Russ Mikels is a 1975 graduate of Davis County High School in Bloomfield, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance in 1979. In 1980, he returned to Bloomfield and started selling cars for his father, Earl Mikels, at Mikels Incorporated. He began managing the daily operations in 1990 and became dealer principal in 1994. Russ has been very involved in the Bloomfield community over the years; he is currently a member of the Bloomfield Planning and Zoning Commission, the Bloomfield Library Board, the Davis County Fine Arts Council, and the Optimist Club of Bloomfield.