Greg Smith, left, publisher of Modern Tire Dealer, moderated the off-the-road tire panel discussion. Six of the panelists are Gary Pompo of BKT USA; Rob Seibert of Bridgestone Americas; Shawn Rasey of Continental Tire the Americas; Jimmy McDonnell of Maxam Tire North America; Andrew Davis of Nokian Tyres; and Manny Cicero of Triangle Tire USA.  
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2018 TIA OTR Tire Conference Wrap-up

One of the highlights of the annual Tire Industry Association (TIA) OTR Tire Conference is the tire manufacturers’ panel discussion. This year, seven companies had executives participate. The 2018 panel discussion was held on Feb. 23, which was prior to the government’s announcement that it would be looking to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. Each panelist was given the opportunity to discuss his company’s position in the market, views on the industry and plans for the future. What follows is a summation of each panelist’s prepared comments.

High visibility clothing is a necessity whenever servicing tires on the side of our nation’s highways.
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Managing the Risks of Road Service

In this Modern Tire Dealer exclusive, Kevin Rohlwing covers the risks of road service. He says technicians take too many unnecessary chances when they don't exercise their right to have the driver move the vehicle. 

More free time for TIA Past President Tom Formanek may mean he will be able to accept more auctioneer gigs. He especially enjoys auctioneering for charity events.
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Tom Formanek: Keeping the Course for Success

At the Tire Industry Association’s Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas, Tom Formanek ended his turn as TIA president, handing the reins to David Martin, category director of tools and supply for American Tire Distributors Inc.

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