Commercial Business

Why Commercial Dealers Should Attend NATRE

Posted on February 15, 2017
More than 100 companies exhibited at the 2016 North American Tire & Retread Expo.
More than 100 companies exhibited at the 2016 North American Tire & Retread Expo.

Valentine's Day 2017 is gone but not forgotten. There's still plenty of love left for commercial tire dealers.

The upcoming North American Tire & Retread Expo (NATRE) has divided its conference schedule into two separate training programs or "tracks." We spotlighted the passenger tires and auto service schedule on Feb. 7.

Now it's time to focus on commercial tires and retreading.

NATRE will be held April 19-21, 2017, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Tire Business is sponsoring the show’s educational conference. Modern Tire Dealer is the media sponsor of the event.

Although registration is required, admission is free to all tire, service and retread industry professionals.

One of the highlights of the educational program is the keynote speaker: Joseph Saoud, president of truck and bus radials and retreading for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC.

Another highlight is a panel discussion hosted by the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).

"At the 2016 North American Tire & Retread Expo, TRIB moderated a panel discussion of retreaders looking at the challenges facing our industry," says David Stevens, managing director of TRIB. "The room was packed and we received great feedback from attendees, so we've been asked to host another panel discussion during this year's show in New Orleans."

Both TRIB and the Retread Tire Association will have booths at the exposition.

The Commercial/Retread Track also features presentations by:

* Peggy Fisher, president, TireStamp Inc., "Telematics in the Commercial Tire Industry."

* Paul Dvorak, CEO, America Industrial Tire Corp. "Profiting from Solid Industrial, Skid Steer and Telehandler Tires."

* Hugo Sandberg, senior sales manager, molded products and business development, Hexpol AB. "Envelope Management -- Making Your Investment Last."

* Clif Armstrong, CEO, TP Industrial NAFTA; president, TP Commercial Solutions LLC, a division of Pirelli Industrial Tire, "Competitive Factors in the North American Commercial Tire Industry."

To see the lineup for the Passenger/Light Truck Track, click here.

Interested in exhibiting at or attending the show? Visit usatireexpo.com.

For additional information on becoming an exhibitor or show sponsor, contact Christine Zernick, sales director, Tire Business, at czernick@crain.com or 330-865-6108.

Related Topics: 2017 North American Tire & Retread Expo, Clif Armstrong, David Stevens, Hugo Sandberg, Paul Dvorak, Peggy Fisher, TRIB

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