01 May East Bay Tire hires new manager for Big Island service centers
East Bay Tire Co. announces the arrival of Dean Barnhart as the new manager for R&G Tire Center on the Big Island. Dean will oversee both the Hilo and Kona service locations.
This change follows the announcement of the retirement of Rod Carvalho, founder and manager of R&G Tire Center, who will be leaving later this year.
Dean is no stranger to the tire industry and comes with 27 years’ experience in the retail, commercial and wholesale sides of the business. In 1987, Dean began his career in tire retail, working for an independent tire dealer in Southern California. He later worked for a commercial tire dealer, managed some of their stores and centralized their service truck dispatch. Prior to joining EBT, he ran the wholesale division for a large tire distributor, promoting their private label brand on the global level. A former employee of East Bay Tire’s, Dean is returning to contribute his knowledge and expertise in a new and challenging market.
“With Rod retiring this year, we needed to find someone with extensive experience and energy to continue to build and grow R&G Tire Center on the Big Island,” says John Hulsey, General Manager, Wholesale Division. “We feel confident that Dean is the right person.”
R&G Tire Center, previously doing business as Davie’s Motor Supply, has been serving the Big Island for over 35 years with its two service centers, located in Hilo and Kona. Both locations offer extensive tire inventories, full service auto repair and are state-certified safety inspection stations. East Bay Tire acquired R&G Tire Center in 2013.