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Personality snapshot of our 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year

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Personality snapshot of our 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year

Full name: Ricky James Benton

Age: 60.

Family: Wife Dianne; sons Rick (and wife Angie), Ryan (and wife Carter), and Jeremy (and wife Lucy); and eight grandchildren: Trey, Cody, Cole, Chase, Reilly, Carrington, Betsy and Harrison.

My hobbies include: racing and watching baseball games.

I am most proud of: my sons and the BTS family.

My favorite childhood memory: going to auto races with my uncle.

My biggest regret: I don’t have any.

My biggest success: being able to provide a college education for my sons, and marrying a great woman.

My favorite books: I don’t read much, but I would have to say the Bible and a children’s book that is about staying positive and facing challenges called “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon.

My favorite athlete: Michael Jordan.

My favorite movies: “The Notebook” and “Forrest Gump.”

What famous actor would best portray you in a film? Rodney Dangerfield.

My favorite motivational message:  TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. We preach it daily in our business.

My favorite food: Italian.

My favorite politician: Ronald Reagan.

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Definitely a morning person.

If I could change one thing about myself: I would learn to listen more.

My goal in life is: to watch my grandchildren grow up and succeed, and to help keep the business growing.

A perfect evening for me is: grilling in the backyard and visiting with friends and family.

The smartest thing I’ve ever done: marry my wife.

Best advice my parents gave me: Always look for the good in everyone.

My advice for my children: Live a life you can be proud of. Take care of your family and always help others. Don’t ever forget where you came from.

My advice for a tire dealer who is just starting out: Customer service always comes first; but if you take care of your team, they will take care of the customer.

The best part of the tire industry is: The people! Being able to meet and work with lots of great people over the years. I’ve made a lot of good friends in the tire industry.

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