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  • Brady Sladek
    Dealerships Group General Manager

    Brady joined the Mills Ford Sales team in September 2003. He was previously with the Mills GM Detail Department since September 1999. Brady grew up in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and he is a graduate of the College of St. 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.

  • Brett Becklin
    Used Vehicle Sales Manager

    Brett started with Mills in 2019, most recently working in Sales at a dealership in Rogers, MN.  With roughly seven years' experience in the automotive field prior to joining the Mills team, a deeper dive in his work history also includes some time spent in water treatment sales.   He grew up in Cambridge, (east of St. Cloud), attending and graduating from Cambridge - Isanti High School, before moving on to earn his AA degree in Business Management from Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN.  He currently lives in Pequot Lakes, and when asked, he's "very excited to be part of the team at Mills Ford as well as to serve the Brainerd Lakes Area community".  A sports fan in general, when he's not working, Brett enjoys fishing, hunting, golf, baseball, basketball and football.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Adam Berman
    Sales Desking Manager

    Adam joined the Mills Automotive team in 2020, continuing to build upon his 20+ year career in the automotive field up to that point.  Originally from Honokaa, Hawaii, Adam went on to study at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. Adam was with AutoNation for over 13 years, lastly as their Internet Director for a five-state territory, before moving back to Hawaii to pursue one of his passions of being a Master Scuba Diving Trainer.  He also worked for some time as an underwater videographer.  While in Hawaii Adam began working for AT&T as a Senior Sales and Marketing Associate, before returning to the mainland and moving to MN.  Currently living in Brainerd, when he's not working Adam enjoys volunteering for the St. Joseph "Focus" program, (an adult mentoring program), playing pickle ball, biking and snowmobiling.

  • 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.

  • Sid Osterman
    Service Manager

    Sid painted his first car, a 1963 Impala he called "The Streak", in his dad's dirt floor shop near Frazee.  He was born and raised on the family's dairy farm. Sid is a graduate of Perham High School. He joined Mills in February of 1998. A resident of Pequot Lakes, Sid enjoys summer drag racing, hunting and spearing. He has three children and enjoys time with his grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brady Berg
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Brady joined Mills in October 2017 as a sales assistant, then was promoted to sales consultant in March 2018. He previously worked at Cash Wise Liquor in St. Cloud, and Mills Fleet Farm in Baxter. Brady lives in Pequot Lakes. He is originally from Clements in southwestern Minnesota and a graduate of neighboring Springfield High School. He is also a graduate of Central Lakes College, Brainerd, with a degree in accounting. Outside of work, Brady enjoys fishing and golf.

  • Xavier Lopez
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Formerly an assistant manager for four years at a local auto parts store, Xavier joined Mills in November 2018. He is originally from Inver Grove Heights, where he graduated from Simley High School, then moved on to Bemidji State University to earn a degree in business administration/management/entrepreneurship. He lives in Brainerd. Xavier drives in drag races at Brainerd International Raceway, is busy with build/fix projects at home, and enjoys time with his girlfriend and two cats.

  • Rick Litke
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Rick started with the Mills team in 2019, his first experience working in the automotive industry, but no stranger to customer service or problem solving, having recently worked at Slumberland Furniture and Verizon Wireless with Sales, Marketing and Repair Tech included in his prior work history.  He grew up in Hillman, attending Pierz and Brainerd High School and later studying at Duluth Business University. Active in the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club, Rick lives in Brainerd with wife Jena, 2 sons and a pet cat.  When asked what he likes to do when he's not working, his answer "spending time with my beautiful wife and children fishing, hunting, downhill skiing, curling, shooting and travel", adding "SKOL VIKES!".

  • Ryan Rhodes
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

  • Hunter Bednar
    Sales Assistant

    Hunter started with the Mills Automotive Group in 2020, his first professional experience in the automotive field having previously worked in other areas, most recently with a regional beverage supply company.  He grew up in Pierz, Minnesota, graduating from Pierz Healy High School and moving on to study at Bemidji State University.  Graduating from Bemidji State with a BA in Sports Management and now living in Brainerd, Hunter continues to keep himself active.  "When I'm not working I like to play softball, volleyball and basketball, and helping out on the family farm my parents own" he said.

  • Monty Becker
    Quick Lane Service Advisor

    Monty graduated from the North Dakota School of Science and has worked more than 20 years in automotive. He joined Mills in 2000. Monty says the best part of his position is helping people. Monty enjoys all sports and likes to spend time with family.

  • Anthony Anderson
    Quick Lane Service Advisor

    After working six years at Grand View Lodge, Anthony joined Mills in November 2018. He was a banquet captain and social operations manager at Grand View where he coordinated events and activities for guests. Anthony is originally from Brainerd, a graduate of Brainerd High School, and lives in Brainerd. He has a son, Malakai, and "Diesel," a Rottweiler/Basset hound. Anthony enjoys photography and all outdoor activities.

  • 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.