Our Crew

Josh Kildahl
Owner / Service Advisor

Josh grew up on a small dairy farm in Antigo, WI learning how to maintain and repair farm machinery with his grandfather. Raised by a single parent with 2 younger sisters, he has learned the value of honest and high quality service. He takes pride in a job well done and looks forward to the next challenge. He believes there is nothing that Auto Elite can’t fix.

When he is not at the shop he enjoys spending time with his children: Lydia, Faith, Maria, Annika, Natalie and Joshua. Yes, you read that right: 5 daughters! The girls have brought many new and interesting activities to his life. Joshua is a little outnumbered, but seems to be holding his own. He also enjoys building custom cars and trucks, including a 1968 Chevy Chevelle and 1957 Chevy Short Bed Truck.

Jessica Kildahl
Co-owner / Customer Hospitality

Jessica grew up in a family restaurant business, and started waiting tables at the young age of 10. She has an amazing work ethic, and a smile that will brighten any room. She has a great love for her family. She may not be on the forefront of automotive repair knowledge, but does understand the importance of customer care. Because of her, the shop and waiting area are clean, organized, and inviting.

When she is not taking care of the bookkeeping, or transporting children to activities, she likes to enjoy a glass of good wine and take long walk with Josh on a warm summer night. She has a love for family and enjoys doing craft projects and playing board games with them. She also loves watching them succeed in their sporting events.

As a classic car enthusiast, she is the proud owner of both a 1963 Cadillac Deville Convertible and 1997 Pontiac Trans-am; at one point, she had the upper hand in the classic car collection in the household.

Tom Engelhardt Jr.
ASE Technician

Tom moved to Stevens Point in 1989 from the Milwaukee area. He grew up working at a small dairy farm in the Junction City area, fixing equipment and vehicles for the area farms and family friends. He studied automotive repair in high school, then earned his degree in heavy equipment and diesel repair. Tom holds multiple ASE certifications in automotive repair and plans to become master certified in the near future. He also believes in fixing the root of the problem, and making sure the vehicle is in the best operating condition before it leaves the shop.

When he is not working on customers’ vehicles, Tom enjoys taking his 2 daughters hunting and fishing. He also likes to shoot trap with his dad. He is an excellent marksman and enjoys a hobby gun smithing. Tom employs his creative side by building custom furniture for his family.

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