In the six months that I have had the privilege of serving our readers as editor, I have enjoyed plenty of perks.
I have met wonderful dealers from all parts of the industry, from a young dealer who lives in California, to a contemporary from Oklahoma, to an elder statesman from Pennsylvania. I have had the privilege of interviewing several top executives from tire manufacturers. And I've had the opportunity to travel the world, bringing our readers stories from near and afar.
But the best, I'm told, is yet to come.
That will happen in late October, when I will have the privilege of presenting the 2017 Tire Dealer Humanitarian of the Year Award.
I am looking forward to meeting the person who will be honored for making significant contributions to the betterment of his or her community through charitable acts or public service work. I can't wait to learn his or her story, how he or she gives back, and what motivates him or her to give so tirelessly, often with little or no fanfare.
That, to me, is what life is all about: Making your community a better place.
If you know of an independent tire dealer or retreader who meets this criteria, be sure to nominate him or her for the 2017 Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award. But do it soon: the July 31st deadline is fast approaching.
An independent committee outside of the tire industry will judge nominees.