- Owner of Brazosport Tire Company in Clute, Texas & 2021 President of the Texas Tire & Automotive Association.
- Meet our featured member for this edition of the TTAA Member Profile. We here at TTAA are lucky to have such a supportive member and active President. David was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us so that we can all know a little bit more about him and his business.
How many years have you been in the tire business and tell us about the number of locations of your tire business?
We are a family owned tire shop and have been serving the Brazosport Area since 1949. The business was started by my father, Frank, at its original location in Clute, before moving to its current location in the 1980’s a few blocks down the road. We offer retail, commercial, industrial tire sales and service as well as a full service front end shop.
What was your business prior to entering the tire business and what motivated you to get into the industry?
I was born into the business. My Dad started the business in 1949, and I have worked for the company since a young age.
What are the three biggest challenges you see for the tire industry in the next three years?
- Some of the biggest challenges I see are dealing with what is going on world-wide. We have to see how COVID-19 continues to play out as well as our economy. Another challenge is any new tire related laws that might get brought up. The smallest issue can sometimes become your biggest challenge.
What advice would you have for the ‘Newcomer’ to the industry?
My advice for a newcomer is to be ready to adapt to change. With technology and online shopping, things have changed how we not only operate internally, but with our customers as well. It is important to maintain great customer service as well.
How long have you been a member of TTAA and what do you consider the best benefit of your membership?
I have been a member of TTAA for many decades. It’s been great to see how the association has grown and expanded over the years, while also supporting its members. Some of the best benefits are constant communication with other members. Whether a new crisis comes up or everyday business, getting to communicate with other members is essential. Another benefit is sharing new ideas among one another especially with such evolving technology.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
- My biggest achievement to date is being inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by the Junior Achievement of Brazoria County. They work and support educational programs throughout the county and are a great support system for future generations.
What person has had the most influence on your business life?
My dad definitely had the most influence on my business life. We worked together side by side for over 30 years. He taught me everything I know.
What is something most people may not know about you?
I was a marathon runner.