EDMONTON, Alberta — Fountain Tire CEO Brent Hesje recently received the Northern Lights Award of Distinction, awarded by the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his corporate, community and industry leadership.
Each year, an individual or organization that has made a positive and lasting difference in the community receives the Northern Lights Award. Fountain Tire was recognized for its commitment to the community, its unique partnership model and Mr. Hesje's leadership.
"Connecting with the community has always been integral to my business philosophy," Mr. Hesje said. "Whether supporting local organizations or representing the aftermarket automotive industry in Ottawa, I believe relationships are the key to business success."
Mr. Hesje, who has been CEO of Edmonton-based Fountain Tire since 2005, has led the company through a period of significant growth. Goodyear Canada has a minority ownership position in the company and most store managers own 50% of their stores.
Mr. Hesje's passion to advance the partnership model has driven expansion to a network of 160 stores, according to the company.
"A strong collaborative approach has been integral to the growth of our network .... (and) has also allowed us to give back in meaningful ways to the communities where we live and work," he said.
The company has a history of supporting the United Way, Junior Achievement and local development initiatives in Edmonton. Fountain Tire store owners across Canada choose the local charities they want to support.
Last spring, Mr. Hesje was appointed chair of the Automotive Industry Association of Canada. He is a board member of Fountain Tire and sits on the boards of several Canadian corporate brands.
Mr. Hesje is the former chair of the boards of directors of the YPO Alberta Saskatchewan Chapter, the Western Canada Tire Dealers and The Support Network. He served three terms as chair of the Board of Governors of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), where he led the largest fundraising campaign in the institution's history, raising more than $120 million to develop campus learning spaces.
Fountain Tire, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, has twice been named among Alberta's Top Employers and has maintained Platinum Club member status of Canada's Best Managed Companies since first receiving the award in 1994.