Our Team


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Aaron Heggen
New Vehicle Sales Manager

Growing up in Argyle, Minnesota, Aaron went on to attend North Dakota State University studying Crop Sciences.  He's always had an interest in automotive as well, accumulating nearly a decade of experience in various automotive sales, finance and sales manager positions prior to joining the Mills Auto Center team in July 2019.  He's also worked as superintendent for Gavilon, and Cargill grain and fertilizer locations in the past as a location manager.  When not at work, Aaron enjoys going to the gym, riding motorcycle, playing golf, snowboarding in the winter, and exploring the parks and lakes along with his golden retriever Bailey.  He also has a tom cat named Oti who was a rescue from a grain elevator.  Aaron and his pets now reside in Willmar, and he's excited to be part of the Mills team, get involved with the community, get to know everyone, and help to provide excellent experiences for all our guests and customers.

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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.

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Jeremiah Lindgren
Finance Manager

Jeremiah generated an early interest in things automotive working 16 years for his family-owned gas station / mechanic shop in Bagley, Minnesota, the area where he grew up.  He attended Bagley High School and later went on to study at Bemidji State University, Concordia College and the University of Mary in Bismark, earning a BS in Business Management in 2010, a BA in Healthcare Admin in 2011 and an MBA with Healthcare Emphasis in 2013.  He worked as Chief Operating Officer for the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center prior to making a career switch, joining the Mills team in July 2019.  "Even when I was back in Bagley many years ago I heard of the excellent reputation Mills had and I am very excited to start a new career path with Mills Automotive".  Jeremiah currently lives in Zimmerman but plans to move closer to Willmar soon, and says his daughter is "furry with 4 legs", a chocolate lab named Bailey.  When not at work Jeremiah enjoys camping, hiking, overland exploring, biking and hanging out at the family lake house.

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Jason Darger
Finance Manager

Originally from Willmar and a graduate of Willmar High School, Jason joined Mills in December 2017. He was previously with Office Depot for 15 years where he oversaw daily store operations and trained store manager candidates for 14 stores across three states. Jason is a graduate of Ridgewater Technical College with a degree in wireless communications. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Willmar with their two children, Keelan, and Jayda. Jason is an avid motorcyclist. He attends numerous rallies and special events.

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Dan Swart
Service Manager

Dan joined Mills Auto Center in October of 1988. Dan and his wife Linda have 4 children; Connor, Ava, Audrey and Charles. In his free time he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family and friends.

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Robert Ruter
Sales and Leasing Consultant

Robert has been in the automotive business since 1994. He has worked for Mills since the company originally acquired the dealership in Willmar. He has been married since 1993 and has two boys. Robert enjoys many outdoor activities, primarily snowmobiling and fishing.

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Rick Hess
Sales and Leasing Consultant

A veteran of 20-plus years in the car business, Rick returns to Mills after working more than two years as used car manager at the former Swenson Motor Co., Willmar. And, he's never really left home, having been born/raised in Willmar, and graduating from Willmar High School. Rick is also a graduate of Hamline University with a degree in economics. His automotive career started at Manley Auto Center, Willmar, which later became Mills Auto Center. Rick and his wife, Linda, have one son and six grandchildren. He plays golf and enjoys watching his son drive in drag races.

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Brandon Elseth
Sales and Leasing Consultant

Brandon joined Mills in December 2018 because of "his love of cars." He previously worked in Willmar at Walt's Car Wash, Federal Express and the Floor to Ceiling Store. His family moved from Crookston to Willmar when he was very young. Brandon is a graduate of Willmar High School. He enjoys lifting weights, time with friends, watching car videos and listening to audio books. Brandon lives in Willmar.

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Isaac Campbell
Sales and Leasing Consultant

With an automotive career starting in 2013 covering parts, service and sales, Isaac joined Mills in July 2018. He is originally from Milwaukee, a graduate of neighboring Brookfield High School, and attended Waukesha (Wis.) County Technical College. New to the Willmar area, Isaac and his girlfriend, Shyanne, live in Granite Falls. He enjoys basketball, walking his dog, eating and being a diehard fan of his favorite teams, the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks!

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