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Chip Wood

‘We’re in the Long Game:’ Tire Dealer of the Year Chip Wood Leads Tire Discounters Into the Future

The year was 1976. Armed with $5,000 in hard-earned savings and a matching loan from his father, 22-year-old Chip Wood opened his first tire store - a rough and tumble former gas station on the east side of Cincinnati, complete with missing windows and a garage door that was too small to accommodate a car. Nearly 45 years later, Wood's dealership, Tire Discounters, is one of the country's largest tire store chains, a state-of-the-art operation on the cutting edge of tire and auto service retailing. And Wood is MTD's 2020 Tire Dealer of the Year. 

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MTD Exclusive: Ball Discusses Cooper's Priorities for North America

As president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.’s Americas division, Chris Ball is focusing on three areas: retail expansion, communicating Cooper's brand message to a wider audience and "building out our partnerships with our distributors and getting access through our retailers, whether they are large nationals or independent retailers.” In this exclusive interview, Ball elaborates on the above initiatives. He also discusses Cooper’s strategy at the wholesale distributor level, how emerging vehicle technologies could impact Cooper’s product development, the role that tire dealers will continue to play in the company’s growth and more. 

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