Tire Industry Association (TIA) President Ken Brown opened the new year in Pico Rivera, Calif., where he was the keynote speaker at the second annual 1-800EveryRim.com–OEM Wheels "Happy New Year Luncheon."
Brown’s topic was “TIA Today, TIA Tomorrow,” which emphasized training. “The passionate dealers of California will drive their success,” he told the 62 attendees.
(Brown also is tire manager and owner of Alan Brown Tire Center Inc. in Newport, Ore. Alan Brown Tire is a Les Schwab member-dealer.)
With representatives from the California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA), the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Wheel & Tire Council, and TIA in attendance, 1-800EveryRim President Billy Eordekian stressed the importance of association membership and "associating.”
CTDA board member Ed King presented Eordekian with a plaque for his leadership and service as president of CTDA from 2010-2013. CTDA also was represented by Vice President Chris Barry, an Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC (ITDG) member.
The following companies also were represented at the Jan. 16 event:
American Tire Distributors Inc. Commercial Tire Co.
Continental Tire the Americas LLC Daniels Tire Service Inc.
Freedom Tire Distributing GITI Tire (USA) Ltd.
Globe Tire & Automotive Golden West Tire & Service
Jewell Tire Co. Kings Tire Wholesale
Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc. La Canada Tire
Leininger & Short Tire Service Keystone Automotive Industries Inc./LKQ Corp.
Montebello Tire Pros Parts & People magazine
Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack Performance Plus Tire & Automotive Superstore
Pirelli Tire LLC Star Tire Center Inc.
Sullivan's Tire Pros & Auto Service Tire Dealer's Warehouse
Turbo Wholesale Tires Inc. Westcoast Tire & Service Inc.
Wheel Consultants Inc. Wheel Deals Tire Center/Wheel Plus
A tour of the 1-800EverRim warehouse took place before the event.
For more information, visit www.1-800everyrim.com.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.