The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA)-Federated New Year Luncheon drew tire industry leaders from across the nation as well as California.
The annual gathering was held on Jan. 16, 2019, in a new location: Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Last year’s luncheon was held in Pico Rivera.
“The enthusiasm was palpable, and we’ve already gained five new members as a result of the event,” proclaimed CTDA Executive Director Marc Connerly.
“The new, larger venue provided more space for networking, which was important because the attendance grew again this year, with 95 people enjoying socially networking the old-fashioned way.”
Federated Mutual Insurance Co. was the title sponsor, joining host sponsor 1-800EveryRim OEM Wheels, gold sponsors Yokohama Tire Corp. and Lakin Tire West Inc., and silver sponsors Myers Tire Supply, Pirelli Tire North America Inc., Penn Tire Exchange LLC, and Net Driven.
The guests of honor were Tire Industry Association (TIA) Vice President Brian Rigney of Dill Air Controls Products LLC and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Wheel and Tire Council Senior Manager Allan Keefe. They provided a national perspective to luncheon attendees.
Attendees included representatives from 48 companies and organizations, including 1-800EveryRim - OEM Wheels, A & R Tire, Allen Tire Company – corporate, American Tire Depot – corporate, American Tire Distributors, Automotive Training Institute, Coats, Continental Tire, CTDA, Daniels Tire Service – Corporate, Dill Air Controls, Falken Tire, Federated Insurance, Freedom Tire, Grand Prix Performance, GT Radial, Independent Repair Tire Pros, Independent Tire Dealers Group (ITDG), J & J Tires and Wheels, Kings Tire Wholesale, Kumho Tire, LA Sierra Tires & Wheels, Lakin Tire West, Leininger & Short, LKQ, Maxam Tire, Momo Automotive, Myers Tire Supply, Net Driven, Penn Tires, Performance Plus Tire, Pirelli, Service Capital, Savas Tires, Saemie Corp., Sunrise Auto Center, Tire Guys, The Plus Sizing Guide, The Wheel Group, Tillery Consulting/Artillery Tires, Tire Network, Tires Warehouse, Tom's Automotive Service Center, Treadwerkz Performance Wheel & Tire, Turbo Wholesale Tire, Wayne Williams Marketing, Wheel Warehouse, and Yokohama.
“The annual luncheon serves as a great kickoff to the year for CTDA,” says Connerly. “The continuing increase in attendance is a reflection of the buzz that has been created by past attendees who recognize the excitement of the luncheon and spread the word.”
For more information on the CTDA, visit www.catiredealers.com.