Staff


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  • Forest Brown
    Director of Operations


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  • Wade Helle
    Sales Manager


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  • Kelsey Mueller
    Finance Manager

        I grew up in Volga, Iowa and currently reside outside of Elkader, Iowa. I am the Finance Specialist at Brown's, and have worked in the automotive industry for 10 years; with 5 of those years at Brown's Sales & Leasing. 
        When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my two daughters and husband. We enjoy camping, kayaking, archery and riding horses with family and friends. We have a Goldendoodle pup named Montana who loves to go on our adventures with us. I also enjoy running and working out. In 2016 I finished my first full marathon.

    Certifications & Awards:
    State of Iowa Insurance License in Accident and Health, Life, 
       Personal Lines, Property and Casualty and Crop
    Bachelor of Science degree in Finance Management from 
       Upper Iowa University
    Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Corporate
       Financial Management from Upper Iowa University

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  • Lori Farmer
    Internet Sales Manager

        I grew up by Palo, Iowa. I now reside near Strawberry Point, Iowa, and am the Internet Sales Manager and financial assistant. I have worked in the automotive industry for 6 years and at Brown's for 5 of those years.

        In my free time, I enjoy being outside and spending time with my husband and two daughters. I also love to read.

    Certifications & Awards:
    Certified Internet Sales Manager
    Chrysler (CDJR) & GM (Chevy & Buick)

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  • Ben Hepke
    Sales & Leasing Consultant

        I grew up in Manchester, Iowa and now call Elkader home. I am a Sales Consultant here at Brown's in Elkader and have worked in the automotive industry and for Brown's for 6 years.
        I like to spend my free time with my two sons. When I can, I also enjoy being able to go camping, boating, hunting and fishing with family & friends.

    Certifications & Awards:
    GM Certified
    Chrysler Certified
    Ford Certified

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  • Greg Cummer
    Sales & Leasing Consultant

        I grew up outside of Buenie, Iowa and currently live Strawberry Point, Iowa. I am a Sales Consultant here at Brown's. I have worked in the automotive industry and for Brown's Elkader for 4 1/2 years.
        In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my kids and being able to make it to any activities they are in. When I get the chance, I also like to hunt and fish.

    Certifications & Awards:
    GM Certified
    Chrysler Certified
    Ford Certified
    Elite Sales Consultant

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  • Wes Lawson
    Sales & Leasing Consultant

    I live in Garnavillo, Iowa and am a Sales Consultant. I have been  in the automotive industry and worked for Brown's Elkader for 4 years.

        When I do have free time, I enjoy being out on the water boating, fishing and camping. 

    Certifications & Awards:
    Master Ford Certified Sales
    Ram Expert
    Jeep Expert
    Chevrolet Technology Expert
    CDJR Certified
    Chevrolet Buick Certified Sales

    A lot of my certifications is done by completing a lot of testing.

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  • Jane Vorwald
    Office Manager


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  • Danielle Koehn
    Accounting Clerk

    I grew up in Elgin, Iowa, but now I live outside of Elkader. I am an Accounting Clerk here at Brown's. I have worked in the automotive industry and for Brown's for 5 years.

        In my free time, I enjoy riding and training horses. I currently own 2 AQHA mares named Shorty & Annie. I also have a black lab/Australian Shepard mix named Gracie Lou Freebush, that is my "child". When I am not riding I enjoy kayaking, attending country concerts with friends and hunting.

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  • Hailey Funke
    Receptionist

    I live in Elkader, Iowa. I am the receptionist, here at Brown's in Elkader and I am new to the automotive industry and to the Brown's family. 

    In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. When I am able to, I am up for adventure. I also enjoy crafting and reading when I can.

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  • Alison Larson
    Receptionist

        I live in Elkader and am the part time receptionist here at Brown's. I have worked in the automotive industry and for Brown's Elkader for 4 years.

        In my spare time, I enjoy horseback riding, hunting and spending time with my animals. I have a German Sheppard puppy named Ruger and a pet rabbit. 

    Certifications & Awards:
    I am currently attending classes to become a Certified Vet-Tech

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  • Tina Brown
    Title Clerk

        I was born and raised in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and now call Guttenberg, Iowa home. I am the Title Clerk for Brown's and I have been in the automotive industry indirectly for 16 years. I have worked for Brown's Elkader for 3 years though.

        I like to spend time with my friends and family. I love watching my children grow each day academically and being able to attend their sporting events. When I get the chance, I enjoy reading, traveling, volunteering and interior design.

