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Virginia's Akridge Takes Home TIA State Executive Honors

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Steve Akridge's efforts helped preserve Virginia's vehicle inspection program.

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has awarded Steve Akridge of the Virginia Automotive Association (VAA) with the State Executive Legislative Award in honor of his leadership in support of legislative efforts that positively affect independent tire dealers.

Roy Littlefield IV, TIA’s director of government affairs, presented the award to Akridge during TIA’s virtual Tire Industry Honors program on Nov. 2.

"As executive director of the VAA, Akridge and association members worked to develop a coalition supporting Virginia’s state safety inspection program after several pieces of legislation to abolish it were introduced," say TIA officials.

“We showed up to testify at committee hearings," notes Akridge. 

"And our lobbyists did an amazing job of communicating to key legislators. It took a strong ‘team’ to win this battle and it was all out for three solid months. On the last day of the session, March 8, we prevailed and preserved the annual safety inspection program in Virginia.”

TIA’s State Executive Legislative Award is an annual honor given to executives at state tire industry associations for outstanding work in legislative/government affairs. 

“Steve has been a champion in Virginia, and we wanted to recognize him and commend him for his continued leadership on past and ongoing legislative battles,” says Littlefield IV.

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