What does it take to be Modern Tire Dealer's Tire Dealer of the Year? Business success, marketing know-how and industry expertise are the foundation. Community involvement and management skills are important, too. And our 2017 award brings something special to the recognition.
This will be MTD's 25th Tire Dealer of the Year. The most prestigious honor in the industry is celebrating its silver anniversary.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of independent judges. He or she will be featured on the cover of MTD's September 2017 edition, and the Tire Dealer of the Year's favorite charity will receive $1,000 from MTD, plus more from our generous program sponsors.
Nominations are open through Friday, May 26, 2017, but there's no need to delay. Nominate a top-notch dealer — and yes, you can nominate yourself — using this link.In the meantime, consider a few of our past winners for inspiration. Alpio Barbara won the award in 2016. He runs Redwood General Tire Service Co. a single-store business in Redwood City, Calif. that rings up $12 million in annual sales. His first day as a partner in the business was a memorable one — it nearly burnt down.
In 2015 we named Ricky Benton Tire Dealer of the Year. Benton owns Black's Tire Service Inc. in Whiteville, N.C., which has grown to 44 outlets in the Carolinas. (The family-run operation has added eight stores since he won our award.) His business incorporates retail and commercial stores, a wholesaling business, equipment sales, a retread shop, plus a race team.
The head of the nation's largest independent tire dealership, Bruce Halle, was our 22nd Tire Dealer of the Year in 2014. At the time there were 887 Discount Tire (and America's Tire) outlets around the country, and 30 more have opened since then.