Modern Tire Dealer

NOV 2018

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M T D N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 8 36 What's your secret superpower? My gi of persuasion. Dave Miller DIRECTOR OF SALES K&M TIRE INC. DELPHOS, OHIO AGE: 37 What was your first job in the industry? My first job was at the Discount Tire Co. in Novi, Mich. What attracted you to the industry? I had a couple friends of mine working at that Discount Tire store. I was a bit jealous when they were consistently talking about how great it was to work there, plenty of hours and nice pay. I had to apply and join in on the fun. What's the biggest challenge you've faced in your career? I think my biggest challenge would have to be staying on my toes and accepting the urgency of accountability and change. I feel as though we naturally want to be comfortable and resist change, but the thriving, world class businesses and professionals all seem to be constantly evolving their businesses and business practices. Who has had the biggest influence on your career? e biggest influence in my career would have to be Jon Schadl of K&M Tire. e reason he would stand out as the biggest influence for me would be his stance on continuous improvement and the importance of a winning company culture. What's your biggest accomplishment in the industry? My biggest accomplishment in our industry cannot be pinpointed to just one individual accomplishment. Simply being a part of the growth of a company that believes in making a positive difference in our communities — that's something I feel significant pride about. Cari Solano CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER ROUTE 66 TIRE AND RUBBER LLC FORT WORTH, TEXAS AGE: 32 Describe your first car and what you loved most about it. A Ford F-150. It was a hand-me-down. I loved that it was my sister's and my father's before being mine. What was your first job in the industry? Straight out of college I was given the Early bird or night owl? Early bird! Most days I wake up at 4 a.m. and hit the ground running. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? I would love to grab a hot dog at a ball game with my grandpa and talk about the early days of the business, and make sure he sees the impact of the legacy he created. What game show would you most likely win? Family Feud. Tate Boys is a family-owned and operated company, and now the third generation (my sister, cousins and brother-in-law) is working in the family business. We are all very passionate about our company and this had led to many memorable experiences and arguments over who is correct. If you could start a new career tomorrow, what would it be? Without hesitation, I would be a high school football coach. Patrice Fitte MANAGER OF DISTRIBUTION AND OPERATIONS PLANNING COOPER TIRE & RUBBER CO. TEXARKANA, ARK. AGE: 36 How do you spend your work day? I am responsible for all aspects of Cooper's distribution operations in Texarkana, Ark.: shipping tires to Cooper facilities and customers, inventory management, budget planning and control, staffing, monitoring trailer pools, and managing storage trailers and outside storage facilities. Tell us about your family. Growing up my grandmother cooked dinner every Sunday for our entire family. She had nine children with my grandfather. ey were married for 70 years before she passed away in 2017. My grandparents taught me the importance of a strong foundation and family. I am married with three amazing step-children and a little girl on the way. What habit do you wish you could break? I love reality TV. My husband thinks it is so bad to watch because of the drama, but I just can't help it. What's the biggest issue facing the tire industry? I think the biggest issue is the same issue facing many industries: labor shortages. is includes finding entry level employees, skilled trade workers, and drivers to transport product. What song do you crank up loud and always sing along to? Anything by Beyoncé.

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