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Tyler Van Weelden
General Manager

Tyler started with BMW of Des Moines (then European Motorcars) in 2006 as a salesperson and has had many hats since then.  Later that year, Lithia acquired the dealership and he moved to fixed operations as a Service Advisor, eventually becoming the Service Manager and Fixed Operations Manager many years later.  In 2019 he went back home to the sales department as the General Sales Manager and is now the General Manager.  The culture and people at BMW of Des Moines are second to none, it truly is an enjoyable place to be each day.  Tyler currently drives a BMW M440i, wife Heather drives a BMW 430i coupe, also have a 2001 BMW M Coupe in the garage.

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Jamie Arend
Office Manager


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Waye Terry
General Sales Manager

Waye started with BMW of Des Moines in 2018 as our Pre-Owned Manager and is now our General Sales Manager, he is married with 2 young children.  His favorite BMW is the X7.  Waye enjoys the ability to learn new things every day while also teaching others about the business. 

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Steve Seybert
Sales Manager

Steve started in the Auto industry over 16 years ago,  joining BMW of Des Moines in 2020. His favorite thing about BMW of Des Moines is the opportunity to be helpful & the personal relationships made.  Steve currently drives the 530xi.  Steve and  wife Melissa have two daughters, Emma & Luci.  When not at work, he enjoys spending time with family, friends and golfing.

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Greg Pingel
Finance Manager

Greg has been in the business since 2016 and started with BMW of Des Moines in 2019.  Greg currently drives a BMW X3, wife Maria driving a X7 and daughter Riley driving a BMW i8 Kid's Ride.  Greg and family enjoy the sporty yet luxurious ride and many other great features of the BMW line-up at BMW of Des Moines, as well as the free soda.

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Kiera Harris
F&I Manager

Kiera has been with BMW of Des Moines 2017, first as a Service advisor and then as the Service Manager, she was recently promoted to Finance Manager. Kiera currently drives a 2019 Portimao Blue Metallic 330xi with the M Sport Package and loves warming up with the Remote Start and Heated Steering Wheel in the cold winter months. When she's not at work you can find her cheering on a local sports team, playing co-ed softball or volleyball, enjoying the local social scene or relaxing at home with her boyfriend Brad and their 10-year-old Husky, Skyler.

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Jared Maxey
Service Manager

Jared started in the industry in 2011 and started with BMW of Des Moines in 2014. Jared loves road trips and spending time outside with his wife, daughter and Australian Shepherd.

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Jamie Carlson
Parts Manager


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Alex Whitten
Office Admin


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Alison Bell
Office Administrator

Alison started at BMW of Des Moines in 2000, part-time while still in high school.  Alison has had 7 different BMWs currently driving a 2011 328i and 2006 M3 Competition Package.  Her favorite thing about BMW is the joy you get from driving them.  Alison and husband Chris are members of the Iowa Chapter BMW Car Club of America and Des Moines Valley Region Sports Car Club of America and compete in autocross and do HPDEs/track days in our BMWs.  Alison volunteers locally with both organizations to teach teen drivers car control skills through the Tire Rack Street Survival program and also serves on the board of the Iowa Chapter BMWCCA and the Ladies Program Committee for the national BMW CCA. 

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Brittany Adams
BDC Admin

Brittany started with BMW of Des Moines in December of 2020 as the BDC Manager. Prior to starting her career with BMW of Des Moines she spent most of her career working as a chef and in customer service. She recently started driving a 2021 BMW X3, which says she loves and is now loyal to the BMW brand. Originally being from the West coast Brittany prefers to spend her spare time with her toes in the sand! Brittany is married to Kevin who is a native Iowan, they have 2 fur babies. Lilly and Emme are rescues from local animal rescue organizations that Brittany volunteers for. The family likes to spend time outside doing things like hiking, sand volleyball, camping, relaxing in an inflatable pool or the ocean and of course eating tacos!

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Calvin Conley
Client Advisor


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Carson Thomas
Client Advisor

Carson started with BMW of Des Moines in 2019 as a client advisor.  He's reminded every day why he loves these cars the as soon as he gets in his 5 series, whether it be the tech, the driving, or just the ease of use there really isn't anything like a BMW.  Carson's favorite thing about working at BMW of Des Moines is the various clients and the team, you can probably hear his laugh from Casey's.  In his free time he enjoys cooking and smoking meats.  When not in the kitchen he's most likely getting walked by his German Shepherds. Carson will go on and on about favorite foods, but nothing beats a good ol' fashioned sloppy joe.

