Commercial Tire Inc. has promoted Trent Schwenkfelder to president, allowing his father and company founder J.R. Bob Schwenkfelder to concentrate more of his time to growth and strategic planning , in a move the dealership is calling restructuring the company for future growth.
The Meridian-based dealership also broke ground recently on an outlet in Meridian, which will become Commercial Tire's 12th location in Idaho's Treasure Valley when it opens this fall and its first outlet in its Meridian home base, according to a spokesman. The company's original corporate headquarters and warehouse were located in Boise, Idaho. Needing additional room for growth, it moved to Meridian in 2003, relocating its home office and warehouse into a larger facility.
Trent Schwenkfelder brings more than 20 years' experience with Commercial Tire to the presidency. A University of Idaho graduate, he joined Commercial Tire full time in 1993. The company said he will oversee all day-to-day operations and lead Commercial Tire into its next era.
J.R. Schwenkfelder retains the CEO title.
Rob Wright and Michael Hampton were promoted to vice president of sales and administration, respectively.
Mr. Wright joined the company in 2008 and brings more than 25 years of sales and leadership experience to his new position, according to Commercial Tire. Mr. Wright will oversee all aspects of consumer, commercial and agricultural sales and marketing for the company.
Mr. Hampton joined the dealership in 1999 and has more than 20 years of accounting and administration experience. He will oversee all corporate support services, systems, production and compliance.
Commercial Tire operates 32 commercial and retail locations, one wholesale warehouse and three Bandag system retread plants in an approximately 100-mile radius from Meridian throughout the Northwest in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington, primarily stretching out along Interstate 84. In addition to the new Meridian store, its Treasure Valley locations are four outlets in Boise, one in Nampa, two in Caldwell, and one each in Ontario, Emmett, Mount Home and Grandview.
The dealership generated $69.5 million in sales last year with 350 employees; the commercial side represents about 59 percent of sales.
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