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Mountain View Tire Good News
Now, the WOW Experience is even easier to find in and around Palm Desert.
The newest Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location has opened at 34-700 Monterey Avenue in the Desert Gateway Shopping Center, near Walmart and Sam's Club. It's our second Palm Desert location.
"There was definitely a need for another MVT store in Palm Desert. The area has grown tremendously in the last 15 years," said company Vice President Chris Mitsos. "And we knew that a second store here would make it easier for a lot of our customers to get the service they need."
The new Palm Desert store will be the first of our locations to provide smog testing. We'll use state-of-the-art testing and repair equipment to keep our customers' vehicles in compliance with California law.
If you've ever been to our other Palm Desert location, you may recognize the manager of our newest store. He's Robert Lee, the man who was honored by the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce's "Make Someone A Star" program for his commitment to outstanding customer service.
Robert's been a member of our team since 2001. He's a terrific ambassador for Mountain View Tire and Service, and we know you're going to enjoy working with him.
If you need new tires or any type of automotive service, or if you'd just like to take a look at our newest store, please stop in. If you'd prefer, you can make an online appointment.
Want to get an earlier jump on your Sunday to-do list? If so, you'll be glad to know that all Mountain View Tire locations are now open Sundays from 8am to 4pm.
"We realized that a lot of people like getting an earlier start on Sunday mornings," said MVT Vice President Chris Mitsos. "And now that our stores are open an hour earlier on Sundays, customers can get their vehicle service or repair out of the way earlier and get on with the rest of their day."
All 30 of the Mountain View Tire locations throughout southern California are open seven days a week. To find the hours and contact information for any of our stores, please start with our Locations page.
Left to right: Paul Mitsos, Chris Mitsos, Henry Montes, Nick Mitsos and Mike Mitsos
If you own or manage a business, you know that great employees are worth their weight in gold.
And if you buy from certain businesses again and again, there's a good chance it has something to do with the people who work there.
At Mountain View Tire and Service, we're lucky to have hundreds of dedicated, hard-working team members who deliver the "Wow Experience" every day. But so far, only one of them has reached the 20-year employment milestone.
Henry Montes joined our company in October 7th 1993, just six years after we opened our first store. He started out as a tire installer in our Duarte location, and moved up quickly to manage our Fontana and Upland stores. He now manages Mountain View Tire and Service in Rancho Cucamonga.
Henry brings many outstanding qualities to his work, including a positive, can-do attitude, lots of energy and solid character. Needless to say, he serves as an excellent ambassador for Mountain View Tires and Service.
This email from our customer Bridget Leon sums up the effect that Henry has had on hundreds, if not thousands of people over the years:
"I just wanted to let you know what a remarkable employee you have in Henry. He greeted me with the utmost respect and professionalism, and exceeded my expectations in the quality of customer service that he provided. I am so impressed by your company [that] I will definitely be recommending your services to all my family and friends. With much appreciation - Bridget Leon"
Henry says, "It's been a privilege and continues to be an honor to work with the Mitsos family and the many great people at Mountain View Tire and Service over the last twenty years."
The feeling is mutual, Henry. Thank you for all that you do for Mountain View Tire and our customers. Here's to another 20 years.
Vincent Nobile (center) has added another first to his growing list of accomplishments: back-to-back victories!
On August 4th 2013, Nobile and the Mountain View Racing team won the Pro Stock division at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington. Just one Sunday before, the 22-year old Nobile took home the Wally Award for his win in Sonoma, California. In both final rounds, he outran his teammate and four-time world champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr.
"I think I try a little bit harder when I'm going up against my teammates in Jeg and Allen [Johnson]," Nobile told NHRA.com. "And it definitely means a lot beating Jeg. He's just unbelievable, and to be able to beat a champion, it means a lot to me and my team."
Now with three wins on the season, Nobile moves up to fourth place in the Pro Stock standings. He has also secured a spot in the Countdown to the Championship, which consists of the last six races of the season.
"I owe a lot to my team because they're doing a tremendous job right now," said Nobile. "This is definitely a great time to turn it on for the Countdown."
Vincent Nobile is already the youngest driver ever to win an NHRA Pro Stock event. He won his first K&N Horsepower Challenge in Norwalk, Ohio last year. Also in 2012, he defended his rookie-season wins in both Houston and Norwalk. Known throughout the drag racing world for his remarkably quick reaction times at the starting line, Nobile now has eight career victories and 13 final round appearances.
(Photo from NHRA.com.)
Ahhh, it's good to be the home team!
Vincent Nobile and the Mountain View Racing crew are 2-0 this year on California drag strips.
Our second NHRA Pro Stock win of the 2013 season – and Vincent's 7th career victory – came at Sonoma Raceway, Sunday, July 28th.
Nobile defeated four-time world champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr. in the final round, driving the black and white Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger and its Goodyear Eagle tires down the quarter-mile track in 6.572 seconds at a top speed of 208.58 miles per hour.
The victory moves Nobile up one notch to the 5th spot in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points standings with three more events to go before the six-race "Countdown to the Championship."
The 21-year old Nobile has a healthy respect for Coughlin, his teammate and Sonoma challenger. "Jeg is someone I've always looked up to when I was little," he told NHRA.com. "He is still one of the best, if not the best driver out here."
(Image from NHRA.com.)
(This article contains information and a photo from a post by William Thornton at www.AL.com.)
We've been in the tire business since 1987. That's a pretty long time. But it can't compare to the longevity of Sidney Richardson.
As of June 2013, Sidney has been working at the Goodyear Tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama for 70 years!
Let's put that in perspective: When Sidney started working in 1943, Franklin Roosevelt was still president. World War II was raging. The zoot suit was in style. And the musical "Oklahoma" was the newest thing to hit the Broadway stage.
