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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Thomas Owens
Used Vehicle Sales Manager


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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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