Home » Staff

This is our friendly staff at Grinnell Firestone

Bert & Jerry Van Sant

Bert and Jerry started Grinnell Firestone in 1971 and have since retired but are still a part of the Grinnell Firestone Team. Jerry was our medium truck and agriculture specialist and ran the farm service truck. Bert – worked in Accounts Receivable, advertising and filled in wherever needed.

Mike & Lisa Van Sant

Owner - Technician
Mike began sweeping the floor at age 14 and his career in 1990. In 2002 Lisa and Mike purchased the business from Bert & Jerry. Mike works in the shop as a technician but always available for any customer needs. Lisa is in charge of Accounts Receivable and Payable, Advertising, Payroll, all our computer needs at the store, and any other office work needed. Lisa has worked in the family business since 1991.

Todd Reitzler

Service Advisor
Todd will handle service needs from start to completion as well as light truck and car tire sales.

Gene Nicklas (Nick)

Drivability Specialist
When your car isn’t running to its potential or that pesky check engine light is on, Gene can get to the bottom of it. Gene has been with the Grinnell Firestone Team since 1997 and has been in this field for over 17 years.

Doug Byers

Service Technician
Doug Byers is a lifelong resident of Grinnell. He spent 10 years active duty in the military. He always has passion for anything motorized. Doug began at Grinnell Firestone in September of 2015 and will handle all of your preventive maintenance needs as well as tire service.

Jeff Kolars

Front End, Suspension, and Alignment Technician
Jeff has 30 years experience in the automotive repair industry, Jeff specializes in front end and suspension repairs at Grinnell Firestone. His expertise extends to brakes, HVAC, drive-ability and most all things related to automobiles and light trucks.
Get Connected
Hours of Operation
M-F7:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter. All Season Tire that is Built to Last. Request a quote.

A/T Revo 2. All Season Tire that delivers a comfortable ride. Request a quote.

Search by Vehicle
or search tires by size...


Top Brands
Top Services

RideForTheCauseCircle Logo.png