At its annual Owners’ Convention last month in Victoria, BC, Fountain Tire recognized leaders within the organization and named Randy Guidinger, retired owner of the Leduc, AB Fountain Tire, Most Valuable Player.
Guidinger was honoured for 35 years of successful and dedicated service in Leduc.
In 2021, his store saw a 28 percent increase in sales and received a Fountain Tire benchmark award for surpassing financial targets.
He was also recognized for his career-long commitment to supporting Fountain Tire associates; he has formally mentored four individuals, supporting their path to owning their own stores.
“Randy exemplifies the word ‘unselfish,’” says Dave Deley, Senior Vice President, Stores at Fountain Tire.
“He lives Fountain Tire’s core purpose of helping people get there safely, sustainably and successfully. He has proven that mentorship, partnership and exceptional customer service are a recipe for business success.”
In addition to leadership in business, the Most Valuable Player award recognizes community leadership.
Fountain Tire Leduc has a long history of supporting local initiatives, including Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc’s community enhancement programs, the Leduc Rodeo, the local 4-H club, the Leduc Riggers hockey team and the Leduc Curling Club.
Under Fountain Tire’s unique partnership model, managers own 50 per cent equity in their stores. Awarded annually since 2004, the Most Valuable Player is selected from owners across Fountain Tire’s network of 165 locations.
Nominees are graded on several business success markers, including leadership, community involvement, customer relationships and safety.
Also recognized with awards were: Cameron Lawson at Delta Truck Centre, BC, Most Improved Mixed; Chris Dirkson of Langley, BC, Most Improved Retail; and, Nathan Oakley of High River, AB, Rookie of the Year.
For more information on Fountain Tire and the company’s ownership model, visit fountaintire.com.