Tire Pros backs the Leadership 21 Program

Posted on May 6, 2014

Tire Pros Francorp, in association with the scholarship committee at Northwood University, recently announced the winners of the Leadership 21 Program scholarship.

Michael Adams of Trax Tire Pros in Semmes, Ala., and Steven “Bo” Ray of Quality Tire Pros in Chattanooga, Tenn., each will receive a 50% tuition scholarship, including meals and materials, paid for by Tire Pros.

The Tire Leadership 21 program, developed by the Center for Tire & Service Education, was created for the next generation of tire dealer managers, leaders, and owners. The program includes two one-week sessions held at Northwood University campuses in Midland, Mich., and West Palm Beach, Fla.

Between sessions, participants are required to complete an individual project that must deliver $25,000 in additional annual revenue or savings to their employers.

Adams returned to his family’s tire and automotive business after serving in the United States Air Force for four years. He worked his way up through numerous positions before earning the store manager position at Trax Tire Pros’ newest store.

According to Chief Operating Officer Chuck Fuqua, Adams was nominated for the scholarship based on his outstanding work ethic, drive and determination. He also demonstrated the ability to deliver positive results.

“I’m looking forward to gaining new ideas that will have a postive impact on our business,” says Adams.

Ray has a wide range of responsibilities as an assistant manager at Quality Tire Pros, and also represents the business on the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

Owner Tom Eberle says Ray possesses the analytical skills to diagnose problems and devise viable solutions accompanied by an ability to remain calm in any situation.

“This program presents a great opportunity to learn new ways to handle business as well as meet other dealers,” says Ray. “I’m looking forward to sharing information with others and learn how they are adapting with changes in the business.”

““Both candidates have unique backgrounds, but share a common determination for self-improvement and desire to further their management and leadership skills,” adds Tire Pros President Dan Brown.

For more information about Northwood University’s Aftermarket Studies, visit

Tire Pros, a subsidiary of American Tire Distributors Inc., has more than 570 retail locations nationwide. For more information on the franchise program, visit

Related Topics: ATD, Chuck Fuqua, Dan Brown, franchises, Northwood University, Quality Tire Pros, Tire Pros, Tom Eberle, training, Trax Tire Pros

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