RICHARD KUSKIN, President
Richard was born 1948, graduated from Stevens Institute of
Technology 1972 B.Eng.. He was employed by Seoul Trading Corp.
1972-1974, Schwartz & Nagle 1974-1989, Foreign Tire Sales
1978-present. Mr. Kuskin’s grandfather founded Schwartz & Nagle,
a retail tire seller, in 1914. Both he and Richard’s father
worked at Schwartz & Nagle their entire working lives.
Richard started working in the family business when his father
became ill and was hospitalized for an extended period in 1974.
Presented with greater potential, Kuskin devoted more of
his time to importing tires, first from Korea, then from Thailand
and China. Richard has traveled to China and Thailand on numerous
occasions and continues to visit the factories several times
LAWRENCE N. LAVIGNE, Vice President Operations, General Counsel
Larry joins FTS following 27 years as a successful trial
lawyer where he devoted his practice primarily to products
liability defense. Larry has represented
a number of major tire, automobile and truck manufacturers. He also has
vast experience in commercial transactions, employment
litigation, general labor
matters, lemon law defense, insurance coverage and commercial litigation.
He is certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court.
He has assisted clients in preparing warnings, warranties and owner’s manuals
for various products. He will continue to utilize this experience for the
benefit of FTS and its customers. He will also be involved in sales and
product procurement. Larry travels to the orient several
times a year to meet with
representatives of the various factories.
Larry is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College-B.A 1979 and Seton Hall
University School of Law-J.D. 1982.
GARY EIBER, Vice President, Engineering
Gary has been a tire engineer for 40 years. After receiving
his B.S. degree from the US Military Academy at West Point
and his MBA from Kent State University. Gary worked for Continental
General Tire International starting as a tire engineer trainee
and working his way up to Manager, International Product Technology
where among other obligations, he was responsible for the global
bias truck tire development. He as worked on projects concerning
every aspect of tire engineering on products ranging from scooter
tires to giant tires. He has worked on tire projects around
the world. He has vast design and testing experience which
he utilizes in working with the factories FTS buys its tires
from. Gary assists the factories on design criteria, performance
criteria, construction detail, equipment requirements and testing
requirements to insure that FTS imports only safe, high quality
Even while employed at FTS, Gary was called upon General
Motors to assist it in auditing Chinese tire factories. Likewise,
he was retained by Tornel Tire (one of the largest Mexican
owned tire companies) to assist in radial passenger car and
light truck radial tire quality improvement.
Gary travels to the orient several times a year to inspect
the factories, to work with their technical staffs and to insure
that proper production and testing methods are used.
ROBERT PELL, Director, New Business Development
Robert Pell, FTS’ director of new business development Robert brings over 24 years of
experience in the tire industry. Having worked for Del-Nat Tire Corp and Falken Tire
Corporation among others, he has extensive experience in sales and business development. He
brings an in-depth knowledge of the tire industry to FTS, He is customer oriented and has a
keen sense of customer needs.
MAUREEN GARDNER, Manager
Maureen has been the manager at FTS since 1992. She supervises
in-house staff and negotiates freight and brokerage arrangements.
She is in charge of supervising customer service efforts as
well as coordinating all transaction documentation. She is
also responsible for corresponding with vendors, the sales
force, and customers. She has ten years of industrial experience
as a Chemist in various companies. She holds a MBA in Marketing
from New York University 1992.
STEVEN SACKS, Sales Manager
Steve holds an MBA in Marketing from Farleigh Dickinson Univeristy.
He has been in sales his entire career; 41 years in the tire
industry. He ran the second Michelin dealership in United States
for the widow of the founder of the company. The company was
eventually sold to Michelin. He was a partner in a full service
company that sold commercial tires. During the 1990’s, Steve
was the CEO of Alliance Tire, USA which sold agriculture and
earth mover tires in US, Canada and Mexico.
Steve has been sales manager of FTS for the past 9 years.
He brings vast experience on “both sides of the desk”.
JOHN DELOGE, Sales
John has over 40 years of tire sales experience. He started
his career working for Armstrong Tire where he eventually rose
to the position of East Coast Regional Manager. After almost
20 years at Armstrong he moved to Dunlop Tire for the next
19 years where he ended up as the National Sales Manager. John
has made a career of servicing the tire Industry through the
Independent Tire Dealer. He is veteran of Vietnam War.
GLADYS VIERA Export Mananger Latin America Division
Gladys brings more than twenty-seven years in the field of
sales and marketing of tires. She began with International
Tire Marketers, Inc. in Myrtle Beach,SC where she opened the
Latin American market to this company where being bilingual
was a very essential component in this achievement.
Gladys has been instrumental in expanding the Latin American
market. Currently, she works with customers South America,
Central America , Mexico, Costa Rica
and Puerto Rico.
Gladys holds a Business Degree from University of Puerto