GLEN ELLYN, Ill.-The Illinois State Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and Indiana Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association will host a joint convention and trade show, Feb. 25-26, at the Chancellor Hotel & Convention Center in Champaign, Ill. Dan Marinucci, automotive service columnist for TIRE BUSINESS, will conduct a seminar on how to gain customers' trust and how to make a service shop profitable.
Other seminars will feature Ken Stone of Iowa State University, who will explain how dealers can compete with warehouse clubs, and a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who will discuss environmental issues involved with handling air conditioning service.
For more information, contact the ISTDRA, P.O. Box 339, Glen Ellyn, Ill. 60138; (708) 858-2422 or the ITDRA, P.O. Box 173, Logansport, Ind. 46947; (219) 753-3959.
CTDRA-N taps Hanlon president
MODESTO, Calif.-The California Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association-North elected Tom Hanlon of Tombstone Tire, San Bruno, to a two-year term as president at a Dec. 4 meeting.
The association also installed Dave Redfern of Redwood General Tire, Redwood City, as president-elect; Craig Schoenthaler of The Tred Shed, Pittsburg, first vice president; Mike Miller of AmPac Distributors, Redwood City, second vice president; and Dwight Meadows of Cutino's Tire, Oakley, secretary/treasurer.
RMA to sign affiliate maembers
WASHINGTON-In an effort to attract members outside its tire activities and General Products Group, the Rubber Manufacturers Association has created a new class of ``affiliate memberships.''
``We saw the potential out there for retaining some long-term members and attracting others who heretofore hadn't joined,'' said RMA President Thomas E. Cole about the new membership class, created by the RMA's board of directors on Jan. 12.
RMA affiliate members will be eligible to participate in the association's government affairs committees, conferences and other activities.
Those eligible for affiliate membership include rubber manufacturers whose activities cause them to fall outside the purview of the association's statistical activities. Potential affiliates would include manufacturers of hospital products, fire hose, coated materials and rubber footwear.
Affiliate dues will be one-third those paid by full members.
Calif. group debuts credit card
MODESTO, Calif.-The California Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association-North will debut its own credit card program for member dealerships through BenCharge, a division of Beneficial Corp.
The credit card-bearing the CTDRA-North logo and the individual dealership's name-will only be honored at other participating CTDRA member dealerships, according to CTDRA-North Executive Director Stephanie McCoubrey.
She said the association had been looking into creating its own credit card program for members, since many do not belong to the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, which offers the Money Express credit card.
The CTDRA card, expected to debut in early March, has no discount fee. If 50 CTDRA members sign up with the program by June, card members will be able to offer ``90-days-same-as-cash'' without a discount fee, according to Ms. McCoubrey.
ARA to host 2 fleet seminars
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders' Association will host an Intermodal Fleet Tire Seminar at the Carteret Holiday Inn in Carteret, N.J., on March 8 and a Truck Fleet Tire Seminar at the Holiday Inn Airport in Philadelphia, on March 9.
The seminar for the intermodal fleet industry will discuss tire construction technology, mold cure and precure retreading technology, casing inspection and selection, saving tires through effective repairing, tire failure analysis and rim assembly maintenance.
The seminar for the truck fleet industry will cover new tire construction technology, retreading technology, alignment and balancing, effective tire repairing and tire and rim failure analysis.
To register for either seminar, at a cost of $20 per attendee, contact the ARA at (502) 968-8900 or (800) 426-8835. Fax: (502) 964-7859.