The Big O Tires location in Longmont, Colo., and its owner, Mike Lyons, have been in business for 35 years, and Big O Tires LLC held a party to celebrate the milestone.
Lyons opened the Longmont store in 1981. Big O Tires hosted an anniversary party at the store for teammates, friends, and members of the community at the end of August.
Lyons started his career with Big O Tires in his home state of New Mexico before moving to Colorado and joining the Big O Tires corporate team as a trainer in the 1970s. After his tenure with corporate, Lyons purchased the Longmont location.
“We’ve truly enjoyed serving the Longmont community for the last 35 years,” said Lyons. “We would not be where we are today if it weren’t for the support from our community and the passion from our team members who strive to exceed customer expectations each and every day.”
To this day, Lyons remains an active franchisee serving on Big O Tires Franchise Advisory Council and other committees, both regionally and nationally, that support the brand. He was recognized for his dedication to the organization in 2006 when he was inducted into the Big O Tires Hall of Fame, the highest honor in the organization. He has also been awarded the Point of Light Award from Big O Tires and International Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year Award.
“Many of the team members who started with Mike are still with him today – that is a true testament to his operational excellence, and highlights his leadership skills and industry knowledge,” said John Kairys, executive vice president and general manager for Big O Tires.
“Mike and his team are exemplary operators with an underlying focus on a commitment to customer service; we are fortunate - and very proud - to have them as members of our Big O Tires organization.”
Big O Tires has 387 franchisee-owned and two company-owned stores primarily located in the Western and Midwestern United States. It also distributes tires and other automotive service products to associate dealers in Western Canada. It is a subsidiary of TBC Corp.