Steve Cloward: President and CEO of Big O Tires Inc., led the retail tire franchiser in a major expansion toward the East Coast with the purchase of private brander Tire Brands Inc. in Florida.
John Fiedler: Goodyear's executive vice president North American Tires, was instrumental in the signing of Discount Tire Co., Canadian Tire Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Les Schwab Tire Centers.
Daniel Beach: Merged his Ventura, Calif., Dob's Tire and Auto Centers with Dominguez Hills, Calif.-based Parnelli Jones Inc. (named for the Indy winner), for a total of 94 stores in six states.
John Wagner: Held the industry's first International Commercial Tire & Service Expo in Nashville during June. While the show boasted a sizeable number of tire-related exhibits, attendance was light.
Chuck Curcio: Known as ``The Tire King'' in his dealership's TV commercials, regained his ``throne'' by repurchasing from Michelin all stock in Tire Kingdom Inc. of West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sunil Kumar: President of Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Sales Co., led a ``team effort'' that improved dealer relations by reserving the company's ``core'' products for independents and company stores.