Mike Manges

Mike Manges

Editor

Mike Manges is Modern Tire Dealer’s editor. A 20-year-plus tire industry veteran, he is a three-time International Automotive Media Association award winner and holds a Gold Award from the Association of Automotive Publication Editors. Mike has traveled the world in pursuit of stories that will help independent tire dealers move their businesses forward. Before rejoining MTD in September 2019, he held corporate communications positions at two Fortune 500 companies, and served as MTD’s senior editor from 2000 to 2010.

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Bridgestone Gears Up for a Strong 2022

Dealers Will Enjoy New Products, More Robust Supply

Dealers can expect new tires and more consistent supply from Bridgestone Americas Inc. in 2022, Bridgestone officials announced during the company's recent, all-digital consumer and commercial tire meeting. "Our shipments are up 15% versus last year" in consumer replacement, says Scott Damon, Bridgestone's chief operating officer.


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Tireco to Roll Out MAP, Associate Dealer Program

Dealer Group Is 'Next Logical Step for Milestar Brand,' Says Hoit

“We’re on the cusp of some neat things that we are excited about,” says Andrew Hoit, Tireco Inc.’s vice president of sales and marketing. That includes the company's first minimum advertised price (MAP) policy and an associate dealer program - both of which will debut in 2022.


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Secrets of Smart, Efficient TPMS Service

Tire pressure monitoring service (TPMS) can be both regular and lucrative. Respondents to MTD’s 2021 Tire Dealer Automotive Service Study report they perform TPMS service an average of 120 times per month, and that the profit margin is higher than plenty of other services, including brake work. 


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Littlefield Leaves TIA in Top Shape As He Retires

New Tire Industry Hall of Fame member and outgoing Tire Industry Association (TIA) CEO Dr. Roy Littlefield can claim a number of well-deserved achievements and accolades. But the association’s longtime leader says many of his proudest moments at the helm of TIA were accompanied by little — and in most cases, zero — fanfare. 


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Pit Stop Is on the Road to Growth

Florida May Not Be Enough for Rapidly Expanding Dealership

In 2005, Joe Ramsay was turning wrenches at Pit Stop Auto Repair — at the time a three-store dealership headquartered in Venice, Fla. “I always teased management that I was so bad at that, they would have to put me in the office!” Sixteen years later, as owner and president, Ramsay is “the office.”


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