Mar 28, 2016 Nashville, Tenn.

GCR Tires & Service Announces New Executive Director of Marketing

Philip Dobbs, Chief Marketing Officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Jon has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, engineering and financial analysis, and we’re excited to bring that expertise to the GCR team.

Philip Dobbs, Chief Marketing Officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Jon Kimpel brings more than 20 years of leadership and strategic planning skills

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced that Jon Kimpel has been named Executive Director of Marketing for GCR Tires & Service (GCR), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). This position previously was held by Chris Ripani, who was named President of Speedco, a BATO subsidiary, late last year.

“Jon has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, engineering and financial analysis, and we’re excited to bring that expertise to the GCR team,” said Philip Dobbs, Chief Marketing Officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “With his proven leadership and track record of effective strategic planning, I am confident that Jon will help us drive growth and successful business results for GCR.” 

As Executive Director of Marketing, Kimpel will be responsible for leading all marketing activities for GCR, including advertising, promotion and digital activities. Kimpel joined the Bridgestone Americas team in 1995 as Application Engineer for Firestone Industrial Products. Over the next 20 years, he held various roles including Division Marketing Manager, Firestone Industrial Products; Manager, Planning & Analysis, Firestone Diversified Products; and, most recently, Executive Director of Marketing, Firestone Building Products. Kimpel earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.

GCR is one of the nation’s largest commercial tire and service companies with more than 200 locations in the United States and Eastern Canada. GCR’s extensive network of store locations offers complete solutions for the trucking, construction, mining, industrial, agricultural and industrial segments.