Our Team


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Dane Milender
General Manager

Dane has worked in automotive since 2008. A native of Brainerd, Dane is a graduate of Brainerd High School, Central Lakes College, and St. Cloud State University with a degree in social work. He served from 1990 to 1996 in the U.S. Army Reserves as a heavy equipment operator and combat engineer. For 15 years, Dane was manager of Milender Residential Services, a foster care facility for developmentally disabled adults. He lives in Brainerd and enjoys fishing, hunting, exercise and anything to do with the outdoors.

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Scott Pikula
Used Vehicle Manager

A resident of East Gull Lake and Brainerd High School graduate, Scott has been with Honda since 2010. He worked 15 years for M.G. Carlson Construction, Baxter, as a project manager, estimator and supervisor. Scott is a graduate of the machine trades program at Central Lakes College, Staples, and has a degree in architecture technology from St. Cloud State University. He is also a state certified building inspector. After work, Scott enjoys riding his motorcycle, fishing and boating.

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Andrew Jay
Finance Manager

Andrew joined Mills in 2016. A native of Brainerd and a graduate of Brainerd High School, Andrew previously lived in Georgia, and traveled the country building/inspecting zip lines, rock climbing walls and high rope courses. He later returned to Brainerd and was a brewer. Andrew and his wife, Kalie, live near Brainerd with their dog, Griswold. Outside of work he enjoys upland bird and big game hunting, fishing and time with family/friends.

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Tim Wooden
Service Manager

Tim grew up in the Brainerd Lakes Area and worked in his Dad's mechanic shop. He has been with Honda since 2010. His career in automotive started in 1986 and covers a wide variety of positions at several dealerships, including oil change/lube technician, detailer, tow truck driver, lot assistant, service writer and reconditioning manager. He and his wife, Melissa, a full time medical administration student at Central Lakes College, have six children. Jordan, Joshua, Trent and Evan are baseball and football players, Vanessa is a violinist, and daughter Tiffani is the youngest. Tim rides motorcycles and enjoys hunting, fishing and family camping trips.

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Joe Erickson
Sales and Leasing Consultant

Born and raised in Minneapolis and a graduate of Osseo High School, Joe has worked in automotive sales since 1994. He has an associate's degree in business from Anoka Technical College, completed Dale Carnegie courses, was Chrysler Gold Certified (1994-2008) and Honda Certified since 2009. Joe and his wife, Terri, have lived in Baxter since 1986. They have four children, Joe, Elin, Sara and Katie. The family also includes two dogs, Torii and Hunter. Joe enjoys collecting music and electronic gadgets, and he is an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Gophers.

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Connor Bowman
Sales and Leasing Consultant

Connor joined Mills in 2016 after working as water park manager at Holiday Inn Express. Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Connor moved to Minnesota when he was five. His family lived in the Twin Cities for three years, Hill City for six years, and then on to Brainerd. Connor is a graduate of Brainerd High School and Central Lakes College. He lives in Brainerd. Connor enjoys hunting, fishing, basketball and other sports.

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JD Berns
Sales and Leasing Consultant

JD joined Mills in August 2014 after previously working in nursing administration and the education department at Essentia Health- St. Joseph's Medical Center. He was also assistant manager for five years at Foot Locker. With a passion for racing, JD has worked in nearly every department at Brainerd International Raceway since 2005, including safety, security, tech inspection and start line. He is a graduate of Brainerd High School and Central Lakes College with degrees in business management and hospitality. JD is an American Heart Association basic life support instructor, Brainerd Area Sertoma Club board member, is serving a term on the Brainerd Charter Commission, and a high school basketball referee with the Lakes Area Officials Assn. JD and his wife, Krystal, live in Brainerd. Besides races at local/area tracks, JD also enjoys golf, fishing, and attending concerts.

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Eric Doucette
Sales and Leasing Consultant

After working three and a half years at North Star Plating in Brainerd, Eric joined Mills in March 2018. He is originally from Brainerd, a graduate of Brainerd High School, and Central Lakes College with a degree in business management. Eric is an Eagle Scout. He and his wife, Bethany, live in Brainerd with their son, Reece, and three dogs. Eric enjoys outdoor recreation, and timeĀ  with family/friends.

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Todd LaFlamme
Sales and Leasing Consultant

New to the Brainerd Lakes Area from Alaska, Todd was previously a salmon research/management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He also was an assistant manager for yard shipping/receiving at Menards in Baxter, and sales/office/warehouse manager at Northern Meats, Inc. in Anchorage. He is originally from New Hartford, CT. A graduate of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, with a degree in wildlife management, Todd now lives in Brainerd, and enjoys the area's outdoor activities and travel.

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Thomas Altepeter
Service Advisor

Thomas joined Mills in 2018 after previously working in management and sales, including four years in automotive sales. He is originally from northwestern Minnesota near Thief River Falls. Thomas is a graduate of Lincoln Senior High School in Thief River Falls, and Alexandria Technical College with a degree in marketing/sales management. He lives in Pine River, has two children, and enjoys fishing, hiking, biking, camping, hunting, volunteering, gardening and house projects. Thomas is a Cub Scout leader, and active in the Lions Club.

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