A golfer takes a swing against a backdrop of sponsorship signs during the charity golf tournament hosted by Black's Tire in 2015.

Black's Tire Takes Another Big Swing at Fundraising

Black’s Tire Service Inc. is hosting its annual charity golf tournament Sept. 16 to benefit the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, and hoping to beat its record donation from a year ago: $109,110.

Members of the Black's Tire team, from left to right, Ricky Benton, Ryan Benton, and Keith Noble, participated in a forum of successful tire dealers during the SEMA Show.

3 Tips for Success from MTD's 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year

As Modern Tire Dealer’s 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year, Ricky Benton of Black’s Tire Service Inc. landed in the hot seat at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. A room full of independent tire dealers wanted to know his secrets to success.

Ricky Benton grew up going to races, and gave up driving when he got married and had to support his family. Now, racing is a way to support and advertise his business.

A Secret to Success From Tire Dealer of the Year Ricky Benton

If expanding your tire business is the ultimate goal, you might be looking for inspiration from other tire dealers who have done it, and succeeded. Modern Tire Dealer’s 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year Ricky Benton has more than quadrupled the number of stores in the Black’s Tire Service Inc. chain in the 19 years he’s owned the business.

“Nobody works for me,” says Benton, 60. “They work with me as a team. I say that and I mean that.”

No one works for Ricky Benton

Even though there are 525 people on the Black’s Tire Service Inc. payroll, owner Ricky Benton says not a single one of those people works for him.


Who will be the next MTD Tire Dealer of the Year?

Join the honor roll of tire dealers and submit a nomination today for Modern Tire Dealer’s Dealer of the Year award. The deadline for the 2015 honor is approaching. All applications are due Friday, May 22, 2015.

"To be part of such an esteemed group of leaders is both deeply humbling and deeply gratifying," says Halle.

Bruce Halle receives the Horatio Alger Award

Bruce Halle, founder and chairman of Discount Tire, has been named a Horatio Alger Award winner for 2015. He was selected for membership by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc.


More on the death of Raynal Pearson

On Dec. 10, 2014, Modern Tire Dealer shared the sad news of Raynal Pearson's death with you. Pearson, founder of Pearson Tire Co., was one of the good guys, an unassuming man of integrity. His love for his family and fellow man remains inspiring, and guarantees he will be missed by many, many people.

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