Ron Pisciotta Sr. received a 2017 NETSA Hall of Fame Award from President Tony DeSimone.
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Online Tire Sales: Being Off-line Is Not An Option

At the recent New England Tire & Service Association Trade Show in Mashantucket, Conn., Modern Tire Dealer’s first Tire Dealer of the Year, Barry Steinberg, led a discussion on “Competing Against Internet-Based Tire Sales.” Here are his principal takeaways.

Tire Factory moved its dealer meeting out of Oregon and planned new activities for dealers, including a visit to Octane Raceway and a timed pit crew challenge. Tiffany Fox prepares to lower the jack once her teammates from Point S J&J Tire & Auto Service in Helena, Mont., finish their tire installations.
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Point S Rebranding Exceeds Expectations

Tire Factory Inc. members have rebranded the vast majority of their 206 stores to the Point S banner at a breakneck pace. And leaders of the Oregon-based cooperative are unveiling new programs with two big hopes: the momentum of current members continues, and more independent tire dealers join their network.

(From left to right) Dan King, Tire Warehouse Inc.; Gary Longerbeam, Monro Muffler Brake Inc.; and Shawn Denlein, Hankook Tire America Corp., enjoy the opening night reception.
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Hankook Gains Ground on its Goals

Continued growth in the U.S. and Canadian markets will be the key for Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. to reach its self-imposed goal of being the industry’s fifth largest tire company by 2020. This is the message about 80 key distributors and dealers of Hankook-branded tires were told at the company’s annual Partner’s Day Meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, last month.

Bruce and Mary Faulkner talk about farm tires at the BKT booth with Loudan Hammersmith, left, and Dave Paulk, sales managers for the tire maker. Bruce Faulker manages the tire department and service center at Provision Partners Cooperative in Stratford, Wis., and he was among the 350 tire dealers to attend K&M’s annual conference.
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K&M Tire Conference Helps Dealers Advance

As independent tire dealers battle the competition, they often search for the one thing that will help them stand out. At the 2017 K&M Tire Inc. annual dealer conference in Overland Park, Kan., the wholesaler provided a day-and-a-half event full of educational sessions to help dealers identify those opportunities.

Brian Gallagher said Kumho needs to better utilize its NBA marketing. “This is a property we have a huge investment in; we have to activate this better.”
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Kumho Promises Dealers a Stable New Year

"Consistent. Stable. Dependable.” Those three little words detail the outlook and plan for Kumho Tire USA Inc. in 2017, said Jim Mayfield, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

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5 Money-Making, Business-Improving Tips From the 2017 K&M Tire Meeting

As independent tire dealers battle the competition, they often search for the one thing that will help them stand out. At the 2017 K&M Tire Inc. annual dealer conference, the wholesaler provided a day-and-a-half event full of educational sessions to help dealers identify those opportunities.

"Make no mistake, there's a difference between producing HVA tires and the curing of a 15-inch tire versus a 20-inch tire," says Gordon Knapp, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc.
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CEO Knapp Answered All Our Questions About Bridgestone

Modern Tire Dealer had the opportunity to sit down with Gordon Knapp, CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas Inc., at the company’s recently held consumer tire business meeting in Los Angeles.  Knapp took over this position in September when Gary Garfield retired.

Jim Mayfield thanked Kumho dealers for weathering a lot of changes over the past year and a half, and said those changes were made with an intent to create stability for the brand.
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Kumho Promises Dealers a Stable New Year

“Consistent. Stable. Dependable.” Those three little words detail the outlook and plan for Kumho Tire USA Inc. in 2017, says Jim Mayfield, executive vice president of sales and marketing.

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