Our Team

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  • Wayne Hanson
    General Manager

    Wayne has been in the automotive industry since 1992.  He originally started with Mills in Sept of 1997 at Mills GMC in Baxter, and worked in the service department before moving to sales and eventually into management.  He is a graduate of the Dealer Business Academy at Ford Motor Company in Detroit, and previous Chairman of NADA 20 Group FF16.  He is married to Michelle and has three daughters, Courtney, Cassidy, and Kendall. When he's not at work he likes to spend time with his family, on the boat or doing CrossFit.  He currently serves as President of the Willmar Winged Foot Running Club.

  • Derek Stovern
    Used Car Manager

    Derek joined Mills in 2015 after working three years in automotive sales in Redwood Falls and Hector. He is a graduate of Howard Lake-Waverly High School, attended Mankato State University and a graduate of the Continental Auctioneer School, Mankato.  A resident of Bird Island since 1996, Derek and his wife, Tami, have three children, Shelby, Brady and Abby. He is a member of the Bird Island Lions Club, youth baseball coach, baseball game public address announcer and a member of the Bird Island Economic Development Authority. Outside of work, Derek enjoys attending his children's volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, football games, and dance line performances.  He is also an Eagle Scout and a Boy Scout leader in Olivia.

  • Alberto Moreno
    Finance Manager

    With an automotive career covering detail, sales, buying vehicles and finance since about 2004, Al joined Mills in February 2019. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Al is a graduate of Willmar High School and lives in Willmar. He has three daughters, Cassie, Beatriz and Allie.

  • Alyssa McCune
    Finance Manager

    Alyssa grew up in the Atwater, Minnesota area and graduated from ACGC High (Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City) prior to enrolling in the Finance and Credit program at Saint Cloud Community and Technical College.  She worked primarily in manufacturing previously, spending 3 years at 3M and most recently working as Purchasing Assistant for a tractor manufacturer, but after the birth of her daughter in 2018 she made a career shift with the goal of becoming a Finance Manager in the automotive industry.  "I personally enjoy selling automobiles and recreational vehicles" she said.  Alyssa became part of the Mills team in July 2019.  She is engaged to her high school sweetheart Jason, and they live on a hobby farm near Atwater with their daughter Charleigh and a collection of dogs, cats, goats and chickens.  Alyssa volunteers at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter and regularly joins her family cleaning road ditches for the Adopt-A-Highway program.  She loves music and plays guitar, piano and sings.  She also loves backcountry snowmobiling, boating, reading and spending time with her family, friends and animals on her farm.

  • Dean Syvertson
    Service Manager

    Dean joined the Mills team in June 2019, prior to that he worked for Care Cab in several different roles.  He grew up in Hutchinson, Minnesota and went on to attend Minnesota Statue University- Mankato.  After racking up 30+ years in the industry at some level, "I have worked mostly in the automotive field" Dean said, noting he once owned a taxi company in St. Cloud for roughly 10 years.  Dean and his wife have been together over 30 years and now live in Sauk Rapids.  Together they raised four adult kids: Emily, Matthew, Tyler and Andrew.  When he's not working, Dean enjoys camping and being outdoors.

  • Tom Holmquist
    Sales Consultant

    Tom has worked at the dealership since March of 1983. He started out cleaning cars then eventually was the manager of the Reconditioning Center. In November of 1998 he started his sales career. Tom and his wife Sue have a son Jayden. Tom enjoys fishing and golfing, but most of all spending time with his family.

  • Alroy Mahlum
    Sales Consultant

    With an automotive sales career that started in 1987, Alroy joined Mills in 2012 after working in Olivia, Granite Falls and Montevideo. He and his wife, Laura, have two daughters, Sofia, and Julie, and the family lives in Montevideo. Originally from Sacred Heart, Alroy is a graduate of Renville-Sacred Heart High School and was a student in sales/marketing at Granite Falls Technical College. Outside of work, he enjoys gardening, family outings and horses.

  • Michelle Jensen
    Sales Consultant

    Michelle joined Mills in 2017 after a 20-year career in law enforcement.  She is originally from Richmond, MN, a graduate of Rocori High School, Cold Spring, and St. Cloud State University with a degree in criminal justice.  A resident of Olivia since 1996, Michelle and her husband, Ryan, have two daughters, Maddison and McKenna.  Michelle is a longtime member of Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church, and is a member of the church council.  She enjoys attending her daughters' sports events, family camping trips, gardening and especially riding her Harley.  Connect with Michelle on Facebook!

  • Brent Kahout
    Shop Foreman

    Brent was promoted to the dealership's new position in July 2018. He joined Mills in 2002 as an oil change technician during his first year in the automotive technology program at Ridgewater College, Willmar. After graduating from Ridgewater in 2003, Brent moved to the main shop as a service technician. He is now a Senior Master Technician certified through Ford Motor Co. Before Ridgewater he was home-schooled from kindergarten through the 12th grade. He also worked at Seneca Foods, Glencoe, having started as a machinery operator and leaving as a field crew lead man. Brent was a welder at Beaver Creek Transport, and earned a CDL to drive truck there. A native of Olivia where he continues to live, Brent loves to travel, and enjoys hunting, fishing and trips on his Harley.

  • Matthew Wilde
    Service Advisor

    Matthew joined Mills in November 2018. He was previously with GEICO Insurance as auto damage adjuster, and Walmart as asset protection manager. Matthew is originally from Iowa, a graduate of Corwith Wesley Luverne High School and attended North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, where he studied finance management and insurance. He lives in Pennock and enjoys family time, travel and finding good restaurants.

  • Jayden Holmquist
    Service Advisor

    Born and raised in Willmar, Jayden worked in automotive for nearly 7 years before joining the Mills team in September 2019, coming in as no stranger with his dad working at the dealership since 1983.  Jayden's initial automotive experience was earned in a local car wash, then later working at Walt's Oil Change as a Lube Tech for 4 years.  Most recently he worked as an Auto Body Tech before deciding Semi's "were not my thing" Jayden says.  After graduating from Willmar High School in 2017, Jayden attended Ridgewater College, earning a diploma in Auto Body Collision Repair and Technology in May 2019.  Outside of work, Jayden enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family, friends, and his dog Sam, being outdoors, working on small vehicle projects, cruising on his motorcycle and doing community service with his church.  He also plans to join the Willmar Fire Department as an on-call firefighter.

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