Greg Smith

Phone: (330) 598 - 0375
A 36-year veteran of automotive trade publishing, Greg Smith has held various publishing positions at the management level. He has worked extensively on both the editorial and publishing sides of the business and is a recognized expert in the aftermarket and tire industries. As such, he is a frequent speaker at many industry events. He has traveled internationally as an advocate for the industries he serves.

Currently as publisher of Modern Tire Dealer, Greg is responsible for the brand’s business operations.  MTD is where Greg got his start, and through most of the last three decades, has led it to tire market prominence.  

To support education in the tire industry, Greg leads MTD in its sponsorship of the Tire Industry Association’s Certified Instructor Training Tour, a program designed to train the trainer in proper safety and step-by-step procedures for proper wheel installation. As further reinforcement, Greg created the Performance Handbook, a how-to publication on proper ways to mount, balance and work with performance tires. 

To help recognize outstanding tire dealers, Greg helped establish the MTD Dealer of the Year award over 20 years ago. The award provides a deserving tire dealer with recognition for accomplishments both within the industry and in the dealer’s local community. 

Greg helped launch Auto Service Professional magazine in 2010. The primary focus of Auto Service Professional is to provide high-level information to an audience of more than 150,000 automotive professional technicians whether they are business owners or technicians. 

From his early years in the market, Greg has been active participating on industry committees and boards. Among the early ones were APAA and ASIA, and has since participated in AWDA, SEMA, NTDRA, TIA and TANA. 

Commercial Tires

OTR Conference: AI, Tire/Equipment Connectivity and More Will Impact Dealers

May 14, 2020
OTR tire dealers should start planning for the future now, Bruce Besancon, vice president of OTR tire sales for Yokohama Tire Corp., said during the keynote presentation at the...

But Wait – There’s More! Musings on Ulrich, Manges and M&A Activities

Feb. 7, 2020
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Consumer Tires

Sailun Showcases All-Season Touring and LT Tires, Discusses Next Growth Steps

Nov. 1, 2019
Sailun Tire Americas showcased its Inspire all-season touring tire and its Terramax HLT all-season light truck tire to key associates of its exclusive U.S. distributor, National...

Latin Tyre Expo Turns 10: New, Retreaded Tire Markets Were Examined

Aug. 16, 2019
The Latin Tyre Expo celebrated its 10th anniversary in late June at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. The Expo has become the leading event for suppliers and...
Commercial Tires

Understanding OTR Megatrends and Anticipating Change

May 8, 2019
Shawn Rasey spends his days directing the earthmover tire business for Continental Tire the Americas LLC. And with more than 40 years in the industry, he says dealers need to ...
Commercial Tires

OTR Market Continues in Growth Mode

May 8, 2019
The consensus coming from speakers at the 64th annual Tire Industry Association (TIA) Off-the-Road Tire Conference is that the economy is strong and prospects for growth in 2019...