"I’ve been in the business for over a decade now and of course, I can’t help but notice that not many people look like me,” says Julie Holmes, co-CEO of Virginia Tire & Auto LLC, a 17-store dealership based in Fairfax, Va. She wants to change this.
Most everyone in tire dealership management or sales - Generation Y age and older - can recall the days of old, where the data we had was simple and effective, but not always quite enough to make innovative decisions.
Legislation that directly benefits independent tire dealers
doesn’t come around often. But a new law and a recently
introduced bill have the potential to boost many dealers’
bottom lines - and maybe your own.
Van's Tire & Service founder L. Wayne Vanaman recently died at the age of 79. Vanaman started the company in the 1970s by selling tires out of the back of his van in the Akron, Ohio area. Van's Tire eventually grew into a multi-outlet operation.
The question usually comes to me in
the form of “How do I find more help?”
or “What’s the secret to finding employees
These questions have been a part of
almost every conversation I’ve had with
tire dealers for quite some time.
Economic indicators point to the possibility of a general
downturn - if not a full-fledged recession - taking
place in the United States sometime next year.
How can you prepare for a possible dip and the impact it
could have on your profitability? Fellow dealers share their
advice in this MTD exclusive.
The Ohio Tire & Automotive Association has a clear-cut mission statement: “We are dedicated to protecting the legislative interests of Ohio tire and automotive suppliers and providing resources to our members.”
“Coming off the July 4 recess, Democrats were projecting cautious optimism about their ability to pass a broad economic package, colloquially being referred to as Build Back Better Again, before the August 8 recess," say Tire Industry Association officials.
Bridgestone Americas Inc. and the United Steelworkers have reached a tentative agreement covering Bridgestone plants in Bloomington, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Warren County, Tenn.; LaVergne, Tenn.; Akron, Ohio; and Russellville, Ark.
Point-of-sale systems have evolved beyond being simple transaction tools. Tire dealers rely on point-of-sale systems for robust features that support more efficient operations throughout their business, from the front desk to inventory.
Pam Konde remembers a time before she was the owner of Mac’s Tire Service in Washington, D.C. She recalls working for her father, Percy Pettaway, at the single-location dealership during her summer breaks from high school and making $3 an hour operating the cash register.
The MTD 100, featured in the July 2022 issue of MTD, is the most in-depth look at the largest independent tire dealerships in the U.S. that you will find anywhere. Here are some fast facts about some of this year’s MTD 100 dealerships.
BendPak Inc. will make several changes to its executive team, effective Aug. 3, 2022. President Don Henthorn, who has led the company since establishing it in 1965, will take on a more limited role in its daily operations.