Our Team


Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Steve Tuschen
    General Manager

    Steve joined the Mills team in 2019 bringing over 16 years of automotive experience, having most recently served as Fixed Operations Director for the Rydell Group in Mason City, Iowa.  Prior to that, Steve also worked with the Billion Auto Group.  He admits in all reality he's been working on or around vehicles "all my life", other than working for Citibank for 11 years.  Steve currently lives in Lakeville along with wife Kimm and their children Jack and Cora, though the family has been looking forward to moving to Willmar for some time now.  "My wife is from the area, so I have been in the Willmar area for the last 20 years visiting the different lakes and looking forward to being in the area full-time", he said.  Steve grew up in Salem, South Dakota, a small town outside of Sioux Falls, and went on to graduate from the University of South Dakota with a BS in Business Management.  He is active with the Knights of Columbus, and when not at work he enjoys travelling, riding motorcycle and being with his family.

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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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  • 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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  • Bailey Reuber
    Sales and Leasing Consultant


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  • Paige Trevino
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    Paige started with the Mills team in 2020, a fresh face to automotive sales but quite familiar with the retail environment, most recently working as a beauty consultant at Target.  Paige was born in Texas, but grew up in Minnesota, attending Willmar Public High School and considering Kerkhoven her hometown.  When she's not working, Paige enjoys being outdoors, riding bike, swimming and movie nights.  "I am just a fun, out-going person and love to laugh," she says.

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  • Matthew Wilde
    Service Advisor

    Matthew joined Mills in November 2018. He was previously with GEICO Insurance as auto damage adjuster, and Walmart as asset protection manager. Matthew is originally from Iowa, a graduate of Corwith Wesley Luverne High School and attended North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, where he studied finance management and insurance. He lives in Pennock and enjoys family time, travel and finding good restaurants.

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