The special section on women in the tire business (March 18 issue) was right on target! It was gratifying to read of other women in the same situation with similar views.
Your publication is widely read in all my stores, and the salesmen were quite proud our business was mentioned.
Suburban Tire Co.
Glendale Heights, Ill.
Women not only purchase 50 percent of the consumer tires sold, but they also sell them.
Although we women knew all along about our different management styles, it's good to see it in print. It just goes to show that successful people have similar characteristics-gender not being one of them!
Doreen K. Kuster
Business financial manager
Brook Park, Ohio
Your recent issue was so well received by all the women in our office and especially me.
Since the recent death of my husband, Don, I have been spending my days here at 4day Tire Stores, learning many new things and exploring constantly.
Knowing there are other women out there doing what we do here-and successfully, too-is gratifying and so encouraging; especially to me in the position in which I find myself.
Thanks for the great issue. Every line of it was devoured.
Lansdale & Carr
I truly enjoyed the issue on the problems females encounter in the tire industry.
I'm sure every industry has its own set of problems, although I found early on that the tire business was a real challenge. That's probably part of the reason I've stuck it out for 15 years.
I started in a low-paying clerk job and now am general manager for the Bandag retread plant and I love it! I've been told I can ``talk turkey'' with the best of them. It's refreshing to know I'm not alone.
Tina R. Skeene
Don Olson Truck Tire Centers Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
I enjoyed your March 18 issue highlighting the contribution of women to our industry.
For the past three years, it has been my pleasure to work with Pam Fitzgerald (Mike Gatto Inc., Melbourne, Fla.) on the executive committee of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA). She'll make a fine president of our organization in 1998.
The other women on the board of directors were deserving of recognition also. I am proud to be associated with all of them.
Heck, everyone knows it's really my wife, Ann, who runs our business.
V.W. ``Vinnie'' Donovan
I wonder if the future woman president of the NTDRA has ever unloaded a 53-foot trailer full of wet and icy junk tires for recycling or whether she has mounted, balanced, repaired or rotated tires during the first 12-inch snow of October.
If not, how could she know the problems of the little guy? I bet the past male presidents have, however.
Lyle's Discount Tires Inc.
Why do tire manufacturers feel compelled to take a $500 purchase and warranty it for life to the original purchaser?
When you buy a $30,000 vehicle it only has a warranty of three years or 36,000 miles.
It doesn't make sense.
Glen A. Dunn
Dunn Tire Co. Inc.
I would be interested in knowing some of the different ways tire shops pay their people-from the top to the bottom, including salaries, wages, benefits, incentives, commissions, overtime etc.
It would be interesting to learn what works and what doesn't work.
Plaza Tire & Auto Service
Nevada City, Calif.