Not a day goes by that I’m not impressed with John Evankovich and his team - they manage our tire and battery business at Sam’s Club.We’re especially thrilled for him as he takes on the role of president of the Tire Industry Association (TIA).
I encourage you to get to know John a little better below and learn more about what he's hoping to accomplish during his tenure as president.
How did you get your start in the tire industry?
I certainly had a passion for the industry although I didn’t know where it would take me. I held various jobs through high school and college, but it was while tires were being installed on a 1972 Dodge Charger at a Sam’s Club in Orlando, Florida that I ran into a situation that provided a job opportunity that would end up shaping my entire career. I began as a tire technician at Sam’s Club in February of 1990 and have been with the company since that day.
What do you love most about being a part of the Sam's Club Tire and Battery team?
Serving thousands of Sam’s Club Tire & Battery Center associates for the last 14 years has been the most rewarding experience for me as the leader of the Tire & Battery Center Operations team. Member and associate safety is the highest priority for me and my team, which means we must be dedicated to providing our associates with the resources and care they need to grow with the company to achieve their goals, and do all this while celebrating success and having fun. It’s not unusual that many good opportunities to serve begin by trying to find a solution to a problem.
How did you first get involved with the TIA?
My involvement in the Tire Industry Association (TIA) began in 2011 with an email to their team regarding challenges with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. The professional response and true desire to help was apparent during those early discussions and it wasn’t long after that Sam’s Club became a TIA member and we’ve been actively involved since then. As I became more active, I was supported by many TIA board members and encouraged to run for the TIA board of directors and was elected to the board in November 2014. During that time, I gained even more respect for the organization and the efforts to help tire dealers of all sizes. Although Sam’s Club has nearly 600 locations, we began with one location in Midwest City, OK in 1983. It doens't matter if you have one location or 3,500, we are all in this industry together and our different experiences combined make us better prepared to serve the TIA member base.
What has your experience been like since serving on the board?
During the first few years on the Board, I had the opportunity to collaborate on training and government relations which inspired me to want to contribute even more and I was elected by the Board to serve as Secretary on the Executive Committee in 2016. Most recently, my focus has been the continued development of the TIA Advisory Council and working with the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) to develop a better system for tire recall recovery.
What are you looking forward to most during your tenure as president?
I’m excited about the future and would like to use my time as president to focus on the current strategic initiatives around our mission to promote tire safety through training and education. I also hope to act as the principal advocate in government affairs as well as enhance the image and professionalism of the industry so that our member businesses may be more successful.
John’s commitment to collaboration will serve the membership of TIA well. I hope you all will join me in wishing him the best! Check out the full profile on John in Today's Tire Industry here. Congrats, John!