Shawn Kline was born in Minneapolis, MN, and raised in Burnsville, MN. He graduated from Burnsville Senior High School in 2003, where he first started learning about the automotive industry. While in high school, Shawn began working at a local Ford dealership, learning much of the basics about cars and light trucks. He went on to work at a local Goodyear with his brother, where he met Jeremy Austrum. Jeremy soon became Shawn’s mentor, and someone to look up to as he started his career.
After graduating from high school, Shawn attended Dakota County Technical College, where he took the two year automotive program. At DCTC, he was chosen to compete in the Minnesota Automotive Skills competition. Shawn placed fourth in the state out of over 100 participants.
Shawn continued working at Goodyear for a few years, and then decided to join the Army. He served in the Army Infantry, and after he was honorably discharged, he returned back to Goodyear. He took his ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) tests to become Master Certified in all eight categories, and also earned his advanced level certificate. To this day, Shawn continues ongoing training to stay on top of the latest in automotive technology.
Shawn worked at Goodyear for eight years before he and Jeremy opened Next Generation Auto in Baldwin. He and his wife, Daphne, along with their two daughters and two Australian Shepherds, live in Baldwin, and love being part of the community. Shawn is even part of the Baldwin Fire Department.