On the Rise: Brian Lenhardt
Vice President of Operations | Fat Boys Tire & Auto | Age: 32
What was your first job in the industry?
Cleaning bathrooms in my dad's shop.
What attracted you to the industry?
My grandfather started selling tires in 1963 and bought his first shop in '67. My dad worked for him, and now I work for my dad. It's the only job I've ever had.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?
We've weathered many storms over the years, but the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 was the biggest challenge our business has faced.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
Family is everything for us. Along with my mom and dad, my wife and kids are now my biggest influence. Someday , this business will be theirs and I want to leave a legacy they can be proud of.
What is your biggest accomplishment in the industry?
We have employees who have been with us for decades: one for 42 years, another for 35 years, and several more with over 20 years in the business. We try to treat our employees like family, our customers like friends, and to give back to the communities we serve.