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 then 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 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 Customer Relations & Sales
Certifications: Service Manager Academy
Mike has been with Telle Tire since 2017. He got his start in 1999, cleaning floors and pumping gas at 15 years old, eventually working up to replacing tires, changing oil and operating a 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 two daughters Kaylee and Courtney.
Vice President – Chief People Officer
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.
President, Kansas City Operations
Education: Bachelor in Business Administration, Minor Economics – Park University
Certification: SSA – Sales and Service Excellence
Marco started at KC Complete Auto in 2005 changing oil while attending night classes to continue his education. By 2008, he was put in charge of overseeing the daily operations and was a key contributor to the company growth including expanding from a single store to five retail locations. Marco is excited to be a part of the Telle Tire & Auto family and enjoys working for a family business with such a strong reputation. At home he enjoys riding bikes, fishing, and traveling with his wife, Laura, and their two children, Lucas and Eliana.
Operations Coordinator, Kansas City
Education: Bachelor in Business Administration, Minor Economics – Park University
Certification: CTI Service Counter Excellence
Zach began his career in automotive repair in 2012 when he joined the KC Complete Auto Service team. He has served in various administrative positions, in addition to service advisor role as needed. He is proud to be part of a company that defies industry stereotypes and takes a very customer centered approach to business. He and his wife, Vanessa, are KC natives and have a young son that keeps them busy. They enjoy the outdoors and like to spend time at their family farm.
Executive Assistant/office manager
Certifications: Michelin Certified Tire Specialist
Natalie has been working in the tire industry since 2007 and started with Telle in 2015. She enjoys helping others and the opportunities and challenges each day brings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Darren, 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.
Meet our managers
General Manager, Richmond Heights
Certifications: Michelin Expert Certified, Continental Expert Certified, Completed driving leadership training
Doug Mathewson started with Telle Tire and Auto Centers in 2010, but has been in the automotive industry since 1993. 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.
Store Manager, Central West End
Certifications: Dale Carnegie Sales Training, Michelin Certified, Continental Certified and continuing his ASE Training
Alex first joined in his family’s business at the age of 16 cleaning around the shop. He enjoys creating solutions that arise with the complex issues of today’s automobile. Being part of the fourth generation of Telle, he appreciates the relationships that have been created and passed from generation to generation and is proud to be doing the same work that his father and grandfather did for so many years. When not at the shop, Alex enjoys hiking with his wife Michele and their dogs, and watching baseball every chance he gets.
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
Certifications: ASE C1 Certified, 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 since 1992. In 2015, he joined the Telle Tire team. 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 and his wife, Melissa were married in 1999, and they adopted their daughter, Isabella, in 2011.
General Manager, Sunset Hills
Certifications: ASE Certified Service Advisor, Michelin Expert Certified, Continental Expert Certified
T.J. started in the tire and automotive industry with Telle Tire in 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 Sydney and Liam.
Store Manager, Alton
Certifications:ASE certified, Master Certified at Ford Motor Company, received Customer Satisfaction Award at Ford for being top 10% for Customer Satisfaction in the Kansas City Midwest Region
Jim has over 32 years of experience in automotive business, specializing in both parts and service. He enjoys restoring muscle cars, attending car shows, collecting die cast cars and riding UTV’s and motorcycles. His passion for all things automotive guided Jim to the automotive business. When not at work, Jim enjoys spending time with family and his grandchildren.
Assistant Store Manager, Bridgeton
Mark first became interested in the automotive industry in high school. Mark enjoyed working on his own vehicles so much that he knew this was what he wanted to make a career out this hobby. He started by changing oil and now, eight years later is happy to continue learning every day. Utilizing his training to help educate people about their vehicles is one of his favorite parts of his role at Telle Tire & Auto Centers. Mark also enjoys hiking with his two dogs, and when he is not able to get outdoors, likes to play video games.
General Manager, Eureka
Certifications: ASE Certified Professional Service Consultant, Goodyear Expert Certified, Bridgestone Expert Certified, Continental Expert Certified, Pirelli Expert Certified
Raymond joined the automotive industry in 2010 has been with Telle Tire in 2018. Raymond was drawn to the automotive industry because every day brings something new and exciting. Drawing on his training he enjoys having the ability to make a bad situation into a positive experience with his customer service and positive attitude. When he isn’t working he enjoys traveling, exploring the great outdoors, and spending lots of time with his wife Diona, son Kingston and daughter Emberly.
Store Manager, Jefferson City
Certifications:Certifications: Various BWD Real World Training
Dakota started in the automotive industry 10 years ago and has been with Telle Tire since 2018. He grew up in a family of mechanics and was eager to join the automotive industry at a young age. He has pursued his interest in tuning vehicles to run at peak performance in addition to conducting diagnostics and completing repairs. When Dakota isn’t at the shop he enjoys playing music, from rock to bluegrass, and his favorite instruments are guitar and bass. He enjoys spending time outside with his wife Brittani and his two dogs, Theodore and Dice.
Store Manager, South Kansas City
ASE Certified; US Army Staff Sergeant-served three combat tours in Iraq
After serving in the US Army James jumped into the automotive industry in 2015. His first experience consisted of fabrication and design of NASCAR Modified race cars. He began to manage the South KC location in 2018. What he enjoys most in his career is interacting with customers and building camaraderie with his team members in the shop. In his personal time he enjoys riding motorcycles and biking with his wife Tabitha and their daughter Makenna.
Store Manager, Kansas City North
Certifications: Service Sales Academy Customer Handling Expert; Dale Carnegie Leadership Certified; CTI Tire Professional
Ron has spent over 30 years in the automotive repair industry managing both single and multi-location retail operations. In 2012, he began to lead the KC North location as Store Manager. He is committed to providing value to each and every customer and has great pride in his team and their service provided. Ron has a passion for cooking and enjoys sharing that passion with his wife, Vicki, and family.
Store Manager, Liberty
Education: Automotive Maintenance & Repair – Ranken Technical School
Josh started in the automotive industry in 2012 changing oil and replacing tires. After graduating from technical school, he rapidly advanced through the shop and entered management. Josh enjoys interacting and creating lasting relationships with customers. He likes to spend his free time watching the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues with his wife, Rachael, and their son Hayden.
Store Manager, Midtown
Certifications: ASE Certified
David started his automotive repair career at a small shop in Delaware in 1990. Throughout his career, he has worked in both the service and parts side of the industry, working his way up to manager in 1994. He and his wife, Nicole, moved to Kansas City in 2017 to be closer to family where he joined the KC Complete Auto team as a service advisor. Within one year he was promoted to store manager of the Midtown location. His favorite past times are watching and attending NFL games and NASCAR races with his wife.
Store Manager, Independence
Certifications: Service Sales Academy Customer Handling Expert
Rob started his career as a technician in 1992. In 1999 he was hired on at a small family owned repair shop and was given the opportunity to be store manager 5 years later. He has remained at the same building and joined the Telle Tire team in 2020. What Rob enjoys most are the lasting relationships he has built with his long-time customers of over 20 years. At home he enjoys time with his wife Glenda, the outdoors and watching baseball.