Discount Tire promotes Van Brunt, Englert

Nov. 18, 2004

Discount Tire Co. recently promoted Gary Van Brunt from CEO to vice chairman. Bruce Halle remains chairman.

In a related move, Tom Englert, formerly executive vice president, was named CEO.

Both Van Brunt and Englert are longtime Discount Tire employees. Van Brunt started working part-time for Discount Tire in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1970. He was named CEO in 1999. Englert joined the company in June 1975.

Discount Tire Co. has 568 stores in 18 states, making it the second largest independent tire store chain in the United States, according to Modern Tire Dealer.

In the Nov. 29, 2004, issue of Forbes, Discount Tire was listed as the 173rd largest private company in America, with $1.541 billion in 2003 revenues.