77 Dealers and Vendors Attend California Tire Event

Feb. 2, 2016

Seventy-seven dealers and vendors representing 48 companies were at the California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) and 1-800EveryRim.com-OEM Wheels annual New Year Luncheon.

Event organizer Billy Eordekian reports it was “standing room only” at the event, held this year on Jan. 21. Co-gold sponsors were Yokohama Tire Corp. and Federated Insurance Companies. Pirelli Tire North America Inc. was a Silver sponsor with 1-800EveryRim – OEM Wheels serving as luncheon host.

TIA Vice President Tom Formanek spoke on the importance of TIA as the tire industry’s voice in Washington D.C. Formanek, who is regional sales manager of Stellar Industries Inc., emphasized mandatory tire registration as a pressing issue. He also discussed TIA training programs and consumer education videos.

Other speakers were SEMA Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) Chairman Joe Findeis, creator and publisher of The Ultimate Wheel & Tire Plus Sizing Guide. He explained how the WTC Ride Guide assists dealers with data on tire sizing related to vehicle performance. Mike Russell of Federated Insurance spoke as CTDA’s official liability insurance vendor. CTDA President Carol Dellabalma served as master of ceremonies.

Door prizes were provided by Coker Tire, Freedom Tire, GT Radial, Lakin Tire, Schrader International, Tires Warehouse, The Ultimate Wheel & Tire Plus Sizing Guide, and Voxx Wheel. In addition, eight companies contributed table favors.

The luncheon was held at the Dal Rae Restaurant in Pico Rivera, Calif.

"People actually called me the next day to thank CTDA, but I do need to mention that Chris Barry with his ITDG (Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC) friends and all of our sponsors really came through too!” said CTDA board member and event host Billy Eordekian of 1-800EveryRim-OEM Wheels.

Here's who was at this year's New Year Luncheon:

  • 1-800EveryRim - OEM Wheels
  • All Star Tire
  • Alondra Tire Center
  • American Tire Depot - Corporate
  • American Tire Distributors
  • Arcadia Tires
  • Artillery Tire Consulting
  • Commercial Tire
  • Daniels Tire Service - Corporate
  • Discount Tire Centers - Corporate
  • Federated Insurance
  • Freedom Tire Distributors
  • Grand Prix Tire
  • GT Radial
  • Huntington Tire
  • Icon Media
  • Independent Tire Dealer Group
  • Kings Tire
  • La Canada Firestone
  • LKQ - Keystone
  • McMahan Tire Service
  • Montebello Tire Pros
  • Myers Tire Supply
  • Nexen Tire
  • Ocean Tire
  • Performance Plus Tire
  • Pirelli
  • Savas Tires
  • Schrader International
  • SEMA
  • Southern California Wheel Repair
  • Star Tire Center
  • Stellar Industries
  • Strategic Import Supply
  • Sunrise Auto Center
  • The Carlstar Group / Carlisle
  • The Ultimate Wheel & Tire Plus Sizing Guide
  • Tire Guys - Corporate
  • Tire Network Group
  • Tire Pros - ATD Corporate
  • Tires Warehouse
  • Turbo Wholesale Tire
  • Voxx Wheel
  • Wesden Associates
  • Wheel Deal
  • Wheel Warehouse
  • Wise Tire Pros
  • Yokohama Tire