NEW YORK — Max Finkelstein Inc., the wholesale tire distributor that has been family owned and operated for four generations, celebrated its 100th anniversary recently with Goodyear Chairman, CEO and President Richard Kramer delivering a keynote address.
Vendors, customers, family members and employees attended a gala, replete with 1920s-themed music and dancing, June 29 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.
Mr. Kramer presented Harold and Jerry Finkelstein — sons of company co-founder Irving Finkelstein — with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their dedication to the industry and 96-year business partnership with Akron-based Goodyear.
Max Finkelstein, his brother Irving and Lloyd Giardino began the company in 1919, almost by accident. They initially sold used tires along their scrap metal for nickels and dimes, then when their inventory went low, they began to sell new tires.