Successful tire dealers share their secrets at SEMA

Aug. 17, 2005

The Tire Industry Association has once again assembled 12 esteemed independent tire dealers for its "Tires at Two" seminars, to be held at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

The "Successful Tire Dealers Share their Secrets" seminars, which are designed as panel discussions, are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the South Hall.

"It's a rare opportunity for any participating dealer to ask questions about any subject to some of the industry's outstanding and successful business people," says Ron Lautzenheiser, who will co-host the event with former tire dealer Don Olson. Lautzenheiser, a 30-plus year industry veteran, is president of Big O Tire in Fort Collins, Colo.

Among the dealers scheduled to be on the panels are:

Tuesday, Nov. 1: Ben Kravitz, Summit Tire of New England, Bedford, Maine; Dana Foote, Big O Tire of Loveland, Loveland, Colo.; Steve Maddox, Anaheim Wheel & Tire, Anaheim, Calif.; Gary Albright, Becker Tire & Treading Inc., Great Bend, Kan.; Kurt Emans, Easter Tire, Lima, Ohio; Patti Piscione, Carter Tire Sales & Service, Elkart, Ind.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Dan Hennelly, Hennelly Tire & Auto Inc. (dba The Tire Choice & Total Car Care), Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Allen Wilson, Big O of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev.; Paul Ibbetson, Service Specialists Inc., Carlsbad, Calif.; Ken Brown, Allen Brown Tire Center, Newport, Ore.; Dennis Dickson, Indy Tire Centers Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.; Charley Gowland, Chabill Tire Service, Morgan City, La.