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Management

Forest Brown
Director of Operations


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Kelsey Mueller
General Manager


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Dana Richard
Office Manager


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Tina Brown
Title Clerk

I was born and raised in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and now call Guttenberg, Iowa home. I am the Title Clerk for Brown's and I have been in the automotive industry indirectly since 2002. I have worked for Brown's Elkader since 2014. I like to spend time with my friends and family. I love watching my children grow each day academically and being able to attend their sporting events. When I get the chance, I enjoy reading, traveling, volunteering and interior design.

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Sales Department

Wade Helle
Sales Manager


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Ben Hepke
Sales & Leasing Consultant

I grew up in Manchester, Iowa and now call Elkader home. I am a Sales Consultant here at Brown's in Elkader and have worked in the automotive industry and for Brown's since 2011. I like to spend my free time with my two sons. When I can, I also enjoy being able to go camping, boating, hunting, and fishing with family & friends. Certifications & Awards: GM Certified Chrysler Certified Ford Certified Elite Sales Consultant

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Wes Lawson
Sales & Leasing Consultant

I live in Garnavillo, Iowa and am a Sales Consultant. I have been in the automotive industry and worked for Brown's Elkader since 2013. When I do have free time, I enjoy being out on the water boating, fishing, and camping. Certifications & Awards: Master Ford Certified Sales Ram Expert Jeep Expert Chevrolet Technology Expert CDJR Certified Chevrolet Buick Certified Sales Elite Sales Consultant A lot of my certifications is done by completing a lot of testing.

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Greg Cummer
Sales & Leasing Consultant


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Beth Rentschler
Sales Assistant

I am a new to the automotive industry but have extensive experience in Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing. I live in St. Olaf with my husband Rick. We have 2 grown children & 4 grandchildren. Outside of work we enjoy camping & trail riding in our side by side. Time spent with family is my most treasured time.

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Lori Farmer
Internet Sales Manager

I grew up by Palo, Iowa. I now reside near Strawberry Point. I have worked in the automotive industry since 2011 and at Brown's since 2012 as an Internet Sales Manager. In my free time, I enjoy being outside and spending time with my husband and two daughters. Certifications & Awards: Certified Internet Sales Manager Chrysler (CDJR) & GM (Chevy & Buick)

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Service Department

Chris Henry
Service Manager

I am from Lamont, Iowa and I am the Service Manager for Brown's. I have worked in the automotive industry since 1996 and at Brown's since 2008. I have 5 kids ranging in age of 4 to 15 years old. They are involved in many extracurricular activities including; baseball, softball, t-ball, swim team, volleyball and football. We also own a cabin on the Mississippi River, where we enjoy spending family time, boating, fishing and jet skiing. Certifications/Awards: Fully Trained GM Tech GM & Chrysler Trained Service Manager

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Cindy Cook
Service Writer

I living outside of Elkader and work in the service department here at Browns along with being in charge of warranty work. I have worked in the automotive industry since 2009. In my free time, I enjoy my family and friends. When I get the chance, I also like to go camping and bowling. Certifications/Awards: Certified for Warranty for Ford, GM and Chrysler

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Melissa Hyde
Service Advisor

I am originally from Waukon, Iowa, but I currently live in Elkader. I have been in the automotive industry since 2015. When I'm not working, I enjoy getting a good run in, relaxing with a good book, or spending time with my friends and family.

