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Big O hires former Arby's vice president

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Big O Tires Inc., a subsidary of TBC Corp., has hired Peter Hultgren as senior vice president of strategic business development.

Hultgren, formerly vice president of franchise sales for Arby's LLC, will report directly to John Adams, president of Big O Tires. He will be responsible for business development strategy and execution, and will oversee Big O's franchise sales activities.

There are more than 560 Big O franchises in 22 states, primarily in the West and Midwest. Big O also distributes tires and other automotive service products to associated dealers in western Canada.

"Peter's success and experience with large franchising companies will be a tremendous addition to our company," says Adams. "We are looking forward to the contributions that Peter will make to our organization in our efforts to be the number one tire retailer in North America."

Hultgren has 23 years of experience in the franchise industry. He has held sales and marketing management positions with ComputerLand Corp., MicroAge Inc. and Round Table Pizza in addition to Arby's.

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