Torgen Alvstad, Senior Regional Manager

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Outside of spending my first year of college in Colorado, I’ve called Oregon home my entire life. I’ve been married seven years to my wife, Jasmine. We’re busy parents to a sprouting (almost) three-year-old daughter named Harper, and we welcomed a boy in July 2021 named Cru. They keep us pretty busy, but we try to get out and enjoy the fruits of Portland as much as possible.

What do you do at Fuel, and what is the most valuable resource you provide to our members?

I’ve been with Fuel since 2010 and have had the unique perspective of seeing our organization grow substantially—from five to over 100 employees, all the while adapting to the challenges and opportunities of our ever-changing industry.

As a senior regional manager, I support clinics across five states in the middle of the country. I rely heavily on my teammate, Holly Axmaker (account manager), and our robust suite of support services from our internal departments that exist to elevate our clinics’ businesses. The most valuable asset we provide our members is access—access to medically-based business resources relevant to them, access to industry trends and strategies and access to KPIs and best practices. When a practice works with us, they are a part of a much larger network of support and information that would otherwise be hard to get their hands on.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

In my particular role, the workdays can look quite different depending on the week. If I’m on the road, I’m visiting with current members and identifying new projects to take off their plate. Travel weeks also serve as an opportunity to meet with new prospective clients that may want to join us. If I’m not traveling, I’m in front of my computer conducting weekly member calls, answering emails and ensuring projects and deadlines are met. Every week (and day, for that matter) varies, which allows for a fulfilling work balance. 

What is your professional background?

Fuel Medical was my second “real” job post-college. My first position was as an account manager for a paper handling equipment supplier, where I focused on outside sales and increasing my customer base in the Portland market. If you’ve ever seen “The Office,” I was like the outside sales version of Jim (or maybe Dwight)—ha ha. You know those annoying people that ignore “no soliciting” signs?  That was me. 

What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have a fun fact about yourself you’d like to share?

Since I’m writing this a couple of days into 2022, I have my New Year’s resolution fresh in my mind before it fizzles in a couple weeks. I would like to get back into running. I have had stints where I really get into it and have participated in a handful of half marathons and a couple of Hood to Coast races (the world’s longest official relay). So, if my free time isn’t too tied up with my kids, I’d like to get back into the running kick. Otherwise, I enjoy things counterintuitive to running—eating large portions of good food, drinking wine and parking it on the couch to watch old movies.

Fun Fact: Those close to me know of my odd obsession with sharks. I have swum with Galapagos sharks in Oahu and plan to go shark cage diving with great whites at some point. For me, Shark Week lasts all year because I’m constantly looking up facts, researching attacks and broadening my understanding of these misunderstood creatures on a daily basis. 

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