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September 2022

Volume: 103

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MTD's 2022 Tire Dealer of the Year Is Bob Dunlap

Dunlap & Kyle Chairman Says With the Best People, 'You'll Never Lose'

A few months shy of his 93rd birthday, Bob Dunlap has no plans to retire. He's happiest when he's gnawing on a cigar, crunching numbers and serving as chairman and CEO of Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc. He has transformed the company into a whopper of a regional wholesale operation. In 2021, Dunlap & Kyle surpassed $1 billion in sales for the first time. And in 2022, the company's leader is MTD’s Tire Dealer of the Year.


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Dunlap & Kyle Makes Employee Communications a Priority

New Tools, Strategies Help With Engagement

This year, one of Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc.’s focuses is on employee communication. President Dennis King hosts a semi-regular podcast for employees and a new print magazine shares stories and highlights from each of Dunlap & Kyle’s 18 warehouses and the retail stores in their regions.


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Tornado Destruction Allows for Expansion

Location’s Sales Doubled After Rebuild

March 28, 2020, was a Saturday and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic was still fresh. The crew at the Gateway Tire & Service Center in Jonesboro, Ark., had worked their typical morning shift. And at noon employees went home for the weekend. Five hours later, an EF-3 tornado leveled the 15-bay store and warehouse.


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2 Men Share More than 100 Years at Dunlap & Kyle

Buddy Gray and Jack King Say Their Boss Is a Generous, Caring Leader

Two Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc. employees know their boss exceptionally well. Buddy Gray and Jack King have been working at the tire wholesaler for more than 50 years each, and they have watched Bob Dunlap shape the company, and the people inside of it, over the decades.


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Values Guide the Way for Dunlap & Kyle

Bob Dunlap and His Employees Follow These Principles

Dunlap & Kyle Co. Inc. is building a workplace culture that appeals to the modern workforce. One part of that has included establishing a list of company values. Dunlap & Kyle leans on these values while working on its goal of becoming the most dependable company in America.


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