About Our Staff
Troy Kaplan of Hugo
My name is Troy Kaplan and I am the owner of TGK Automotive, Inc. I was born in Saint Paul to Mike and Carla Kaplan. I have a brother and sister. I graduated from Tartan High School. I currently live in Hugo with my beautiful wife, Alana, our daughter Lexi, and our dog Harley. I also have a son named Ethan. I’ve been in the automotive industry since I was just 16 years old. Since then I have trained and managed many shops in the Twin Cities area. I have more than 20 certifications in the industry of automotive repair. One of my main inspirations in starting my own shop was to give all my customers exceptional quality repair with an honest price. In my free time I enjoy golfing, fishing, and riding my motorcycle.
Alana Kaplan of Hugo
Office Manager & Co-owner
My name is Alana Kaplan. I was born to my wonderful parents, Phil Monita and Sandy Rousslang, in Saint Paul, MN and was raised in White Bear Lake, MN and graduated from White Bear Lake High School in 2002. I currently live in Hugo with my husband Troy, our daughter Lexi, and our dog Harley. In my free time I enjoy decorating our new house, love to shop, enjoy bowling, and have been told I have a pretty good golf swing for a girl!! I have been employed at Aquarius Water Conditioning for the last 8 years working in many different areas such as program implementation, accounting, customer service, and office management. I work part-time there so I can focus my time at TGK Automotive and help expand the company. I help out with the bookkeeping, marketing, training, and implementation to make TGK stand out from all other shops and bring our customers the best service an automotive repair company can offer.
Justin Paulson of Hugo
My name is Justin Paulson and I live in Hugo. I attended the University of Minnesota for Accounting and later transferred to Metro State where I finished my Bachelor Degree in Applied Science. I have worked as an Office Administrator and Bookkeeper and I really thrive organizing projects and working on data collecting and analysis. I like working at TGK Automotive because the owners are really great people and provide a great atmosphere to work in. In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, video games, grilling and staying active.
Derrik Hunkle of Roseville
My name is Derrik Hunkle and I live in Roseville. I have two brothers and one sister. I graduated from Moundsview High School where I played baseball and hockey. I worked as a supervisor at a Trampoline Park, and also work in landscaping and construction. I choose to work at TGK Automotive because of the great environment. I enjoy being outside and participating in sports activities.
Eh Dah of Maplewood
My name is Eh, I live in Maplewood, MN. I have 6 sisters and 2 brothers. I currently go to Roseville High School. I’m in the Auto tech class there. I chose to come to TGK because of the opportunity TGK gave me to help out and learn what it’s like to work in an Auto shop. Most shops wouldn’t give students this kind of opportunity. In my free time I like to play football with my friends and like to fix broken things
Tyler Koch of North Saint Paul
My name is Tyler and I have one older sister, two younger sisters, and one younger brother. I have worked in the automotive repair industry for the last nine years. I was born in Wynot, Nebraska and recently moved to Minnesota to pursue a career as an automotive technician. My education includes a Bachelors degree in Automotive Repair, Master ASE Certification, MACS Certified, practical lab scope use and setup, DIA Top Ford Drivability, and DIA Top VW/Audi Drivability. I enjoy working for TGK Automotive because it is a great work environment and a very well run business. When I am not working on vehicles at the Maplewood location I enjoy riding motorcycles, dirt bikes, four wheelers, shooting guns, and playing darts.
Mike Borgwardt of Saint Paul
My name is Mike and I am married with two children. I have over 12 years of experience in the automotive industry, and became a Chrysler certified service writer in 2011. I enjoy working at TGK Automotive because of the professionalism and high standards in which they operate. When I am not helping customers here at the Maplewood location I enjoy spending some of my free time golfing.
Robert Thibault of Vadnais Heights
My name is Robert. Currently, I live in Vadnais Heights, MN. I have a dog named Lillie. I completed the automotive program from Century College and currently have 2 ASE Certificates. I have been working in the automotive field for 4 years. I chose to work at TGK because of the friendly people, it was close to my home, and the staff is very knowledgeable and professional. In my free time I enjoy 4 wheeling and camping. I also really enjoy drawing.
Tim Kruse of Hugo
My name is Tim and I currently live in Hugo, MN with my wife Nicole and our two children. I started working in the automotive industry in 1989 as a parts runner. Then I moved on and became a technician from 1990 to 2009. I was then a shop owner from 2002-2009. I enjoy working at TGK because it is family oriented and it is close to my home. I like the automotive business because it is always evolving and keeps me interested. I really like to get to know our customers. In my, free time I enjoy hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, riding ATV’S and traveling.
Charlie Stemig of Lino Lakes
Greg Bailey of Hugo
My name is Greg and I have been a mechanic since 1995. My first mechanic job was at my family’s shop. I also did body work for about 4 years. My education includes attending Century College for Automotive, a lot of on-the-job training courses, AC Certified, and ASE Certified in brakes. I enjoy working at TGK Automotive because I like the people I work with and it is a very honest place to work. When I am not fixing vehicles at the Hugo location I enjoy riding four wheelers, hunting, and fishing.
Doug Weidendorf of North Branch
My name is Doug and I have over 25 years of experience as a technician. I have maintained ASE certifications for over 20 years. I live in rural North Branch with my wife, Kris, of over 12 years, our twin daughters, Kayleigh and Lindsey, who are already 7 years old, and our four Great Danes. When I am not working on vehicles at the Hugo location I enjoy snowmobiling, four wheeling, family time, camping, and building muscle cars and trucks. My wife and I enjoy traveling as we have been to Alaska, Cancun, and Cabo San Lucas.
