PORTLAND, Maine (March 5, 2014) — When Dick Aronson left the U.S. Army in 1961, he thought he would enter law school, but Joseph Silverman, his father-in law, had other ideas.
Mr. Silverman invited his son-in-law instead to come and work for the Silverman family business — Century Tire Co. in Portland.
"He told me — and I can still hear his voice — to 'give it a full year,'" 78-year-old Mr. Aronson told Tire Business. "He said, 'You can't tell if you like the business unless you give it a full year. It'll take you that long to get the hang of it.'"
As it turned out, Mr. Aronson, now 78, did get the hang of it — giving the business 53 years and eventually becoming president of the dealership.
His tenure came to an end with Century Tire itself.