Carl Finamore, former president of Merchant's Tire and Auto Centers, has joined Big O Tires Inc. as executive vice president of sales.
Centennial-based Big O's parent, TBC Corp., bought Manassas, Va.-based Merchant's in April for $57.5 million. The 112-outlet chain-minus two commercial centers since sold-has been folded into TBC's other retail subsidiary, Tire Kingdom Inc.
Before joining Merchant's, Mr. Finamore worked at Western Auto Supply Co. for 30 years in various management positions, including vice president of sales and operations.
``This is a very exciting time for TBC and Big O Tires,'' Mr. Finamore said in a statement. ``I am looking forward to working with a highly motivated management team, our 560 dealers and the hundreds of franchisees who will join our ranks in years to come.''
Jim Wheat, former president and CEO of Penske Auto Centers Inc., also recently joined Big O as divisional vice president for the western division.