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Tyler Keegan
Service Advisor


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Dan Hess
Service Technician

I am from Edgewood and am a Certified Service Technician for Browns. I have worked in the automotive industry since 1983, and been with Brown's since 1992. When I have the chance, I enjoy trapping, hunting, fishing, and driving my side by side. Certifications/Awards: ASE Certified Chrysler Certified

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Lance Amsden
Service Technician

I am a Certified Service Technician for Brown's and live outside of Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry since 1990 and been at Brown's since 1998. In my spare time I enjoy camping and spending time with my family. Certification/Awards: GM Master Technician ASE Master Technician ASE Advanced Engine Performance I have done a lot of training for GM and testing for ASE

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Matt Klingman
Service Technician

I grew up in Volga, but now live in Elkader. I am a Certified Service Technician at Brown's in Elkader, and I have been since 2000. I have been in the automotive industry before Brown's. I was in the military for 8 years. In my free time I enjoy relaxing with my family. Certifications/Awards: ASE Master Technician Ford Chassis Master Certified GM Certified Technitian Chrysler Technician Through years of practical experience; online classes, hands on learning at factory training centers, as well as testing on my off time for ASE, has helped my with certifications.

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Kevin Plagman
Service Technician

I am from Arlington. I am a Certified Service Technician and have worked in the automotive industry since 1995. I have been with Brown's since 2008. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. When I can, I try to travel as much as possible, as well as trying to do a little fishing. Certifications & Awards: ASE Master Tech Chrysler Master 100% GM Certified AAS from Hawkeye Community College I spend a lot of hours training from GM and FCA

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Nick Brink
Service Technician

I live in Waukon, I am a Certified Service Technician. I have worked in the automotive industry since 2008 and have worked for Brown's since 2010. When I am not working, I try to spend a lot of time with my family and friends. Otherwise, you can find me hunting, racing or fishing. Certifications & Awards: Ford Senior Master Tech for 3 years I am 1 of 368 Senior Master Technicians in the Midwest through 2 years at DMACC in Ankeny got my Ford Master and 5 years of working got my Senior Master To stay certified, I do online and classroom training

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Tom Reinhart
Service Technician

I am originally from Algona, but now I call Elkader home. I am a Certified Service Technician for Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry since 1996 and have worked here at Brown's since 2012. Not only do I enjoy time with my family and friends, I also like to take the time when I can to go out fishing, hunting, and taking the four wheeler out. Certifications & Awards: GM Master Tech GM Hibred Certified Certified Chrysler Tech ASE Certified Tech In order to get certified, I do a lot of training and testing.

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Alex Fettkether
Service Technician


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Aaron Schroeder
Detail Manager

My hometown is St. Olaf. I am the Detail Manager for Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry since 1997 and I have worked here at Brown's since 2014. In my spare time, I enjoy going to auctions and cutting wood. When I get the chance, I try to get out and go hunting.

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Janice Niehaus
Detail Specialist

Where I call home is Garnavillo. I am a Detail Specialist for our Detail Department here at Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry and at Brown's since 2009. I enjoy spending my time outside being able to go fishing and boating. I enjoy being able to travel, especially going to Mexico when I can. Time with family is always a great way to spend my time as well.

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Pam Hoth
Detail Specialist

My hometown is Elkader. I work for Brown's in Elkader as a Detail Specialist. I have worked in the automotive industry and at Brown's since 2012. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and I love being able to go camping and taking out the UTV.

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Parts Department

Bill Althoff
Parts Manager


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Jake Keppler
Parts Advisor

I call Strawberry Point, Iowa my hometown. I work in the Parts Department for Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry since 2002. I have been at Brown's since 2010. In my free time, I help on the farm with my dad and my brothers. Certifications/Awards: Ford Parts Advisor 3 years certified Chrysler Parts Advisor 7 years certified Ford and Chrysler Training System

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Jim Sullivan
Parts Advisor

I call Strawberry Point, Iowa my hometown. I work in the Parts Department here at Brown's in Elkader, as a Parts Advisor. I have worked in the automotive industry since 1983 and I have worked at Brown's since 2017. In my free time, I enjoy being able to spend time with my family. When I get the chance, I enjoy being outside and getting some fishing in. Certifications & Awards: ASE Master Certified Auto & Diesel Technician Worked many years as an Auto & Diesel Tech for most of the time in a GM Dealership

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Finance And Insurance

Travis Jensen
Finance Manager


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