Kjell Bergh


Kjell Bergh, Chairman
905 Hampshire Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55426
612.821.2704 DIR

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, MA • 2004
M.A. in International Relations
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN • 1998 Kiswahili studies.
Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN • 1970
B.A. in International Relations, minor in Journalism
University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway 1967     Prerequisite courses.

Business experience

Borton Volvo (Minneapolis, MN) 1967- present, Chairman; Bergh International Holdings, 1974 – present, Chairman; Borton Motors, (Rochester, MN) 1974-1979; Chairman; Borton Leasing, 1972 – 1999, Chairman; Borton Overseas, 1974- present, Chairman; Borton Limousine, 1983 – 1999, Chairman; Serengeti Select Safaris and Tarangire Safari Lodge, (Tanzania) 1986- 2005, Director; Borton Volvo and Borton Volkswagen, (Delray Beach, FL) 1988-2000, Chairman; Borton Volvo (Golden Valley, MN),1999-present, Chairman; OE Alliance, LLC, 2005- 2008, Director; OnnieTech Group, Ltd (Tanzania) 2005- present, Director; Borton Overseas Norway A.S. , 2007 – present, Chairman; Trollstigen Resort (Norway) 2008-present, Chairman.

Organizational experience

As Chairman:
Vinland National Center, Gillette Childrens Hospital, Sons of Norway Foundation, Minnesota Holmenkollen Foundation, Volvo National Dealer Advisory Board, Volvo 20 Group, American International Automobile Dealers Association, AIADA Services, Inc., Delray Beach-Moshi Sister Cities Committee, Nyerere Educational and Research Center Foundation Greater Metro Auto Dealers Association

Academic directorships

Macalester College, MN Trustee Emeritus, Executive. Comm., Chair, Audit Comm.
Augsburg College, MN Regent Emeritus
Gustavus Adolphus College, MN Business Advisory Group
World Press Institute, MN Director
Nobel Peace Prize Forum, MN Director, Executive Comm.
Humphrey Institute, U of M Member, Advisory Board

Medical directorships
Center for Victims of Torture, University Childrens Foundation, Medical Education and Research Foundation, Camp for Children with Epilepsy, Ski for Light, Minnesota International health Volunteers, International Heart Relief, Selian Lutheran Hospital/Kilimanjaro Childrens Hospital (Tanzania) Heart to Heart Foundation (Kenya)

Other directorships
Norwegian American Chamber, Swedish American Chamber, National Automobile Dealers Association (Industry Relations Comm.), Greater Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, Minnesota Auto Dealers Association, Volvo Executive Committee, Federated Insurance Advisory Board, KMSP-TV Advisory Board, North American Window Companies, Shamrock Villas (Montserrat, W. Indies) Environment Northern Seas (Norway), Norsemen’s Federation, Leif Eriksson Millenium Foundation, Norwegian American Foundation, UN Association of MN, Minnesota Consular Corps, Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights – U.S. Foundation


Opus Prize 2012

Royal decorations

Knight First Class, Royal Order of Merit by H.M. King Harald of Norway (1996)
Gold medal, Royal Order of the Polar Star by H.M. King Carl Gustaf of Sweden (1988)
St. Olav Medal by H.M. King Olav of Norway (1983)

Consular Appointment
Honorary Consul, United Republic of Tanzania (2000 – present)

International Citizen of the Year (2014) (International Leadership Institute)
Educate Tanzania! Outstanding Service Award (2013)
DICOTA Leadership Award (2010)
AIADA Lifetime Achievement Award (2001)
Scandinavian Hall of Fame (1997)
Automotive Hall of Fame (1996)
TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award (1996)
Automotive News Dealer of the Year (1996)
Automotive News All-Star Dream Team (1996)
Center of the American Experiment Award (1995)
Sports Illustrated All-Star Dealer Award (1994)
Sports Illustrated Dealer of Distinction (1986)
Vinland National Center Award (1985)
WCCO Radio Good Neighbor Award (1981)
Favorite Norwegian of the Year Award (1981)
Numerous Volvo, Volkswagen, Pontiac and SAAB awards

Business Awards:
Business of the Year, Delray Beach, FL (Borton Motors) (2000)
Hotel Operator of the Year, Tanzania (Tarangire Safari Lodge) (1987)
Tour Operator of the Year, Norway (Borton Overseas) (1992)

International delegations:

