Michael Graber has hit the ground running, two months into his tenure as president and CEO of Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.
In an exclusive interview with Tire Business, a sister publication of Rubber News, the industry veteran said the supply chain is easing somewhat, and he also expressed strong support of the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show, where Toyo has been among the top tire exhibitors.
Graber was vice president of sales for Toyo Tire U.S.A. since January 2020 and has been with the Cypress, Calif.-based company since 2013.
How have things changed for you?
We have always had a very collaborative leadership philosophy at Toyo, so there haven't been a tremendous number of changes in my day-to-day focus. We are fortunate to have a tenured and talented team that is executing the plan we built together for 2022.
What sets Toyo apart?
We are a small company that does big things. We are authentic in our desire to make tires people love. Part of that is truly listening to our customers — developing tires and programs that make us different than the rest. And our team members, including our field sales staff, are empowered to make decisions that support our customers' needs.
How would you describe business in 2022?
So far, 2022 has been a carry over from the trends of 2021. We came into this year with heavy back orders and have seen the same trends through the first half. We have recently seen an easing of the supply chain bottlenecks, so we have been able to get supply to the market more quickly and efficiently than the last two years.