Meet the Staff of Southwest Sales

Spencer Medgaarden - Co-Owner

W 507-437-1316 / C 507-438-3820 - spencer@gofast.am

Started working with my father in 1994 part time while at college and then full time after I graduated from U of W Stout in 1997. My father and mother decided to retire in 2010 so my brother and myself bought the business. I have really enjoyed working in the car business and hope to serve the communtiy for many more years. I am married with three kids. I enjoyed camping with the family and golfing with the guys. If you have any questions or concerns reguarding a car or service please call or email me. Looking forward too serving all of your automotive needs.

Scott Medgaarden - Co - Owner

W 507-433-4609 / C 507-438-4930 - northstarbody@gmail.com

Scott started working here in 2000 and manages the Northstar Bodyshop. He bought the business with Spencer in 2010. Scott and his wife, Jill, have 2 daughters, Kelsey (18) who will graduate this year, and Adison (14) who will be a freshman in the fall. Scott enjoys camping with his family and watching his girls play softball in the summer.

Glenn Medgaarden - Previous Owner

W 507-437-1316 - glennmed@gofast.am

Glenn is a lifetime Austin area resident and has been in the car business for 28 + years. He has been married to Judy for 46 + years and had 4 kids and 7 grand kids. Started Southwest Sales in July of 1994 then started Northstar Body Shop in 2000 and 3 years later started the Tranny Shop of Austin. He loves to collect Cub tractors and loves gardening - So if you are in the office late summer or early fall you might get to try some of his hard work - (He loves to share)

Judy Medgaarden - Previous Owner

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Judy started Southwest Sales with Glenn in 1994. Along with titling, Judy is the office manager. She and Glenn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past spring. She enjoys spending time with their children and grandchildren. Glenn and Judy love to vacation in Mexico in the winter and camp in the summer. Judy is a breast cancer survivor! Judy does NOT enjoy gardening, but likes to harvest the fruits and vegetables. She also loves to bake and cook with the bounty and brings her delicious creations to the shop to share.

Gary Wilde - Technician (South Shop)

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Gary has been with us since 1995. He and his wife Marsha have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. He loves racing B-Mod and previously raced Stock cars for 9 years. He loves his job here and especially loves working on older vehicles. He also enjoys spoiling his grandchildren!

Christopher DeLuna - Sales

5074371316 - delunc1@gmail.com

Chris has been with us since 2012 and has experience in GM sales and Cadillac. He graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato. He is married to Chrissy and they have 4 children, Christopher, Arianna, Callie and Frank.

Justin Carlson - Body shop

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Justin started with us in 2015. He's been doing bodywork for 3 years and mechanical for 10 years. He is single and enjoys riding motorcycle, snowmobiling and spending time with family and friends. He has a dog, Cobaine, who is an 8 year old pit bull that loves people, especially kids.

Dave "CHAMP" Champlin - Office

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Dave started with us in 2015. He grew up in Austin and graduated from Minnesota State Mankato. He enjoys spending time with his family and their 3 dogs.

Wendy Landherr - Office

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Wendy started in 2014 in the office. She is married to Brian and they have 2 boys, James (18) and Jared (15). Wendy keeps busy with and loves to watch her boys play baseball, basketball and football. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at their cabin on their pond...fishing, 4-wheeling in the woods, or just relaxing. Wendy really likes her job here ~ meeting new people and the change of pace it brings.

Brad Wilson - Mech / South Lot

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Jeff Jensen - Bodyshop - Tech/Painter

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Jeff has been with us since 2001 and is married to Tanya. He enjoys hunting and fishing. Jeff has attended several paint training classes in Chicago to further his skills in the bodyshop.

Russ Bakke - Lead Detailer

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Russ has been with us at SW Sales since 2014. He's been a professional auto detailer for 7 years. He was formerly an air cooled VW mechanic and parts salesman. His hobbies include vintage car restoration, especially VW's. He was born and raised in Arcadia, CA.

Tony Pyburn - Bodyshop Manager

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Tony has been with us since 1999 and has a wife, Laura and 2 grown children. Tony enjoys fishing and golfing when he can find the time.

Christopher Motl - Bodyshop Tech

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Chris started with us in 2011 with 4 years of educuation. He crop farms on the side and enjoys hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle. He also loves to restore old cars.

Jeff Distad - Technician (North Shop)

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Jeff started here in 2014. He is an outdoorsman who loves to fish and camp. He also enjoys to work on 'stuff' meaning anything and everything!

Sam Callahan - Tranny Shop Manager/Service Writer

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Sam started in 2013. He is a single father of 2 children, Elise and Mason. He just recently graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Disaster Management. He enjoys being outdoors, hunting, shooting guns, fishing and camping.

Wade Drees - Technician (North Shop)

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Wade has been with us since 2009 and specializes in alignments. He is a single father to Dawson (14). He enjoys fishing, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family and friends.

Jim Stier - Transmission Technician

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Jim has been with us since 2002. He is married with 2 sons and 2 stepsons. He loves working on his hot rods.

Dustin Lawrence - Transmission Technician

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Dustin has been with us since 2005. He is single and has a 5 year old daughter who he loves spending time with. He also enjoys camping, traveling, gambling and shooting guns.