622 Oak Avenue • Sulphur Springs, TX • (903) 885-8831
Tire Town is owned and operated by Mike and Bonnie Gilmer. The Gilmers moved to Sulphur Springs in 1978 and are very involved in the community. Mike first started management of Tire Town in 1985, then for several years was responsible for the establishment and operation on five other affiliated stores. By 1990, all other operations were sold and the Gilmers became the sole owners of Tire Town.
In addition to daily tire store operations, Mike served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Tire Dealers Association for eight years and was named Texas Tire Dealer of the Year in 2007. Mike has served as President of the Northeast Texas Choral Society, a 100 plus voice community choir. For years, Mike has volunteered with the local Ducks Unlimited Committee, serving for several years as the financial officer.
Mike and Bonne are both active in First United Methodist Church, Mike in the choir, and Bonnie with United Methodist Women. Bonnie is also employed by Wesley Methodist Church as church secretary, which gives both Mike and Bonnie the opportunity to participate in many of the church’s activities. In 2005, Bonnie was honored as Hopkins County Lady of the Year for her volunteer leadership in the local efforts to provide relief shelter for Hurricane Katrina victims, as well as her history of other works for the community over the years.
Son of Mike and Bonnie, Brad has been involved in Tire Town since he was a high school student, when he worked part time after school. Brad continued working for several years after high school. Brad then worked out of state for several years, where he gained valuable business experience. Brad returned to Sulphur Springs and has since assumed duties as a manager during Tire Town’s daily operations. His years of experience in all aspects of the tire business have given him the ability to help customers have a quality experience at Tire Town. Brad is a valued member of the Tire Town team.
Kelly joined Tire Town as Office Secretary just as we opened our facility at 622 Oak Ave. In these past eleven years, she has learned a great deal about tires while getting to know our local customers, giving her a unique ability to answer many tire questions for both new and repeat customers. In addition to secretarial duties, she regularly waits on customers, helping them select the correct tires by providing options in brand, quality, and price. Do not be surprised to see her mounting a tire in the shop, helping out when the shop is short-handed. Kelly has become a valuable addition to our Tire Town team.
Brian is our alignment and brake specialist. He has years of experience in both fields as well as a loyal customer following from his years of work in the industry. His experience allows him to accurately diagnose any front end problems and perform the most economical solutions. Brian is what we all need - an honest and skilled mechanic.
Rudi is our newest employee. He has experience in both tire installation and repair. and has been trained here to complete projects correctly and efficiently. His effectiveness at completing projects efficiently and effectively shined through during his training here at Tire Town. Rudi is bilingual and helps to effectively communicate with our non-English speaking customers.