Mr. Tchaghlassian started ATV with partners Tony Akhian and Vartan Mouradian — hence the name ATV. The partners left the business in 2005, making Mr. Tchaghlassian the sole owner.
In honoring Mr. Tchaghlassian with its success award, the SBA noted that Mr. Tchaghlassian reached out to the SBA 10 times over the years for aid in the form of 504 loans, which can be used for purchasing commercial real estate and equipment with a longer term than conventional loans, allowing owner-occupied small businesses to purchase a property with as little as 10-percent down.
ATV also is spreading its wings on the wholesale side, via WTD, which operates warehouses in Cerritos, Fontana and La Mirada, Calif., and Las Vegas, handling a selection of passenger, light truck and truck/bus tires that totals more than 30,000 SKUs.
WTD is a direct importer and exclusive distributor for the Saffiro, Mayrun and Winrun brands.