AMN Drivetime with Tire Industry Icon John Gamauf

AMN Drivetime with Tire Industry Icon John Gamauf

Tire dealers know Gamauf as “Johnny g,” one of the most dynamic and respected individuals in the tire industry.

John Gamauf, president, Consumer Replacement Tires – Retired, Bridgestone-Firestone North America, is a 50-year veteran of the tire industry. Starting out with Firestone as a tire buster in the late 60s, he rose through the company’s ranks working in different sales positions for Bridgestone brands until he became president of consumer replacement tires for Bridgestone/Firestone North America consumer tire company in 2003. During his tenure with Bridgestone-Firestone, he was responsible for creating Bridgestone’s Affiliated Dealer Program and helped navigate the company through one of the largest tire recalls in history. Tire dealers know him as “Johnny g” and he is one of the most dynamic, influential and respected individuals in the tire industry.

In this latest episode of AMN Drivetime, Babcox CEO Bill Babcox sits down with Johnny g for a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from navigating turbulent career moments to the one piece of advice he would give his younger self. For Gamauf, the greatest lesson he’s learned during his long and varied career is a personal one, he says. 

“It’s my gut feeling that goes back to everything that’s all about business and it’s relationships. You know, it doesn’t matter about whether you’re having relationships at home with your wife and your marriage, with your kids, your family, or with your business associates. The core foundation of doing business is relationships,” he shared.

During the podcast, Bill and Johnny g also talk about: 

01:44 Career highlights from his 50-year career with Bridgestone-Firestone

05:21 What tire shops were like in the 60s.

06:58 Some of the most fascinating “industry firsts” he witnessed during his career

10:13 The inside scoop on the Johnny g & Friends podcast

12:15 The people you meet in a 5-decade career in the tire business (ever heard of Mario Andretti?)

18:11 How Johnny played a role in the Super Bowl halftime show

25:55 The ever-popular Lightning Round!

AMN Drivetime is sponsored by Litens.

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