TIA Accepts Nominations for Bozarth Award

July 1, 2024

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is now accepting nominations for the Marvin Bozarth ETS Technician of the Year Award.

The award, which was unveiled this past February during the 2024 TIA OTR Tire Conference, honors OTR tire technicians “who exemplify excellence, dedication and leadership in their field,” according to TIA officials.

It “honors the legacy of Marvin Bozarth, a tire industry icon known for his commitment to training and education.”

“This is something that shines a light on earthmover tire service and celebrates (earthmover tire) techs,” TIA President Keith Jarman recently told MTD. “Without techs out there getting the job done, this industry comes to a grinding halt.”

To qualify for the award, candidates must be an employee of a TIA member in good standing; must have completed a minimum of basic TIA Commercial Tire Service and Basic Earthmover Tire Service programs; must have at least three years of experience as an OTR technician; and must be able to attend the 2025 TIA OTR Tire Conference, where the award recipient will be named.

TIA will accept one nomination per company. Nominations must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a store manager, assistant manager, service manager or safety representative, as well as a letter of recommendation from at least one salesperson and one customer.

The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for himself and a guest to the 2025 OTR Tire Conference in Puerto Rico.

TIA is accepting nominations here through Aug. 31, 2024.

During his tire industry career, Bozarth, who died in 2022, was executive director of the American Retreaders Association, was inducted into the Retreaders Hall of Fame in 1995 and was inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 2003.