Team Members

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  • Brady Sladek
    General Manager

    Brady joined the Mills Ford Sales team on September, 2003. He was previously employed with the Mills GM Detail Department since September, 1999. Brady grew up in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and recently graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica. When he's not working Brady enjoys biking and spending time with his friends.

  • Brian Smith
    New Vehicle Sales Manager

    Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Brian joined Mills in 2014. He previously worked in automotive sales and retail sportswear management. He is a graduate of Brainerd High School and attended Central Lakes College. Outside of work, Brian enjoys golf, fishing and time with family and friends.

  • Sean Vagts
    Used Vehicle Sales Manager

    Previously a loan officer and personal banker for seven years at US Bank, Sean joined Mills in October 2014. He also worked 15 years in automotive sales and sales management, and served three years in the U.S. Army. Originally from Iowa, Sean and his wife, DeeDee, moved to Brainerd in 2000, and they have three children, Seth, Gavin and Avery. The family enjoys camping, fishing, snowmobiling, lake outings, baseball and soccer, with Sean also coaching youth hockey and baseball games.

  • Joshua Sand
    Finance Manager

    Joshua joined Mills in 2016. He is originally from Pine River, a graduate of Pine River-Backus High School, Central Lakes Collage, Brainerd, and the University of Phoenix with a degree in management. Joshua previously worked at Harrah's in South Lake Tahoe.  He and his wife, Briana, have a daughter, and the family lives in Brainerd.  Joshua enjoys hunting, fishing and family time.

  • Chad Ohman
    Finance Manager

    Previously a sales manager for TradeHome working in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri and North Dakota, Chad joined Mills in 2015.  Chad is a graduate of Brainerd High School. He enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and travel.

  • Al Porta
    Parts and Service Manager

    Al joined Mills in 2012 and has worked more than 30 years in automotive. He and his wife have two daughters and the family lives in Pine River. The family enjoys boating, horseback riding, four-wheeling, biking and walking with their pets. Al is a graduate of Buffalo High School, and served in the U.S. Army.

  • Marvin Schmaltz
    Parts Manager

    A long-time Brainerd resident and graduate of Brainerd High School, Marvin joined Mills in 1984. He and his wife, Sherry, have two children. Marvin enjoys all outdoor activities and vacationing with his family.

  • Lee Austin
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Lee joined Mills in 1997. He has been in sales and management since the early 1980's and has been in the automotive industry since 1996. He's married and has two children. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and old cars.

  • Don Griggs
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Don has been with Mills Ford since 1998. He is a native of Washington, Iowa. Don met his wife, Melody, while they were both attending Iowa State University in Ames, and have been married since 1986. Don and Melody have five children, Samantha, Ashley, Megan, Dayton and Haley. Don has been in retail sales since 1983 and in automotive sales since 1993. Don and his family enjoy actively serving in various ministries in their church and community.

  • Chuck Cole
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Chuck joined Mills in December of 2003 after working nearly 30 years in hospitality. A resident of the Brainerd Lakes Area since 2001 (and a seasonal visitor since 1986), Chuck and his wife, Cheryl, have a daughter, two sons and two grandchildren. They enjoy boating, fishing and other outdoor fun.  He's an active Lions Club member, including terms as president and secretary.

  • Dale Matthies
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Dale joined the Mills team in 2002, first in service, now in the sales department. He attended Dakota County College. He has been in the Ford industry since 1989. Dale and his wife Deb have two boys, Brandon and Cody. When not at work he enjoys hunting, fishing, softball, ATVing, walks in the woods with his dogs and family time.

  • Joe Miller
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Joe joined Mills in 2014 after working as a manufacturers' sales representative, and for Grand View Lodge as the east side property manager and then event services manager. He is originally from Hopkins, graduated from Hopkins High School, and attended St. Olaf College. Joe lives in Nisswa and enjoys playing golf, billiards, and fishing, as well as watching soccer and hockey. His favorite team is Arsenal FC, an English football club.

  • Reece Thompson
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Reece joined Mills in September 2017. He is originally from Aitkin, a 2008 graduate of Aitkin High School, and a 2012 graduate of the University of North Dakota with a degree psychology and an emphasis in neurological/physiological psychology. He also worked five years in sales and finance at a dealership in North Dakota. Reece is an avid outdoorsman, which includes fishing and golf.

  • Monty Becker
    Quick Lane Service Advisor

    Monty graduated from NDSSS and spent 19 years in the Automotive Retail Business. He joined the Mills family in 2000. Monty says the best part of his position is helping people. Monty and his wife, Michele, live in Baxter with their three children. Monty enjoys all sports and likes to spend time with family.

  • Eric Libson
    Service Advisor

    Eric joined Mills in October 2010. He was previously a service manager for five years at Firestone Complete Auto Care in downtown Minneapolis. A 2002 graduate of Osseo Senior High School, Eric was a long-time resident of Brooklyn Park. He and his wife, Emily, previously lived in Coon Rapids, and now reside in Baxter. Eric enjoys fishing, hunting, golf, driving four-wheelers and other outdoor activities.

  • Eric Holmvig
    Service Advisor

    Eric joined Mills in December 2011 after working nine years in sales, inventory, merchandising and loss prevention at Best Buy in Willmar and Baxter. He was also an assistant manager at Best Buy for four years. Eric is 2003 graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School. A resident of Baxter, Eric enjoys hunting, fishing, softball and spending time with friends.

  • Tonya Senn
    Service Advisor

    With a career in automotive that started in 1994, Tonja initially joined Mills in 2015 as a service dispatcher at Mills GM. She later became a Quick Lake service advisor at Mills Ford. Before joining Mills, Tonja had been a service advisor at dealerships in Maplewood, White Bear Lake and Burnsville. She also was general manager at White Bear Bowl/Holiday House Supper Club, and has lived in Iowa, Indiana, the Twin Cities, Brainerd and Bemidji. Tonja is a graduate of Brainerd High School, Central Lakes College and Bemidji State University with degrees in business administration and accounting. Outside of work, Tonja enjoys travel, camping, fish, motorcycling, snowmobiling and a cabin on Farm Island Lake.

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