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.
Vice President of Operations
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.
President, Kansas City & Springfield 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.
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.
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.
Education: Masters in Accountancy, University of Missouri – Columbia
Certification: Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Richard started with Telle Tire & Auto Centers in July 2020. He enjoys working with numbers and providing others with information useful in the decision making process. He is excited to contribute accounting experience within a growing company focused on excellent quality service. In his free time, Richard enjoys watching Mizzou and Cardinals games with his wife, Marissa, and his son, Miles.
Admin Payables Manager
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.
St. Louis, MO
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, Tesson Ferry
Certifications: L1 Certified Master Tech with additional ASE certifications as a C1 Service Consultant
Jake joined the Telle Tire family in 2020 with the acquisition of the former J & W Automotive. He started working there at thirteen cleaning and doing jobs around the shop, began working on cars at age sixteen, and now runs day to day operations. Building customer relationships by putting customers at ease and keeping their families safe is his favorite part of the job. His motto is, “customers can get them worked on anywhere, they bring them here to be fixed!” Outside of work, Jake and his wife Beth, an elementary school teacher enjoy spending time with their four children—Jake II, Pete, Betsy, and Rosie and watching them play lacrosse.
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, Bridgeton
Education: Lewis and Clark Career Center – Automotive Service Technology; ASE Certified Master Technician
Joe has taken extensive automotive training over his 18 years in the industry. From ASE certifications and tire training to touring the Cooper Tire manufacturing plant and Jireh tire retreading plant. Joe has managed an OTR and truck tire service center. As a part of the Telle Tire family since 2020, Joe enjoys meeting and talking to new people. Joe loves spending time with my wife Tammy, playing golf, bowling, playing billiards, fishing, playing with my beagle, and spending time with his father John.
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.
Kansas City, MO
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.
General 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
Certifications and Accolades: ASE Certified Service Advisor; Cadillac, Buick & GMC Certified Technology Expert & Service Management; Jaguar and Rolls Royce Customer Service Training; Cadillac, Buick & GMC Mark of Excellence Service Award
David has been in the automotive industry for over 27 years and has been with the Telle Tire family since 2021. David loves that every day is different and challenging in this industry and enjoys working closely with associates and customers. David has been married to his best friend, Lori, for 20 years and they have 4 children and 3 dogs. He enjoys family time, golfing, hunting, exploring new places to eat and watching the Georgia Bulldogs.
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.
Operations Manager, Springfield
Mike has worked his way through various aspects of the automotive industry over the past 23 years, starting as a General Service Tech working on diesel tractor trailers to becoming a technician to lead technician. As a part of the Telle Tire family, Mike has been in customer facing roles sharing his automotive knowledge and enhancing the customer experience, first in Kansas City and now in the Springfield market. Mike has a passion for working for helping others which is why he loves engaging with associates and customers. Mike is engaged to Taryn and has 4 children Ella, Gianna, Giovanni and Luca. He loves to golf and spend time with family and friends.
Store Manager, W. Kearney
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in History from Northeastern State University
Blake has enjoyed for the automotive industry for over 7 years, with the last two years focused on servicing customer needs. He joined the Telle Tire family through acquisition of JBC in 2021 and his favorite part about his position is providing solutions to customer problems. Blake enjoys playing guitar and watching football in addition to spending time with his fiancé Keisha and their two dogs Winter and Daisy.
Store Manager, Republic
Certifications: TIA and Continental Engage 360
John has 21 years of professional automotive experience from coast to coast. He started off as a lube/tire technician and worked his way through Fords Rotunda training to become a B mechanic. John learned the commercial aspect while working in Montana as a field service technician, going into mines and out to ranches for industrial equipment services. John enjoys helping customers with all their needs and concerns meanwhile focusing on helping make stressful situations easier. John enjoys kayaking, camping, and being outdoors with his wife, Amanda, son Elijah, and their 3 dogs.
Jefferson City, MO
Store Manager, Jefferson City
Wayne has been with the Telle Tire Family since 2020, however he has been in the automotive industry for over 15 years. Wayne’s passion is creating and
building customer relationships through hard work and honesty. In Wayne’s spare time he is out enjoying nature, and spending quality time with friends and family.
General 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.