Team Member Spotlights

 
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



Wes David
Used Vehicle Manager
Mills Auto Center in Willmar

What do you do here at Mills?
I'm the Used Vehicle Manager.

How long have you been doing this?
I just started this past March (2016).

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Fishing with the kids, family stuff, etc. I just try to live in the moment and have fun!!!

What's one thing we might not know about you?
I have owned 93 vehicles - just purchased my 93rd!!!

What do you love most about Mills?
I just love the warm, friendly environment here. It feels like home. We're all very team oriented and have strong communication with one another.

Some of  My Favorite Things:
Color - Green
Music - Country, 80s Rock
Food - A really good burger
Movie - Stepbrothers, John Wick
Mills Memory - My first manager meeting - it wasn't at all what I expected - we had a scavenger hunt and it just made for a really good time!



Danny Sargent
Business Manager
Mills GM in Brainerd / Baxter

Balloon animals...

Yes, Danny likes to make balloon animals after his busy days assisting Mills customers with financing, appraisals and other details for their vehicle purchase. And Danny's appreciative audience for his creations is his three children, ages 5, 3 and 1. They really like them. He taught himself how to do them after watching some tutorials online.

With such a love and passion for his family, it's easy to see why Danny really appreciates the Mills family atmosphere. Fellow team members are like a second family.

Since he joined Mills in 2014, Danny's favorite Mills memory is the rocket launching team building exercise at the Vision Day gatherings in July. "We got to design, create and launch rockets. It was such a fun day," Danny said.

Some other fun facts...

The guy who likes to make balloon animals is also an avid opera fan. He loves pizza, too. "A Night at the Roxbury" or "The Boondock Saints" would be his selections for movie night.





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 - fitting for this time of year! 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.




Tammy Hanson
Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable Supervisor
Mills Automotive Group

What is your job title here at Mills?
Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Supervisor

How long have you been with the company?
Almost 4 1/2 years

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family, my dog "Sugar" and binge watching TV shows like "The Walking Dead" and "Game of Thrones."

What is one thing we may not know about you?
I have a 21 year old daughter named Patience.

Who is someone that has inspired you, and why?
I would have to say Ellen DeGeneres because she always ends each of her shows saying, "Be kind to one another." I live my life by treating others how

they want to be treated. Hearing her say this reminds me to work on this every day. It inspires me to always try to be a better person.

What is your dream vehicle?
I am not sure I have one. I know my next vehicle will be an SUV, but I haven't decided what kind.

What are you passionate about?
My job and pursuing my bachelor's degree in accounting

What do you love most about working at Mills?
I love the family atmosphere and how friendly all of our co-workers are. It just feels like a great team to be a part of.

Favorite Music:
Top 40, Pop music

Favorite Movies:
Anything horror... I love scary movies!

Favorite Food:
Pizza

Favorite Mills Memory:
It would have to be when we had a tie at one of our quarterly vision meetings. The tie breaker was carrying an egg on a spoon from one end to the other. I was one of the lucky people.




Jan Lambert
Service Porter
Mills Auto Center in Willmar

What is your job title here at Mills?
Service Porter at Mills Auto Center

How long have you been with the company?
Almost 2 years.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my husband, fishing, hanging out with friends, spending time with family, and playing cards.

What is one thing we may not know about you?
Nothing really, I'm an open book!

Who is someone that has inspired you, and why?
My parents. They have always been encouraging. They taught me great values in life and helped me believe that I can do what I set my mind to.

What is your dream vehicle?
Well, when I started working at Mills, I wanted a Toyota RAV4. I now have one and I love it!

What are you passionate about?
Outside of Mills, I am an Independent Sales Consultant for Norwex. I'm passionate about reducing the amount of chemicals that are used in our everyday lives.

What do you love most about working at Mills?
My co-workers and the atmosphere here. We have a lot of fun.

Some of My Favorite Things:
Music - Country, Soft Rock, 80s, Christian
Movies - Dramas that make me cry
Food - Pizza, Mexican
Mills Memory - When I got to drive home from work in my NEW Toyota Rav4! I also started this position part-time, and then was offered full-time which is what I really wanted.




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!




Ali Jacobsen
Events and Social Media Coordiantor
Willmar Area



What is your job title here at Mills?
Willmar Area Events and Social Media Coordinator

How long have you been with the company?
Since September 2014. I started as a part-time receptionist at Mills Auto Center. In November 2014, I tried my hand as a Sales Consultant at Mills Ford Chrysler. In January 2015, I accepted the full-time receptionist job at Mills Ford Chrysler and during 2017 I moved into my current position!

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Car rides, DIY projects, and watching "how-to videos" about random things. I love to learn.

What is one thing we may not know about you?
My dream job growing up was to be a National Geographic Photographer. I attended college for photography and cosmetology. I work part-time at Great Clips.

Who is someone that has inspired you, and why?
My Dad: He is the hardest working person I know. He never asks anyone for anything. He appreciates what he has, but is always ready to help others.

