WASHINGTON-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's Strategic Planning Committee held its first meeting March 30-31 to outline an approach toward defining the association's role as a dealer advocate in the year 2000 and beyond. Through studies of the national economic and political environments, trends in the automotive and tire industries, and concerns of tire manufacturers, distributors, retailers and retreaders, the long-range planning committee intends first to create an NTDRA mission statement and then determine the goals of the association beyond the year 2000, according to former NTDRA president Joe DePaolis, who is working with the committee as a consultant.
Particular attention will be given to the future of ``The Independent Tire Dealers' Bill of Rights,'' a two-year-old document spelling out dealers' concerns and interests, the NTDRA said.
President Art Lutz called the two-year planning process ``the most extensive planning project ever undertaken by NTDRA in its 74-year history.''
Mr. DePaolis said he has collected more than 300 dealer concerns and suggestions that have since been presented to the committee. But he noted his interviews also indicated ``a great amount of optimism.*.*.*and a lot of dealers looking one year or two years ahead.''
Planning for the project began in November, when NTDRA officers met to develop the committee structure.
The committee is scheduled to meet again in early June.