A new generation of leaders is influencing the livelihoods of today’s independent tire dealers, and Modern Tire Dealer is recognizing those who are On the Rise. Young men and women are at the forefront of the industry, and they’re helping to lead the way as our business continues to evolve at the lightning-speed pace typical of the 21st century. From product development and manufacturing all the way to the sales counter and service bays, young leaders are finding ways to propel our industry forward.

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Fausto-Astudillo-web

On the Rise: Fausto Astudillo

Fausto AstudilloService Advisor | Lenharts Service Center | Age: 26What was your first job in the industry?Car salesmanWhat attracted you to the industry?I have always had an ...
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On the Rise: Jeremy Burt

Jeremy BurtOperations & Marketing Manager | Burt Brothers Tire and Service | Age: 35What was your first job in the industry?Tire tech changing tires after school.What attracted...
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On the Rise: Steve Campanella

Steve CampanellaDirector of Business Solutions | Alliance Tire Americas| Age: 28What was your first job in the industry?My first position in the tire industry was the business...
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On the Rise: Jason Cieslinski

Jason CieslinskiRegional Retail Business Consultant | Tire Pros/American Tire Distributors Inc. | Age: 39What was your first job in the industry?My first exposure to the industry...
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On the Rise: Braden Crockett

Braden CrockettDirector of Auto Service/ Partner | Matthews Real Estate Investment Services | Age: 24What was your first job in the industry?One summer after my sophomore year...
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On the Rise: Cody Diemer

Cody DiemerMaintenance Scheduler | Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. | Age: 27What was your first job in the industry?I began my full-time employment at Cooper in 2014 as a maintenance...
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On the Rise: Thomas Dobson

Thomas DobsonOwner | Woodstock Repair and Services LLC and Pomfret Tire | Age: 34What was your first job in the industry?My father has owned Pomfret Tire since 1991, and had Jim...
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On the Rise: Nick Dougherty

Nick DoughertyRegional Retail Business Consultant | Tire Pros/American Tire Distributors Inc. | Age: 32What was your first job in the industry?I was a lot porter at a car dealership...
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On the Rise: Wade Eaves

Wade EavesEngineer | Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. | Age: 36What was your first job in the industry?My career in the tire industry began at Cooper. I started as an engineering intern...
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On the Rise: Erin Edminister

Erin EdministerAssistant Marketing Manager | BKT USA Inc. | Age: 27What was your first job in the industry?My first position in the tire industry was marketing coordinator for...
Alex-Feliz-web

On the Rise: Alex Feliz

Alex FelizService Advisor | Redwood General Tire Service Co. |Age: 29What was your first job in the industry?My first job as a service advisor was with an aftermarket vehicle ...
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On the Rise: Loudan Hammersmith

Loudan HammersmithRegional Sales Manager - Central USA | BKT USA Inc. | Age: 31What was your first job in the industry?I was a marketing analyst at Hercules Tire and Rubber Co...
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On the Rise: Vahe Michaelian

Vahe MichaelianWarehouse Manager | 1-800EveryRim.com | Age:25What was your first job in the industry?I started out preparing wheels for shipment, cleaning, touching up and boxing...
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On the Rise: Josh Penfold

Josh PenfoldE-commerce Manager | Carlstar Group LLC | Age: 38What was your first job in the industry?This is my first Tire industry position, I came from Telecom/ Site Services...
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On the Rise: Roger Strider

Roger StriderAutomotive technician | Thomas Tire & Automotive | Age: 23What was your first job in the industry?General service technician which involved changing oil, and rotating...
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On the Rise: Kelly Sumner

Kelly SumnerNortheast Marketing Manager | Tire Pros/American Tire Distributors Inc. | Age: 35What was your first job in the industry?Marketing and licensing voordinator for the...
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On the Rise: Dale Vaughn

Dale VaughnQuality Engineer | Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. | Age: 30What was your first job in the industry?My first job in the industry was with Cooper. I started in December 2010...