Seven decades later, Sidney is still a loyal Goodyear employee. In fact, he's the longest-serving Goodyear employee in the world. About 9,000 people have been hired at the Gadsden plant since Sidney's first day. (By the way, he was just 17 when he started, and he made less than 50 cents per hour.)
To celebrate Sidney's 70th anniversary, the plant threw a two-day celebration in his honor. It included an employee cookout, plus recognition from Goodyear CEO Richard Kramer and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.
While we don't have any employees who can challenge Sidney's record just yet, there are several members of the Mountain View Tire team who have been with us for quite awhile. We'd like to recognize them here, and thank them for their commitment to our company and customers.
Henry Montes is the gentleman who's been with us the longest. He's the manager of our Rancho Cucamonga store, and in October 2013, he'll celebrate his 20th year with Mountain View Tire.
Once again, a dramatic rescue was at the heart of this year's Highway Hero ceremony.
Goodyear has named Jason Harte of Rogers, Arkansas the recipient of this year's honor. A driver for Sammons Trucking in Missoula, Montana, Mr. Harte was acknowledged for his quick thinking and willingness to help after witnessing an accident involving an entire family.
While driving down an interstate last July, he saw a speeding pickup truck push a minivan off the road. When he approached the damaged van, Mr. Harte saw a man and a woman holding a six-month-old baby. Three other children were also trapped in the vehicle.
After calling 911, Mr. Harte helped the man, woman and baby escape. Working with other drivers who had stopped, Mr. Harte worked to free the other children, pulling apart seats and cutting seatbelts in order to reach them.
A former paramedic, Mr. Harte then helped rescue crews tend to the victims' injuries, which included broken legs and internal bleeding.
Goodyear's Gary Medalis praised Mr. Harte, saying that his "quick thinking and brave actions rescued a family of six from a terrible situation. Jason's decision to offer assistance is a powerful example of the selflessness exhibited by professional truck drivers. Because of his actions, lives, in all probability, were saved. For this, Jason has earned the right to be called a hero."
Goodyear presented Mr. Harte with several items, including a special Highway Hero ring and a $5,000 cash prize.
Did you ever wonder where the automotive technicians who work on your car learned to do what they do? It may have been at Golden West College and Mountain View Tire.
Since 2010, we've worked with the school's Auto Technology Department to give up-and-coming automotive techs a chance to broaden their education, while working in a professional environment.
Rex Jaramillo (pictured second from the left) is the Work Experience Coordinator at Golden West. He arranges the internships for an increasing number of participants.
"The program has grown from eight students in 2009 to its present size of 26 students," said Jaramillo. "And we anticipate more students in the future as word gets out about our new Certificate of Achievement program." That's a training option that prepares students to enter the workforce in a shorter amount of time.
While working with individual students and growing the school's network of internship providers, Jaramillo has also updated Golden West's auto technology courses to align with the latest standards and tasks of NATEF - the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation. That makes program graduates better prepared for the job market.
"Many of our graduates have landed jobs as auto technicians," Jaramillo reported. "One of our past graduates is supervising a student intern in our present program. A few own their own auto service and repair businesses locally. And some have their own mobile repair business."
Based on student feedback, the program is a great success.
"We've had high praise for this type of training: classroom and lab activities, backed by an internship experience," said Jaramillo. "Many past students have said that the internship experience was the best part of the whole program." He explained that students like the chance to prove themselves in the field by applying their skills and training to real jobs. "And almost daily, we field inquiries from other interested students who learned about the program from positive experiences of students already in the program."
"The greatest value our students get from working at Mountain View Tire is the positive learning atmosphere and the encouragement they receive. We're in the third year of our partnership with MVT and, so far, exit interviews with students have been all positive. From the store managers to the lead technicians who supervised the interns, the reviews have been thumbs up."
Jaramillo said, "The Mountain View Tire stores have a very organized, systematic approach to doing business. When it comes to good business practices, there seems to be more consistency between the different MVT stores. That comes from strong corporate standards, a can-do attitude, and progressive business principles."
"We appreciate and value our relationship with Mountain View Tire," said Jaramillo. "They're providing an excellent public service by supporting our program."
And we're proud to be helping the next generation of automotive technicians get its start.
If you're a fan of NHRA Pro Stock drag racing, you already know where to find the most exciting six-and-a-half seconds in all of motorsports. And if you're a fan of driver Vincent Nobile and Mountain View Racing, you know that last Sunday featured one of the most exciting six-and-a-half second runs to date!
Now in his third year of top-level competition, the 21-year-old Nobile won the first event of the 2013 NHRA season a few days ago - the O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Pomona Raceway.
"It's really awesome to win," said Nobile, "especially in front of the whole Mitsos family and the Mountain View Performance team."
The Pomona victory is already the sixth win in Nobile's young career, but for the first time ever, he's sitting atop the leader board. "We are leaving here with the points lead and that's every team's goal," he said. "Now, we just want to stay there. We need to stay consistent and the wins will keep on coming."
For a quick rundown of upcoming NHRA events, watch Vincent in this quick video.
Vincent Nobile and the Mountain View Racing team are ready to get back to drag racing, Pro Stock style!
The 2013 season begins with the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals, February 14th through the 17th at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. (Check the full schedule here.)
This will be the third season that the 21-year old Nobile will be piloting the Mountain View Racing Dodge Avenger down quarter-mile tracks across the country. He brings with him five career wins, nine final round appearances, and a career-best elapsed time of 6.512.
Known for his lightning-quick reaction times at the starting line, Nobile now has two year's worth of experience with the various drag strips and conditions on the NHRA circuit, a factor that has the Mountain View Racing team looking forward to even better results this year.
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