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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has 11 speakers lined up for its “TPMS Best Practices: A Town Hall Meeting” educational seminar during the Global Tire Expo (GTE). It will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Convention Center.

TIA's Global Tire Expo will run from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. It is part of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

This educational event will provide attendees with a wealth of information on standard operating procedures for handling tire pressure monitoring systems. "This unprecedented gathering of industry experts is designed to provide attendees with one voice on how to properly service and maintain these systems," says TIA.

GTE attendees will also hear from the OE side of TPMS and get a look into its future. All aspects of the TPMS industry are represented at this panel.

1. Mark Becker has been the senior manager and plant manager for 22 years at Pacific Manufacturing Ohio Inc. During his time with them, he has acted as the TPMS liaison, and he has been responsible for sales, quality, production, and engineering activities for their original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket in North America.

2. John Rice is the TPMS/technologies marketing manager for 31 Inc. He has in-depth knowledge of tire pressure monitoring systems and tools, and he has trained the sales and technical support staffs of numerous leading automotive aftermarket companies.

3.  Brian Rigney has 12 years of TPMS experience working for Eaton Corp. and Dill Air Controls. Rigney is the president of Dill, a company that manufactures and distributes TPMS service kits, valve stems, replacement sensors, and mechanical tools. He also has been involved in TPMS from a design perspective as a product engineer.

4. Tony Davenport has gained extensive global OE and TPMS experience while working in production management, program management and sales roles within Schrader since 2001. He led the development of Schrader’s EZ-Sensor product line from concept to launch.

5. Jean-Christophe Deniau, Ph.D. has been working at Continental (formerly Siemens VDO) since 2000 as an OE system engineer, project manager, and leading technical expert. There, he has been involved in tire pressure monitoring sensor and systems definitions, developments, validations, and implementations.

6. Steve Landis joined the aftermarket segment of Continental (formerly Siemens VDO) in 2005 as a product manager.  He is responsible for the development coordination and overall program management of the tire pressure monitoring system replacement parts category in NAFTA, including the VDO REDI-Sensor.

7. Joe Donehue has more than 30 years of automotive and tire retailing experience. He also acted as the past general manager of TPMS Manufacturer/Distributor Orange Electronic USA and TPMS program manager for Belle Tire Distributors Inc. In 2010, he established Tiremetrix, and developed TPMS Manager software for tire retailers.

8. Stuart Ferguson, vice president of business development at Alligator Ventilfabrik GmbH, has helped develop replacement market solutions which are focused on simplifying the process of servicing TPMS in the tire shop environment. He has more than 25 years in the field of automotive electronics.

9. Carl Wacker has been in the automotive electronics industry for more than 25 years. He has experience in electronics design, manufacturing, quality engineering, logistics, as well as, sales and marketing. Wacker joined Schrader Electronics at the infancy of the tire pressure monitoring market.

10. Scot Holloway, CEO of Bartec USA LLC, is a leading authority in tire pressure monitoring systems tools and solutions. With more than seven years of experience in this aftermarket category, he offers insight and valuable information relative to TPMS technology, tools and solutions for both the OE and aftermarket sectors.

11. Ros Rodrigues, senior account manager for TRW Automotive-Parts and Service North America, is the lead commercial contact for the independent aftermarket for all issues related to TRW electronic products. He works closely with the TRW OE TPMS engineering team and the aftermarket product team.

Russ Fuller, president of Revolution Supply -- Oro-Tek TPMS; Ermald Muca, the regional sales manager of ATEQ Corp.; and Sean MacKinnon,  director of automotive training development with the Tire Industry Association, also will be in attendance to give their expert advice.

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