MTD Tire Dealer of the Year personality profiles
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My full name is:Daniel Wayne Hennelly Sr.
My age is: 49.
I am most proud of: Diane, my kids, and our leaders.
My hobbies and interests include: spending time with Diane and my kids, working and traveling.
My favorite childhood memory is: playing sports — baseball, wrestling, basketball and football. Football was my favorite.
My biggest regret is: not spending enough time with my family.
My favorite books are: “The One Minute Manager” (great for business) and “The Last Lecture” (makes you realize what is most important in life).
My favorite athlete is: Walter Payton.
My favorite food is: steak (sorry, Diane, I know I should say chicken or fish).
If I could change one thing about myself I would: be more patient.
My ultimate business goal is: to build a company that we are proud of.
The smartest thing I’ve ever done is: MARRY DIANE — without a doubt!
The best advice my parents ever gave me was: “Hard work never hurt anyone.”
My advice to a tire dealer who is just starting out is: make sure that you are well capitalized; stay very disciplined in running a profitable business; don’t grow too fast; and stay very focused and even obsessed on recruiting the best people. Recruit always, stay humble and always be willing to help someone out because it comes back around.
The greatest thing about the tire industry today is: it is a small industry and everyone knows everyone. Many people came from very humble beginnings and most will do anything to help another dealer out by giving advice, support and friendship. I can honestly say some of our best friends are people who we have met over the years in the business.
My full name is: Diane Carol Hennelly.
My age is: TOP SECRET!
I am most proud of: my children.
My hobbies and interests include: running; dining with friends and family; traveling; going to sporting events and concerts; going to the movies and Broadway shows.
My favorite childhood memory is: traveling/vacations with family.
My biggest regret is: I think you should never have regrets.
My favorite book is: “The Last Lecture.” It made me realize what’s important in life and not to take the simple things for granted.
My favorite athletes are: Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps, because they are the greatest in their sports. What they have accomplished will be difficult or even impossible to beat.
My favorite food is: French cuisine.
If I could change one thing about myself I would: be taller and not take things so seriously.
My ultimate business goal is: to give the associates that have worked so hard for us the opportunities that were given to me by my past employers, which allowed me to grow and be successful.
The smartest thing I’ve ever done is: marry Dan and agree to be his business partner.
The best advice my parents ever gave me was: “Work hard and go with your heart.”
My advice to a tire dealer who is just starting out is: hire a couple of right-hand people you can trust, even if you don’t feel you need them at the time.
The greatest thing about the tire industry today is: We have met great people in the tire industry and enjoy working with them. I am also excited to see more women taking important roles that make a difference.