"The independent business person who sells tires and/or services is in a competitive environment that is unprecedented," said Erickson.

"The independent business person who sells tires and/or services is in a competitive environment that is unprecedented," said Erickson.

State tire dealer association presidents are unsung heroes. They climb the ladder to the presidency by performing time-consuming but necessary jobs because they believe in their group and its members.

Then they are elected president, and get to stay for one year, two tops. That doesn't give them a lot of time to get things done.

So Mike Erickson hit the ground running. He was elected president of the North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) on March 3, and didn't waste his acceptance speech.

Erickson has the experience. He served on the NCTDA Board of Directors for nine years; led the association's Education and Events Committees for multiple years; and is on the Strategic Planning Committee.

"Mike's proactive approach is second to none," said Reece Hester, executive director of the NCTDA, in introducing Erickson. "Mike takes his work seriously, and his exemplary attendance of never having missed a meeting punctuates that statement."

Oh, and Erickson has a day job as branch manager at Carroll Tire Co. 

To find out what Erickson talked about, check out the latest blog from Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich, "Dealers Are Fighting for their Survival, Says New NCTDA President."

What do you think of his speech? Read the blog, then let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

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