Officers

Joel Kansanback
Joel Kansanback

Joel Kansanback

President

  • 25 Years of automotive F&I experience
  • Served as an F&I specialist, Account Rep, District Manager, and Regional Business Development Manager at Pat Ryan
  • Served as Regional Sales Manager, National Accounts manager and Director of Sales at Citigroup
  • Formed Automotive Development Group in 2002
Bill Kelly

Bill Kelly

Partner

  • 25 years in the retail auto and insurance industry
  • Served as an F&I Specialist, account Representative, and National Product Manager at Western Diversified (Protective)
  • Led Protective’s National Marine F&I outsourcing operation called Navvis Solutions
  • Joined Automotive Development Group in 2004 and acquired Navvis solutions shortly after
Bill Kelly

ADG Team Members

Mark Ekoff

Mark Ekhoff

VP of Business Development

  • Joined in April of 2006
  • 4 years of F&I experience with Toyota, Chevrolet and Dodge
  • 1 year as a new Car Manager at a Dodge store
  • Senior buyer for Best Buy Software Department
  • Owned and managed a national repping company
Tony Troussov

Tony Troussov

Director of Training

  • Joined in October of 2011
  • General Manager of a metro Toyota dealer
  • Served as the Director of Training for a large metro dealer group
  • Served as the F&I Development Coordinator for a large metro dealer group
Dan Hahn

Dan Hahn

Fixed Operations Trainer

  • Joined in March of 2014
  • ASE Master Certified Technician (over twelve years of experience)
  • Toyota Certified Technician
  • Served as Master Certified Service Manager for three years
  • Hunter Certified Alignment Specialist
  • Multiple Toyota President’s Award and Service Excellence Winner
Ben Borer

Ben Borer

Appearance Product Manager

  • Joined in September of 2013
  • General Manager of a Wisconsin Dealership
  • General Sales Manager of a Minnesota Dealership
  • 6 years of experience as an F&I Manager and F&I Director
Grant Torgerson

Grant Torgerson

Training and Marketing Coordinator

  • Joined ADG February 2017
  • 3 years of experience in the automotive industry
  • Worked in the Hybrid - Sales/F&I Environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance
Mark Timperley

Mark Timperley

Regional Training Director (MN)

  • Joined in August of 2011
  • 11 years of experience in the automotive industry
  • General Manager of a large Honda dealership
  • Managing Director of Malibu Products
  • Graduate of NADA Dealer Academy General Management School
Francis Fagan

Francis Fagan

Regional Training Director (IL/IN)

  • Joined in July of 2014
  • Has been in the Retail Automobile Business for 25 years
  • Started off his career as a Sales Person and eventually became a Dealer in West Palm Beach Florida
Peter Celatka

Peter Celatka

Regional Training Director (East)

  • Joined in August of 2013
  • Has over 20 years in the Automotive Industry
  • Served as the New Business Development Manager and Sales Manager and Consultant at American Financial and Automotive Services.
  • Spent 16 years with a large Twin Cities dealer group where he served as General Manager, Sales Manager and Director of Finance
David Kelly

David Kelly

Regional Training Director /Partner, South Dakota Dealer Services

  • Joined in December of 2013
  • Joined the auto industry in 2004 as a sales professional and was shortly promoted to Business Manager and then Finance Director
  • In 2009 he began South Dakota Dealer Services, endorsed by both South Dakota Automotive Dealers Association and South Dakota Independent Automotive Dealers Association.
  • Prior to joining the auto industry he enjoyed a successful 20 year career with Schwan’s Food Company as a national sales instructor and division manager.
Heidi Heckes

Heidi Heckes

Area Sales Manager (MN)

  • Joined in April of 2009
  • 24 years of experience in the car business
  • 8 years with JM&A
  • 6 years in finance
  • F&I Director of a 15 store dealer group
Brandon Lubich

Brandon Lubich

District Manager (MN)

  • Joined in November of 2013
  • Began his automotive career in sales at a large Twin Cities Honda dealer
  • Spent time on the show floor and in the Internet Department
  • Served as Finance Manager for three prominent Twin Cities dealer groups before joining Automotive Development Group
Christian McNellis

