VIP Tires & Service announced that Timothy Winkeler has been promoted to president and appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. In his new position, Winkeler will be responsible for overseeing all functions at VIP. John Quirk will assume the role of Chairman and CEO. Winkeler will retain his position as Chief Operating Officer.
“It is with great confidence and that I promote Tim to President and COO,” stated John Quirk, VIP’s Chairman and CEO. “Tim has brought tremendous enthusiasm and energy to his operational leadership role at VIP. He has led VIP’s cultural transformation into a leading professional service organization and has inspired us all. In his new role, Tim will continue to shape all aspects of VIP’s business.”
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with an Industrial Engineering degree, Winkeler began his career in the automotive aftermarket and went to work for Dana Corporation as an engineering manager. While working, he received his MBA from Oklahoma City University. Tim held several positions with Dana, and eventually worked his way up to plant manager, overseeing the Oklahoma City WIX Filtration Manufacturing Plant.
Tim joined VIP in May 2010 as vice president of merchandising and, in 2013, was promoted to chief operating officer.
VIP Tires & Service, based in Auburn, Maine, operates 56 locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts providing retail and wholesale tires, and installation and professional automotive service.