Sasha Burgstaler
Vehicle Administration
Mills Automotive Group

           
What do you do here at Mills?
I'm a Vehicle Admin - basically I assist the Finance department.
           
How long have you been doing this?
I started at Mills in 1997 working as a part-time receptionist. I then moved on to become a full-time receptionist/office clerk (assisting with filing, service, etc.). I worked at Mills GM, Buick of Brainerd / Baxter for a little bit, and then I moved on to work in the field that I'm in now.
           
How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I love anything with the outdoors - hiking, fishing, you name it! I also have a teenage daughter who does figure skating, so I enjoy watching that as well.
           
What's one thing we might not know about you?

Hmm I can't think of anything - I'm an open book and wear my heart on my sleeve!
           
What do you love most about Mills?
 I really love the family atmosphere... everyone is warm, friendly and just really connected to one another here!
           
Some of My Favorite Things:
Color - Purple
Music - Everything!! A lot of Oldies/Classics
Food - Beer and Cheese Curds
Movie - The Cutting Edge
Mills Memory - The Grand Opening of Mills GM, Buick of Brainerd / Baxter and the annual company picnic that we used to do - It's hard to pick just one favorite






Aaron Haugen
Account Sales Representative
Mills Parts Center
After working for Mills for over ten years (seven of which have been spent at Mills Parts Center), Aaron says the thing he loves most about the company is the friendship he's developed with team members, guests and customers alike. He also comes from a family that's been in auto parts, sales and service since the 1950's - a little known fact!
           
On a day off, you'll likely find Aaron outdoors or spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys a good grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup along with watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! Aaron also loves black and gold (Go Wildcats!) and won't pass up a good old rock and roll hair band.


Jennie Crowley
IT Assistant
Mills Automotive Group
After starting in Mills Customer Care Center over nine years ago, Jennie was quickly moved onto the IT team where she currently assists with program issues, hardware issues and directing team members toward solutions. She loves the team environment here at Mills and loves helping people and making others' jobs easier. Of her many Mills memories, the annual company picnic is by far her favorite.
           
In her free time, Jennie enjoys the outdoors and shooting over at the Fleet Farm range where she attends a women's class. Most people would also be surprised to learn that Jennie knows how to play the autoharp! Other fun facts about her include: a love of Mexican food, Christian music and the color red.
           
Finally, we'd be remiss to mention that Jennie is known fondly as Guppy by her five grandchildren who she loves to spend time with every chance she gets.


Mike Voeltz
Service Advisor
Mills GM, Buick of Brainerd / Baxter
After almost five years with Mills, Mike says his favorite thing about the company is their customer first business decisions - something he witnesses and takes part in daily as a service advisor.
           
In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family. He has a 6 year old step son and 9 month old daughter.
           
Some of Mike's favorite things include: pizza, the color blue, country music, and the movie Dumb and Dumber. 










Troy Miller
Sales & Leasing Consultant
Mills GM, Buick of Brainerd / Baxter
What is your job title here at Mills?
Sales and Leasing Consultant
           
How long have you been with the company?
Since April 2015
           
How do you enjoy spending your free time?
With my beautiful Joan and our little Lenex. When you are new parents, your child is all of your free time!!!
           
What is one thing we may not know about you?
 I grew up in Brainerd, but I spent 14 years in San Diego!
           
Who is someone that has inspired you, and why?
My grandfather Leroy. He's the hardest working, most generous person I know. He's also the first one to arrive and the last one to leave when you need help.
           
What is your dream vehicle?
1967 Chevelle SS convertible

           
What are you passionate about?
Family, cars, fishing, food, food, food...
           
What do you love most about working at Mills?
I love the one on one of car sales. I get to help with the second largest purchase people make... after their house, it's their vehicles.
           
Some of My Favorite Things:
Music - Rock & Roll
Movies - Action
Food - Pizza
Mills Memory - One of my first sales at Mills. I got a hug and teary eyes from a gal who just enjoyed the Mills buying process so much! 


