Our Team


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Brandon Tjaden (above left)

Owner / Technician

Brandon has loved cars all his life. After working in the quick lube industry he quickly learned that wasn't the right place for his passion. He wanted to provide quality genuine service and build relationships with customers. That's when he decided to open a shop of his own, Tjaden Automotive.

Brandon is a Des Moines native. He and his family live in Norwalk, IA. In his spare time Brandon enjoys working on personal automotive projects and his son's racing cart .


James Tarter (above right)

Technician / Smart Start Tech

James started working on cars when he was 12. He helped family, friends and anyone he knew with their vehicle. James spent time honing his skills at Noble Ford and Tuffy Automotive Centers before taking on the position at Tjaden Automotive.

James is a Des Moines native and currently lives just a few blocks from the shop. When he's not at work you will find him wrenching on personal projects and his figure 8 race car.


Stacie Tjaden

Front Office

Stacie joined the team in 2018 by taking over ther front desk area. She handles billing, bookeeping and most importantly customer service. Stacie is married to owner Brandon.


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