Discount Tire has named Michael Zuieback as CEO. Zuieback previously served as president, and he will succeed outgoing CEO Tom Englert who will remain an advisor to the CEO.
Zuieback’s appointment was effective Jan. 12, 2015.
“It is time for us to pass the torch to the next generation of leadership,” says Bruce Halle, founder and chairman of Discount Tire. “We are grateful for Tom’s tremendous service and look forward to his contributions for years to come. Tom will remain an important member of the board of directors as advisor to the CEO.”
Zuieback has been with Discount Tire for 14 years, first acting as the executive vice president of strategic planning before becoming the company’s president.
As president, he was in charge of corporate strategy for the company at the executive and board level. Zuieback helped initiate the company’s cross-dock logistics procedure with Englert, who has served Discount Tire for nearly 40 years. Prior to joining Discount Tire, Zuieback was the treasurer of Asia Pacific for Johnson Controls, senior manager of foreign exchange and international finance for Sara Lee Corp. and credit analyst at First America Bank.
“Over his tenure, Zuieback has demonstrated a passion for preserving and growing the ‘Discount Tire Dream.’ He has been influential in planning for the future and has helped the company adapt an integrated way of thinking,” says Halle. “We take pride in originating our growth from within. Zuieback has been fundamental in taking us to where we are today and his vision will help us reach new heights.”
Englert joined Discount Tire in 1975. His efforts have helped Discount Tire expand from 23 stores to 900 stores today. After spending six years as a store manager, Englert served as assistant vice president in both Arizona and California and then as vice president of Colorado. He joined the corporate office as senior vice president of store operations where he developed Discount Tire’s Certified Satisfaction training program. He also initiated a synchronized supply chain, connecting disparate groups together to better serve customers.
Englert was named the company’s second CEO in 2004, succeeding Gary Van Brunt. Under Englert’s leadership as CEO, Discount Tire’s annual sales have grown from $1.8 to $4.3 billion and profits have quadrupled.
Discount Tire is part of the Reinalt-Thomas Corp. and ranks No. 1 on the 2014 MTD 100. The company is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and does business under the trade name Discount Tire in most of the U.S. and America’s Tire in Oregon and parts of Washington and California. Founder Bruce Halle is the 2014 MTD Tire Dealer of the Year.