Modern Tire Dealer

APR 2017

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MTD April 2017 Do you have a bright young leader like Michaelian working in your organization? Modern Tire Dealer wants to get to know the smart young leaders making a difference in the tire industry and propelling it into the future. Point those who are On the Rise to our nomination form at VAHÉ MICHAELIAN Warehouse manager LLC Santa Fe Springs, Calif. What was your first job in the industry? I started out preparing wheels for shipment, cleaning, touching up and boxing. I also did other warehouse duties, including checking and sorting wheels, and made delivery runs. What attracted you to the industry? I have an interest in cars and wheels, and my uncle, Billy Eordekian, has been involved for many years. What is the biggest chal- lenge you've faced in your career? Moving into a position of management and earning the respect of more experienced people, and learning every day how to be beer at something when I had lile experience. Who has had the biggest influence on your career? My uncle Billy has had the biggest influence on my career. He has been involved in the industry his whole life and gave me an opportunity to work. His passion has inspired mine. Michaelian turned 25 this month, and when he's not working in the wheel warehouse, you might find him building model cars or reading. A millennial star. A protégé. ese are some of the words the people at 1-800Ever use to describe Vahé Michaelian, the 25-year-old who works as the wheel seller's warehouse manager. At the age of 24 Michaelian be- came the youngest board member ever to serve the California Tire Dealers Associa- tion. He's also active in the Trex Fraternity of California, a group that raises money for charitable causes. He was named Junior Trexman of the year in 2014. Chase Poer, manager of 1-800Every Rim, calls Michaelian "a smart, hard-working young man," and a "great protégé to have around!" 16

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