Christian McNellis

District Manager (MN)

  • Joined in April of 2014
  • Served as the Finance Director for a large Twin Cities dealer group
  • Has over 6 years of Finance Director experience
  • Served on the F&I Development Team at United Car Care
Mike Browner

Mike Browner

District Manager (IL/IN)

  • Joined in August of 2014
  • Has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry
  • Served as GM and Corporate Vice President of Sales for a 10 store dealer group in Illinois and Florida
  • Served as a General Manager and General Sales Manager for over 10 years
Mark Fisch

Mark Fisch

District Manager (MN)

  • Joined in March 2015
  • 13 years of retail automotive experience
  • 6 years of F&I manager \ F&I Director experience across multiple brands
  • Served as Director of Finance for large metro auto group
  • Spent 4 years as General Manager of a metro Hyundai dealer
Jim Tegowski

Jim Tegowski

Account Representative (PA)

  • 30 years of experience in the auto industry
  • 25 years of F&I training experience
  • Recenly managed an F&I Agency for 15 years
  • Is a AFIP Certified Professional and Senior Level Instructor
  • Experienced in product development with large dealer groups
  • Spent 4 years as Director of Finance for a large dealer in Pittsburgh, PA where he was first employed after college
Mark Syster

Mark Syster

District Manager

  • Joined ADG in February 2015
  • 33 years in the auto industry
  • Started in the banking industry as a buyer for a dealer center
  • Spent 20 years as an F&I Director at a franchise dealer
  • Spent 10 years with First American Dealer Services as an Account Executive before joining Automotive Development Group
Steve McGurk

Steve McGurk

Account Representative

  • Joined ADG August 2016
  • 18 years of F&I Training / Income Development with Rosenberg & Associate in Iowa & Wisconsin
  • 4 years of experience in Sales & Consulting with Reynold & Reynolds in Iowa & Missouri. 4 years with Fleetwood Enterprise in 12 SE States and 3 years of experience in Sales & Consulting with Chrysler Corporation in Madison Wisconsin.
  • Family owned McGurk - Meyers Motors Iowa City Iowa
Brad Spaans

Brad Spaans

Account Representative (SD)

  • Joined April 2016
  • 13 years training development and management experience
  • Enjoyed 8 years training/developing sales consultants and F&I managers at a high producing Ford-Lincoln dealership
  • Positions held included Sales Consultant, Aftermarket Sales, F&I Manager, Sales Manager, General Manager
Scott Thompson

Jason Young

Account Representative (IL/IN/WI)

  • 20 years of experience in the retail automobile business
  • Over 10 years of experience as a finance manager
  • Over 6 years of experience as a general manager with 2 large Illinois auto groups
Kellen Vance

Kellen Vance

Account Representative

  • Joined ADG October 2016
  • Spent 5 years as a Finance Manager at the Midwest Region's largest Chevrolet dealer.
  • Spent a year as the Finance Director training incoming Finance Managers.
  • Spent 2 years training and developing Finance Managers in Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois.
Steve Husak

Steve Husak

Account Representative

  • Joined ADG August 2016
  • 28 years in the auto industry
  • 6 Years retail experience in F& I and Sales Management
  • 4 Years as the Midwest Training Director for a National Restaurant Chain prior to the auto industry
Tim Gehr

Tim Gehr

Account Representative (IL,IN,WI)

  • Joined ADG in October 2016
  • Has over 26 years of experience in the Automotive Industry.
  • 10 years as a General Sales Manager of a Metro Chicago Honda Franchise.
  • 13 Years as a Finance and Special Finance Director in the Metro Chicago Area
Dustin Baker

Dustin Baker

Account Representative

  • Joined ADG January 2017
  • 12 years of experience in the automotive industry
  • Served as Business Manager
  • 7 years as a Finance Director of a Minnesota Dealership
Dustin Baker

Russell Shores

Account Representative

  • Joined ADG in March 2017
  • Over 20 years’ experience in the retail automotive industry
  • 4 years as a Finance Manager at the Midwest Region's largest Ford Dealer
  • 3 years of experience in F&I Training/Income Development for Ford Motor Company
  • AFIP Certified Professional Level Instructor