On the Rise: Phil Meade
Senior Business Development Manager | Simple Tire LLC | Age: 27
What was your first job in the industry?
My first job in this industry was with Simple Tire LLC as an in-bound sales and support representative.
What attracted you to the industry?
I’ve always been interested in cars. When I was younger, the tuner culture really had an impact on me and sparked my interest.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?
The greatest challenge I faced earlier in my career was understanding the importance of constantly innovating and pushing through barriers in an industry that is evolving.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
My mentor Josh Chalofsky, Simple Tire’s COO, has had the biggest influence on my career. He has played a critical role in my development from day-one in the industry to the present day.
What is your biggest accomplishment in the industry?
My biggest accomplishment has been being named Simple Tire’s senior manager of business development.
Tell us about your current job and responsibilities. How do you spend your workday?
I work with our B2B team to manage current accounts and create new business.
What did you do before you entered the tire industry?
I’ve had the pleasure of being in the tire industry since I graduated from college. Unsure of where to start my career after college, I found Josh and Andy when Simple Tire was just a handful of employees and haven’t looked back since.
If a friend expressed an interest in joining the industry, what advice would you give them?
Keep an open mind and be agile as the industry is rapidly changing.
What do you expect to be doing 20 years from now?
An executive somewhere in the industry.
Aside from the basics like health insurance, what’s the most important perk/benefit an employer should offer?
A flexible schedule to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
Tell us about your family.
I have a wife, Abigail; a son, Philip; and a black Lab named Fern.
Do you live by a mantra or motto? If so, what is it?
If we gave you $1,000 and one hour, how would you spend the money?
Might as well burn some rubber, so leave me a set of Toyo R888Rs and a track.