Joe LeClaire of Little Canada
My name is Joe. and I live in Little Canada, MN with my wife, Trina. Together we have three cats, Buddha, Tiger and Buddy. I have five degrees from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities as well as six years of experience in the automotive industry. I have experience in repairing tires, brakes, exhaust, suspension, and doing alignments. I came to TGK for their great working environment and to learn how to give great customer service. I wanted to work for TGK Automotive for a change of pace and work environment. When I’m not working I like camping, biking, frisbee golf, and being with friends.
Dennis Cheney of Shoreview
My name is Dennis and I am an Automotive Technician at TGK Automotive Crystal Inc. I currently live in Shoreview, MN. I am currently rebuilding a 1964 Ford pickup with Chevrolet parts, and love riding snowmobiles. I came to work at TGK Auto because I like what they represent as an Automotive Repair company, and how they treat their customers.
Scott Narum of Crystal
My name is Scott and I came to work for TGK Automotive because everyone who works for TGK is very professional and honest. I have been a long time customer of TGK Automotive. I have lived in Crystal since 1990, and look forward to serving the people of Crystal, and the surrounding communities. My hobbies include bowling, fishing, and playing pool.
Jeffrey Hughes of Crystal
My name is Jeffrey and I live in Crystal, MN. I come from a big family that I love to spend time with. I have been working at Market Tire Co. since 1995. I chose to stay and work for TGK Automotive to continue to serve the people of Crystal with quality service. In my free time I enjoy golfing and fishing.
John Kroger of St. Michael
My name is John Kroger and I live in St. Michael with my wonderful wife Stephanie and our dog Ingrid. I attended St. Cloud State University and received my B.E.S Degree. I have three years of experience as a Tire Technician at Sam’s Club and have worked at Market Tire since 2014. I like that TGK is expanding and that the people that work here are very driven. In my spare time I like to play video games, frisbee golf and read comic books.
Christopher Harden of Roseville
My name is Christopher and I live in Roseville with my parents, brother and our dog. I graduated from Roseville Area High school and I am currently at St.Paul Technical College for Automotive studies. I have chosen to work at TGK for the experience it will give me to become a great technician. In my free time I enjoy working on cars, snowboarding and fishing.
Jacob Longendyke of St. Paul
My name is Jacob Longendyke and I currently live in St.Paul. I graduated from Como Park High School. My senior year I attended the St. Paul Automotive Program. I worked at St. Paul Public Works and then moved on to Honest 1 Auto Care. I have chosen to work at TGK because of the relaxed environment and the experience and performance they offer. In my free time I enjoy working on my own vehicles, having fun with small engines and going to car shows
ST. PAUL EMPLOYEES
Chris Cusick of Afton
My name is Chris and I live in Afton, MN with my wife Kelly. I also have 2 children and a dog named Tanner. I have over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. I spent 17 years of that running my own automotive shop in St. Paul. The reason I chose TGK Automotive is because of the family atmosphere, the great people, and the team concept. In my free time I enjoy being at our cabin and fishing.
Tim Hagen of Vadnais Heights
My name is Timothy and I currently live in Vadnais Heights, MN with my wife and children. I also have 2 grandsons. I attended trade school and two years at Century College. I have been working in the automotive industry since 1987. I enjoy working at TGK because of the good people and it is a very organized shop to work in. In my free tie I enjoy snowmobiling and playing pool.
David Ahl of North St. Paul
My name is David and I live in North St. Paul with my wonderful wife Arianna and our dog Turk. I am currently enlisted in the Naval Reserves and I am a 2nd class Petty Officer. I studied Automotive and Construction while in the Navy and have been working in the Automotive industry since 2013. I like that TGK is family owned and has a great reputation with the community. In my free time I like to play sports, especially soccer, and play video games.
Ken Seaton of Cottage Grove
My name is Ken, I live in Cottage Grove with my wife Kate. I have 2 children Nick and Alex. I have over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. I have worked as a technician and shop manager both in mechanical and collision. IN my free time I enjoy hunting, fishing and ATV riding.
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Eric Schmittdiel of Hugo
Shop Co-Owner and Manager
My name is Eric and I am the co-owner of TGK Automotive shops in Crystal and St. Anthony. I currently live in Hugo, MN with my beautiful wife Cindy. We have three beautiful children who keep us very active. In my spare time I enjoy hunting, playing soccer and spending time with my family. I have an AAS degree in Automotive Service Technology and I am also an ASE Certified Master Technician. I have been a shop foreman and lead technician in multiple shops in the Twin Cities area. I strongly believe in the processes and work ethic of TGK.
Michael Engel of Brooklyn Center
My name is Michael and I currently live in Brooklyn Center, MN with my wife Amanda. I graduated from St. Paul Technical College with a NAU-AAS Business Administration degree and ASE Masters. I have been working on cars since 1997. I’ve worked at Sears Auto Center, Saturn of St. Paul, Polar Chevrolet, Smith Nielsen, Car X and Dave Steffens Automotive. I like working for TGK because it is a family-oriented company. In my free time I enjoy amateur radio, gardening, computer programming and collecting fountain pens.
Byron Hunkle of Roseville
My name is Byron and I live in Roseville with my girlfriend. We have four children. I started working on cars in 1982 while continuing my education. I then moved on to the corporate world for about 12 years. I then took a management position at an automotive company. I choose to work at TGK because of the owners and their desire to run a business based on customer service and satisfying the customers. In my free time I enjoy family events, sporting events, traveling, playing sports and enjoying holidays with my family.