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  • Chris Henry
    Service Manager

        I am from Lamont, Iowa and I am the Service Manager for Brown's. I have worked in the automotive industry for 22 years and at Brown's for 10 years.

        I have 5 kids ranging in age of 4 to 15 years old. They are involved in many extracurricular activities including; baseball, softball, t-ball, swim team, volleyball and football. We also own a cabin on the Mississippi River, where we enjoy spending family time, boating, fishing and jet skiing.

    Certifications/Awards:
    Fully Trained GM Tech
    GM & Chrysler Trained Service Manager

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  • Cindy Cook
    Service Writer

        I living outside of Elkader and work in the service department here at Browns along with being in charge of warranty work. I have worked in the automotive industry for 9 years and worked at Brown's for 9 years.
        In my free time, I enjoy my family and friends. When I get the chance, I also like to go camping and bowling.

    Certifications/Awards:
    Certified for Warranty for Ford, GM and Chrysler

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  • Brad Wilson
    Service Advisor

        I am originally from Washborn, Iowa, but now call Elkader home. I am a service advisor and I have worked in the automotive industry for 4 years here at Brown's.

        In my free time, I enjoy golfing, but spending time with my daughter is the best way to spend my day. 

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  • Melissa Hyde
    Service Advisor

        I am originally from Waukon, Iowa, but I currently live in Elkader. I have been in the automotive industry for 3 years and have worked at Brown's for the same amount of time.

        When I'm not working, I enjoy getting a good run in, relaxing with a good book, or spending time with my friends and family.

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  • Kathy Bond
    Service Advisor

        I am a service assistant for Brown's. I live in Arlington, Iowa and have worked in the automotive industry and for Browns for 1 year. 

        In my spare time my favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends. 

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  • Dan Hess
    Service Technician

        I am from Edgewood, Iowa and am a service tech for Browns. I have worked in the automotive industry for 35 years with 26 of those years being at Browns's.

        When I have the chance, I enjoy trapping, hunting, fishing and driving my side by side.

    Certifications/Awards:
    ASE Certified
    Chrysler Certified

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  • Bill Althoff
    Service Technician

        I grew up in the Millville/Guttenberg, Iowa area and currently call Edgewood, Iowa home. I am an service technician and have worked in the automotive industry for 32 years with 23 of those years being at Browns.  

        In my free time, I enjoy following Iowa State Cyclone sports and woodworking. I also enjoy time with my family and beekeeping.

    Certifications/Awards:
    ASE Master Technician 
    ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist
    22 years of being a Chrysler Master
    A lot of time and testing went into my certifications/awards.

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  • Lance Amsden
    Service Technician

        I am a Technician for Brown's and live outside of Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry for 28 years and at Brown's for 20 years. 

        In my spare time I enjoy camping and spending time with my family.

    Certification/Awards:
    GM Master Technician
    ASE Master Technician
    ASE Advanced Engine Performance
    I have done a lot of training for GM and testing for ASE

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  • Matt Klingman
    Service Technician

        I grew up in Volga, Iowam but now live in Elkader. I am a technician for and have worked in the automotive industry for years with 20 of those years being with Brown's.

        I was in the military for 8 year and in my free time I enjoy relaxing with family.

    Certifications/Awards:
    ASE Master Technician
    Ford Chassis Master Certified
    GM Certified Technitian
    Chrysler Technician
    Through years of practical experience; online classes, hands on learning at factory training centers, as well as testing on my off time for ASE, has helped my with certifications.

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  • Kevin Plagman
    Service Technician

        I am from Arlington, Iowa. I am a technician and have worked in the automotive industry for 22 years. I have been with Brown's for 9 of those.

        In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. When I can, I try to travel as much as possible, as well as trying to do a little fishing. 

    Certifications & Awards:
    ASE Master Tech
    Chrysler Master
    100% GM Certified
    AAS from Hawkeye Community College
    I spend a lot of hours training from GM and FCA

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  • Nick Brink
    Service Technician

        I live in Waukon, Iowa  am a Sercive Technician. I have worked in the automotive industry for 10 years and have worked for Brown's for 8 years. 

        When I am not working, I try to spend a lot of time with my family and friends. Otherwise, you can find me hunting, racing or fishing.

