At the opening general session of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. 2014 Dealer Conference, the company recognized Warren Tire Service Center Inc. of Queensbury, N.Y. with its 2014 Put More Good On The Road Award. The conference is taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
In receiving the recognition, owner Bob Kellogg collected a crystal plaque and a check for $10,000 to be presented to the charity of his choice -- Wait House, a shelter and transitional living program that assists at-risk youth with emergency services.
“Goodyear is respected for its giving spirit, evidenced by numerous support programs that include literacy, environmental, safety, youth and overall social awareness activities,” said Todd Pickens, Goodyear’s senior director of consumer sales.
“We also know that many of our Goodyear retailers do the same in their local communities. In this spirit, we created the Put More Good On The Road program, and we are thrilled to provide this award to a deserving tire dealership that works so hard to give back to the community where it does business.”
Warren Tire, a 16-outlet tire dealership, works closely with Wait House, which operates an emergency shelter facility and provided assistance in 2013 for an estimated 115 youths and for 1,800 bed nights. Kellogg serves on the Wait House Board of Directors, and Warren Tire was given the 2013 Special Distinguished Business Award from the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce for its volunteer and community service work.
“We also do blood drives to raise funds to go to homeless youth,” said Warren Tire General Manager Don Villa. “We also conduct Wait House fund-raising events with volunteer help and gift certificates.”
The Goodyear Put More Good On The Road project includes an annual contest for Goodyear’s North American tire dealers of all sizes and types, seeking to spotlight those who best represent their profession through strong examples of giving back to their communities and, effectively, by “putting more good on the road.”
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.