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Cover Story - September 2016 2016

One Man. One Superstore: Alpio Barbara’s Employees Call Him a Commanding, Charismatic Leader. We Call Him Our 2016 Tire Dealer of the Year

By: Joy Kopcha

In 1969 Alpio Barbara was a college student needing to work more hours while pursuing his dream of becoming a police officer. He had a job in a stationery store and mentioned his search for more work to one of the store’s customers. Al Howard hired him to work at Howard Tire in Belmont, Calif.

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Ken Sylvester, a founding member of United Tire and Service, is an installer for Goodyear’s tire shopping website and plans to participate in Michelin’s new e-commerce website for BFGoodrich brand tires.

Retail Reality: A Tire Dealer Adjusts to Online Tire Buyers and Sellers

Like many brick-and-mortar retailers, Ken Sylvester of United Tire and Service LLC is participating in online sales. But instead of creating an e-commerce website for his Philadelphia-area tire stores, he is dipping into the pool of consumers browsing other companies’ tire shopping websites.

Which lift type is right for you? Do your homework before you buy, experts advise. Photo courtesy of Mohawk Lifts.

Make the Right Lift Choice to Raise Your Profits

You may be in the market for a new additional or a replacement lift. If it’s been a while since you shopped for one, you probably have questions about the various types or lifts, accessories, installation, training and safety. We’ll try to help you make an informed decision.

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