Plaza Tire Service Inc. turned its winning of Modern Tire Dealer's 2017 Tire Dealer of the Year Award into donations for a pair of children's charities. As a part of the award, each year MTD donates a portion of the advertising revenue from the Tire Dealer of the Year section to a charity of the winner's choice. This year, Mark Rhodes and Scott Rhodes, the brothers who own and lead Plaza Tire Service, opted to split the donation between two groups.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and Hope Children's Home each were presented with $6,500 during an event in October.
“We were excited to be named Tire Dealer of the Year," says Mark Rhodes, president of Plaza Tire Service. "Modern Tire Dealer is one of the leading publications in our industry, and this honor means a lot to us."
“Through the years, we have supported a number or organizations, and many of them are focused on children,” says Scott Rhodes, vice president of Plaza Tire Service. “We’ve seen the great work each of these groups have done, and we know these donations will help them continue to advance their missions of helping children grow into strong adults.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri helps children who might be missing a parent figure in their lives. Hope Children's Home fills a gap in the foster care system by providing shelter in a family setting with house parents to care for them immediately after they're removed from their homes.
Plaza Tire was founded in 1963 by Vernon Rhodes, Mark and Scott's father. It has grown to a network of 62 stores in four states, and construction of the 63rd store is underway. Plaza Tire Service holds the No. 18 spot on the MTD 100.