ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Joseph Tomarchio Jr., a co-founder of Mr. Tire Inc. in 1970, retired recently from Monro Inc., capping a 50-plus-year career, including the last 19 with Monro.
Tomarchio, who had been Monro's special adviser–acquisitions since April 2017, retired on May 1, according to Monro.
During his time at Monro, the dealership tripled in size, primarily by acquisition, to the 1,300-plus stores it operates today.
Monro President and CEO Mike Broderick said the company is "grateful for Joe's long service."
"He has played a key role in our company's growth, most recently in guiding our successful acquisition activity. We sincerely wish him all the best in retirement as he spends time with his family and enjoys his passion for exotic and muscle cars."
Prior to joining Monro, Tomarchio was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mr. Tire, which he co-founded with his brother, Fred Tomarchio, in 1970.
The company grew from one Mr. Tire Auto Service Centers to 26 over the following 34 years, rising to the top market share in the Baltimore metro area, according to Monro.
Monro acquired the Mr. Tire brand in 2004, and Joe Tomarchio became divisional vice president-tire stores.
In 2006, Tomarchio was named president of Monro's tire group. He moved up to executive vice president–store operations in October of that year, where he oversaw store operations for the company's 1,100-plus tire and automotive service locations in 27 states, as well as tire procurement, tire merchandising and marketing, and acquisitions.
"I have had an incredible journey that I never could have imagined as a young man starting out in the tire business," Tomarchio said. "I have had the privilege to work with, train and mentor people from all levels of society in my more than 50-year career in the automotive industry."
"Going from being an entrepreneur for the first 30-plus years to a publicly traded company with Monro was a major change," he said.
"It was an education that you could not buy at any price. Monro has been extremely gracious during my entire 19-year tenure. The opportunities they provided, and still offer to this day for our teammates, are unprecedented in our industry."