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JD Berns
General Manager

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.  Connect with JD on Facebook!

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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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Joseph McLaughlin
Finance Manager

Joseph joined the Mills team in 2021, bringing his management skills and gregarious personality to the position having most recently served as Warehouse Supervisor and Dispatcher at Bluelinx Corporation, a wholesale distributor of building and industrial products.  Originally from Crosby, Joseph grew up in the Crosby area, attending and graduating from Crosby Ironton High School before going on to earn his BA degree in Health and Fitness Administration from the University of Jamestown (known as Jamestown College at the time).  After college, Joseph spent some time working with Ascensus before moving to Texas for nearly 5 years serving as Operations Manager for medical fitness centers for Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System based in Tyler, Texas.  Now living in Ironton, Minnesota, Joseph and his wife Alex have 2 dogs, Josie and Porter.  When he's not working, Joseph enjoys "playing and watching sports, hunting, hanging out with family and being outdoors".

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Matt Liese
Service Manager

Matt joined the Mills team in 2021, prior to that serving as Parts and Service Manager at ACME Tools.  Matt grew up in Circle, Montana, graduating from Circle High School before moving east to earn his bachelor's degree attending North Dakota State College of Science / North Dakota State University (NDSU).  Matt's work experience prior to the Parts and Service Manager position at ACME Tools includes working in retail sales and appliance delivery / truck driver.  Matt and his wife currently live in Staples, proud parents of 3 children including identical twin girls and a younger brother.  When he's not working, Matt enjoys golfing and "spending time with my family" he said.

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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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Tyler Struthers
Sales and Leasing Consultant

Tyler joined the Mills team in 2021, returning to his automotive roots after most recently serving as Golf Department Lead at Dicks Sporting Goods.  With several years' experience in the parts / service area, working as a Service Tech, Detailer and Service Writer/Advisor, Tyler was excited to return to working around vehicles again, particularly at the Mills Honda dealership.  "Most of my working life I've been working around automotive, my heart will always be in the automotive field," Tyler explained, adding "I have been a Honda enthusiast since I was in college, I've owned 5 different Honda/Acura models myself and just have a passion for the brand that I cannot wait to share with every guest that walks into our showroom".  Born and raised in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Tyler graduated from Brainerd High School in 2007 and went on to study at Universal Technical Institute in Glendale Heights, IL.  Currently living in Merrifield, when he's not working, Tyler enjoys running events at Brainerd International Raceway in his own Honda (a modified 1994 Honda Civic Del Sol).  "I also love competing in our local slow pitch softball leagues and I throw darts during the cold winter months," Tyler said.

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Zach Hansen
Sales and Leasing Consultant


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Alan Nap
Service Advisor

Prior to joining the Mills team in November 2021, Alan had been working in the automotive industry 37 years, most recently serving as Service Director at Waschke Auto Plaza in Virginia, MN.  With a 25-year history working for General Motors, over the years Alan has served in positions such as District Service Manager, Body Shop Manager, Service Manager and as General Manager.  "I started my career as a Service Advisor, and this is the job I enjoy," Alan said.  Alan grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and after high school went on to earn an Associate's Degree in Auto Service and Bachelor's Degree in Automotive Management from Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan.  A member of the Ely Rotary Club for 10 years, and parents of 2 grown daughters, Alan and his wife moved to their current home in Baxter in May 2021.  When he's not working, Alan enjoys fishing, deer hunting and riding ATV.

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Jon Simmons
Parts Supervisor

Jon joined the Mills team in Nov. 2021 bringing 20+ years of experience in the automotive field, most recently working as a Mobile Autoglass Technician for ABRA Auto Glass.  Other positions he's held in the past include working in the U.S. Army Military Police, Loss Prevention for Target and Walmart, Lube and Tire Technician, and Manager.  Jon grew up in Blackduck, MN attending Blackduck Public High School.  Married with 2 grown kids, Jon and his wife now live in Lake Shore with their dog "Grunt" and cat "Jinx".  When he's not working, Jon enjoys spending time outdoors "hunting both bird and deer, camping and fishing," he said.

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