Modern Tire Dealer

NOV 2018

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71 w w w . M o d e r n T i r e D e a l e r . c o m MTD: How will you look back on your time as president? I had many responsibilities as president, but the work was very rewarding. I also had an incredible support staff behind me that relieved me of as many demands as possible. at said, I am looking forward to the extra free time I will enjoy going forward. I loved bringing together different groups of people with different opinions and perspectives to find the best solu- tions for problems. We discovered that we were actually much more aligned than we thought, and bringing together a more diverse group of ideas helped us to start some very rewarding dialogues. When we combined the wealth of knowledge we had at our disposal between different groups, we were able to cra some great messages that resonated with the industry and the manufacturers within it. is culmination of ideas is something I think will continue to benefit the association for years to come. MTD: Now that your year is over, what do you hope your legacy will be? TIA and USTMA coming together dur- ing my time on the executive committee and working on the legislation of tire registration can prove to be the most important results of my time on the committee. If the group can move forward and positively impact this legislation with NHTSA, then we have accomplished making the motoring public safer when traveling the highways of America. MTD: What advice do you have for incoming President John Evankovich? e best piece of advice I can give John is "allow the TIA staff to do their job." e amazing team and staff at TIA provide the president and the board of directors the support needed for the board and president to be an effective group and to run the business of the Tire Industry Association. John is going to do a great job, and I am excited to continue my involvement with John and TIA as past president over the coming year. MTD: If you have any spare time now that your role as president has ended, what do you hope to do with it? I am really looking forward to spending more time with my family and enjoying more of Charlotte. I enjoy good music. I am excited about having more time to enjoy various concerts and events in the area. If you are looking for me on Saturday mornings, the best place to look will be the golf course. I love the sport and am ready to improve my swing now that I will have some extra time to play. ■ John Evankovich is director of tire and battery centers for Sam's Club Inc. He will become the president of the Tire Industry Association (TIA) during the association's Global Tire Expo at the Specialty Equipment Market Associa- tion (SEMA) Show. He takes the reins from David Martin (see page 68). He's been with Sam's Club for over 28 years and has had specific responsi- bility for Sam's Club Tire and Battery Centers for the last 10 years. He started with Sam's Club as a tire technician in 1990, and worked his way up in the company. "But I never forgot where I started," he says. He brings his unique vision to the as- sociation, whose members represent all segments of the tire industry. "I hope to continue the course that has been set in gov- ernment relations, continue to strengthen the collaboration between the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and TIA, and attract new members to TIA," says Evankovich. Here's a profile as he takes TIA's top post. Your full name is: John Clement Evankov- ich Your age is: 50 Where do you live? Bentonville, Ark. What is your educational background? I graduated from Red Creek High School and attended Cuyuga Community College. I have a certificate in Human Resource Employment Practice and Law. Your family consists of: My wife, Angela (married for 25 years), son Ryan Boyer and son Lucas Evankovich . In your spare time, what do you like to do? Riding my Harley — I have several — and boating — I spend weekends on the lake with my family. How did you become involved with the Tire Industry Association? I started with a question about tire pressure monitoring systems, and after that I realized what a great resource TIA is and have been involved ever since. How will your experience at Sam's Club help you during your year as presi- dent? Having nationwide responsibility has opened my eyes to the issues faced not only by one state or region, but a view of the entire country. What is your favorite part about being involved with the tire industry? I'm a car guy — I love being around cars and motorcycles. My favorite thing about the industry is the people I have met! I have developed friendships that will last the rest of my life. What is the biggest challenge you've faced in your career? Balancing my de- sire to achieve and do good while being there for my family. I'm still working on it! Who has had the biggest influence on your career and how? Without a doubt, that would be my father, Donald Evankovich. Dad taught me that hard work is important, but that you also have to work smart. What advice do you have for young people just starting out in this industry? No matter whether you are with a big company or a small shop, it's how you take care of the customer that matters. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Retired, sitting on a boat, enjoying life with my wife and family! Meet the incoming president Sam's Club exec John Evankovich brings his unique vision to TIA John Evankovich has moved through the officers' chairs at TIA and will take over as its president dur- ing the association's Global Tire Expo. COURTESY OF TIRE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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