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.

ARTICLES

Chip Wood

‘We’re in the Long Game:’ Tire Dealer of the Year Chip Wood Leads Tire Discounters Into the Future

The year was 1976. Armed with $5,000 in hard-earned savings and a matching loan from his father, 22-year-old Chip Wood opened his first tire store - a rough and tumble former gas station on the east side of Cincinnati, complete with missing windows and a garage door that was too small to accommodate a car. Nearly 45 years later, Wood's dealership, Tire Discounters, is one of the country's largest tire store chains, a state-of-the-art operation on the cutting edge of tire and auto service retailing. And Wood is MTD's 2020 Tire Dealer of the Year. 


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Cooper

MTD Exclusive: Ball Discusses Cooper's Priorities for North America

As president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s Americas division, Chris Ball is focusing on three areas: retail expansion, communicating Cooper's brand message to a wider audience and "building out our partnerships with our distributors and getting access through our retailers, whether they are large nationals or independent retailers.” In this exclusive interview, Ball elaborates on the above initiatives. He also discusses Cooper’s strategy at the wholesale distributor level, how emerging vehicle technologies could impact Cooper’s product development, the role that tire dealers will continue to play in the company’s growth and more. 


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How to Battle Big Box Stores, Maintain Margins and Survive a Pandemic: Three Questions With Tom and TJ White From Tire Source

How to Battle Big Box Stores, Maintain Margins and Survive a Pandemic: Three Questions With Tom and TJ White From Tire Source

With more than 30 years in the tire industry – including 28 operating Tire Source, an Akron, Ohio, area-based dealership with six locations across northeastern Ohio – Tom White has lived through a number of significant market developments, from the rise of big box retailers to the launch of tire manufacturer-owned e-commerce platforms and most recently, the economic shock of COVID-19.
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What’s Next For GB Auto Service? CEO Discusses Growth Plans

What’s Next For GB Auto Service? CEO Discusses Growth Plans

Frank Kneller is the CEO of GB Auto Service Inc., one of the fastest growing conglomerates of independent tire dealerships in the country. A division of Greenbriar Equity Group, GB Auto Service has acquired a number of tire dealership chains, including Lamb's Tire & Automotive Centers, Evans Tire & Service and others. In this interview, Kneller discusses the company's acquisition strategy and more.
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