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Club 3633 Profile: Chris Han

Chris Han, 36 Product Manager Kumho Tire U.S.A. Chris Han is part of the Kumho Tire U.S.A. team that transitioned from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to the tiremaker’s new headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Making the move is a point of pride for Han. “I’ve worked on multiple projects that I’m proud of, but what I’m proud

Club 3633 Profile: Huseyin Ozkumru

Huseyin Ozkumru, 29 Manager M.I.C. Tire Pros While any dealership’s goal is to build trust with the customer, one of Huseyin Ozkumru’s main goals is to ensure that every customer leaves with either a handshake or a hug. “I enjoy working with customers and getting to know them. I treat them like family and they

Club 3633 Profile: Lawrence P. “L.P.” Vollano

Lawrence P. “L.P.” Vollano, 30 Social Media/Marketing Manager/Service Writer M.I.C. Tire Pros New to the tire industry, Lawrence P. “L.P.” Vollano comes from a rich family legacy of tire dealers and believes joining the industry is his destiny. Vollano’s great grandfather worked for Firestone in the 1940s and ‘50s, and his grandfather owned a tire

Club 3633 Profile: Kyle Melvin

Kyle Melvin, 28 Store Manager Palumbo’s Car Care Center Inc. When Kyle Melvin sees a local state trooper coming up fast behind him with lights flashing and sirens blaring, it makes him happy. “My biggest accomplishment to date is supplying the entire state of Delaware’s police tires,” Melvin explains. “Having that national account with our

Dealer Profile: Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis grew up immersed in the tire industry. By the age of 6, he was learning to change tires; by the time he was out of high school, he was running his own service truck; and by the age of 19, Davis became an independent tire dealer. Now, Davis and 62 employees successfully run

Proud to Be a Tire Dealer: Jim Jones

Jim Jones may be owner of Toledo, Ohio-based JAM Best-One Fleet Service, but you won’t find that title on his business card. Jones is the head coach, or simply “Coach.” Although he has years of experience coaching wrestling, Coach got the idea for his title from former Tires Plus leader Tom Gegax’s book, “The Big

Proud to Be a Tire Dealer: Bill Simon

In 1966, an ad in the newspaper and a $1,500 loan helped a country boy from Oklahoma find work running an Esso service station in Baton Rouge, La. Fifty years later, 79-year-old Bill Simon, founder and president of Simple Simon Tires, has transformed that service station into two successful tire dealerships through hard work, trust

Proud to Be a Tire Dealer: Marc Yount

The year Marc Yount started Marc Yount’s Tire Pros in Evans, Ga., was a hectic one. Despite several hurdles that first year in business, becoming an independent tire dealer proved successful for Yount, 64, and something he is proud of today. “I’m proud to be an independent tire dealer because of our independence,” Yount says.

Proud to Be a Tire Dealer: John Zisser

When protests turned to riots in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, John Zisser sat in his living room, local news on the television, and watched in dismay as looters shattered the windows of his tire dealership and carried out much of the inventory. “There wasn’t a darn thing I could do,” recalls Zisser, who founded

Proud to Be a Tire Dealer: Don Barnes III

Third-generation business leader Don Barnes III always knew he wanted to go into the family trade. Barnes, president of Allen Park, Mich.-based Belle Tire, saw his family’s passion for the business and was drawn in. “One thing that I really love was the passion and enthusiasm my grandfather had for the business and my dad

Proud to Be a Tire Dealer: John Quirk

Third-generation tire dealer John Quirk has made several major changes to his family business since taking over as president and CEO. Under his care, Quirk Tire, a two-location full-service commercial dealer in Watertown, Mass., grew to become VIP Tires & Service, a retail dealership with 56 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In 1975

Proud to Be a Tire Dealer : Dave Snyder

While waiting for truck tires, an eye-opening experience led Dave Snyder to build his own tire business in Wasilla, Alaska. “I followed my dream to move to Alaska to drive a truck, but saw close friends lose family from being on the road so much. I knew I wanted to open my own business, and