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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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Benjamin Barnes II

Benjamin Barnes II

Inside Sales/RSA Manager | Allen Rubber Co. Inc. dba ARW/ITW | Age: 32

What was your first job in the industry?

This one. I started here seven years ago.

What attracted you to the industry?

Opportunity.I was two years removed from college and managing a GNC. I felt as though I needed something new and that feeling led me here...

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Matthew Berg

Matthew Berg

President | Berg Tire Inc. | Age: 32

What was your first job in the industry?

Tire technician.

What attracted you to the industry?

My family has owned a tire shop for 35 years; I was born into the industry.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?

Covid-19...

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Guido Bertoli

Manager | Big Discount Tire Pros | Age: 27

What was your first job in the industry?

I started out cleaning the shop floors, taking out the trash, cleaning up wheel weights, setting air pressure. Then I moved into becoming a tire technician, then a service advisor talking with customers, and now I manage one of the busiest shops in California if not the nation.

What attracted you to the industry?

My dad has been in the automotive field for the last 30 years...

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Matthew Castellano

Matthew Castellano

Online Sales | Allen Rubber Co. Inc. dba The TireNet | Age: 31

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job in the industry was as a driver; making deliveries to our customers and assisting in the warehouse where needed.

What attracted you to the industry?

What honestly attracted me to the industry was the need of a new job and a good contact who said “We’re hiring. Come fill out an application” I came into the industry with little knowledge about tires but picked up very quickly on every aspect of the business short of the administrative work. Over time, a real passion for the tire industry took root. I began to care more about the work I was doing. “It’s not work if it’s your passion” is the mindset that was cultivated...

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Jenn DeChico

Jenn DeChico

Xcelerate Dealer Program Manager | Allen Rubber Co. Inc. dba ARW/ITW | Age: 32

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job in the automotive industry was in the management trainee program at Enterprise Rent a Car.

What attracted you to the industry?

My senior seminar professor told my class in 2011 that if you ever have the opportunity to work for the management training program at Enterprise Rent a Car, to take advantage of that. The professor said it will open doors for your future, give you opportunities and provide you with the tools to sell anything...

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Jeffry Gardner

Jeffry Gardner

Director of Marketing | GB Auto Service | Age: 36

What was your first job in the industry?

I began as a service writer for a Goodyear Gemini location in Tucson, Ariz., while I worked my way towards a degree in political science from the University of Arizona. That job gave me a crash-course in automotive systems, tires and customer service.

What attracted you to the industry?

I appreciate that people's vehicles are incredibly important to their day-to-day lives. We rely on them to get essentials, go to work, take the kids to school and activities, and go on vacation. It is my pleasure to be able to help people keep their transportation in reliable running condition...

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Leslie Hamilton

Leslie Hamilton

Sales/ Container Sales/ Vizzoni Brand Ambassador/ Promo Advertising/ Inventory Purchasing / Event Planner | Jee Wholesale Tire | Age: 37

What was your first job in the industry?

Reliable Tire Wholesale

What attracted you to the industry?

My first child.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?

When Reliable Tire sold to K&M Tire in Houston. I was young and that being the first time going through that was pretty spooky. Also, the tariff/anti-dumping duties crisis...

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Al Klinge

Al Klinge

General Manager | Klinge Holdings Pty Ltd. | Age: 32

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job was probably sorting wheel weights or sweeping at my parents' tire shop when I was only a little kid. My first real job in the industry on the other hand was a trainee off-the-road tire serviceman at Ernest Henry Mine in Cloncurry, working on 830E & 793C & Ds as well as the rest of the light vehicle fleet. It was a great place to cut my teeth and learn the safe way to go about the job. Actually one of the first things I had to do was sweep and sort wheel weights...

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Fletcher Porter

Manager | Porters Tire Store | Age: 31

What was your first job in the industry?

Tire changer.

What attracted you to the industry?

Family business.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?

Learning all the different functions and operations of the business...

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Jason Seltzer

Jason Seltzer

Road Sales Associate | Allen Rubber Co. Inc. dba ARW/ITW | Age: 38

What was your first job in the industry?

I started in parts (brakes, filters, etc.), and moved to a dealership where I was more involved with tires. Then I saw how fast they moved tires and wanted to be a part of that so I joined ARW/ITW.

What attracted you to the industry?

The fast pace and the fact that everyone needs tires, so the demand is always there...

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Judd Shader

Judd Shader

CEO/Board of Directors | Leeds West Groups | Age: 34

What was your first job in the industry?

Owning two Midas shops while being a 20-year-old junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

What attracted you to the industry?

The unique opportunity to create synergies and scale via family office capital investment strategies of long term money placement, while using franchise national name brands across the United States...

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Adam Sweigart

Adam Sweigart

President | LS Tire LLC | Age: 28

What was your first job in the industry?

My grandfather started LS Tire in 1975. Since I was old enough to walk, I was always in the garage helping and learning. My grandfather had open heart surgery in the summer of 2005, and he was unable to perform his day-to-day operations. He was the only employee of LS Tire, so I was able to step up and help that entire summer, with his guidance.

What attracted you to the industry?

My grandfather had started his business out of a small garage, moving it into a converted old barn in 1986 to expand his business. His goal was to always provide the best tires and best service at an affordable price. He was so passionate about his customers and always made sure to leave them smiling as they left...

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John Ward

John Ward

Online Sales | Allen Rubber Co. Inc. dba The TireNet | Age: 39

What was your first job in the industry?

Working for Traction Tire. After 15 years in the auto parts industry I stepped into the tire world. I started as a sales person and worked my way to the inside sales manager position.

What attracted you to the industry?

I enjoy cars and selling. It was an easy transition from auto parts to selling tires. It’s exciting to find a deal and start the selling process. You meet a lot of interesting people along the way.

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TJ White

TJ White

Store Manager | Tire Source | Age: 27

What was your first job in the industry?

Doing general service -- oil changes, tires, etc.

What attracted you to the industry?

Our family business owned by my father, Tom White.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?

Coming in as a manager straight out of college at 23 years old.

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John Ziegler III

John Ziegler III

Regional Manager - Sales/Operations | Ziegler Tire & Supply Co. | Age: 35

What was your first job in the industry?

At 14 years old I was cleaning bathrooms and shops at various retail stores around the company. I worked Saturdays and summers in the retail stores until I graduated from college. I started full time at age 22 as the warehouse manager of our distribution center in Monroe, Ohio.

What attracted you to the industry?

I have been around tires my entire life. My first sandbox was an OTR tire with a tarp underneath! Every son looks up to their dad and wants to do what their dad does to a point. I always knew I wanted to make an impact in my family's business and follow in the footsteps of my great grandfather, grandfather and father...

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