Modern Tire Dealer and DSP Form Strategic Alliance


News Release

For immediate release Dealer Strategic Planning, Inc.
November 29, 2010 2932 Enchanting Circle Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Modern Tire Dealer and Dealer Strategic Planning 20 Group Form Strategic Alliance
Association will provide more value to customers and readers

Virginia Beach, VA, November 29, 2010- Dealer Strategic Planning, Inc. (DSP) and Modern Tire Dealer today announced a strategic alliance between the two entities to better serve the tire industry. Modern Tire Dealer is well recognized as the industry’s leading publication. Dealer Strategic Planning invites non-competing independent tire store owners to join together to improve bottom line profits through idea sharing, financial bench marking and best practices. Together, MTD and DSP will encourage dealer profitability by sharing resources.

Greg Smith, Publisher is excited about the alliance, “We have been impressed by DSP’s ability to help dealers uncover potential profits and increase financial stability in a tough economic environment. They have a proven record of success. We are looking forward to collaborating on future articles and sharing their secrets in our magazine for the benefit of our readers.”

Equally enthusiastic, co-owners, Norm Gaither and Stu Zurcher commented, “We believe that our alliance with Modern Tire Dealer will help deliver our message to potential members. As the only 20 Group focused on the tire industry, our members significantly outperform the industry. Too many dealers leave profits on the table and we aim to change that when they join a 20 group.”

Together, MTD and DSP plan to reach out to interested tire store owners by sponsoring Norm Gaither’s highly acclaimed financial workshop, “Improving Bottom Line Profit”. Details for this “by invitation only” event will be announced in early 2011. One independent dealer who has attended this workshop said, “The Gaither program works! In six weeks, from the first time I attended this seminar, two stores went from a loss and the third store from a modest profit to more than 10% in net profit.” Tickets to this event will be limited, so interested dealers should contact DSP for more information.

About DSP 20 Group

Dealer Strategic Planning, Inc. was co-founded by Norm Gaither, a well-known automotive aftermarket financial expert and Stu Zurcher, store owner and TIA board member. DSP offers tire and automotive service dealers the opportunity to share best practices, benchmark against the industry and improve financial performance. Each group allows a maximum of 20 dealers who meet three times a year to help each other improve their business performance. Formed in 2007, Dealer Strategic Planning is the only tire-focused 20 group available in the industry. Groups are forming and any tire dealer interested in sharing best practices, benchmarking and improving profitability can find more information on the DSP web site: For more information, contact: Pat Brown, VP Marketing, 419-420-5915 or [email protected] or Paul Chizeck, 910-409-7293 or [email protected].

About Modern Tire Dealer

Modern Tire Dealer has a singular goal: to help independent tire dealers run their businesses more profitably. Founded in 1919, the publication is now part of several different media options that can be used to reach tire dealers. MTD regularly features articles that provide in-depth information about market segments, financial advice and business information. With an active website, and a variety of highly targeted e-newsletters, Modern Tire Dealer has become instrumental in bringing buyers and sellers together. As the leader in its field, MTD also publishes an annual, in-depth look at the industry in January, the “Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue.” More information about MTD can be found on the website. For more information, contact Greg Smith, Publisher, 330-899-2200 Ext. 12 of [email protected] or Bob Ulrich, Editor, 330-899-2200 Ext. 11 or b [email protected]

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