Meet The Team
Jim ErnstPresident and Team Leader
Advantage Coating was founded in 1993 by Jim Ernst who has over 45 years experience in the floor coating and polishing business. Jim's most important goal is customer satisfaction and building long term relationships with clients while providing a positive and stable standard of life for his employees.
Cindy ErnstVice President
Cindy oversees daily business operations and helps plan and implement business strategies. She also assists sales representatives on bid solicitations.
Ryan ErnstOperations Manager
Ryan is the Operations Manager with Advantage Coating where he oversees the entire operations department. He has been with Advantage Coating since 2002 and has held many positions including Sales, and Job Superintendent.
Ryan graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (emphasis in Construction Management and minor in Business Administration). Ryan and his wife Lindsey live in Delano, MN with their daughter (Madeline) and dog (Jase) enjoy spending time at the lake, camping, hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.
Joe KargSales Representative
Joe joined the Advantage Coating team as a Sales Representative in 2017. His sales territory includes the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, Northern Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Joe’s flooring career began in 1999 with the last 10 years spent at Tennant Company in Technical Sales Support.
When not at work you will find Joe spending time with his two boys, Cody (5) and Mason (4). They enjoy being outdoors, riding bike, swimming and many other sports. Joe also enjoys woodworking/ DIY projects, gardening, traveling and following amateur wrestling.
Dan RothSales Representative
Dan has been with Advantage Coating since 2003. His sales territory includes the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, Central Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Dan started as a general laborer and moved into the position of Job Supervisor in 2007.
Dan grew up in Bloomington, MN, went to high school at Bloomington Kennedy, and graduated from Itasca Community College with an AA degree. Dan wrestled in high school and college, played lacrosse in high school, and hockey from age 5 to 15. In his spare time, Dan enjoys snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, going to the lake, and most outdoor activities. Dan and his wife, Stephanie, live in Chaska, MN.
Hallie DubbeOffice Manager
Hallie has been with Advantage Coating since 2002 as the Office Manager. She is the first face you see if you stop in and voice you hear if you call. Hallie is the proud mom of a crazy 12 year old son.
Justy HagerMarketing Communications
Justy joined Advantage Coating in June 2016 and specializes in social media and traditional marketing campaigns, website enhancement, and HR/recruitment activities. Justy's previous work experience includes co-founding AviaNation.com and Placement Director for the University of North Dakota's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Justy holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Social Work.