• Tire Group International (TGI) has appointed industry veteran Bill Hirst as the vice president of program sales for its domestic division. Hirst previously spent eight years at TBC Corp. as the executive vice president of sales for key brands such as Sumitomo. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a vice president of sales and marketing at Treadways Corp.
• Michael Makowsky of Oakville, CT is the Mitchell 1 “Educator of the Year” for 2012. Makowsky has been an automotive instructor at the Porter & Chester Institute in nearby Watertown for six years. His career background includes time working at various Chevrolet dealerships over 35 years.
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