Waukegan Tire's CEO receives honor

Posted on July 15, 2015
Jill and Jerry Nerheim, who received the 2015 Businessman of the Year Award for his commitment to youth programs from the Illinois State Crime Commission.

Jill and Jerry Nerheim, who received the 2015 Businessman of the Year Award for his commitment to youth programs from the Illinois State Crime Commission.

Jerry Nerheim, CEO of Waukegan Tire & Supply Inc., has received the 2015 Businessman of the Year Award for his support of youth-focused programs from the Illinois State Crime Commission.

The Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois is a non-profit guided youth organization, with a mission to reduce juvenile delinquency and promote positive interaction between law enforcement and communities, relying heavily on athletics and recreational activities to tighten this bond.

Nerheim volunteers and participates in community events, actively supports law enforcement, and is a long-time supporter of area youth soccer leagues and organizations that help children and youth succeed. He donates to the Shop With a Cop Program and other Fraternal Order of Police programs.

“Mr. Nerheim’s dedication, not only to his successful business but also to his community and law enforcement, creates vital partnerships that build trust within the community,” says Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz. “Honoring Jerry with this prestigious award represents his tireless commitment over four decades.”

In 1968, Nerhaim started his own business -- Waukegan Tire. He now operates four Waukegon Tire retail stores serving northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin selling major tire brands, custom wheels and automotive services.

His family-operated business focuses on the customer and delivering an exceptional customer experience. He is well-known as an industry leader, embracing new trends in the automotive and retail markets, and continues to work alongside his daughter and son in the business.

“I am humbled to be recognized by such a well-respected organization as the Illinois State Crime Commission,” said Nerheim upon receiving the award. “I am proud to be recognized by law enforcement and to be able to give back to my community.”

Nerheim was honored on June 17, 2015, at the 19th annual “A Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” Awards Dinner.

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