He is genuine, honest, diligent, and enthusiastic daily.
My Mom: She has never done anything with the trend. She isn't afraid to stand out or be different. She has true passion when she is involved with something.

What is your dream vehicle?
A retro VW bus renovated as a camper or a MAX'd SUV!

What are you passionate about?
Travel, family, pets, and Fiestaware.

What do you love most about working at Mills?
My work family. I love waking up knowing that I get to go to a job that I love. I love the leadership, direction, and the support everyone has and shows others.

Some of My Favorite Things:
Music - I love all music!
Movies - Based on a true story or inspired by a true story.
Food - Pasta or steak.
Mills Memory - Our 2016 Homegrown Tent Event week has been my favorite so far, but I'm looking forward to many more memories in the future!





JD Berns
Sales and Leasing Consultant
Mills Honda of Brainerd / Baxter

What is your job title here at Mills?
Sales and Leasing Consultant 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!




Josiah Ardoff
Production Technician
Mills Auto Center in Willmar


What is your job title here at Mills?
Production Technician at Mills Auto Center

How long have you been with the company?
Just over 1.5 years.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Playing guitar, projects around the house, and gaming.

What is one thing we may not know about you?
I'm Batman.

Who is someone that has inspired you, and why?
My Grandfather. He taught me a strong work ethic and what I earn in life. Money or possessions are meaningless unless they can be shaped or used to benefit those I love.

What is your dream vehicle?
1989 Honda Civic CR-X with an F20B swap.

What are you passionate about?
Helping others.

Some of My Favorite Things:
Music - Metal, Classic Rock, Blues
Movies - Comedy
Food - Anything on the grill.
Mills Memory - Trips to Chicago for Nissan Training.





Tyler Blazek
Admin Float
Mills Ford Lincoln of Brainerd / Baxter

Tyler has worked for Mills since March of 2017. She likes to spend her free time at rodeos, hunting, and spending time with her family. An interesting fact you may not know about her is that she does equine (horse) massage. Her first vehicle was a Ford F-350, and her dream vehicle is a Tiffany Blue

Ford F-350! Tyler looks up to her mom, as she is her best friend. Tyler and her boyfriend have a son, Reese. They also have two dogs, a terrier mix and a golden retriever. Tyler owns five horses and loves spending time with them! What Tyler loves most about working at Mills is the atmosphere, nice people, and how helpful everyone is.

Tyler prefers:
Fruits over Vegetables
Dogs over Cats
Coffee over Tea
Trucks over Cars
Sweets over Salty
Brats over Hotdogs
Summer over Winter
Alfredo over Spaghetti
Night Owl over Morning Person

Some of her favorites:  The colors turquoise & black, pasta, steak, sweets, wrestling, horseback riding, country music, rock music, and everything in between.





Marilyn Derosier
Truck Center Advisor
Mills Truck Center

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 (16) and Drew (11). 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!




Aaron Kemper
Sales Consultant
Mills GM /  Buick of Brainerd / Baxter

Aaron has worked for Mills since February of 2017. He enjoys spending his time hunting and fishing. An interesting fact about him is that he is a huge Green Bay Packers fan, Go Pack Go! His first vehicle was a 1994 GMC Sierra 2500, and his dream car is a Diesel Sierra Denali. Aaron looks up to his mother, as she has raised four boys and still has no gray hair! Aaron has been with his lovely girlfriend for 7 years! They have recently started raising chickens. What Aaron loves most about working at Mills is that he loves the Team atmosphere.

Aaron 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? Dogs
Cars or Trucks? Trucks
Hot Dogs or Brats? Brats
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Alfredo

Some of his favorites:  The color orange, tacos, Grandma's butterscotch pie, football, country music, and the movie Joe Dirt. His favorite Mills memory is working at the Mills GM Car Show during tent event week. He thought it was awesome and enjoyed the variety of unique vehicles!




Becky Helm
Title Clerk
Mills Ford Chrysler and Mills Auto Center Willmar

Becky has worked for the Mills Automotive Group for 25 Years. She enjoys cooking, baking, and sewing. An interesting fact about her is that from 1973-1976 she was in the US Army Reserves. Her first vehicle was a 1960 brown Rambler and her dream vehicle would be a Lincoln MKZ. Becky admires her parents for being wonderful role models. Becky lives with her husband Gary of 44 years in DeGraff and together they have 3 children Heather, Tim, and Chris. She also has several grandkids Riley, Draven, Emma, Quin, and watching overhead she has her grandson Tyler. She also has a 4 legged "baby" which is her beagle Rosie. What Becky loves most about working at Mills is the people she works with.

Becky Prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Vegetables
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Winter or Summer? Summer
Morning Person or Night Owl? Morning Person
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Cars or Trucks? Cars
Hot Dogs or Brats? Brats
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? No preference

Some of her Favorites:. The color blue, strawberry desserts, 60's & 70's music, a nice lobster meal, and the movie American Sniper. Her favorite Mills memory would be when she and another team member LaVonne cooked hot dogs in the snow during an event.
Becky is such a key role in the completion of daily tasks every day at Mills. Her peppy personality along with her great sense of humor and "get it done" mindset are all just a few things that make her so special!




