Around the time that Atascadero was becoming an incorporated city, the Glasmeiers were getting into the tire business. Greg and Cornia purchase Atascadero Tire from her father and proceeded to build a small town business on the Central Coast. At the beginning of 2019, their son Kyle and his wife Bryttanie took the reins of the family business now known as American West Tire Pros.
“When we started the business there were a lot of people who were just having kids,” Greg said. “We’re now dealing with their kids’ kids.”
Being part of the community, the Glasmeiers used the success of their business to give back to the town. With children in the school system, the business owners helped and continue to help with supporting booster clubs, sponsoring little league baseball and maintaining the Atascadero High School band trailer. AWTP also lends its assistance to those who are experiencing tough times by working on vehicles brought to them through the women’s shelter, churches and the El Camino Homeless Organization. Greg said that the business works with all the churches in the area, choosing not to focus on one particular denomination.
“We worked out a deal where the people don’t come, the church would bring us people that need help,” Greg Glasmeier said.
Kyle said that he and Bryttanie decided to buy his parents’ shares of the company for one reason — “family.” After working for the AWTP for a few years, Kyle decided to explore a career with PG&E. Unfortunately, the job required him to be away from his wife and children for weeks at a time. He said that another motivation was to keep the store in the family and not see it bought by some big corporation.
Greg and Cornia say they are now happily retired except for their Monday babysitting duties for their two-year-old granddaughter Karson. Cornia said that the two plan on exploring Prague and Vienna in celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary, as well as visit another grandchild who lives in Texas. All-in-all, they have four grandchildren with one on the way later this month.
Much like their previous roles, where Greg managed the shop and Corina focused on accounting and payroll, Kyle follows in his father’s footsteps and Bryttanie (among the many hats she wears) took over the entire accounting department as well as expanding AWTP’s digital marketing footprint. Bryttanie said she is exploring ways to reach a younger crowd and is using social media outlets to broaden their customer base.
Throughout the years of the shop’s existence, its name has evolved and its location has changed but the quality of service remains a family standard. After working with Kyle for the past year, Greg said that it is a great comfort to him that his son will carry on the legacy of customer satisfaction that he and Corina worked so hard to establish.
“I am totally confident that he will always do the right thing,” Greg said. “That makes me really happy.”