QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — It is a story probably not unlike thousands of others across the family-owned business spectrum.
Dad has no formal education and meager resources, but he has the drive, intelligence, intuition and savvy to build a business from virtually nothing into a multi-million dollar entity.
Son grows up in the long shadow of his dad, and, eager to prove himself outside of the comfort of his dad's demanding environment, leaves to seek success on his own.
The prodigal son returns home, dad and son work through those familial challenges, and the business thrives and is passed on to generations.
That's the simplified narrative of the Kelloggs: Wayne, the patriarch, and Bob, the son. A happy ending, indeed.
But what sets this story apart from others is this: Bob not only has embraced his father's shadow, but today, he casts an equally long one of his own on the six-county community in upstate New York that his family's business, Warren Tire Service Center Inc., serves.
It's just not that he has helped to grow the dealership from a handful of locations to 14 — with one more in the works — with sales expected to exceed $23 million this year.
It is also because he and his daughter Megan, part of the third generation to help run the business, continue to expand and broaden the company's charitable outreach.
If there's a cause, charity or group — particularly those that serve youth or those physically impaired — seeking financial or volunteer support, Warren Tire is there.
At last count, the dealership supports close to 10 charities or causes in the community, including perhaps the city's most known, the Wait House, an emergency shelter and transitional living program for homeless youth in nearby Glens Falls, N.Y.
It is for those charitable endeavors that Bob Kellogg has been named the 2019 recipient of the Tire Business Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award.
The 26th recipient of the prestigious award, Mr. Kellogg received the Humanitarian medal, as well as a $2,500 donation from Tire Business to the charity of his choice, on Nov. 4 at the Tire Industry Association's (TIA) Honors Awards ceremony, held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
"A lot of organizations talk about doing stuff — 'I'm going to go out there and do this and that' — but they don't do it unless something is in it for them, that they gain something," said Wendy Matthews, who helps to organize the community's Adopt-A-Child program, which facilitates toy donations to children in need.
"They say the word, but they don't walk the walk," she said. "Warren Tire does it and is not looking for recognition. They just do it because it's the right thing."
An independent panel selected Mr. Kellogg, the 55-year-old president of Warren Tire, from about a dozen nominees from across North America. The committee said Mr. Kellogg "does not simply write a check, but is involved in the charities he supports."
The panel also wrote: "Charity and public service are a pillar of their business as evidenced in the amount of money raised to help those in need and in the wide variety of organizations he supports."