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TIA reveals keynote speakers for pre-show event

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TIA reveals keynote speakers for pre-show event

The Tire Industry Association has lined up not one but two keynote speakers for its 2012 Tire Industry Awards ceremony.

The event is scheduled to take place on the eve (Monday, Oct. 29) of the Global Tire Expo at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The co-keynoters are:

1. Albert Wynn, former congressman of Maryland’s 4th district;

2. Jack Van Steenburg, chief safety officer at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Wynn served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years. During the majority of his time as a congressman, Wynn was an integral part of the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee sponsoring such important legislation as the 2007 Energy Act, which included a tire fuel efficiency consumer information program.

He was most recently chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, and was a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality.

Van Steenburg worked as director of FMCSA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance before becoming chief safety officer at FMCSA. He has been a major force at the FMCSA "in creating commercial vehicle safety initiatives while actively working to forge partnerships between government, law enforcement, safety associations, and industry," says TIA.

Prior to joining FMCSA, Jack Van Steenburg  was a highly successful New York state police officer, rising in the ranks from  trooper, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major to staff inspector.

“I have tremendous respect for what the motor vehicle industry does for our economy,” says Van Streenburg. “Our number one goal is the safe and efficient movement of products and people on our nation’s roadways.

"We are committed to working with industry and all of our stakeholders to improve commercial vehicle safety and to protect all highway users."

Wynn and Van Steenburg will be speaking at the Tire Industry Honors Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Admission is complimentary, although an RSVP is requested.

To reserve your place at this special event, please visit the “Events” section of and go to “Global Tire Expo.”

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