Member, Royal Norwegian official visit to Tanzania
Member, facilitator, Gov. Carlson’s (MN) trade delegation to Sweden
Member, M.C., Gov. Perpich’s (MN) trade delegation to Norway
Member, Gov. Pawlenty’s trade delegation to China and Japan
Member, MN Gov. Dayton’s delegation to Norway – 40th Anniversary of Troop Exchange
Member, MN Gov. Dayton’s trade delegation to Sweden, Norway and Germany
Member, MN Congressman Keith Ellison’s trade delegation to Tanzania
Led trade delegations to Japan, Germany, Norway and Tanzania.
Led numerous safaris to Tanzania and Kenya
Minnesota National Guard delegations to Florida, Alabama and Panama
Minnesota National Guard delegation to Norway
United States Navy, nuclear submarine USN Alabama

Royal Transportation logistics:

Provided, planned and executed ground and air transportation for the Royal family of Norway in the United States and Tanzania over the past thirty years

Provided, planned and executed ground transportation for the Royal family of Sweden and numerous heads of state in Minnesota over the past thirty years

Private Royal audiences:
H. M. King Olav, H.M. King Harald, H.M. Queen Sonja, H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon, H.R.H. Princess Martha Louise and H.R.H. Princess Astrid of Norway; H.M. King Carl Gustaf, H.M. Queen Silvia, H.R.H. Prince Bertil, H.R.H. Princess Lillian of Sweden, H.R.H. Prince Charles of England

Private Audiences with Heads of State:
President Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland, Presidents Benjamin William Mkapa and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, President Ratu Maru of Fiji, Prime Ministers Oddvar Nordli, Kaare Willoch and Kjell Magne Bondevik of Norway.

Publications and Papers

Worked as freelance journalist for Akers Avis and Vi Menn, Oslo, Norway

Hosted weekly Scandinavian programs on two radio stations in Minnesota for seven years

Published in The Economist (U.K.) Arusha Timnes (Tanzania), Minneapolis StarTribune (MN), Milford Chronicle (Milford, DE), Automotive News (Detroit, MI), International Auto Dealer Magazine (Alexandria, VA) Tusculum Bulletin (Greenville, TN) Master’s Thesis: Norway and the International Whaling Crisis (Fletcher School,Tufts, Boston, MA 2004)

Has been covered in Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek International, Automotive News, International Auto Dealer, Minneapolis StarTribune, Aftenposten (Norway), Verdens Gang (Norway), Se og Hør (Norway), Hjemmet, (Norway), Tidens Krav (Norway), Romsdals Budstikke (Norway) & Åndalsnes Avis (Norway), The Guardian (Tanzania) and other international publications. Also on CNN, ABC, CNBC, Bloomberg, NRK (Norway), TV2 (Norway) the Tokyo Television networks, as well as numerous local radio and TV stations

Featured in Eight Miles without a Pothole, Klobuchar, Jim, Minneapolis 1986
Featured in Wild Places and Gentle Breezes, Klobuchar, Jim, Stillwater 1990
Featured in The Cross under the Acacia Tree, Klobuchar, Jim, Minneapolis 1998
Featured in Pieces of My Heart, Klobuchar, Jim, Minneapolis 2007
Featured in Amerika – fra Kennedy til Obama,Tjomsland, Audun, Oslo 2008
Featured in Wisdom on the Job, Sakai, Shinji, Tokyo 2011

Speaking engagements

Keynote speaker: Federal Executive Board – Civil Servant of the Year Award

Nelson Mandela memorial service, Cathedral of St.Paul, MN (2014)

Federal Executive Board (Leadership Group), Minneapolis, MN (2014)

*A dialogue with Vice President Walter Mondale,* Minneapolis, MN (2014)

American Swedish Institute
Numerous engagements for Volvo in the United States and Sweden, American International Automobile Dealers Association. Motivational speaker for Dayton’s (later Macy’s) department stores and Toro Corporation.

Several lectures and workshops at Macalester College (MN) and Augsburg College (MN); panelist on several international relations and automotive symposia

Frequent assignments as Master of Ceremonies, including Sons of Norway’s 100th Anniversary, Minnesota National Guard-Norwegian Home Guards Exchange 25th Anniversary and 35th Anniversary, banquets for the royal couple of Norway in New York, First Lady of Tanzania in MN and FL; speaking engagements across America, Norway and Tanzania


English, Norwegian (native language) read Danish, Swedish, German (2years); French (2 years); Kiswahili (1 semester)

Life memberships

Sons of Norway Foundation, Norwegian American Historical Association, Vesterheim Museum, American Swedish Institute and Ski for Light

Member: Consular Corps of Miami, Minnesota Consular Corps, Consular Corps College, Council on Foreign Relations (MN), Initiative for Global development, Minnesota International Center