    Certifications & Awards:
    Ford Senior Master Tech for 3 years
    I am 1 of 368 Senior Master Technicians in the Midwest through 2 years at DMACC in Ankeny got my Ford Master and 5 years of working got my Senior Master
    To stay certified, I do online and classroom training

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  • Tom Reinhart
    Service Technician

        I am originally from Algona, Iowa. But I call Elkader, Iowa home. I am a Service Technician for Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry for 22 years and have worked the last 5 years here at Brown's in Elkader.

        Not only do I enjoy time with my family and friends, I also like to take the time when I can to go out fishing, hunting and taking the four wheeler out.

    Certifications & Awards:
    GM Master Tech 
    GM Hibred Certified
    Certified Chrysler Tech
    ASE Certified Tech
    In order to get certified, I do a lot of training and testing.

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  • Mitch Nordheim
    Service Technician

        I live in Decorah, Iowa. I am a Service Tech for the Service Department here at Brown's. I have woeked in the automotive industry for 2 1/2 years and I have worked at Brown's in Elkader also for 2 1/2 years.

        In my free time, I enjoy being outside, especially working on the farm.

    Certifications & Awards
    Ford Certified Technician
    Through studying and training, I have reached this point.

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  • Alex Fettkether
    Lube Technician

    My hometown is Volga, Iowa. I am a Lube Technician for our Service Department here at Brown's. I have worked in the automotive industry for 1 year and I have worked for Brown's in Elkader for less than a year.

        When I get the time, I enjoy getting out and riding motorcycles. But I also being able to go snowmobiling too.

    Certifications & Awards:
    NICC Auto Tech

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  • Jeff White
    Parts Manager

    Guttenberg. Iowa is where I call home. I am the Parts Manager for Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry for 29 years and I have worked for Brown's in Elkader for 26 years.

        In my free time, when I get a chance to, I spend time with my grandson. I also enjoy going for a ride on my Harley with my wife. On Friday nights, I enjoy watching our local High School Football. I do take the time to go fishing a little bit, but I also like to sit back and waatch the Hawkeyes play.

    Certifications & Awards:
    Master Parts Certification in GM, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Ford
    I've gained this through working in the parts department for over 29 years.

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  • Jake Keppler
    Parts Advisor


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  • Jim Sullivan
    Parts Advisor

    I call Strawberry Point, Iowa my hometown. I work in the Parts Department here at Brown's in Elkader, as a Parts Advisor. I have worked in the automotive industry for 35 years and I have worked at Brown's for a little less than a year.

        In my free time, I enjoy being able to spend time with my family. When I get the chance, I enjoy being outside and getting some fishing in.

    Certifications & Awards:
    ASE Master Certified Auto & Diesel Technician
    Worked many years as an Auto & Diesel Tech for most of the time in a GM Dealership

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  • Aaron Schroeder
    Detail Manager

        My hometown is St. Olaf, Iowa. I am the Detail Manager for Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry for 20 years and I have worked here at Brown's for 3 years. 

        In my spare time, I enjoy going to auctions and cutting wood. When I get the chance, I try to get out and go hunting.

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  • Pam Hoth
    Detail Specialist

    My hometown is Elkader, Iowa. I work for Brown's in Elkader as a Detail Specialist. I have worked in the automotive industry for 5 years and I have also worked for Brown's for 5 years.

        In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and I love being able to go camping and taking out the UTV.

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  • Janice Niehaus
    Detail Specialist

    Garnavillo, Iowa is where I call home. I am a Detail Specialist for our Detail Department here at Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry for 8 years and I have also worked for Brown's for 8 years.

        I enjoy spending my time outside being able to go fishing and boating. I enjoy being able to travel, especially going to Mexico when I can. Time with family is always a great way to spend my time as well.

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  • Tonya Beck
    Detail Specialist

        I live in Elkader, Iowa. I am a Detail Specialist for Brown's in Elkader. I have worked in the automotive industry for about 1 1/2 years and I have worked here at Brown's for about a 1 1/2 years.

        I spend most of my free time with my family and friends.

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  • Rachel Franks
    Detail Specialist

    I call St. Olaf, Iowa my hometown. I work in the Detail Department for Brown's in Elkader as a Detail Specialist. I have worked in the automotive industry for almost 2 years and I have worked here at Brown's for almost 2 years.

         As for my free time, I enjoy spending my time with family and friends, especially with my friend Alison and her puppy Ruger. I also enjoy being able to show Dairy Cattle.

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  • Joe Whittle
    Detail Specialist


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