Although only June, it's time to start making plans to attend the annual National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention in Dallas, Sept. 8-11. Scheduled are 28 educational sessions covering a wide range of topics, from ``How much capital do you really need to survive and grow?'' to ``Practical marketing tips for building market share'' and ``Developing certificaion standards for commercial Tire Dealers.''
The objective is to help dealers become better managers, say association officials, who chose the topics from dealers' suggestions made through membership surveys and evaluation sheets of last year's sessions. The NTDRA even surveyed dealers who didn't attend the 1993 convention.
This year's convention theme, ``...Riding the Range of Change,'' says it all when it comes to describing the situation facing many if not most independent tire dealers.
The NTDRA is making sure dealers have all the business saavy possible en route. Will you be there?
A healthy reminder
Steve Lawrence is a lucky man.
Despite learning at age 30 that something was wrong with his heart, the now 48-year-old tire dealer has been given a new lease on life thanks to a heart transplant 17 weeks ago.
His recovery hasn't been easy, but Mr. Lawrence hopes to soon return to work at his dealership, Blackstone Tire in Fresno, Calif.
Learning of Mr. Lawrence's struggle has caused us to pause and think about the business in which we work.
The tire industry, like many others, is defined by long hours, intense competition and seemingly endless changes and turmoil. These can seem overwhelming at times. But stories like Mr. Lawrence's serve as a reminder of the rewarding side of the tire business.
We understand Mr. Lawrence's desire to get back to work. We hope that happens soon and wish him a healthy recovery.