Meet the Telle Team
Long-term employees dedicated to providing quality auto service and building lasting customer relationships
The backbone of our business is people—dedicated long-term employees and valued customers. We are about building and creating relationships with our customers for many years to come.
As a fourth generation family business, Telle—and each of our team members—maintains a passionate focus on solving customer’s problems through attention to detail, collaboration and integrity.
At Telle Tire & Auto, each of our employees understand the importance of providing strong value through quality products and services. The Telle Tire promise is to find you the right tire at the lowest price. Not only are we St. Louis’ tire experts but we are also your automotive service experts with ASE-certified technicians.
With master technicians and friendly office representatives on staff, we are more than just your one-stop shop for auto service—we’re your trusted partner for convenient car repairs.
Meet our team and learn why Telle has been St. Louis’ #1 choice for auto and tire service for more than 75 years.
Meet our general managers
General Manager, Richmond Heights
24 years industry experience, Michelin Expert Certified, Continental Expert Certified, Completed driving leadership training
Doug Mathewson has been with Telle Tire for seven years. He likes socializing with customers, getting to know their families and hobbies. In his free time, Doug likes to spend time with his wife, Lisa, and three kids Ryan, Amanda and Carly. They like playing sports and vacationing at their lake home in the Lake of the Ozarks.
General Manager, St. Charles
12 years with Telle
Mike has been with Telle for 12 years. He got his start with the company cleaning floors and pumping gas at 15, eventually working up to replacing tires, changing oil and operating our shuttle van. Now, as a manager, he absolutely loves customer interaction and providing excellent service. At home he enjoys working around the house, riding his bike or spending time outdoors with his wife, Angie and two daughters Kaylee and Courtney.
Rich Oppits has worked at Meyer’s Automotive, now Telle Tire & Auto Center, for 30 years. He enjoys working in the automotive industry because it allows him to build relationships with customers, solving their vehicle challenges and keeping their cars in safe, operating condition. Rich coaches and plays ice hockey in his free time. He also enjoys boating, skiing, biking or any activity he can do with his wife, Diane, and two children Lauren and Jacob.
General Manager and Director of Training, Fenton
7 years with Telle, 25 years industry experience, Certified Tire Industry Association Advanced Instructor
Philip started in the industry as a 16-year-old, unloading trailers full of exhaust pipe and has continued working in the automotive industry for 25 years. He likes the working at Telle because he gets to help customers stay safe and protect their cars and family. When he isn’t working, Philip plays trumpet at his church and spends time with his family camping and fishing. He’s been married to his wife, Melissa, for 18 years. They adopted their daughter, Isabella, in 2011.
General Manager, Sunset Hills
7 years with Telle
T.J. has been with Telle Tire since 2010 and moved to the Sunset Hills location when it opened in 2011. As a manager, T.J. loves interacting with customers and focuses on building a long-term relationship with them by providing the best customer service possible. He’s been working on cars since he started restoring and driving classic cars. He likes spending time either watching the St. Louis Blues or spending time with his wife, Brooke, and two children Syndey and Liam.
General Manager, Alton
2 years with Telle
Chris has been with Telle Tire since 2015 and has been in the automotive industry for over half of his life. Having lived his whole life in the Alton area, he enjoys being able to help the people in his community and is involved in the Riverbend Growth Association. Chris and his wife, Brandie, have two children, Rhylon and Dayne.
Meet our corporate office team
President & CEO, fourth generation
10 years industry experience
Aaron Telle began his career with Telle sweeping floors and shuttling customers in high school. He dedicated himself to learning all aspects of the tire business and, in 2009, Aaron took over as the fourth generation owner of Telle Tire & Auto Centers. In 2016, he was selected by Modern Tire Dealer as an industry innovator ”On the Rise.” He and his wife, Laura, have three sons—Austin, Samuel and James. His family is actively involved in local charities including the Lutheran Association for Special Education and Joe’s Place.
CFO, Corporate Office
Certified Public Accountant
Brian took on the role of CFO for Telle Tire & Auto Centers in May 2017. Brian enjoys the challenges of working for a long-standing, highly reputable family business. He enjoys watching the Blues and Cardinals, as well as spending time with his wife, Karen, and their two daughters Harper and Peyton.
Director of Human Resources, Corporate Office
12 Years business experience, Masters in Business Administration, Washington University in St. Louis
Laura took on the role of Director of Human Resources in October 2017. She is excited about the opportunity to apply over a decade of corporate business knowledge and leadership experience within the growing family business. She enjoys traveling, running and most importantly spending time with her husband, Aaron, and their three sons, Austin, Samuel and James.
Office Manager, Corporate Office
10 years industry experience, 2 years with Telle
Natalie has been working in the tire industry since 2007 and started with Telle in 2015. She enjoys helping customers and the opportunities each day brings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, Owen and Caroline, or volunteering with Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Trust your car with the automotive repair technicians that go the extra mile.