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This Year's Honorees

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Steve Hamilton

CEO | SD Wheel Corp. | Age: 35

What was your first job in the industry?

Starting SD Wheel in 2003 at age 19.

What attracted you to the industry?

I love working with cars and customizing them. It's fun to tell someone that I work with the number-one customization item for vehicles! I love working with other enthusiasts, and getting my hands dirty, too.

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

Rapid growth and operational challenges in equipping and motivating our staff...

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John McCarthy III

Regional Sales Manager | McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. | Age: 26

What was your first job in the industry?

Material handler/warehouse employee

What attracted you to the industry?

Last time I checked, everyone still needs tires. On a more serious note, the fact that our company was looking to grow while many competitors had no succession plan was appealing.

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

The biggest challenge I have faced would be finding the right candidates in the current job market.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career?

The biggest influence so far in my career has been my dad...

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Sid Attravanam

Manager of Tire and Vehicle Dynamics | Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. | Age: 28

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job was data and race engineer with a Trans-Am team based in Dallas, Texas, right after college. They ran race-prepared Chevrolet Camaros all over the U.S. I instrumented the vehicles and interacted with drivers about vehicle setup and strategy for each race...

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Sarah Tolai

Marketing Manager | East Bay Tire Co. | Age: 39

What was your first job in the industry?

Marketing manager.

What attracted you to the industry?

The tire industry is in constant evolution, which allows for the marketing space to remain fresh, relevant and modern.

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

Marketing supports annual business goals, and therefore can be seen as just an expense on the operations budget worksheet. The biggest challenge I have faced is helping the "bean counters" understand the true investment proposition marketing makes toward the bottom line and that marketing professionals are revenue partners, helping organizations reach and exceed financial goals...

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Colleen Horn Doyle

General Counsel | McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. | Age: 33

What was your first job in the industry?

As a family member, I jumped into the business at a very early age and spent summers answering phones and assisting with billing. I think my earliest memory is showing up at the Wilkes-Barre store after school with the entire family and all of us helping to fold invoices. While obtaining my accounting degree, I would spend summers working with our accounting team and our HR team. After graduating from Villanova Law School, I spent six years as a commercial litigator before signing on as general counsel to McCarthy Tire in 2017...

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Sydney Boyd

Vice President | Thompson Tire Co. Inc. | Age: 20

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job in this industry was as a saleswoman in one of our busiest locations. I started the summer I turned 16 and have been with the company ever since. I just completed my junior year as a business major and am now positioned at our corporate headquarters and tasked with all aspects of managing our company.

What attracted you to the industry?

Seeing my strong mother be so passionate about this industry attracted me to it at an early age...

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Ari Thielman

General manager | G.T. Silver City Tire Co. Inc. | Age: 33

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job in the industry was lube tech/tire tech trainee. I would assist the full-time technicians with oil changes and install new and used tires. When I was not learning from the technicians, I would be cleaning up, including emptying trash and used oil buckets.

What attracted you to the industry?

My father attracted me to the industry...

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Trevor Adams

General Manager | Adams Tireworx LLC | Age: 25

What was your first job in the industry?

I grew up in the family business and now represent the third generation to begin to take ownership of the company. I had gone to college to pursue a different line of work but did not enjoy it. I then started working at Les Schwab Tires, where I grew a passion for tires and offering the best customer service.

What attracted you to the industry?

What attracted me to the industry are the constant changes and challenges...

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Daniel Horn

Director of Sales | McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. | Age: 30

What was your first job in the industry?

I worked pumping gas at one of our locations, but also had some days where I worked in a warehouse boxing up old documents that were damaged in a flood and transporting them to another building.

What attracted you to the industry?

Growing up, I had the opportunity to see my father, aunts, uncles, and grandfather work in the industry. I always wanted to be like them. As I grew up and had the opportunity to work in several different parts of the industry, I fell in love with sales...

