On the Rise: Michael Fischer
Director of dealer car channel | Dunn Tire LLC’s Exxpress Tire Delivery | Age: 37
What was your first job in the industry?
A parts associate in 2001.
What attracted you to the industry?
My love for cars. I bought my first car (1987 Camaro) before I even had a learner’s permit. I currently have a 1977 Corvette and a 1951 Buick Special.
What’s the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?
I do not think that there is one greatest challenge, there are so many along the way that you have to overcome one at a time. From how you present and carry yourself to not be judged on your age, to the change in technology and how far the industry has come in 20 years.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
I have been extremely lucky to work under several great leaders. Each has taught me something different. From how you lead to how you analyze data. Even the leaders that were not very good taught me how not to lead. The biggest influence is my parents. They taught me work ethic, integrity and having respect for others.
What’s your biggest accomplishment in the industry?
I have had several roles in the industry. Parts associate, tire tech, sales associate, manager, district manager, regional manager and now director of dealer car channel for several different companies. Throughout my career – hands down – my greatest accomplishments are the people that have worked under me. Sure the sales and profit increase looks great on paper, but the influence you have on others carries on long after you are gone. To mentor, develop and show a career path; and watch the individual grow and succeed is priceless.