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Careers at Apple Autos

“We have nothing of higher value than our people.”

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Building a Legacy

Apple Autos is not a typical dealership because it was built on the beliefs that people always come before profit. As a result, our best-price policy, mission, brand promises, and values were implemented. It is apparent that people come first at Apple Autos, and that goes for both employees’ and customers. Across the walls at all five of our locations are quotes by Leonard Rydell, founder of the Rydell group and major asset to the beginning of Apple Autos. Some of our favorite “Leonardism’s” are…

  • “Never take advantage of a customer, even if you can.”
  • “Don’t worry about the money, take care of the customers and the volume and money will be there.”
  • “Put yourself in a position to take care of as many people as possible.”
  • “Seek excellence, and the rest will follow.”
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Community Partnership

Jana’s Fund
Apple Autos Jana’s Fund Provides grants to organizations that support childhood health, wellness, and education.

Scholarship Fund
Apple Autos gives over $50,000 a year in college scholarships to students attending high schools in our community.

Local Organizations
We are dedicated to providing funding and in-kind donations to worthwhile organizations within our communities.

Apple Autos is a longtime supporter of the national conservation organization, Pheasants Forever.

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Our History

In 1993, the worst performing Ford store in the Twin Cities was purchased with the intent to build one of the largest dealerships in the Midwest. Just 8 months later, Apple Autos’ doors opened and the number of employees soon tripled. Over the next 25 years, the company would grow into becoming a 5-location, 8-brand automotive dealership with 2 collision and glass repair shops.

On a mission to do things differently from any other automotive company, we focused our efforts on providing unmatched quality automotive products and service by implementing the Best Price Philosophy. By putting our best foot forward every day, we would always aim to exceed our customers’ and employees’ expectations, maintaining their loyalty for a lifetime.

Apple Autos’ Vision & Mission

Our Vision & Mission

Apple Autos’ Vision
To be famous for extraordinary customer experiences with people who are empowered to create growth and loyalty for a lifetime.

Apple Autos’ Mission
Industry Leader: Our goal is to be an industry leader in providing unmatched quality automotive products and services.

Meeting Needs: We will constantly strive to meet the changing needs of our customers. Our aim is to provide an atmosphere that encourages employee teamwork, integrity and excellence.

Constant Growth: Together we will set and continually improve sales, service and operational standards to ensure long-term market leadership and profitability.

Exceed Expectations: It is our mission to exceed our customers’ and employees’ expectations and maintain their loyalty for a lifetime.

Apple Autos’ Philosophy

Apple Autos Values

We believe these basic values bring sucess to our business and the personal lives of our employees.

Apple DNA

At Apple Autos...

We hold ourselves Accountable

& put People first

With a Personal dedication to Excellence.

We Love to Give Back to Our Community

Empower our Customers and Co-Workers

to Do the Right Thing.

We Never stop growing.

Together, we Achieve success.

Apple Autos’ Values

Honesty and Integrity

Honesty and Integrity

We believe that all decisions are to be made with integrity. Leadership is setting good examples for others to follow, expecting as much from yourself as from others.

Individual Responsibility and Accountability

Individual Responsibility and Accountability

We believe that we are responsible to satisfy the needs of our customers for all our products and services. Individual accountability for our own performance and for the quality of our products will demonstrate to our customers that we are enthusiastic about them and really care.

Unconditional Dedication to Excellence

Unconditional Dedication to Excellence

We believe that there is no place for mediocrity and halfhearted efforts. We accept personal responsibility for overcoming obstacles and being the very best. We actively choose to excel in every aspect of our personal and professional lives.

Cooperation & Communication

Cooperation & Communication

Close mutual support of one another is a fundamental tenet of ours. We value open communication and encourage new ideas, realizing that teamwork produces a better employee work environment and enthusiastic customers and suppliers.

Our People

Our People

We have nothing of greater value than our people. We respect the uniqueness of every individual and believe that such an attitude will build a team of confident, creative members possessing a high degree of initiative, self-respect and self-discipline.

Ongoing Improvement

Ongoing Improvement

We believe in not accepting the status quo, in constant improvement, and in the value of ongoing education in any form. We believe in providing opportunity for personal, professional and organizational growth within our Company.

Being Good Community Citizens

Being Good Community Citizens

We give willingly to and are actively involved in the support of our communities, because they provide us our success.

How We Care For Our Team

Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance

Life & Disability, Critical Illness & Accident Insurance

Paid Paternal & Maternity Leave

401K Plan

Vacation, Sick & Holiday Paid Time Off

Paid Volunteer Opportunities

Employee Discounts on Products & Services

Employee Appreciation Events

Employee Spotlight

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Eric Ackerman

Service Advisor

“Working with a winning team, comprised of people who truly care about our customers.”

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Mike Groves

Marketing Director

“Apple Autos is a great place to work. The culture focuses on internal career growth for employees, teamwork and accountability. Many close friendships have developed through the years. It is exciting to be part of a winning team!”

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Shawn McCormick

Chief Operations Officer

Shawn McCormick started with Apple Autos in 1994 as a sales consultant. He worked his way into management and was head of several different departments until he was promoted to Chief Operations Officer of Apple Autos in 2012.

Ryan Huffman

General Manager

In more recent years, Ryan Huffman joined Apple Autos in 2002 as a salesman. He too worked his way through management in several departments and locations until he became the general manager of Apple Ford Shakopee in July of 2017.