Meet Our Team

Nate Icaza - Owner/Operator of Nate’s Garage

Nate studied at Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, AZ, in 2007 where he earned his Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Automotive Technology and was awarded the UTI Director’s Honors List. After college Nate worked at Eaton Enterprises where he learned to assemble high-performance professional racing application engines. After working for several independent shops and for General Motors once he moved back to MN, he decided to open his own shop in October of 2015. Nate strives to be a leader in the Automotive Repair Industry and to provide the best customer service with honesty and integrity. Nate loves anything automotive. In his free time he loves spending time with his family/friends, boating, 4 wheeling, and racing.

Andrew Schmitz - Technician

Andrew went to Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, AZ, in 2007 where he studied Associate of Occupational Studies in Automotive & Diesel Technology. Andrew earned the UTI Director’s Honor List & a Certificate of Excellence in Attendance. Andrew was an Audi & Volkswagen Technician for 10 years so we are very excited to have his diverse knowledge and experience with European cars here at Nate’s Garage. Andrew lives in Northfield with his fiancé and two children. He enjoys spending time with his family/friends, shooting, and all that country life has to offer.

Ralph Braun - Technician

Ralph grew up on a small dairy farm in New Trier, MN. At a young age he enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical; bikes, snowmobiles, and eventually found himself working on cars. After 7 years in the restaurant business he found himself back in the automotive industry. He worked at several independent repair shops, including a large farm. Once Nate opened the shop, Ralph decided to join the team and bring his knowledge and 30 years of automotive experience here. Ralph enjoys cooking, spending time with his two daughters, and many other outdoor activities.

Kate Sauer - Office Manager/Service Advisor

Kate grew up in Hastings, MN. After high school, she attended St. Cloud State University for Communication Studies & Child/Family Studies. She has spent most of her life working in child care, which led to her being a Stay-at-Home Mom for 5 years, but knew she was ready to join the workforce again when Kate and her family moved to Hampton in August of 2016. She came to Nate’s Garage for some auto repairs and ended up meeting Nate. Nate asked her to join the team in March and she started in April. Kate's specialty is customer service and she loves working with the customers to make their car care experience at Nate’s Garage as enjoyable and stress free as possible. Kate enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two kids. She also loves hosting get-togethers with family/friends, spending time outdoors and cooking.

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