Briggs Dealership Awards & Employee Awards and Certifications

Briggs Awards

At Briggs Auto, we strive to provide the best car-buying experience for every customer that steps foot onto any of our lots. This isn’t a new idea for us at Briggs Auto, this is one of the principles that we are built around. We take great pride in being able to meet our customer’s automotive needs and that couldn’t be more apparent with our proven track record and strong ties to the heart of Kansas.

All of this wouldn’t be possible without the hard-working individuals that work here at Briggs Auto. We hold our employees to a high-standard here and it’s reflected in our customer retention rate and strong local relationships and roots. We push our employees to stay up to date with the latest technologies and certifications as we continue to tap into new areas of automotive sales.

Dealership Awards


The Mecury

Briggs Auto Group Voted Best Auto Dealership in Manhattan, KS
Briggs Auto Group has been voted Manhattan’s Best Auto Dealership in the 2013 Readers Choice Awards in Manhattan’s The Mercury. The team at Briggs Auto Group couldn’t be prouder of this award according to a Briggs employee. Briggs Auto Group is known across Northeast Kansas as one of the leading auto dealers and for the Briggs Advantage, a commitment to 100% customer satisfaction. For buyers in Manhattan, Lawrence and Topeka Briggs offers the selection and service they’re looking for.

Briggs Auto Group is home to branded rooftops form Buick, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Nissan and Subaru as well as offering a large selection of used vehicles, including motorcycles, and buyers experience the Briggs Advantage at all Briggs Dealership in Kansas. Briggs dealers across Northeast Kansas also offer complete automotive service with state-of-the-art facilities and professionally trained and certified technicians who care for the vehicles they service like they were their own. When accidents happen Briggs Auto Body Shops in Manhattan and Lawrence offer exceptional auto body repair service, ensuring every vehicle is restored to its former condition or better, as they see it, “You’re driving home our reputation.”

Kansas Best 150

Briggs Auto Group
Briggs Auto was named the Best Auto Dealership( s ) in Kansas courtesy of the Kansas Best 150. The Kansas Best 150 recently determined the best of everything in Kansas as they look to both inform and promote the state of Kansas to the rest of the United States.

This year, 2012, marks the 150th Anniversary of Kansas being entered into the Union. To help celebrate that, the Kansas Best 150 was developed to recognize everything great about the State of Kansas. The Kansas Best 150 wants to help promote and inform the people of Kansas, and the rest of the United States, as to why Kansas is such a great place to live. Whether it be the great people that live here, our everyday culture, rich cuisine or just our everyday life we have a lot to offer in more than one aspect.

Nissan Owner First

Briggs Nissan Manhattan
We're proud to announce that we were awarded the Nissan Owners First Award of Excellence for 2012. Only two Nissan dealerships in the State of Kansas were awarded this award and we are proud to say we are one of them.

The Nissan Owner First Award of Excellence honors based on their calendar year 2011 performance. The 2012 Program was developed to acknowledge and reward Nissan team members and dealerships who consistently deliver outstanding performance in sales, customer satisfaction, and owner loyalty.

The score for the dealership, which determined whether or not the award was given, is based on Nissan’s Owner First survey. This survey is sent out to customers after their purchase of a new Nissan or after they have been in service on their current Nissan.

We would like to thank you for filling out the Surveys that are sent out by Nissan and returning them with positive feedback. Thank you for shopping Briggs Nissan Manhattan in Kansas where 100% customer satisfaction is a guarantee and for making us the place to go for new Nissans, used vehicles, parts and service.

KDEP Certified Dealer

K-DEP(Kia Dealer Excellence Program)
Briggs Auto is also a proud member of the Kia Dealer Excellence Program(K-DEP). K-DEP recognizes Kia dealerships that go above and beyond with respect to both, achievement and initiative.

It’s not always about numbers and sales – efforts in setting the bar high in terms of competency, performance and customer satisfaction mean a lot to the Korean car company, Kia. The Kia Dealer Excellence Program, or K-DEP, is a series of Kia dealer-focused activities similar in concept to Ford’s Five-Star Awards, which recognizes dealer achievement and initiative. The selection of awardees is based on the relative efforts exerted by Kia dealers to improve its assessment points.

Employee Awards


Jim Bumgarner
Kia Certified Master Dual Technician

Jim has been in the automotive industry since 1981, he has experience in regards to Dodge, AMC/Jeep, GM, Ford, Mazda, along with the last 9 years with Kia here at Briggs! He has been a member of the Topeka ¼ Midget Club since 1992. Jim owns and maintains a ¼ Midget that his grandson, Trenton, whom is 8 drives for him! If you attend dirt track races at Heartland Park there is a chance you may catch a glimpse of Jim, although you will have to look past the stands and take a stroll through the pits!
Certifications include Kia Professional Elite Technician, Kia Professional Elite Technician, and Kia Master Elite Technician since 2009!

Rich Wentzel
Kia Professional Elite Technician

Rich has been in the automotive industry since 1991 and has experience in regards to Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles. Rich has worked for Briggs alongside Kia for the last 3 years and is Kia Maintenance Elite Certified and is a Kia Professional Elite certified technician. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters mostly outdoors, hunting, camping, fishing, and boating to name a few activities. Rich also enjoys working on collectible cars when the opportunity presents itself!

Luke Cunningham
Kia Apprentice Technician

Luke has been with Briggs Kia for the last 5 years. He is ASE (Institute of Automotive Service Excellence) in regards to Engine Repair, Suspension & Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems since 2011. Luke began training primarily with Kia in 2012 and has demonstrated excellent knowledge of the product and in his ability to take care of his customers vehicles. Luke is Kia Maintenance Elite certified and has completed the Kia Engine Mechanical Diagnosis Course in Allentown, Pennsylvania with flying colors. In his free time, Luke enjoys riding motorcycles.

