Modern Tire Dealer

NOV 2018

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M T D N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 8 38 yellow truck with a topper, oversized tires and chrome wheels. I loved that truck! It wasn't very fast, but it would go anywhere. It had a state-of-the-art sound system, so you could hear me coming from a mile away. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? ere are an endless number of people I would eat with to learn from their success. But, at the end of the day I would just rather gather my closest friends and family. What game show would you most likely win? e Price is Right. Jeremy James OWNER TIRES TO YOUR SPOT LEESPORT, PA. AGE: 37 Who has had the biggest influence on your career? My two sons are the reason I started the business. I was a single parent and had to get my tires changed about seven years ago. Two-and-a-half hours with young children in a tire service center is brutal. Describe your first car and what you loved most about it. 1989 Honda Accord LXI I bought with my own money when I was 15 and it had 212,000 miles on it. My favorite part was it was stick shi. How do you spend your work day? My day consists of everything from quoting jobs, ordering tires, ordering tire supplies, getting new customers, changing tires, and pretty much all things related to running a business. I am the sole owner and operator of my mobile tire business. What advice would you give your high school self? Make as many friends as possible and do as many different aer- school activities I could. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Lee Iacocca. How should the tire industry attract and retain more young talent? e best way to get and retain young people would be to get involved with high school students and show them how many opportunities there are in the tire industry — from manufacturing to sales to installation. ■ opportunity to start and partially own a new company with my father and uncle, Route 66 Tire and Rubber LLC. My responsi- bilities, beyond setting up the initial company itself, included keeping the books, payroll, customer service, price calculations and comparisons, and logistics... to name a few. What's the biggest challenge you've faced in your career? Stepping out from the shadow of my father and grandfather to create my own relationships and build my own trust and loyalty with our customers. What advice would you give your high school self? Don't change a thing! If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? My family. What habit do you wish you could break? Social media! What's your biggest accomplishment in the industry? My biggest accomplishment, although small, will always be my first sell. Nick Fox VICE PRESIDENT JMH INC. DBA POINT S CAPITAL CITY TIRE & AUTO AND POINT S J&J TIRE & AUTO HELENA, MONT. AGE: 32 How do you spend your work day? In our business we have two retail locations and a warehouse. I could be selling on the counter; I could be out representing our company at a community event. I could be cutting a radio or TV ad, wiping down counters and vacuuming rugs. I may be picking up customers or delivering a customer's vehicle. I help with our company goals and payroll. Heck, from time to time I'm even in the shop performing tire work or helping with other repairs or vehicle inspections. My job is to give our team the tools and help it needs to be successful. Messy or neat freak? Messy. My desk looks like a bomb went off. But, I assure you that I know where everything is! Describe your first car and what you loved most about it. My first car was a 1981 Chevy LUV. A small, four-speed manual

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