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 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.
Service Manager, Richmond Heights
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.
General Manager, St. Charles
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 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
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 Syndey and Liam.
General Manager, Alton
Certifications: ASE Certified
Chris started in the automotive industry in 1995 and has been with Telle Tire since 2015. Having lived his whole life in the Alton area, he enjoys being able to help the people in his community and is actively involved in the Riverbend Growth Association. Chris and his wife, Brandie, have two children, Rhylon and Dayne.
General Manager, Bridgeton
Certifications: L1 Certified Master Tech with additional ASE certifications as a Service Advisor and Parts Specialist
Dan started in the automotive industry in 2006, and with Telle Tire & Auto Centers since 2018. He enjoys growing the customer relationships he has developed in their community. Outside of work, Dan enjoys camping, boating, fishing and all water sports with his three kids–Naveah, Jayden, and Adrinna, or watching the St. Louis Blues.
General Manager, Central West End
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, and son Kingston.
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
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 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.