BURLINGTON, Mass.-An official with the California Bureau of Auto Repair will discuss auto repair and consumer protection legislation during the New England Association of Independent Tire Dealers convention and trade show, Mar. 4-6, at the Royal Plaza Convention Center in Fitchburg, Mass. During his keynote address, A. Keith Smith, chief of the field operations division of the California BAR, which has been cracking down on auto repair fraud in that state, will explain how businesses can affect consumer protection legislation to the benefit of both auto repair shops and consumers.
The convention will also feature seminars on: assessing a business' financial needs; diagnosing common ABS problems; maintaining profitability through customer retention; implementing automated bookkeeping and shop management systems; and recovering and recycling A/C refrigerants.
For more information, contact the NEAITD, 60 Mall Road, Suite 304, Burlington, Mass.; (617) 272-8419 or (800) 338-6383.
Seminars to update businesses
TOPEKA, Kan.-The Kansas Tire Dealers Association is hoping to keep dealers on the right ``trail'' with its convention, March 13-14, at the Expo Center in Topeka.
The convention and trade show, with a ``trail driving days'' theme, will feature seminars on total customer satisfaction; worker safety and regulations; and truck tire mounting/demounting.
For more information, contact the KTDA, P.O. Box 8479, Topeka, Kan. 66608; (913) 233-9660.
TTDRA to honor contributions
AUSTIN, Texas-The Texas Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association will bestow several new awards recognizing members' contributions to the organization and the industry during its annual convention and trade show, March 11-12, at the Moody Convention Center in Galveston.
TTDRA members will nominate candidates for: the TTDRA Ambassador Award, the association's highest honor, for perpetuating and advancing the name and reputation of the TTDRA; the Contribution to the Industry Award; the Fellowship Award for outstanding achievement in committee work; Development or New Idea Award; and the Supplier Industry Award.
The convention also will feature keynote speaker R. Dean Akers of Don Olson Truck Tire Centers, Clearwater, Fla., and seminars on: how to motivate your sales team; ``street smart marketing''; maximizing profits through low-cost advertising; selling private brand tires for profit; team management; brake service; and alignment.
For more information, contact the TTDRA, P.O. Box 140046, Austin, Texas 78714-0046; (512) 451-8748.
Dealers form Kentucky TDRA
ALGOOD, Tenn.-Dealers in Kentucky are organizing a state association in order to monitor and have an impact on legislation affecting their businesses.
The Kentucky Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, which has been in the planning stages for two years, held its first organizational meeting last October and had planned to elect officers during a follow-up meeting Feb. 17. Ken Pendleton, executive director of the Tennessee Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, has been helping from the organization and will assume executive director's responsibilities for the KTDRA as well.
Mr. Pendleton said the KTDRA members want to have a more active role in the legislative process and develop a network to provide technical help for dealerships in the state.
For more information on the KTDRA, contact Mr. Pendleton, P.O. Box 49392, Algood, Tenn. 38501; (615) 520-1941.
The Tire Retread Information Bureau's board of directors elected Barry McGriff of McGriff Treading Co., Cullman, Ala., president and Lester Bergey of Bergey's Inc., Franconia, Pa., vice president during its annual membership meeting, Jan. 8, in San Diego.
TRIB also tapped Marty Blum of Raney Tire Inc., Cleveland, to serve a three-year term on the board.
The North Texas Tire Dealers Association elected Trifana Argue of ORRCO, Dallas, president during its Dec. 8 meeting.