What was your first job in the industry?
My first job in the tire industry was at the Discount Tire Co. in Novi, Mich.
What attracted you to the industry?
I had a couple friends of mine working at that Discount Tire store. I was a bit jealous when they were consistently talking about how great it was to work there, plenty of hours and nice pay. I had to apply and join in on the fun.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?
I think my biggest challenge would have to be staying on my toes and accepting the urgency of accountability and change. I feel as though we naturally want to be comfortable and resist change. But the thriving, world class businesses and professionals all seem to have the same commonalities of constantly evolving their businesses and business practices as the world turns.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
I have had numerous mentors in my career that have taught me some tremendous lessons within the tire industry. But I would have to say the biggest influence in my career would have to be Jon Schadl of K&M Tire. The reason he would stand out as the biggest influence for me would be his stance on continuous improvement and the importance of a winning company culture. Concentrating on our defining objectives and key performance indicators are a whole lot more fun if the culture of the company is driven by winning ways.
What is your biggest accomplishment in the industry?
My biggest accomplishment in our industry cannot be pinpointed to just one individual accomplishment. Simply being a part of the growth of a company that believes in making a positive difference in our communities — that's something that I feel significant pride about.