota and the city of St Charles was his home. They sold the Chevrolet store and purchased the Pre Owned facility in 2012.
Michael is the oldest of Dennis and Mary’s two sons. He grew up in various areas across the country. Michael attended High School in California, Massachusetts, and Georgia. He went on to Ohio State University on a wrestling scholarship. After graduating in 1993 from OSU, Michael joined the family business and served as the General Manager for over 20 years. Michael currently has moved to the role of Dealer Principal taking over the reins from Dennis. Michael is married to Katie and together have two children, Sarah and Ryan.
Steven also grew up in many areas of the United States. Steven attended St Charles High School and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In keeping with family tradition, he also attended college on a wrestling scholarship. He has been working alongside his father and brother since 2000. He is currently is the General Manager of the dealership. Steven is married to his college sweetheart Shannon and together have two children, Sofia and Spencer.