BG Automotive of Minnesota and Wisconsin
A Distributor of BG Products

Meet Our Team

We Are BG
Meet Our Team at BG Automotive
Steve and Shannon Tingle
Steve started his BG career on October 5, 1998 in Grand Rapids with BG of Michigan. Shannon assisted Steve with bookkeeping while he was out in the field selling. In 2004, the Tingle family moved to Peoria, Illnois where Steve became a minority partner in that territory. In the meantime, Shannon explored the preventative maintenance path for mind and body health. After 10 years in Illinois, Steve and Shannon found themselves in Minnesota with BG Automotive of MN-WI. With the transition to Minnesota in January 2015, Shannon's Administrative role expanded to include special projects, and Steve polished his management skills in order to support the BG Automotive team.

Steve and Shannon met and married in the early 90's. Together they have lived moved throughout the Midwest and have two wonderful children. Shannon's non work hours consists of family time, reading and continuing to explore the world of mind-body wellness, and you will find Steve with a guitar in hand or racing his very manly Mazda Miata.

Rochelle Hasse

Rochelle has been the Office Manager for BG Automotive for the last 12 years. She was born in Minnesota, spent her early childhood in Southern California, and returned to finish high school and college in her home state. Rochelle is a professional multi-tasker and her administrative position here at BG keeps that skill sharp. She also enjoys the details and diversity of her job. When she’s not working, she creates quilts, reads, completes puzzles, cooks and spends lots of time with her family. 

Ashlyn Tingle

Ashlyn began working with BG Automotive January 2015, dabbling in data entry, graphic design and sales. Recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Fine Arts degree, she joined our team full time as our lead Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordinator. She specializes in creating flyers, menus and documents for our team. In her spare time, she practices yoga, enjoys cooking and exploring downtown Minneapolis.

Eric Woods

Eric is BG Automotive’s Warehouse Manager. He fills a vital role to BG Automotive that keeps our business operation smooth and efficient. He has been with us since 2015. Eric supports all service areas by receiving and shipping orders, managing inventory and handling equipment repairs. On a side note, he’s a big Minnesota sports fan. 

Adam Tingle

Adam grew up around BG and has become quite familiar with the machines and products. He is a BG Guy in training. Adam steps in from time to time to lend a hand with repairing equipment and delivering product. We look forward to adding him full-time to our team in the near future when he finishes school. 

Lonnie Palmer

Lonnie started with BG Automotive July of 2017 and he brings with him experience in automotive consulting, business ownership, automotive multi unit management, and knowledge of oils and lubricants. He’s lived all around the states in IL, CO, MA, IA and even Albertville, MN. Lonnie services areas north of Hwy 55 to Onamia including Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park and Center, NW Minneapolis and Plymouth. When he’s clocked out, Lonnie spends his time bike riding, playing horseshoes, home brewing his own brews, woodworking, and lastly, but far from least, being Dad. 

Bob Karg

Bob has worked with BG Automotive since November of 2005. He was born and raised in Litchfield, MN and now currently resides in Willmar, MN. Bob’s territory stretches across West Central MN including the cities of St. Cloud, Brainerd, Willmar, Appleton, Montevideo and Delano. When it comes to customer service, Bob stands out with his promptness and ability to thoroughly understand his customers’ needs by creating strong relationships that he regularly maintains. 

Shawn Eckert

Shawn has a total of 17 years of experience in the automotive industry, 2 of those years he worked as a service advisor. He comes from Mahtomedi, MN, but he now resides in Hudson, WI. His territory spans across the Eastern metro to the extreme Western side of Wisconsin. Shawn specializes in growing the businesses of dealerships and independents through utilizing various marketing strategies to reach out to the end customer. When he’s not working, Shawn enjoys spending his time with his family, skiing and golfing.

Wade Fremling

Wade first sold BG products while working as an advisor at a dealership before he joined our team in March 2016. He was born and raised in Duluth making him the perfect fit for the Northeastern Minnesota & Wisconsin territory. Wade specializes in service advisor training to keep his accounts current in this ever changing industry. When he’s not working, Wade enjoys being outside, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. When he is working, he’s always looking for the next best place to have lunch. 

Rick Sievers

Before starting with BG Automotive in July 2017, Rick worked in a dealership that uses BG Products. His knowledge of the product and services continues to grow while he services the North Metro area of Minneapolis. Rick brings excellent customer service and promptness to his territory. Born and raised in St. Cloud, MN, Rick left to live in Colorado for 3 years with his wife, but they both returned to MN summer of 2017 to be closer to family. When the winter rolls around, you can find Rick on a lake ice fishing. 

Shawn Leavitt

Shawn began working with our team August of 2015. He brings with him 11 years of experience selling BG products, specializing in fleet accounts, diesel services, and SmartVMA. Shawn was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho; now he resides in the West Metro of Minneapolis which is also his area of service. With a love for snow skiing, hiking, camping, bird hunting and golfing, Shawn fits right in with us Minnesotans! 
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