This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
Many people serving the oil and gas industry don't survive the fluctuations. But Dan Karren of Dan's Tires learned early what it takes to support this industry, especially as a lifelong Uintah Basin resident. His company is approaching their 40th anniversary and now has two locations with almost 50 employees.
Dan's dedicated team of professionals knows what they're doing and they understand the safety involved. Their main focus is on providing tires for trucks — commercial, farming, passenger and light duty. They do all types of tires and light mechanic work. Dan says success starts with hiring the best and then treating his employees like partners throughout the entire process. That changes the way they take care of customers, and creates something their clients experience, which explains why they have a second thriving location in North Dakota.
Dan has been running this operation since 1978. He started from the ground up, so he knows the business. He would never ask his employees at Dan's Tires to do anything he hasn't done himself over time because he knows personally what dedication it takes. His son Rhett is involved in the business and is preparing to take it over, bringing this company into the second generation of family ownership.
In addition to the tire replacement operation, Dan says they have a semi-truck wash and convenience store. This has been a successful strategy for Dan's Tires, adding to their growth and supporting Utah's energy industry. It's smart because they contribute to the generation of $5 billion plus in energy revenues for Utah every year.
Dan says he has survived through all the hard times because he experienced the hard way early on. He almost lost everything during the recession in the 80s and learned a valuable lesson as he put his head down and went to work. He found the value of being financially responsible for his company, Dan's Tires, and never buys anything he can't afford. It is this fiscal responsibility and his caring that have enabled him to be successful.
For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.
Dan's Tires 1348 W. Hwy 40 Roosevelt, UT 84066 435-722-5045