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.

ferrari driving shoe

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 Brian Oswald to Runde Auto Group in Platteville


Please join us in welcoming Brian Oswald to the sales team at Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville!

Brian moved to Platteville from Cuba City a year ago. He previously worked in the mortgage industry.

“I have always wanted to sell cars and trucks,” he said. “You get to meet a lot of people and I have always heard Runde’s has a great reputation.”

He is excited to sell from Runde Auto Group’s inventory of more than 1,650 vehicles.

“I have always tried to make sure the customer has a positive experience and I pride myself on delivering great customer service, which means helping people meet their needs in a way that is efficient, pleasant, and informative,” he said.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys coaching basketball, playing tennis, watching all sports, traveling and reading.

His favorite vehicles are the GMC Yukon Denali for long trips, and the Chevrolet Cruze for getting around town.

“I like the Yukon because of its room, the smooth ride, and its safety features,” he said. “And I like the Cruze because of its athletic look.”

Brian can be reached by calling 866-576-0797 or by emailing

Meet Service Writer and Stock Car Racer Wes Digman!


Wes is relatively new to Runde’s but has been a great addition to the team. We decided to get the inside scoop on him and his interests through an interview!

Are you originally from the Dubuque area?
I am from Cuba City, Wisconsin. I was just looking for a different job opportunity. I got a better opportunity here than where I was working.

How long have you worked for Runde Chevrolet and what do you do here over the course of a normal day?
Over the course of a normal day, I schedule work and order parts for mechanics. I also schedule appointments for customers and deal with extended warranty companies and try to sell service, obviously, being a service writer. I basically just try to keep the customer happy and coming back.

What’s the best part about your job?
Helping people is the best part about my job and that’s what makes it worth it.

Considering the awesome Chevrolet new vehicle line-up, which vehicle are you most excited about right now?
I really like the new 2014 Impalas. The interior design and layout of them is pretty slick compared to the older ones. The previous Impalas were just plain, nothing really exciting about them. But the inside and outside of the new ones are pretty impressive.

Do you have a favorite spot in the Tri-State area?
I’m a racecar driver, so I like to go to the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. It’s a good time over there.

If you could only drive one vehicle for the rest of your days, which one would you chose and why?
A new Corvette wouldn’t be too bad.  It’s a nice-looking, fast car.

Would you describe yourself as the life of the party, a casual mingler, or a wallflower?
I wouldn’t quite say life of the party, so I guess I’d have to say a casual mingler.

Do you have family in the area?
I have my sister, mom and dad, and there are a lot of Digmans in the area—I’m related to probably half of them. My dad is a maintenance manager for the Diamond Jo Casino, my sister attends UWP-Platteville, and my mom works for Dubuque Bank & Trust.

Do you have any hobbies that you do regularly?
I race a stock car every weekend. I race in Dubuque, Farley, and Darlington.

What is your favorite movie of all time?
Days of Thunder is definitely my favorite.

How many times have you watched it?
Too many.

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
That’s My Boy by Adam Sandler. His voice throughout the whole movie is just a really weird one. And there is really no plot throughout the movie.

What is currently in the CD player of your vehicle?
Theory of a Deadman is currently in my CD player—their first CD. They’re not my favorite band, but that’s just the one in there right now. Shinedown is my favorite band.

If you had one month left to live, what would you spend it doing?
I would spend that time traveling wherever I could get in that month. I would definitely have to go to Eldora Speedway.

What’s the furthest place you’ve ever traveled to and what did you do there?
I went on a family vacation to Florida. We went to the Daytona racetrack, the beach, and Disneyland.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever witnessed?
The weirdest thing I’ve ever witnessed happened to a guy in downtown Dubuque by Wendy’s. He took off by the stop light and his belt came unhooked. He didn’t even know it and just left it there.

If you had a time machine and it worked, what date in time would you go back to first and why?
I would probably back to my senior year in high school. I would probably put forth quite a bit more effort than I ever did.

Rolling Stones, My Chemical Romance, Foo Fighters, or good old Zeppelin?
Rolling Stones.

Mexican food, Chinese buffet, Burger King, or pizza?

Cherry Berry or YoSoSweet?
I really like Cherry Berry. I like to get chocolate, chocolate, and a lot more chocolate.

Home on the range, or bright light, big city?
Home on the range.

Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo news, or the daily newspaper?

If you could have one famous person as a teacher/mentor for a year, who would you chose and why?
Tony Stewart. He’s a Nascar driver. He came from pretty much nothing and he grew up a dirt car driver. I went and watched him race in Milwaukee and he had an interview over the intercom. He said he races Nascar for money and dirt because it’s more fun.

What is your most prized possession in life?
I would say my racecar because my whole family is intertwined in it and it’s kind of a family ran operation.

If your life story was turned into an ABC movie of the week, what would it be called?
Young, Wild, Free, and Poor.

What’s the furthest you can throw a softball?
50 yards, maybe.

That’s all the questions I had for you, Wes. We are proud to have you as part of the Runde’s Family!  FYI:  We tried to put him to the test with the softball throw, but we kept forgetting to bring the softball to work … oh well, we’ll have to take his word for it on the 50 yards.