JD Berns
New Vehicle Sales Manager
Mills Honda of Brainerd / Baxter
What is your job title here at Mills?
New Vehicle Sales Manager at Mills Honda
           
How long have you been with the company?
Since August 25, 2014
           
How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as watching and playing all sports.
           
What is one thing we may not know about you?

I have received multiple life saver awards from North Memorial Medical Center, National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and Take Heart - St. Cloud.
           
Who is someone that has inspired you, and why?
Jerry Braam - He taught me how to be a good leader, how to lead by example on the front line. He's always believed in me and pushed me to be great.
           
What is your dream vehicle?
1969 Ford Mustang GT500 - silver with black stripes
           
What are you passionate about?
Helping people - I will risk my life to help people whenever they need it and be there for them during their most stressful times.

           
What do you love most about working at Mills?
The family feel of all my team members. I don't have 'co-workers', I have a large 'family'.
           
Some of My Favorite Things:
Music - Country music - Chris Hawkey, High Valley, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks
Movies - Anything Comedy. I need a good laugh.
Food - Pasta - Put me at a pasta bar and I'm in heaven!
Mills Memory - Winning the President's Award 


Travis Hahn
Lead Estimator
The Bodyworks Super Collision Center
What is your job title here at Mills?
Lead Estimator
           
How long have you been with the company?
Over 5 years
           
How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Spending time with my wife and daughters, as well as riding my fat-tire bike
           
What is one thing we may not know about you?
I was the first person in Nisswa Legion Baseball History to have hit a homerun and land it on top of The Pickle Factory.
           
Who is someone that has inspired you, and why?
My mom and dad showed me life isn't always easy, but you work through it and positive things happen.
           
What is your dream vehicle?
 The Ford Raptor
           
What are you passionate about?
Living life to the fullest
           
What do you love most about working at Mills?

Being able to work with the greatest team everyday!!!
           
Some of My Favorite Things:
Music - All music with the exception of Pop music
Movies - Anything but Horror movies. Just because!
Food - Prime rib with baked potato and a Mountain Dew!
Mills Memory - Vision Meetings! 











Marilyn Derosier
Service Dispatch
Mills GM, Buick of Brainerd / Baxter
           
Marilyn has worked for Mills since August of 2001. She enjoys kayaking, fishing the Mississippi River, traveling, and spending time with her family. An interesting fact about her is that she has taught Sunday School for three to four year olds at St. Mathias for over 19 years. She has also been cancer free for 5 years. Her first vehicle was a Chevy Impala, and she really likes the look of the Lincoln MKS.
           
Marilyn looks up to her Husband, Dan, as he has more patience than anyone she knows. Marilyn lives in Fort Ripley with her husband. She also has three children, Becky, Mike, and Fletcher, along with a dog named Tank. What Marilyn loves most about working at Mills is her fellow team mates, as they are always fun. She also loves the variety of vehicles she gets to see, as it's something new every day, and being able to get to know the guests personally.

           
Marilyn prefers:
Fruits over Vegetables
Dogs over Cats
Tea over Coffee
Trucks over Cars
Sweets over Salty
Hotdogs over Brats
Summer over Winter
Spaghetti over Alfredo
Morning Person over Night Owl
           
Some of her favorites:  The color red, burgers, banana cream pie, football, classic rock and country music, and the movie The Great Outdoors. Her favorite Mills memory is when she first started, she was 8 months pregnant with her son Fletcher, and he was too young for daycare for the first six weeks so he would come with her to catch up on paperwork. She works with some of the most talented technicians.



Corey Schroeder
Line Haul Lead
Mills Parts Center
           
Corey has worked for the Mills Automotive Group for 5 Years. He enjoys golfing and going to his sons sporting events. An interesting fact about him is that he has a 4-year degree from St. Cloud State University. His first vehicle was an Oldsmobile.
           
Corey admires his dad Gary Schroeder because He is the hardest working, strongest person I have ever met. He lives in Kandiyohi with his wife of 18 years Erica and their 2 Sons Kyler and Drew. He enjoys going to their sporting events with both sons being active in Football, Basketball and Baseball. What Corey loves most about working at Mills is the people he works with every day and the Mills Family.
           
