TIA Celebrates the Work of Board Members

Oct. 31, 2023

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) honored the work of both its incoming and outgoing leaders on the eve of the 2023 Global Tire Expo and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

During the association’s annual membership meeting on Oct. 30, TIA CEO Richard “Dick” Gust led the appreciation for outgoing board members, including Jim Pangle, who completed his year as president of the TIA board.

Gust said he’s known Pangle for about 30 years, and credited Pangle with making significant contributions to the tire industry. Gust said he appreciated Pangle’s “wonderful, steady hand.

Gust said, I would really like to clone Jim, but without that ability, he offered the next best thing, a custom bobblehead made in Pangle’s likeness, which Gust referred to as “mini Jim.”

Other TIA board members in the room quickly recognized that Pangle happened to be wearing a gray jacket just like the one on the bobblehead. Pangle then passed the ceremonial gavel to Keith Jarman, who will serve as TIA board president for the next year.

Jarman, who said he is celebrating 30 years in the industry this year, highlighted the other members of the executive committee who will serve alongside him: Vice President Debra Hamlin from Bridgestone Americas Inc., Secretary Russ Devens of McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc., and Treasurer TJ Trum from Pomp's Tire Service Inc.

TIA also is welcoming six new members onto the board: Josephine Foley, Sullivan Tire & Automotive Service Inc.; Glen Nicholson, Midas International LLC; Adam Moffatt, Tire Dealers Association of Canada; Craig Stevens, Big Horn Tire; Craig Tinklenberg, Fuller Brothers Inc.; and Brandy Sielaff, Business First Solutions. They’re replacing five outgoing board members: Tim Bevier, Brad Feeney, Mason Hess, Scott Weeden and Mike Wolfe.

Gust called special attention to Wolfe, who has served on the board since 2007, including three terms as treasurer.

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