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Gary Lambert

Director of Purchasing, Inventory and Information Technology | McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. | Age: 32

What was your first job in the industry?

While in high school and college, I worked in various departments each summer learning the business from the ground up. These departments included the warehouse, truck service, the retread plant, and commercial/retail sales. This model is how the two generations before the fourth gen learned the business and it was expected of us as well. After graduating college, I entered the manager trainee program before becoming a store manager...

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Jonathon Cole

Product Manager for Atlas Equipment | Integrated Supply Network Inc. | Age: 34

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job in the industry was working part-time at my local AutoZone store during college. I started out as a counter worker that not only sold parts but was also out in the parking lot installing batteries, light bulbs, wipers, etc., all times of the year.

What attracted you to the industry?

My father introduced me to the industry at a young age...

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Whitney Moore

Office manager | G.L. Moore Tire & Automotive Inc. | Age: 35

What was your first job in the industry?

Office manager of my family's tire and automotive shop. Started as a file clerk and quickly took over all the office.

What attracted you to the industry?

My family's business and legacy. I aimed to keep the family business going...

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Brady Hansen

Retail Sales and Marketing Manager | Commercial Tire Inc. | Age: 30

What was your first job in the industry?

Tire tech.

What attracted you to the industry?

To be honest, I had no real intention of working in the automotive industry. However, after some thought, there isn’t much out there that isn’t dependent on tires, which made me reconsider!

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

It’s been both the biggest challenge, but also the biggest opportunity: consistently changing positions within the company every time I seemingly got comfortable with the last one. It’s given me insight into a lot of different aspects of our business...

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Justin Chalk

Vice President of Product Management for TireMaster GTX | ASA Automotive Systems Inc. | Age: 35

What was your first job in the industry?

I started out as an application support consultant supporting tire industry software in Australia at the age of 19.

What attracted you to the industry?

I was initially attracted to the technology side of the business.  I soon grew to understand and love the SME aspect of being hands-on, helping guide major changes in peoples’ businesses. The no-nonsense attitude that the industry brings is constantly refreshing and a challenge I enjoy every day...

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Mary Kate Henry

Human Resources Manager | McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. | Age: 29

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job in the industry was when I was 13 years old. My job was answering phones and helping our receptionist. I was very nervous about starting my first day as I wasn’t sure if I would direct them the correct way or answer their questions.

What attracted you to the industry?

My family attracted me to the industry, and I knew once I got to college, I wanted to be part of the family business...

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Matthew Thornhill

General manager | McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. | Age: 27

What was your first job in the industry?

Stacking car tires, as big as I could.

What attracted you to the industry?

My daddy made me work.

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

Going to school and working after Hurricane Katrina. The damage and need were unbelievable...

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Tim Lambert

Senior Accountant | McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc. | Age: 27

What was your first job in the industry?

When I was 15 or 16 years old, I helped in the warehouse, loading and unloading trailers and stacking tires. As family members, we were taught that you should never ask someone to do a job that you have never done.

What attracted you to the industry?

Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to be in the family business. I am also attracted to the industry because being part of the younger generation, we tend to see things from a different perspective and can affect change in ways that maybe have not been thought of yet...

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Michael Devers

Store Manager | Wilson Tire Co. | Age: 39

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job in the industry was selling tires. I was selling electronics at a national retailer when I sold the manager of Wilson Tire at the time a stereo system. He was impressed with my selling skills and offered me a job a few days later. I’ve been here ever since...

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Phil Meade

Senior Business Development Manager | Simple Tire LLC | Age: 27

What was your first job in the industry?

My first job in this industry was with Simple Tire LLC as an in-bound sales and support representative.

What attracted you to the industry?

I’ve always been interested in cars. When I was younger, the tuner culture really had an impact on me and sparked my interest.

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

The greatest challenge I faced earlier in my career was understanding the importance of constantly innovating and pushing through barriers in an industry that is evolving...

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