Corey Prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Fruits
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Winter or Summer? Summer
Morning Person or Night Owl? Night Owl
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Cars or Trucks? Cars
Hot Dogs or Brats? Brats
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Alfredo Sauce
           
Some of his Favorites: The color purple, Robert Redford dessert, country music and football.
           
Corey is a real team player with strong family values and a great asset to our team! 










Suzanne Hedberg
Cashier
Mills Ford Lincoln of Brainerd / Baxter
           
Suzanne has worked for Mills since January of 2017. She enjoys spending her free time hanging with her grandchildren, playing pool, and riding in the Can Am. An interesting fact about Suzanne is that she is a thrill seeker, and she enjoys skydiving. Her first vehicle was a Chevrolet Malibu and her dream car is a Chevrolet Camaro.
           
Suzanne looks up to her mom, as she is the best person she knows. Suzanne is married with two children, Ron and Melissa. Both of them are married and between the two, she has six grandchildren; Kaylee, Jaden, Callie, Shyla, Chelsie, and Cassie. She also has a house cat named Lucky Lady that is a huge lover. What Suzanne loves about working at Mills are the people.
           
Suzanne prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Vegetables
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Sweet or Salty? Salty
Winter or Summer? Summer
Morning Person or Night Owl? Morning Person
Dogs or Cats? Cats
Cars or Trucks? Trucks
Hot Dogs or Brats? Brats
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Spaghetti
           
Some of her favorites are: the color blue, pasta, cheesecake, football, country music, and the movie Dirty Dancing. Her favorite Mills memory is that she loves getting to know her Mills Team Members every day.






Courtney Walton
Guest Service Supervisor
The Body Works
           
Courtney has worked for Mills since October of 2011. She enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with her husband and two year old son. An interesting fact about her is that she was a licensed dental assistant until two years ago, when she had her son. Her first vehicle was a 1992 Chevrolet Cavalier, and her dream car when she was younger was a 1997 Chevrolet Corvette.
           
Courtney looks up to her mom, as she has an amazing attitude and work ethic, as well as one of the strongest people that she knows. Courtney married her Husband, Jase, in 2011. They then welcomed their son Landyn into their lives six weeks earlier than expected in 2015, and are now expecting their second child in March of 2018. What Courtney loves most about working at Mills are the people. Everyone is always willing to pull together and work as a family/team.
           
Courtney prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Vegetables
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Sweet or Salty? Sweets
Winter or Summer? Summer
Morning Person or Night Owl? Morning Person
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Cars or Trucks? Trucks
Hot Dogs or Brats? Brats
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Alfredo
           
Some of her favorites are: the color red, Chinese/Japanese food, chocolate lava cake, football, country, rock, and hip hop music, and the movie Armageddon. Her favorite Mills memory is how much she cherished the support that all of the Mills team members were when she delivered her son early and had to be airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital. 



Chris Isdal
Parts Advisor
Mills Auto Center in Willmar
           
Chris has worked for the Mills Automotive Groups since March 2017.  He enjoys fishing and hunting.  An interesting fact about him is that his nose was broken twice by a baseball bat.  His first vehicle was a 1983 Chevy C-10 Short Box. And his dream car would be a 1977 Chevy K-10 Truck. Gotta love square bodies!
           
Chris lives in Spicer with his wife Jaime, where they welcomed their first child Presley Rose into their family earlier this year. He also has 2 dogs, Drake a black lab and Winston a chocolate lab.
           
Chris looks up to his mom and his dad. They both have the never give up attitude and are hardworking people.  What he loves most about Mills is the customer interaction. He loves talking to them and helping them get the information and details they need. He can carry a conversation with anyone!
           
Chris Prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Fruits
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Winter or Summer? Winter
Morning Person or Night Owl? Morning Person
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Cars or Trucks? Trucks
Hot Dogs or Brats? Brats
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Spaghetti

           
Some of his Favorites are:  the color red, ice cream, country music, football, the movie Grand Torino, and he enjoys eating duck, steak, and pizza. His favorite mills memory is when he was in his last interview and received his current job offer. 