Vicki Filbert
Kia Master Elite Service Consultant

Vicki has been with Briggs Kia for 7 years. She has obtained several certifications including Kia Senior Elite Consultant in 2010, completed the Foundations of Service Excellence Workshop with ease in 2011, and is currently a Kia Master Elite Consultant, meaning she provides the highest level of care in regards to her customers and their vehicles! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her 3 children, attending dirt track races at Briggs Auto Speedway (Heartland Park), and paddle boating!

John Malone
Kia Master Elite Platinum Level Parts Manager

I have been upgraded to Kia Elite Platinum Level. Personally I am no Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Also an ASE Certified Parts Manager.

Brandon Hough
Nissan Lawrence Service Advisor

Brandon has been with Briggs for 3 years. He has experience in regards to Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep & GM vehicles and has been in the automotive repair industry for 10 years. Brandon is Kia Master Elite Certified, completed the Kia Quality Repair Workshop, and is MPI Edge Certified. In his free time he enjoys working on his own cars and bikes, spending time with his 7 year old daughter, and grilling with family and friends! Brandon is also our Nissan Lawrence Service Advisor

Eric Roste
Parts Manager

Nissan Parts Manager Certified 2007-2012. Nissan Service Manager Certified 2010-2012. Nissan Warranty Administrator Certified 2010-2012.

Jason Woolington
Service Manager

Kia Service Manager

Jenny Elliott
Service Advisor

Has been with Briggs since 2013 and is currently working on certification for 2014

Joe Troester
ExpressLane Advisor

Has been with Briggs since 2013 and is currently working on certification for 2014

Ricky Flaherty
ExpressLane specialist

ExpressLane specialist

Paul Greer
Chrysler Master Level Tech

ASE certified and a Chrysler Master tech with over 20 Years of Chrysler experience. With Briggs since 2012

Chad Boyd
Parts Advisor - Nissan Lawrence


Justin Coffman
Specialist Level Tech

Level 3 Chrysler certification obtained in 2011 and is in the process of working towards completing his level 4 courses to finish up his Master technician program for 2012. 2 ½ years of experience with Chrysler Justin enjoys spending time at the shooting range, listening to music, and traveling.

Tyler Crotinger
Specialist Level Tech

Level 3 Chrysler certification obtained in 2011 and is in the process of working towards completing his level 4 courses to finish up his Master technician program for 2012 Earned his associate degree is Diesel Management Systems in 2010. 2 Years of Dealership experience here at Briggs Dodge Tyler enjoys riding his 4 wheeler in the sand dunes, boating, and spending time with his 4 year old nephew

Ron Tichenor
Lube Tech/Tire Specialist

Certified Maintenance Specialist through Chrysler Learning Center 3 years of experience Ron enjoys fishing and has spent the last 6 years making photography his main hobby.

Randy Romstedt

ASE certified, Chrysler Master Transmission tech for 29 years, has been with Briggs since 2010

James Traul

ASE Certified, GM Certified from 92-09, Mazda Senior Tech 09-11, Chrysler Specialist Level Tech, has been with Briggs since 2011

Josh Fox

ASE Master Tech, Chrysler Master tech since 2002, has been with Briggs since 20111

Brian Becker

ASE Certified, Chrysler Specialist Level tech, has been with Briggs since 2011

Duncan Smith

Working towards master certification

Brandon Cromwell

Maintenance tech apprentice

Keaton Diedel

Certified since 2012

Justin Ahrens

Service Manager Chrysler Certified since 2003, has been with Briggs since 2010

Steve Shawgo
Parts Manager


Ed Allen
Parts Consultant


Matt Gilbert
Parts Consultant


Cameron Dawson
Parts Consultant


Joey Ruder
Service Director

11 out of his 15 years of automotive experience has been with the Briggs organization starting in Manhattan at the GM store as a Service Consultant. ASE Certified 2003-current Received GM “Mark of Excellence” certification from 2001-2007 Isuzu Elite Certified Service Advisor 2001-2007 Obtained Chrysler Academy Certification in Service Management (2007-2012) Joey enjoys being outside during his free time and golfing as well as grilling on the weekends.

Brian Parre
Service Advisor

Dedicated Business Link Advisor Brian has been with Briggs for a total of 9 years starting his career here with us in the body shop. Brian has met all criteria to reach Chrysler Certification for the past 7 years. Brian spends his free time boating, skiing, camping, biking, golfing, and traveling out of the country.

Blake Cromwell
Service Advisor

For the past 5 years Blake has reached Certification status and met all criteria to become Chrysler Academy Certified. Blake enjoys going to the shooting range, being active, dirt track racing events, and watching movies at home.

Kyle Schlodder
Master Certified Chrysler Tech

Kyle has spent the last 20 years honing his skills and reaching the most sought after level of Certification through the Chrysler Academy. ASE Certified for 10 years including L-1 Sprinter Certified since 2005 Hybrid Specialist since 2009 Diesel systems Master Certified Kyle enjoys spending his free time at the family farm, grilling, spending time with his wife and children, and working on antique tractors.

Joe Brucken
Master Certified Chrysler Tech

For the last 5 years Joe has had Master Technician status with an emphasis on advanced electrical systems. ASE Certified since 2005 Joe uses his free time to farm, raise livestock, travel with his family, do carpentry work, and woodworking.

Eric Jones
Specialist Level Tech

Master alignment and suspension level certification Master ABS and braking systems certification ASE Certified for 15 years 22 years of experience in the automotive industry. When Eric isn’t working you can find him flying model planes, boating, or spending time with his kids at a waterpark.