A recurring theme plays out in the job interviews Nick Lenhart conducts with potential young employees at Lenhart's Service Center Tire Pros LLC. Lenhart, 32, hears lots of dissatisfied people complaining about the long hours they're working elsewhere.
Telle Tire & Auto Service Inc. has acquired Meyer's Automotive in St. Louis, Mo., giving the 75-year-old tire dealership its fifth retail store in the greater St. Louis area.
When I suggested Modern Tire Dealer unveil On the Rise, our list of young industry leaders, at the biggest industry event of the year, I expected a few eager participants to respond. I knew the leaders were out there, and I thought I’d meet one or two in Las Vegas.
A generational change in leadership is well underway in the tire industry. Baby boomers (currently age 51-70+), many of whom founded tire dealerships in the 1960s and 1970s, are in the process of retiring. In many cases, tire dealerships are being managed by GenXers (age 35-50), and now, even by millennials (under age 35).
This is the final week to join On the Rise, Modern Tire Dealer's new initiative recognizing young leaders in our industry.
Millennials in the workplace are often the butt of jokes for their cultural characteristics, either true or imagined. Supposedly they are all “entitled” with a weak work ethic. And they still live at home, even into their 30s, surrounded by the trophies they received for participation.
How often do you look around your business and compliment your employees’ work? If the answer is “never,” or “not often enough,” then listen up.
Forget the negative stereotypes about younger generations. The livelihoods of today’s independent tire dealers depend on the work, talent, and technical intuition of the next generation. Modern Tire Dealer is launching a program to celebrate those young leaders.