PHOENIX-The Arizona Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association has hired a new executive director and installed a new slate of officers for 1994. The association hired Bill Johnson on Jan. 1 to succeed Richard Gracen, who announced his resignation as executive director last fall.
Mr. Johnson, former owner of a management firm which administered four national associations, is a professional speaker and consultant for numerous organizations.
In his new position, Mr. Johnson said he hopes to increase the ATDRA's membership, enhance the programs offered dealers as well as help the association raise consumer awareness and appreciation of the tire specialist profession.
The association's new address is: 1118 E. Orangewood Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85020-5029; (602) 870-3333. Fax: (602) 997-1676.
The ATDRA also elected, by mail-in ballot, Ken Anderson of Anderson General Tire Co., Flagstaff, president; Randy Lowry of Tireco, Phoenix, first vice president; Joe Massaro of Foree Tire Co., Phoenix, second vice president; and Bruce Gunnell of H.B. Gunnells Big O Tires, Scottsdale, secretary/treasurer.
Interest grows for Nev. chapter
MODESTO, Calif.-The California Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association-North is attempting to organize a chapter in northern Nevada this year.
According to CTDRA-North Executive Director Stephanie McCoubrey, tire dealers in northern Nevada have always been included in the association's bylaws but there were never enough tire dealers in the state to establish a separate organization.
But now that the number of dealers in Nevada has grown and CTDRA's benefits and programs can now be extended to businesses in Nevada, the association is seeking interested dealers to form a chapter in the northern part of the state. Dealers in the Las Vegas area are affiliated with the CTDRA-South.
Ms. McCoubrey said there are six dealers who already have expressed interest in setting up an organizational meeting in late spring. One of the catalysts for a Nevada dealer organization is the growing focus on scrap tire disposal issues, according to Ms. McCoubrey.
For more information, contact the CTDRA-North, 1125 Lonepalm Ave., Suite A, Modesto, Calif. 95351; (209) 523-8222.
TTDRA slates Memphis show
ALGOOD, Tenn.-Tennessee dealers will gain some business and servicing tips as well as enjoy activities under the theme ``The Taste of Memphis'' during the Tennessee Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention at the Adams Marc Hotel in Memphis, May 12-15.
The seminars include: ``Developing trends in technical compensation'' with Fred Bittle, senior vice president of Sesco Management, and ``Air conditioning servicing opportunities under the new EPA rules'' with George Guthrie, senior sales representative with Standard Motor Products.
For more information, contact the TTDRA at its new office: 805 N. Willow, Cookeville, Tenn. 38501; (615) 520-1941.
S.C., Ga. groups to host expo
IRMO, S.C.-The South Carolina Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and the Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association will conduct their first combined trade show, May 12-15, at the Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort in South Carolina.
The two-day expo-under the theme ``Partners in Progress''-is expected to feature 77 exhibitor booths along with activities and prize drawings intended to attract visitors to the show floor. Art Lutz, president of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, will address the gathering during the general session.
Depending on the success of this combined show, the two associations may join forces again in four years for another expo, according to GTDRA Executive Director Lyndy Bryant. The GTDRA hosts a trade show on a four-year cycle.
For more information, contact the SCTDRA, P.O. Box 1184, Irmo, S.C. 29063, (803) 772-5376; or the GTDRA, 3220 Pointe Parkway, Suite 400, Norcross, Ga. 30092, (800) 252-6282.