"As I look back at this year and this company, I am really proud of this team and how much impact we are having on the industry," Simple Tire CEO Andy Chalofsky told Tire Business.
"It's one thing to say you have a good team, but it is something else to see them execute and succeed. It's just very exciting all around."
In order to participate in the survey, each business must:
- Be a retail, commercial, OTR, retread or wholesale tire dealership in the U.S. (publicly or privately held);
- Have a minimum of 15 full- or part-time permanent employees working in the U.S.; and
- Be in business a minimum of one year.
Among companies eligible are online tire businesses; franchise tire businesses (such as individual Tire Pros, Big O Tires, etc. franchisees); mass merchandisers with tire stores (such as Walmart Tire & Lube Express, Sears Tire Centers, individual stores not eligible); and wholesale clubs that sell tires (such as BJ's or Costco.)
Each owner or representative submitted the Employer Benefits and Policies Questionnaire, an online survey detailing company policies, practices, benefits and demographics.
Employees, meanwhile, were asked to complete the Engagement and Satisfaction Survey, a series of questions, using a scale of 1 to 5, ranging from "agree strongly" to "disagree strongly."
Organizations with 25 or more employees must have a response rate of at least 40% in order for the results to count, meaning not every employee is required to participate.
Last year's overall winner was St. Louis Wholesale Tire, a family-run business that specializes in specialty tires and inner tube.