CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Aug. 30, 2011)—Coker Group, the parent company of Coker Tire Co. Inc., has named Wade Kawasaki its executive vice president.
Kawasaki, who has worked as a consultant to Coker Tire owner Corky Coker on several projects, will now be in charge of the company's business acquisitions, structured global distribution, manufacturing and corporate governance and infrastructure. In his new position, he will work to increase global sales and production, Chattanooga-based Coker, a vintage tire distributor, said.
Prior to joining Coker, Kawasaki founded or acquired and sold several companies, including Avanche Corp., Exports International and Racing Sports Akimoto. He has also served as secretary treasurer, show committee chairman and governance chairman for the Specialty Equipment Market Association and been named SEMA Person of the Year.