Articles by Mike Manges


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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With New Investor, Sun Auto Tire Looks at Other Regions

'We’ll Move a Little Bit North - Maybe Into the Northwest,' Says Garman

With a new majority owner, Sun Auto Tire & Service expects to continue acquiring tire dealerships at a brisk clip. And the company is looking beyond its traditional geography, says Chris Garman, who oversees Sun Auto Tire's merger and acquisition activities.

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Continental Jumps Into the All-Weather Segment

Selling 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake Status is Key

Continental Tire the Americas LLC sees a bright future for the all-weather segment. The company introduced its first all-weather tire - a General brand product - earlier this year. But it had been eyeing the all-weather segment for quite some time.

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On the Fast Track: RNR Tire Express Picks Up Steam

National franchise operation RNR Tire Express had a banner year in 2020 and is poised for an even better 2021. The Tampa. Fla.-based company has agreements in place to open nearly 50 more franchise outlets before the end of the year. Larry Sutton, president of RNR Tire Express, wants 500 franchise locations by 2027. It’s an ambitious target, but well within reach, he says.

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Insights Into Jim and Tommy Duff, Recipients of MTD's 2021 Tire Dealer of the Year Award

Observations From Members of Southern Tire Mart's Leadership Team

Despite its size and scope, Southern Tire Mart’s corporate structure is lean — and that’s by design. Jim and Tommy Duff work with a small leadership team at their state-of-the-art corporate office in Columbia, Miss. Several members of the group have been with Southern Tire Mart since the 1980s. 

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'We're Just Getting Started:' Jim and Tommy Duff - the Recipients of MTD's Tire Dealer of the Year Award - Prepare for Southern Tire Mart's Next Growth Phase

They own and operate the biggest commercial truck tire dealership in the United States. Their company also is the largest retreader in the country — with its daily production eclipsing that of three different tire manufacturers. They’ve built a coast-to-coast empire spanning more than 150 stores across 15 states that is on track to hit $2 billion in sales this year. They’re Jim and Tommy Duff, the owners of Southern Tire Mart. They’re the recipients of MTD’s 2021 Tire Dealer of the Year Award. And they say they’re just getting started. 

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Podcast: Do You Have the Right HR Systems in Place? Real-World Advice From an Expert

Ever wonder if you have the right HR systems and processes in place? In this episode of The Modern Tire Dealer Show, Jamie Hasty, vice president of SESCO Management Consultants - which advises some of the country's leading tire dealerships - offers real-world advice, from how to optimize your employee interview process to compensation plans, employee handbooks and more.

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Podcast: Tire Industry Gears Up for Strong Finish to 2021

August has been an action-packed month for the North American tire industry. In this episode of The Modern Tire Dealer Show, MTD’s editors discuss the top stories of the last several weeks, while providing commentary and analysis that you will not find anywhere else. There’s a lot going on - including strong indicators that the positive momentum that our industry is generating will continue through the rest of the year. Learn all about it right here! 

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'Retail is Detail:' Belle Tire Builds Presence in New Markets

Allen Park, Mich.-based Belle Tire Distributors Inc. will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. Between now and then, however, the dealership is focused on establishing a foothold in the Chicago, Ill., market, which it recently entered, while maintaining momentum in central and northern Indiana, where it has added more than 30 stores over the last several years. In this MTD exclusive, Don Barnes III, Belle Tire's president, answers the question "Why Chicago?," discusses the company's rapid growth in Indiana and more.

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When Will the Shipping Crisis End?

Future is Uncertain, Says Expert - But Dealers Still Have Options

From extended delivery delays to sky-high freight rates, the shipping crisis continues to throw a monkey wrench into supply chains — and many tire dealers are shouldering the burden. When will it end? What can dealers do in the meantime? Martin Dixon, head of research products for Drewry a global shipping industry consultancy with offices in the United Kingdom, China, India and Singapore provides answers in this MTD exclusive.

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