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Get To Know Bud Agnew of S&R Tire!

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Friday, October 17th, 2014 11:00 AM CST

We’re getting to know the Owners, Managers and Artisans of some of our great partners. Today we speak with Bud Agnew, part Owner of S&R Tire Center:

1. Tell us a little about you as a person. Where are you from, what are your hobbies and where did you start your career that led to taking over S&R Tire?
I’ve been married to Amy since Dec 1992, and we have three children, Brendan, Corey and Kaelyn.  We moved from Indiana to Bowling Green in 2001 after a year long house search and we landed in Alvaton.  I have a passion for coaching youth sports especially inline hockey.  I enjoy fishing (though catching is more fun), camping and time with the family.  I actually got my big break when one of the owners of S&R Tire, Fred Ralston, asked me to help him coach a baseball team some 23 years ago and the following year he offered me a job as a truck tire service man.  The rest as they say is history.  They made use of my computer degree by putting me in charge of buying, networking, setting up and training their company on a new software platform.  After that project they brought me out of the service department all together as an inside sales and dispatcher.  A couple of years later, they bought their largest competitor in town, Huber Tire and they asked me to be the operations manager for all three locations.  Three years later I had the opportunity to partner with my friend, Wes McAdams, who at the start of my tire career trained me as a tire tech.

2. What is your earliest memory of your work, what got you interested in it?

My parents owned a 1968 VW Beetle that had not run for five years and I was about to turn 16 and was looking to get it running as my first vehicle.  So, my best friend Jason Meyer and I began its restoration starting with getting her to run.  We took out and cleaned the nasty fuel tank, we replaced the battery and cables.  We replaced the old spark plugs and used sandpaper to clean up the distributor cap and button.  And YES we got her running.  We drove it to the gas station and filled her full of fresh fuel.  Then I left him to clean up the interior while I made a trip to the store to get new plug wires and such, but when I made it back he had removed all the plug wires and not knowing the firing order we were unsuccessful in getting it to run ever again.  Even when we located the correct firing order and made timing adjustments it still never moved on its own.  That’s my first experience working with a car and its power house.  Also learned never to leave, Jason, alone with any of my cars ever again.
3. What is your favorite thing you sale?

The favorite thing I love to sell is….Our Service.  Our people have a natural desire to want to take care of people in a way that lets customers know just how much they care.  No one wakes up in the morning and goes off to work thinking about doing less than exceptional quality work, however, the people we take the time to hire wake up and think about how they can be better at their job today than they were yesterday.  We hire for attitude and train for the skill.
4. Who are your influences in life and your work?

The people who have influenced my personal life the most have been, God, my mom & dad, my wife & kids, my in-law mom & dad along with a solid core of about six life long friends.  As far as my business influences I would say, God, my partner Wes, Fred Ralston, Tom Sander, Paul Zurcher and Paul Weaver.  Also a couple of key vendor friendships.  And lets not forget all the books on personal and business development.  Dave Ramsey.
5. If you had to choose a last meal, what would you eat (Just a fun question and doesn’t have to be local)?

My last meal before facing the firing squad would be, a large juicy grilled ribeye, served with a butter smothered baked potato with asparagus, a bowl of french onion soup and a fresh salad.  Desert would be an eclair cake made by my mom.
6. How important is local business collaboration to you?

The importance of local economy is key to the overall success of any community, local, state, and country.  The more the people of a community buy from and build on its local businesses, the better off all areas of their community will be from the schools, to the utility infrastructure and to the overall workforce development utilization.  Keep our monies here Bowling Green – Buy Local!
7. What event in Bowling Green (or Charity) are you involved with?

There are two charities we are committed.  The first is St. Jude Children’s Hospital where we are a sponsor of our local St Jude Home Give-away.  And the second, is Big Brothers Big Sisters where we assist in several fund raisers such as Bowl for Kids Sake and Caps for a Cause.  Another is the Leader in Me program fostered by our Chamber, Warren County Schools and Bowling Green Schools.  Notice a pattern?  We invest in the children our future leaders of our tomorrow.
8. What do you see for the future of your business in Bowling Green and serving South Central Kentucky?

Multiple locations to better serve the types of business our customers are needing, automotive, commercial, industrial, and OTR.  Thus, making it more convenient for our customers to receive our high quality of service they have come to expect and deserve.
9. What other locally owned businesses in town do you enjoy shopping, eating or patronizing

There are several locally owned businesses in Bowling Green that I certainly enjoy.  EHO Laser Engraving, Blue Cotton, Image Ink, Rustic Nail Co, Best Business Systems, Trent Bedding, 3B Automotive, All Seasons Gas Grill & Fireside , Brickyard Cafe, Hatler Construction and All Creatures Animal Hospital.

So, feel safe knowing S&R Tire is working hard with other local tire dealers to get you the best price possible and keeping that service you’ve come to love. Just call S&R Tire, located at 1101 Lovers Lane, 270.781.8828

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