MIAMI — Tire Group International L.L.C. has hired tire industry veteran Rick Wheeler as vice president of national sales, a newly created position.
Mr. Wheeler brings 25 years' experience with Goodyear, Michelin North America/TCi Tire Centers and Kumho Tire USA Inc. to his new position, where he'll be responsible for sales, marketing, and customer service teams for the North American market.
TGI President Joaquin Gonzalez called Mr. Wheeler an "experienced industry executive" who understands the independent tire dealer and has earned their respect with his integrity and work ethic, and said his experience with managing multinational brands will be "invaluable to TGI as we continue to expand our presence in the U.S. market."
Mr. Wheeler said he's looking "forward to working with my colleagues to drive the company's aggressive growth strategy."
Known primarily for distributing tires throughout Central America and the Caribbean, TGI started stepping up its U.S. presence a few years ago with the opening of a sales office in Tampa to support business with customers along Florida's Gulf Coast.