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Modern Tire Dealer
3515 Massillon Rd. Suite 350
Uniontown, OH 44685
p: (330) 899-2200
f: (330) 899-2209
Modern Tire Dealer for over 94 years has been the premier information source for independent tire dealers involved in wholesale or retail tire sales. MTD provides up to date information and trends in the tire industry, including marketing analysis, business trends, merchandising, and sales methods. Each issue also includes topics such as industry events, business management, retreading and how to features. MTD continues to be judged in independent studies as the “most useful” and “best read” publication in the industry.

Our Team

Editorial and Art

Bob Ulrich (Editor)
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Editor Bob Ulrich has earned a reputation as an industry expert thanks to his insightful, in-depth articles on the tire industry. Before joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1985, Bob earned a B.A. in English literature from Ohio Northern University. Also, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with a J.D. of Law.
Lori Mavrigian (Managing Editor)
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Since joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1979, Lori Mavrigian has held several key positions leading to her current title as Managing Editor. Her experience includes working on her college newspaper and a PBS television station. She attended the University of Akron, earning a B.A. in Mass Media-Communications.

Joy Kopcha (Senior Editor)
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After more than a dozen years working as a newspaper reporter in Kansas, Indiana and Pennsylvania, Joy Kopcha joined Modern Tire Dealer as senior editor in 2014. She has covered murder trials, a prison riot and more city council, county commission and school board meetings than she cares to remember.

Ann Neal (Associate Editor)
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Ann Neal began writing dealer profiles on a freelance basis for Modern Tire Dealer in 2011. She became associate editor in 2013. Her experience includes more than two decades managing employee, financial and marketing communications and Web content in the commercial trucking industry. She has a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from the University of Akron.
Mike Mavrigian (Contributing Writer)
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Mike Mavrigian, Modern Tire Dealer's Technical Writer, has written for the magazine since 1977. He also owns and operates Birchwood Automotive Group, a business involved in a wide array of automotive aspects from building project vehicles to writing technical how-to service books. Among the many editorial awards he has received over the years, Mike earned the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for “Best Technical Article” in 2009. The award-winning article, published in Motor magazine, discussed specific tire technology issues. Mike graduated from Youngstown (Ohio) State University and is certified member of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Nick Mitchell (Contributing Writer)
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Nick Mitchell joined Northcoast Research in April 2009 as a senior vice president and equity research analyst. Prior to joining Northcoast Research, Mitchell spent four years as an analyst at Ardor Capital LLC, a value-orientated long/short equity hedge fund. Prior to joining Ardor Capital LLC, Mitchell spent two years at FTN Midwest Securities Corp. Mitchell began his financial career at McDonald Investments Inc. where he was an investment consultant within the firm's brokerage division.
Neal Weingart (Art Director)
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Neal Weingart has been the Art Director for Modern Tire Dealer since December of 1998. He has been employed in the field of graphic design since 1980, and also runs his own business. Neal Weingart Inc.

Sales, Administration and Production

Greg Smith (Publisher)
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Greg Smith joined Modern Tire Dealer in 1979 as the senior editor of the magazine. In 1987, he was promoted to editor of Modern Tire Dealer and the Kovach Tire Report. Since 1988, he has been the Publisher of both publications in addition to running the company's Akron office. Greg graduated from the University of Akron with a B.A. in Mass Media-Communications.
Michele Vargo (Sales Manager)
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Midwest Sales Manager Michele Vargo graduated from Kent State University with a BBA in Marketing. She started her advertising sales career at the Akron Beacon Journal. In 1989 she began selling advertising in the tire industry trade press and joined Modern Tire Dealer in 1993.
Karen Runion (Production Manager)
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Karen Runion has had many positions since joining Modern Tire Dealer in 1974 -- from an assistant in the production department and secretary to the MTD Staff to her current position as Production Manager and Office Manager. As Production Manager, her duties include working with advertisers and their advertising agencies.
Pam Zsely (Administrative Assistant)
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Pam Zsely joined the staff of Modern Tire Dealer in 1996 as Administrative Assistant. Along with her secretarial duties, she also handles the purchase of back issues and the much read Facts section of the magazine. Prior to joining the magazine she worked 20+ years as a production clerk at the Babcock & Wilcox Co.



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