Get to Know Our Staff: Nate Elder, Shoe Aficionado



Nate Elder, Reconditioning Manager at Runde PreDriven

This is the first of a series featuring staff members from the four Runde Auto Group dealerships.
We hope you enjoy learning more abou
t them!


Some people collect photographs to remember specific moments in their lives.

Nate Elder, reconditioning manager at Runde PreDriven, collects shoes. He has about 25 boxes of unopened shoes in his closet at home right now – some have been there for years.

“Each one has a story and a memory attached to it,” Nate said. “I have a pair that I bought in 2003, that’s one of my older pairs.”

shoesHe recently opened a pair of DC Pure XEs because he had worn out the DC Mikey Moes he had been wearing.

Working in the PreDriven washrack area means his shoes get dirty and wet – so he is very aware of that when choosing shoes.

“I went through the collection probably a half-dozen times to decide what I could wear for work,” he said.

The collection started when he was helping a friend move years ago who had stacks of Sketchers boxes full of shoes.

“He explained that he would buy back-up pairs of shoes so that when he wore them out, he had new ones,” Nate said. “That made a lot of sense to me.”

So Nate now does the same. He typically won’t wear a pair unless he has a back-up pair.

“It makes it easier for me to wear them, knowing I still have a pair that’s perfect,” he said.

Most of his collection is made up of DCs, Adidas, and Vans. He also has a pair of Ferrari Pumas with a story behind them.

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Ferrari Pumas

“I’ve only worn those one time when I went to Las Vegas with my dad,” he said. “I got to drive a Ferrari 9 laps around the track.”

Nate says his friends and family sometimes give him a hard time about his passion for shoes, but he enjoys when he has a pair no one else does anymore.

“One time I had a pair of Dave Mirra Signature shoes and I walked into Reality Check and the guy behind the counter looked over and said ‘Are those Dave Mirras? They look brand new!’ I had just taken them out of the box. It validated this for me.”

When he is buying a pair of shoes, Nate said he is partial to blue, but he just decides based on what stands out to him.

“I could go two years without buying any shoes, or I could buy 1/2 dozen or more in one year,” he said. “It just depends on the styles that came out that year.”

Nate said he doesn’t purchase shoes to save and sell later.

“I plan on wearing them all eventually,” he said. “At this point, I might be 70 putting on a brand new pair of DCs.”

Welcoming Mike Mullahey to Runde PreDriven’s Sales Team

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Mullahey to the sales team at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green!

Mike, who grew up in Dubuque, has lived in the Chicago area for the last 23 years.

“I started at the Auto Auction in 1994 and have been selling cars for the past 20 years,” he says. “I’ve always had a passion for cars and people.”

In his spare time, Mike enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family, especially his two nieces, Makayla and Lily.

His favorite vehicle is the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, which was his family’s first car as a child.

So far he is enjoying his new position and looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde PreDriven.

“It means you treat people how you would like to be treated and try to help them the best that you can,” Mike says. “Buying a vehicle should be simple.”

You can reach Mike at or by calling 866-396-6832.

Jordan Frakes leaves Runde Auto Group with a Nice Car and a Good Deal

Jordan Frakes & his girlfriend Lindsey Rossow visited the Runde PreDriven store in Hazel Green, WI today to pick up Jordan’s new ride.  He was forced to find a replacement for his previous car that was totalled after someone pulled out in from of him.  Jordan and Lindsey are currently students at the University of Iowa and they kindly gave me a few minutes of their time before making the trek back to Iowa City.

What Brought you into Runde’s?    Jordan: I saw the car online at and I liked what I saw so I called you guys up and scheduled a time to drive it and then we talked about the price for awhile.

What car was it?   Jordan: It was a 2006 Pontiac G6

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Jordan's new ride

Pretty nice car there.  You purchased it from Dave Smith, right?  What did you think of Dave?   Jordan: He’s a great guy and he made the deal work for me.

You’re a younger guy, how old are you?   I’m 22.

Do you go to college?  Jordan: Yes, in Iowa City.  I major in health science.

Are you from that area?  Jordan: No I’m from north central Iowa so I’m pretty far away from home.

So what made you come to Runde’s  Jordan: The price and I guess I liked the way it looked online.

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Jordan's new panoramic sunroof

Pretty sharp online … so you liked the pictures and everything.  Yep.

So if you were to rate your experience at Runde’s on a scale of 1-10, what would you give it?   Jordan: I’d say probably a 9 … I mean I had to drive a little bit to get here, but the service was good.  I was in and out pretty quick today.

So you would recommend Runde’s to a friend.  Jordan: I would.  It was great.

What about your salesman, Dave?  How would you rate him?  Jordan: I’d give him a 10 – he worked hard.  He contacted me and he kept in contact throughout the deal.

What do you plan to do with the car?  Jordan: Just using it to go to school and to go to the hospital.  I work in the hospital.

What do you do there?  Jordan: I’m a nursing assistant there.  I’m trying to get more clinical hours in right now.

Do you know what you want to do after college?  Jordan: Something in the professional medical field.  I’m not sure yet.

Are you into any sports?  Jordan: Boxing and I guess I play basketball and I also played football for awhile.  Well, to be completely honest with you I study Muay Thai.  Most people don’t know what that is so I usually just say “boxing”.  I found a guy back at home who’s a trainer for Muay Thai so I train with him for free.  He’s a nice guy.

What do you do around the area in Iowa City?  Jordan:  Work and study right now.  Lindsey:  When you’re a college student, that’s pretty much your life. Jordan:  We get to go out every once in awhile, but we stay around the area usually.

What kind of restaurants do you go to? Lindsey:  We actually eat out a lot.  I mean you’re in Iowa City so what else are you going to do.

Do you have a favorite movie that you’ve seen recently?  Jordan:  I saw The Fighter and that one was pretty good.  I liked it.

Are there any vacation spots that you’d like to travel to after you’re finished with college?  Jordan:  I don’t know.  I haven’t really been out of Iowa to be honest with you.  I really wouldn’t mind seeing the ocean or the mountains sometime.   Lindsey:  His family is always too busy with sports and school and stuff like that.

Do you have any pets?  Jordan:  No.  We can’t have any pets in our apartment right now, but she has a dog, though. Lindsey:  Ya, I have a dog back at home — he’s a mixed breed.  He’s a good dog .. we rescued him.

Cool.  If you were to win the lottery what would you do with the money?   Jordan:  I’d pay of student loans first of all and then I don’t know, I’d try to invest it so I’d have it for later.  I’d definitely still work, though. Lindsey:  Speak for yourself (laughs) … I’m just kidding. Jordan:  I mean I like where I work at the hospital taking care of people and helping them get better so…

Future Vacation Spot???

That’s great.   Well I didn’t want to take up too much of your time.  Was there anything you wanted to add?  Did you have any trouble finding us?

Jordan:  It was a little bit confusing finding your dealership when we drove down here. Lindsey:  I think most of that was because of Jordan’s GPS system.  It was like, “You have arrived.”  And we’re like, “No we haven’t …” (laughs).  And I guess I wasn’t a very good co-pilot either.  Sometimes I get distracted easily.

No harm … no foul.  We’ll thanks for making the trip up here.  We appreciate the business and we hope you enjoy the G6.