WEST JORDAN, Utah-A group of independent dealers, primarily in the Salt Lake City area, has organized the Utah Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association as the state affiliate of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association. According to the group's first president, Michael Zufelt, area sales manager for Big O Tires Inc., the impetus for its formation was the introduction two years ago of a scrap tire recycling Bill in the Utah legislature.
Working together, Mr. Zufelt said, tire dealers were able to get the legislation modified to the advantage of both dealers and consumers, including a provision to reimburse dealers for some of their administrative costs-a first in Utah, he said.
The UTDRA will continue to monitor state and local government activity, Mr. Zufelt said, and will try to provide a forum for the exchange of information about business and tire industry trends, new technology and training opportunities.
The group, which currently has about 17 members with 60 locations statewide, holds a monthly luncheon and plans to launch a membership drive early in 1994.
Other officers-all from Salt Lake City-include: Boyd Wach of Tire World, first vice president; Craig Morrison of Dick Morrison Tire Co. (dba Grandma's Tire), second vice president; and Frieda Butterfield, secretary-treasurer.
For more information on the association, contact Mr. Zufelt: P.O. Box 1087, West Jordan, Utah 84084; (801) 255-9064.
NTDRA creates planning body
WASHINGTON-In what a spokesman called ``a major undertaking,'' the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association has established a Strategic Planning Committee, to be chaired by NTDRA President-Elect Jim Faught.
Though still in the formative stage, the committee will be charged with seeing to it that the NTDRA keeps on top of the ever-changing tire industry and the business climate affecting NTDRA members, said President Art Lutz. It also will aim to ensure that the association provides the information and services independent tire dealers need to be successful.
In addition to Messrs. Faught and Lutz, committee members include: Paul Bobzin, NTDRA first vice president; Ted Wiens Jr., second vice president; Pam Fitzgerald, treasurer; Bill Mayo, corporate secretary; past NTDRA presidents Bob Gatzke, Jerry Bauer, Don Perry and John Early; and past treasurer Bob Skidmore. The committee is expected to hold its inaugural meeting early in 1994.
Texas TDRA relocates office
AUSTIN, Texas-The Texas Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's office has moved to a new location in Austin as a result of changes in the company that manages its affairs.
TTDRA Executive Director Kay Knapp has merged her firm, Interface Management Co., into another association management company, Banks Miller Associates.
The merged company will retain the Banks Miller name and operate from its expanded headquarters at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 130E, Twin Towers East in Austin. It will serve 14 association clients with a staff of 15; Interface previously had eight clients and a staff of five.
Ms. Knapp expressed pleasure over the move, which will result in expanded quarters and upgraded equipment, she said. ``I'll have more time to devote to the tire dealers.''
The TTDRA's new mailing address is: P.O. Box 140046, Austin, Texas 78714-0046; phone numbers are unchanged.
Iowa TDA moves up convention
DES MOINES, Iowa-The Iowa Tire Dealers Association has rescheduled its 1994 annual meeting two weeks earlier than previously announced: Feb. 5-6, instead of Feb. 19-20.
The association attributed the change to scheduling problems at the venue, the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa.
The ITDA also announced the topics of the three one-hour seminars scheduled for the morning of Feb. 5:
What to do when OSHA comes calling, by Mary Finn, president of Chart Services, a Des Moines consulting company;
Do you need a personnel policy manual? by Mitzi Tann, director of human resources for Bertch Cabinets in Waterloo; and
How to use small claims court, by Lois Leary, clerk of the district court for Black Hawk County, Iowa.
For more information, call the ITDA: (800) 395-4832 or (515) 263-1230.