Retail

2015 Global Tire Expo, Pre-Show: Pete Selleck Shares 3 Keys to the Industry’s Success

Posted on November 2, 2015
Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc., was the keynote speaker during the Tire Industry Association’s annual awards night
Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc., was the keynote speaker during the Tire Industry Association’s annual awards night

Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc., sees room for improving the nation’s tire industry, in everything from tire registration to rolling resistance standards.

Selleck was the keynote speaker during the Tire Industry Association’s (TIA’s) annual awards night before the opening of the Global Tire Expo at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

In his introduction of Selleck, TIA’s Roy Littlefield noted TIA and Michelin “agree on 99 out of 100 issues.”

Littlefield also described Selleck as “warm.” The tire executive joked he hadn’t been called that before, and he’d make sure to remember the compliment when his bosses signaled it was time for his annual performance review.

Selleck is nearing the end of a two-year term as chairman of the board of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), and the RMA and TIA remain at odds over the tire registration issue in particular. The RMA has advocated for mandatory tire registration, while TIA favors a process that educates the consumer and keeps the mandate off the backs of independent tire dealers.

The top Michelin man’s only comment addressing the issue was this: “Today’s registration system is simply not good enough.”

Selleck did not avoid contentious topics, including politics. He said the nation’s debt is a critical problem that will plague the country’s economy for years to come. He said the debt is a solvable problem, as long as there’s a comprehensive answer. Those who want a solution but don’t want it to affect their own tax rates are bound to be disappointed. “If everyone’s hacked off we’ll get a good plan.”

Selleck also said the U.S. lags behind other countries, including China, in regulating or at least discussing the regulation of rolling resistance and wet traction.

Additionally, Selleck offered these three keys to success for the tire industry:

  • Relentless focus on customers and their evolving needs;
  • Keeping customers safe on the road with safe products and professional services; and
  • Meeting our responsibilities to our communities and to society at large.

Related Topics: 2015 Global Tire Expo, 2015 SEMA Show, Pete Selleck, Roy Littlefield, TIA, tire registration

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Johnson Controls manufactures absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries under private label for a range of auto retailers, OE manufacturers, distributors and mass merchants throughout North America. Photos courtesy of Johnson Controls.
Article OEM Battery Trends: How the Latest Technologies Affect Battery Sales and Service

While the latest high-tech amenities are adding numerous safety, comfort and convenience benefits to a vehicle, they also are creating more battery-related issues for vehicle owners.

Yokohama will meet with tire dealers across the country during the 2018 ride and drive training program.
News Yokohama Takes Dealer Training on the Road

Yokohama Tire Corp. is once again taking its dealer training program on the road. The 2018 experiential Ride and Drive Dealer Training Program kicks off with a multi-city tour May 22 in Anaheim, Calif.

The new Monroe ads will run in a broad range of automotive service industry publications and reach thousands of additional industry professionals.
News Tenneco Ad Campaign Touts Advantages of Monroe Products

Tenneco Inc. has launched an extensive print and digital advertising campaign called “If It Doesn’t Say Monroe” which highlights the quality, performance and value benefits of the Monroe brand of ride control products.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!