Kyle Hall
Customer Care Center Manager
Mills Automotive Group

Kyle has worked for Mills since November of 2006. He enjoys spending his free time racing and watching Minnesota Vikings Football. An interesting fact about Kyle is that he is a natural ginger. He also was a Boy Scout leader for 11 years and has announced sporting events for 16 years. His first vehicle was a 1975 Chevrolet Nova and his dream car is a hand built ¾ late model racecar! Kyle looks up to his wife and kids, as they are all amazing in one way or another. They are his WHY! He and his wife Linda have been married for 22 years and have three children, Keith, Brady, and Alexis. They also have a dog named Scout. What Kyle loves about working at Mills is that the people are amazing!

Kyle prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Vegetables
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Sweet or Salty? Sweet and Salty
Winter or Summer? Winter
Morning Person or Night Owl? Morning Person
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Cars or Trucks? Cars for racing and Trucks for driving
Hot Dogs or Brats? He would rather have a cheeseburger :)
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Spaghetti

Some of his favorites:  The color blue, prime rib, Crème Brule', racing, football, country music, and the movie Top Gun. His favorite Mills memory is when he assisted a guest into a new Mustang at 82 years old, fulfilling his lifelong bucket list item of owning a Mustang. He then passed away 9 months later and his wife came back to tell Kyle that he loved that car and drove it every day, even if he was sick. He also loved when he got to take a quick ride in a Porsche 918, it was pretty cool!




Cindy (Cynthia) Schriener
Cashier
Mills Auto Center in Willmar

Cindy has worked for the Mills Automotive Group since May 2017. She enjoys gardening, reading, jet skiing, bike riding, traveling, and spending time with her family. An interesting fact about her is that she is not only a Grandma but a Great-Grandma. Her first vehicle was a 1979 Ford Thunderbird. Cindy admires her Mother, "Because she raised our family to be supportive of people and each other and taught us that we can do things no matter what. She taught us how important family is and raised 5 kids as a single parent for many years. She provided for us even if it meant she went without". Cindy lives in Willmar with her husband Tom of 35 years. Together they have 2 Children, Jason and Amy, twin grand-daughters, Alexis and Nicolet, and 3 great-granddaughters, Maci, Marley, and Emmy. She was the youngest of 9 siblings, 5 of which live in the area that she spends much of her time with. What Cindy loves most about working at Mills is the people she works with and the guests she continues to meet every day.

Cindy Prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Both
Coffee or Tea? Neither
Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Winter or Summer? Summer
Morning Person or Night Owl? Night Owl
Dogs or Cats? Cats
Cars or Trucks? Either
Hot Dogs or Brats? Brats
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Alfredo sauce

Some of her Favorites:  The color blue, pecan pie bars, classic rock music, tacos, pizza, baseball, and hockey. Her favorite Mills memory is in the making since she hasn't worked here very long and gotten to experience a full year in the life of Mills. However, she enjoys each day from the guests, team members, and her job duties.
Cindy is so personable, friendly, and outgoing. Her laugh can easily be heard through the day and she truly engages with each and every guest.




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.



Connie Thompson
Admin
Mills Parts Center

Connie has worked for the Mills Automotive Group for 4 years. She enjoys spending time with her grandkids, camping, music festivals, ice fishing, MN Vikings Football, NASCAR, and Dirt Track Racing. An interesting fact about her is that she worked for the FBI in Minneapolis on their administrative team and also that she has met Gerald Ford. Her first vehicle was a 1988 Olds Delta with a 454. Her dream vehicle would be a 66 Ford Mustang in the color red. Same as the one her brother used to have. Connie admires her Mother in law. "She has persevered in many areas in the 30 years since I've known her and went back to school at 50 years old and rocked it!". Connie lives in Willmar with her husband of nearly 30 Years Scott. Together they have 2 children Adam and Ally, and 2 grandchildren Braylon and Arian. They have been active as a family with dirt track racing for about 20 years in the Willmar area. Scott (her husband) was number 24 as well as her son Adam when they raced and Connie worked in the crow's nest scoring each race. Her grandson Braylon has now started go cart racing and the racing life has continued. What Connie loves most about working at Mills is her team. "We are AWESOME at MPC!!!"

Connie Prefers:
Fruits or Vegetables? Fruits
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Sweet or Salty? Sweet and Salty
Winter or Summer? Winter and Summer
Morning Person or Night Owl? Night Owl
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Cars or Trucks? Trucks
Hot Dogs or Brats? Hot Dogs
Spaghetti or Alfredo Sauce? Alfredo Sauce

Some of her Favorites are…. the color purple, graham cracker pie, country music, pizza, football, and the movies Days of Thunder or Pure Country. Her Favorite Mills memory is the Rocket Launch team building exercise during team vision day!  Connie is a consistent reliable team member always willing to help out the team and pull extra weight when needed.