Tell us a little bit about yourself
I grew up in Norton and graduated from Norton High School, class of 1992. I currently live in Copley Township.
How long have you been in this business and what drove you to start Van’s Auto Service & Tire Pros?
As a senior in high school, I worked at Myers Tire Supply in Akron. I worked for them in Charlotte, N.C., and Rochester, N.Y.
In 1999, I got into the wholesale tire business for a family business called North Central Tire in Canton. After 13 years in the wholesale business, it was sold to a large corporation.
In August 2013, Mark Vananman, the owner of Van’s Tire in Wadsworth, wanted to go in a different direction and offered to sell me the business.
On Sept. 1, 2013, Zack McMurray, my brother and myself opened our first retail store. In 2016, we opened our second in North Ridgeville, we opened our third in 2017 in Iberia and in 2018 we opened our fourth location in Mansfield.
Tell us a little about your business and employee philosophies
Treat everyone like family. Our employees know to always treat the customer like they would treat their own family.
We are in an industry that does not have a great reputation of honesty. We strive to always give an accurate assessment of the vehicle’s safety concerns and let the customer decide how to address them based upon their needs for the vehicle.
When it comes to tires, we match up the right tire based on the driving habits and concerns of the driver.
How are you involved with your community?
We are active with Ronald McDonald house, Kelly’s Crusaders, the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce, Emma Strong and the Grizzly Foundation.
What do you see as the future of Van’s Auto Service & Tire Pros?
We are looking for additional locations when the opportunity is right. At 45 years old, I still have a lot of good years ahead of me.