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Gere Simmons
Receptionist

Gere has been in the business since May 2012, then started with BMW of Des Moines in 2015. Gere is a constant fixture at the BWM Reception desk, bridging communications between staff and our customers. As president of Toastmaster's International for 3 years, Gere knows the value of clear, positive communication and the power of listening. Gere says, "my favorite thing about working at BMW is saying hello and good-bye to customers, you never know how much this means, until that communication is missing". On the weekends Gere and her husband, barbecue, visit family, and are busy raising their new Mastiff puppy.

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Ira Booker
Client Advisor
(888) 629-5061


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Jeff Godwin
Client Advisor

Jeff started at BMW of Des Moines in 2021 but has been in the business selling since 2005.  He lives in Panora and loves the drive in every day.  Jeff enjoys BMW of Des Moines because it is the greatest team effort he's ever been a part of, not only is it a great place to work, but also a fabulous place to purchase your next car.  Hope to see you ALL out here soon!!

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Manny Gonzalez
Service Advisor

Manny started with BMW of Des Moines in 2019. He originally started in the automotive business back in 2011 but have also had experience in the financial industry. Manny attended Des Moines area community College and University of Iowa. Manny enjoys the interactions with fellow car enthusiasts at BMW. The work culture at BMW is a family-like atmosphere. Manny's hobbies include watching movies and playing basketball. His favorite food is an El Salvodrian dish called pupusas

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Roger Crook
Client Advisor

Roger started in the auto industry in 2004, here in Des Moines.  Roger has been married for 30 years with 2 children 28 (girl) and 25 (boy) years old.  The golf course is his happy place, if not with family or at work he can be found playing golf somewhere.  Roger volunteered for Active Duty Army at 29 years of age.  BMW of Des Moines is truly a family and welcomes each new customer into this family, with open arms.  The team here at BMW of Des Moines has the passion to do what is right for the customer.  Roger says this is why he loves working here, the culture is unequaled.

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Scott Symonds
Warranty Administrator


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Skylar Breese
Service Advisor

Skylar has worked for BMW of Des Moines for 6 years, having worn many hats over the years he is currently a key member of our service department and enjoys working with great people.  Skylar also enjoys BMW's amazing product and all the customers he has met along the way.  Skylar and wife Marissa have been happily married for 3 and 1/2 years and get the honor of leading worship at our Church together. Skylar's hobbies are traveling, playing the drums, working out and trying new foods.

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Susie Baldwin
Client Advisor

We welcome Susie Baldwin as our newest addition to the BMW family.  After an extended period of time living in Las Vegas and Hawaii Susie has returned home to Iowa with her two children.  Her favorite aspect about BMW is the luxury that is synonymous with the brand.  BMW is leading the industry with innovative technology and the latest safety features available .  Her favorite thing about working at BMW is the amazing people she gets to meet and serve everyday, helping guide every guest to love their journey into the ultimate driving machine community.  In her spare time she enjoys introducing her daughters to the great city of Des Moines and enjoying the outdoors.

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Tony Kapsch
Client Advisor
(888) 629-5061

Tony has been with BMW for 20 years, he loves taking care of customers and matching people to the perfect BMW.

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Tyler Vonnahme
Client Advisor

Tyler grew up in Carroll, IA.  Acquired his Associates of Marketing from DMACC in Ankeny.  Tyler in the furniture industry at Slumberland for just over five years. Cars and especially German cars have always been something Tyler loves.  Getting to talk about to clients about cars everyday is a dream come true.  If he's not nerding out on cars then there's a good chance he's at home grilling or smoking up something scrumptious.  

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Jerzie Carlson
Parts Advisor

Jerzie is one of our newest members of the BMW of Des Moines family.  Her hobbies include playing sand volleyball in the summer, hanging out with family, riding Harleys with family and friends and eating pasta.

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Trevor Colletti
Office Admin

Trevor started in the car business at BMW of Des Moines in 2020.  His favorite part of getting to work with the ultimate driving machine is the innovation year over year in safety, appearance and performance.  Besides the products and services that we offer, the best part of the job is easily the people and environment that all employees help to contribute to by having fun with what they do.  Outside of the dealership, you can oftentimes find Trevor exploring new parks with his dog or just enjoying whatever activities Iowa's weather will permit.  Thanks for checking out BMW of Des Moines!

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Joel Christensen
Service Advisor

Joel began his career in the car business in 2014 detailing cars for BMW of Des Moines and Mercedes Benz of Des Moines. He has worked for Lithia for over 6 years and recently returned to BMW as a Service Advisor in January of 2021. He loves the camaraderie between his coworkers and their commitment to helping each other succeed. He and his wife Bethany Got married in 2019 and enjoy hiking, camping, and kayaking. 

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Dominic Bazzocco
Parts Advisor

DJ started at BMW of Des Moines in our parts department in 2020 and has been in the business since 2013.  DJ currently drives a BMW X3 and enjoys eating tacos.

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