Greg Smith, publisher of Modern Tire Dealer is responsible for the brand’s business operations. MTD is where Greg got his start, and through most of the last three decades, has led it to tire market prominence. A 36-year veteran of automotive trade publishing, Greg Smith has held various publishing positions at the management level. He has worked extensively on both the editorial and publishing sides of the business and is a recognized expert in the aftermarket and tire industries. As such, he is a frequent speaker at many industry events. He has traveled internationally as an advocate for the industries he serves. Greg is also the publisher of Auto Service Professional magazine. From his early years in the market, Greg has been active participating on industry committees and boards. Among the early ones were APAA and ASIA, and has since participated in AWDA, SEMA, NTDRA, TIA and TANA. Greg graduated cum laude from the University of Akron with a B.A. in Mass Media.
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.
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 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.
Lori Mavrigian joined Modern Tire Dealer in 1979 as assistant editor. She held several key positions leading to her current title of managing editor, a post she also holds for MTD’s sister publication Auto Service Professional. Mavrigian also is the liaison between MTD and its National Advisory Council. She earned a B.A. in Mass Media-Communications at the University of Akron, where she worked on the college newspaper and at the campus’ PBS television station.
Wayne Williams is president of ExSell Marketing Inc., a “counter intelligence” firm based in La Habra, Calif. He writes the monthly Counter Intelligence column for Modern Tire Dealer.