Tire Industry Association (TIA) members have elected four new members to the board of directors. And a fifth member has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the board.
The board members will take office Oct. 29 at TIA's Board of Directors meeting held at Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas in advance of the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and Global Tire Expo.
These four members each will serve a three-year term.
John Baldwin, Discount Tire Co.: Baldwin is the chief product and technical strategist for Discount Tire. He's been recognized internationally for his research on tire aging, tire test development, and tire service life prediction, and he was an integral part of the root cause team while working for Ford Motor Co. during the Firestone tire/Explorer recall. Baldwin also worked with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on tire test development and tire aging. In his current role with Discount Tire he has traveled the world to work with tire manufacturers on improving tire construction and performance. Baldwin earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Detroit and a doctorate in polymer science from the University of Akron.
Russell Devens, McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc.: Devens is the director of safety and risk management for McCarthy Tire Service. He has more than 30 years of experience in safety, law enforcement, security, insurance and risk management. He is a Level 400 Commercial Tire Service TIA Instructor, a Part 48 Certified and Part 46 Instructor with Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), 30-hour General Industry Certified with OSHA, a Certified Commercial Vehicle Inspector with US DOT, and holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from King’s College. He conducts training, evaluations of workplace safety, emergency response, hazardous materials management, and facility security for more than 50 locations in nine states.
Stephen Lyons, Monro Inc.: Lyons is the director of training for Monro. His department supports a tech hotline that's available for all employees when they encounter an issue with vehicles or are looking for direction on a specific process or application. This year Monro also is launching Monro Online University, a training platform focusing on teammate development and career path progression. Before he joined Monro, Lyons spent 14 years working for Bridgestone Americas Inc. He served as a retail sales teammate, store manager, district manager and was the National Division Education Manager that supported more than 2,200 retail stores and 22,000 teammates. He also work on the launch and deployments of new products at Bridgestone, including the company's Olympic partnership and the Maplewood High School Project that incorporated Bridgestone's team training into the high school's automotive program curriculum.
Don Vanderheyden, Hennessy Industries Inc.: Vanderheyden is vice president of marketing for Hennessy. Since joining the company in 2001, he's worked in purchasing, marketing, and sales, and in August 2010 he was promoted from director of program distribution to regional vice president of sales and has led the marketing team since June 2015. Prior to joining Hennessy, Vanderheyden worked at Stihl Inc. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.
In addition, a fifth member was appointed to the board. Keith Jarman, president of AME International, replaces Dan Nothdurft, owner of Tires Tires Tires in Sioux Falls, S.D., who has moved up and will serve as secretary of the board. Jarman will serve a one-year term on the board.
Jarman has served on the TIA board since 2009. He started AME International in 2007 after working in the industry for more than 14 years. His company regularly participates and supports TIA off-the-road tire training out in the field, and Jarman is the recognized authority on tire bead breaking tools and equipment for changing construction and earthmover tires. He regularly works with original equipment tire, wheel and equipment manufacturers.
In welcoming the new board members, Roy Littlefield, CEO of the TIA, says, “We are confident that each new member will help us continue our mission of providing government representation, tire safety and education to all.”