Brandon Gruber
Sales and Leasing Consultant
Mills GM, Buick of Brainerd / Baxter


Brandon has worked for Mills since June, 2017. He enjoys spending his free time fishing, bonfires, working in his yard, spearing decoy carving, and bean bag toss. An interesting face about Brandon is that he is a huge sports addict! He enjoys fantasy sports, as well as, watching and keeping up in general is a must for him! His first vehicle was a 2006 Mazda 3, it was brand new and he ordered it! His dream vehicle is a brand new GMC Sierra ½ ton crew cab SLT.

Brandon looks up to his wife, as she has a great sense of humor and is always looking at doing what is right even when things get hard to do at work and at home. Brandon is married with his wife, Jackie, for about 8 years. They have a 4 year old boynames Caiden, and a 3 year old yellow lab named Oakley. What Brandon loves most about working at Mills is the team atmosphere and accountability. His number one priority is taking care of his guests.
           
Brandon prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Vegetables
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Sweet or Salty? Salty
Winter or Summer? Summer
Morning Person or Night Owl? Both
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Cars or Trucks? Trucks
Hot Dogs or Brats? Brats
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Alfredo
           
Some of his favorites are: the color green, cheeseburgers, banana cream pie, hockey, rock music, and Adam Sandler movies. His favorite Mills memory was getting recognized for a good month by his manager and leadership team, he said, it really makes you feel good!







 

Kelly Peterson
Warehouse Manager
Mills Parts Center
 
Twelve years ago, Kelly Peterson had been a part time receptionist/cashier for about 2 ½ years at Mills Ford Chrysler in Willmar when she was interviewed for a position at Mills Parts Center.  She was asked to tell one thing that we should know about you.  "I am fun!" she said.

Yes, indeed. Kelly is the fun, high-energy, smiling and laughing, hard driving, encouraging, supportive, bigger-than-life personality roaming the MPC warehouse that covers two football fields.  How did she get to be such a fun person?  "Just lucky I guess," Kelly says laughing. "Life is short. Grab it by the horns and cram as many adventures and fun into it as you can. I don't want to look back with regrets."

She started at MPC as an administrative assistant. Soon she was Warehouse Manager leading the 40 Team Members in the trenches who pick, pack, load and unload thousands of automotive parts every day.

Kelly is originally from Springfield, a community of about 2,500 in Brown County just 65 miles almost straight south of Willmar. She is a graduate of Springfield High School and has an accounting degree from Ridgewater Technical College.  Kelly had grown up as the oldest of four children. It was in about 2012 that Kelly's story took a twist. Fast forward, here's how Kelly learned she was really the second of nine children:  The youngest sister she had grown up with, Kasi, lived in Baxter with her three children. Two months after her 30th birthday, Kasi committed suicide.  About 10 months after Kasi died, Kelly learned that her biological father had passed away. She hadn't seen him since she was about 3.  Kelly later received a Facebook message from another daughter of her Dad's. "She reached out to me and we talked about Dad. She wanted to connect, and we did. We are now very close," Kelly said. "That is how I found out I also had four other younger siblings!"

Her late grandparents, Norbert and Florence Platz were farmers near Springfield, are Kelly's inspiration. He died in 1995 at 82 and she died in 2007 at 94.  "Hard work always pays off," she said was their message. "Be yourself, be happy, love with all your heart and never give up. If you fall down and get hurt pick yourself up and keep going. You will be okay."

Her work career includes stops at FSMC in Lake Lillian, and American Welding in Willmar, where she met her husband, Steve. They have three children, Marcus, McKena and Marisa.

Kelly was also a day care provider for 10 years in neighboring Blomkest where her family lives today on a five-acre site. She cared for children six weeks to 11.  "Even though they are kids and you are the adult, there is a lot you can learn from them," she said.

Kelly's Favorites:
Music - I pretty much listen to anything, depends on my mood.   
Movies - Chick flicks, the Jason Bourne series, you can never go wrong with comedy, but not horror!
Food - Not fussy!  I will at least try anything once.
Clothes - The comfy ones I change into after a long work day.
First car - 1994 Ford Escort.
Dream car - Not sure, but most likely a truck or SUV so she can sit higher.