Baratta was a tire sales manager when he joined Firestone in 1983. He retires as the head of consumer replacement tire sales for the U.S. and Canada.

Baratta To Retire From Bridgestone March 1

John Baratta, president of consumer replacement tire sales in North America for Bridgestone Americas Inc., will retire March 1. The 34-year Bridgestone veteran will be replaced by Erik Seidel, who joined the tire company in 2013.

Phoenix is proof positive that once you enter the tire industry, you can never leave (at least until you retire).

Phoenix Decides to Retire Without Fanfare

The name Bob Phoenix is known by many in the tire industry. When American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. hired him as vice president of sales for its Automotive Tire Division in 2009, he had already logged more than 35 years in the industry.

Mike Gould's Midas career began in 1980 when he was hired as a mechanic.

Mike Gould, the Man Who Brought Tires to Midas, Is Retiring

Mike Gould, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Midas franchise, will retire at the end of 2016. In the coming months he'll work with the former Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC executive who will replace him.

Terry Heffelfinger is considered an expert in vehicle safety and safety testing, and during his career, he developed several patented products.

Heffelfinger to Retire From Brake Parts

Terry Heffelfinger, vice president of engineering, product development, quality, and research and development, will retire from Brake Parts Inc. as of June 30, 2016.


Tire Rack’s John Rastetter is retiring

The creator of Tire Rack Inc.’s independent tire testing program is retiring today. John Rastetter is ending his tire industry career as Tire Rack’s director of tire information services, the same position he stepped into at Tire Rack in 1994.

Charlie Cannon will retire as president and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers Association at the end of 2015.

Cannon retiring as leader of RMA

Charles Cannon, president and CEO of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), is announcing his plans to retire at the end of 2015 after nearly eight years at the helm of the organization.

Bridgestone's Ken Allen is, and has been, an advocate for the agricultural industry.

Allen retires from Bridgestone Agricultural Tire

Ken Allen led the realignment of Bridgestone Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales over the last few years. Someone else will have to replace Allen, who will retire as president of Bridgestone Ag at the end of June.

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