By Ashley Reyes
The SEMA Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) named John Rastetter as this week’s WTC spotlight volunteer. Rastetter is a tire information ambassador at Tire Rack—a retailer and distributor of tires and wheels for the automotive aftermarket.
Get to know Rastetter in his interview with SEMA below.
SEMA: What led you to obtaining a career in the wheel and tire industry?
John Rastetter: Participating in Autocrossing showed me how important tires are. This led me to working for BFGoodrich and managing one of their company stores. I later relocated to Akron, Ohio, and was promoted to become a member of the BFG Performance Team.
SEMA: How has being a WTC volunteer or member impacted your professional career?
JR: It has introduced me to the leaders of multiple companies and has given me the opportunity to help sales representatives take better care of their customers.
SEMA: What advice do you have for someone pursuing a career in the wheel and tire segment?
JR: Don’t be afraid to commit and get started. People may not always believe what you say, but they will always believe what you do. Your genuine interest and growing experience will help open doors for you throughout your career.
SEMA: Where can we find you on a Saturday?
JR: I live only 10 minutes from Road Atlanta, so I’m often attending road races or area car shows. I am also a coach for Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving schools.
Fill out a WTC spotlight form to highlight how you or your company are contributing to the wheel and tire segment of the automotive aftermarket. Selected candidates are eligible to be featured on WTC’s social media, SEMA eNews and future WTC member updates.