OUR TEAM

Passionate About Trucks

Quality Truck & Tire hires expertly trained technicians and truck mechanics in the Clare, MI area. They take part in intensive training on the latest truck technology. We give our team members the tools to succeed at their jobs, and get out of their way so they can run with it. Since our team members are the most important part of our business, we invest in them by giving them a great place to work and providing ongoing training.

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Owner & Truck Lover

MARLIN FOX

Marlin Fox opened Quality Truck & Tire in Clare on October 15, 2007. For years, he had dreamt of opening his own business, and working on large trucks and buying and selling equipment were his passions.

Marlin has always enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work. From an early age, he dreamed of being a mechanic. At 19, he took the first steps toward that dream by landing a job repairing wrecked trucks and putting them back together. At 27, he bought an empty building in Clare Michigan. He started out with zero customers but, through hard work and long hours, he gained work from many local fleets and farmers as well as customers coming off the interstate. Having that same passion for his work and an outstanding team has made Quality Truck and Tire a respected and thriving shop in Clare, Michigan.

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DON CLUTE

Chief Operating Officer

Don studied business at Davenport University, and his skills in leadership and business bring a new level of talent to the team at Quality Truck & Tire. Since he came on board as COO, Don oversees business management and new growth opportunities. After work, Don spends time on his hobby farm, or goes hunting, fishing, or mountain biking.

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CURTIS SMITH

Truck & Equipment Sales

Curtis studied psychology and coaching at Central Michigan University, and his exceptional skills in leadership and sales make him a valued member of the Quality Truck and Tire team. Aside from sales he has been known to jump in the shop and help out the crew when needed given his history with building trucks and jeeps. His business statement is a quote from Scott Stratten, “ If you believe business is built on relationships, make building them your business”. With his free time Curtis likes jeeping, camping, ice fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

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NATE WERNETTE

Service Manager

Nate graduated from Grand Valley College, and later joined Quality Truck & Tire, starting in the parts department. A couple years later, Nate was promoted to lead service writer. Nate gets along with everyone and stays calm in demanding situations, an essential ability for a service writer. Whether talking to technicians or customers, Nate does a great job communicating on each service order. Nate enjoys time with his family, sports, hunting, and riding ATV.

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JOHN MARSHALL

Lead Diesel Technician

John has been a mechanic most of his life. His experience provides a wealth of information on difficult truck problems. John is our go-to man for any diesel questions.

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PAUL LEHMAN

Roadside Service Tech | Tow Truck

Paul is a man of many talents. Paul is one of our heavy wrecker operators and aside from lewis, he handles much of the daytime road emergencies as well as our building maintenance! When he is not at work he loves the outdoors and enjoying nature. Whether it is camping, hiking, or anything that involves water. Paul has a passion for serving and has spent a significant time in Africa and Liberia as a mechanic in the mission field. His hard work and dedication to serve truly echos through and shows in his quality of workmanship working for us.

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LEWIS STUTZMAN

Roadside Service Tech | Tow Truck

Lewis answers all after-hours call for towing and road service. Lewis is willing to work at any hour, and is skillful in recovering wrecked or broken-down trucks. When he’s not fixing trucks along the road, Lewis works in the shop as light-duty technician. Outside of work, Lewis can be found on his hobby farm, spending time with his family or hunting.

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ZACH WHITNEY

Zach graduated from the University of Northwest OH Automotive Technology and works in our custom truck build shop. His previous experience in building proto-types was good preparation for his current work in building custom roll off and hooklift trucks.

Lead Build Shop Technician

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BUDDY THOMPSON

Repair Technician

Buddy graduated from Northwest Business College, and has 37 years of experience in truck, heavy equipment, and construction maintenance. A big asset to the team at Quality Truck & Tire is Buddy’s knowledge of propane tank repairs and inspections, as well as his careful, detailed work in regular truck mechanics. Buddy enjoys fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and being with family and grandchildren.

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JAY PETERS

Jay is a graduate of Rosedale technical college and this diesel mechanic is a rising star in this field. With his knowledge of diesel aftertreatment diagnostic and repairs, he is helping pave the way at Quality Truck and Tire for future mechanics. When he’s not at the shop he enjoys motorcycling, hot rods, and anything else that can be made to go faster with motor.

Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic

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TODD KIRCHEN

Light/Medium Duty Mechanic

Todd with his experience in top level research and development programs has become a growing asset to the Quality Truck and Tire team. His drive an determination has helped pave the way to our growing light and medium duty repair part of the business. In his spare time enjoys attending car shows, fishing, and spending time with his sons.

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TYLER WARNER

Shop Apprentice

Tyler Warner is the grandson of our lead diesel technician, and works part-time during the school year and full time in the summer. Tyler details trucks for the sales lot and works beside the other technicians on tires and brakes. Because of Tyler’s eagerness and willingness to learn, the team at Quality Truck & Tire looks forward to Tyler being a part of them for many years.

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CHRIS VANDER VEEN

Office Manager

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