Joy Kopcha

Joy Kopcha

Managing Editor

After more than a dozen years working as a newspaper reporter in Kansas, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, Joy Kopcha joined Modern Tire Dealer as senior editor in 2014. She has covered murder trials, a prison riot and more city council, county commission, and school board meetings than she cares to remember.

ARTICLES

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From Shoes to Cell Phones, Commercial Dealers Share Safety Tips

Over the past four years a group of commercial tire dealers has set aside competition in the name of improving safety across their businesses, as well as the whole industry. At this year’s Safety Leadership Summit, the group included more than 40 representatives of tire dealerships and industry suppliers and leaders, and they covered everything from cell phones to cribbing to shoes.


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Dunlap & Kyle Makes Employee Communications a Priority

New Tools, Strategies Help With Engagement

This year, one of Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc.’s focuses is on employee communication. President Dennis King hosts a semi-regular podcast for employees and a new print magazine shares stories and highlights from each of Dunlap & Kyle’s 18 warehouses and the retail stores in their regions.


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Tornado Destruction Allows for Expansion

Location’s Sales Doubled After Rebuild

March 28, 2020, was a Saturday and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic was still fresh. The crew at the Gateway Tire & Service Center in Jonesboro, Ark., had worked their typical morning shift. And at noon employees went home for the weekend. Five hours later, an EF-3 tornado leveled the 15-bay store and warehouse.


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Values Guide the Way for Dunlap & Kyle

Bob Dunlap and His Employees Follow These Principles

Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc. is building a workplace culture that appeals to the modern workforce. One part of that has included establishing a list of company values. Dunlap & Kyle leans on these values while working on its goal of becoming the most dependable company in America.


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2 Men Share More than 100 Years at Dunlap & Kyle

Buddy Gray and Jack King Say Their Boss Is a Generous, Caring Leader

Two Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc. employees know their boss exceptionally well. Buddy Gray and Jack King have been working at the tire wholesaler for more than 50 years each, and they have watched Bob Dunlap shape the company, and the people inside of it, over the decades.


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MTD's 2022 Tire Dealer of the Year Is Bob Dunlap

Dunlap & Kyle Chairman Says With the Best People, 'You'll Never Lose'

A few months shy of his 93rd birthday, Bob Dunlap has no plans to retire. He's happiest when he's gnawing on a cigar, crunching numbers and serving as chairman and CEO of Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc. He has transformed the company into a whopper of a regional wholesale operation. In 2021, Dunlap & Kyle surpassed $1 billion in sales for the first time. And in 2022, the company's leader is MTD’s Tire Dealer of the Year.


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Bob Sumerel Tire Takes the Lead in Sound Safety

Tire Dealer Works With OSHA & Soundtrace to Monitor Noise

OSHA. Those four letters strike a special kind of fear — or even disdain — in the minds of plenty of tire dealers. After nearly 50 years in the transportation industry, including the last 23 at Bob Sumerel Tire Co., Bob Hickey has decided it doesn’t have to be that way. 


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SRNA Is ‘Laser Focused’ on Dealers & Falken Brand

Tire dealers who have learned to adjust to the industry’s uncertainties of the past two years aren’t off the hook yet. Matt Leeper, vice president of sales for Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc., told a group of Falken dealers that the latest economic conditions are changing the game again. Last year’s product shortage worries have transitioned to concerns about higher inventory levels.


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Horst Tire Wins With Old-Fashioned Service

Owner Lonny Horst Spends Most Days in a Service Truck

Horst Tire LLC provides “old-fashioned service.” Lonny Horst, the dealership’s owner, may not have started his business with that as a specific goal. Yet he’s fielded phone calls from multiple customers who have thanked him for providing just that. He says he’s not sure how to do it any other way. 


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Big O Tires Dealers Hit $1 Billion in Sales

Big O Tires franchisees set back-to back sales and profitability records in 2020 and 2021, and for the first time turned the retailer into a billion-dollar business. New leaders at the helm say it’s just the beginning, and that Big O Tires is “poised for monumental growth.”


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