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Meet Our Team

The team at Midwest Design Imports, Inc. is dedicated to our customers and work hard to ensure we provide the best services and products possible. With a team of knowledgeable and dedicated people, you can work with us knowing that we will do everything we can to help you and your business. Learn more about our team below and check out our services and collection of products to get started!

Hal Mangelsen Meet our team

Hal Mangelsen

President/Owner

Hal Mangelsen is Midwest Design Imports Inc.’s President/Owner. In this role, he oversees the whole company. He still travels with our sourcing team to Asia. He still has a great eye for product. Hal has been with Midwest Design Imports since 1999 when he started the company. The company has grown from 2 people (including himself) working in a small office in downtown Lincoln to a 30,000 square foot office and warehouse with 14 employees.

Hal’s favorite food is steak and boy does he make a mean steak. His favorite place to travel is in the Caribbean. During the summer, you will often see Hal around his smoker smoking pork butt, brisket, and salmon.

Kristin Mangelsen meet our team

Kristin Mangelsen

Executive Vice President

Kristin Mangelsen is Midwest Design Imports Inc.’s Executive Vice President. In this role, she is responsible for all of the sourcing, product development, and buying for MDI, as well as overseeing the marketing and sales. Kristin has been with Midwest Design Imports since 2013. She travels to Asia twice a year to meet with factories and find new factories to start doing business with.

Kristin’s favorite food is Mexican and her favorite place in the world is her family’s cabin in Wood River, Nebraska. Kristin has a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Zona who comes to the office almost every day. Zona is a favorite around the office for sure. While traveling home from Asia in 2015, Kristin met Shaquille O’Neal in the airport.

Mike Howard

(Executive Vice President)

Kristin Mangelsen is Midwest Design Imports Inc.’s Executive Vice President. In this role, she is responsible for all of the sourcing, product development, and buying for MDI, as well as overseeing the marketing and sales. Kristin has been with Midwest Design Imports since 2013. She travels to Asia twice a year to meet with factories and find new factories to start doing business with.

Kristin’s favorite food is Mexican and her favorite place in the world is her family’s cabin in Wood River, Nebraska. Kristin has a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Zona who comes to the office almost every day. Zona is a favorite around the office for sure. While traveling home from Asia in 2015, Kristin met Shaquille O’Neal in the airport.

Taja Prince

Marketing Coordinator

Kristin Mangelsen is Midwest Design Imports Inc.’s Executive Vice President. In this role, she is responsible for all of the sourcing, product development, and buying for MDI, as well as overseeing the marketing and sales. Kristin has been with Midwest Design Imports since 2013. She travels to Asia twice a year to meet with factories and find new factories to start doing business with.

Kristin’s favorite food is Mexican and her favorite place in the world is her family’s cabin in Wood River, Nebraska. Kristin has a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Zona who comes to the office almost every day. Zona is a favorite around the office for sure. While traveling home from Asia in 2015, Kristin met Shaquille O’Neal in the airport.

Nash Bellows

Product Designer

Nash is Midwest Design Import’s product designer.  Her role in the company is researching, creating, and styling new products, as well as preparing and sending samples out to buyers. She has been with Midwest Design Imports since 2022.

Her favorite food is shabu-shabu and her favorite place to be is in San Francisco. She spends her time making art, eating delicious food with her boyfriend, and thrift shopping.  She has two cats, Figaro and Tennyson but is looking to add a corgi to their family.

dusty hoeg meet our team

Dusty Hoeg

Logistics Coordinator

Dusty is Midwest Design Imports, Inc.’s Logistics Coordinator. He has been with the company since 2015. In this role, he works with our overseas vendors placing purchase orders, reviewing production photos, and assisting with in house shipping.

Dusty’s favorite food is pizza. Even though, Dusty likes adventure he has never flown on an airplane before.

With this team of hardworking and dedicated individuals, we will provide you with the best services possible. Learn more about what we do and the products we provide and be sure to contact us to get your questions answered!