Each year Modern Tire Dealer selects one tire dealer for its annual Tire Dealer of the Year award. The collection of past winners is an honor roll of inspiring innovators and leaders who have changed the tire industry. When a new tire dealer is selected to join those ranks, he or she is highlighted in our September issue and featured on the cover of MTD. The Tire Dealer of the Year's favorite charity also receives a donation of $1,000 from MTD, and a portion of the proceeds from all congratulatory ads that appear in the September issue.
Wonderland Tire Co.
Jon Langerak is the architect behind Wonderland Tire Co.’s phenomenal growth over the last two decades. A series of acquisitions has helped the tire dealership expand its footprint, which has contributed to revenue growth of 10% to 15% year after year.
The business now includes 17 locations, and its AcuTread mold cure retread system has been a major growth catalyst. “It changed our company,” Langerak said.
Wonderland Tire has been Langerak’s work home for 40 years, nearly his entire life, except for a short stint working on a farm as a teenager. And he’s spent most of those days working alongside his younger brother Dave, who is a co-owner and serves as the company’s chief operating officer. When they started, they were patching tubes. Today, they continue to work side-by-side, but now are planning for the next generation to take the helm.