LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders Association has hired retread industry veteran Joe Kilcoyne for the newly created position of member services director. Mr. Kilcoyne, who in May retired as a consultant for Oliver Rubber Co. and Truflex/Pang and resigned from the ARA board of directors, began his new job July 1 from his home in California.
His responsibilities include promoting ARA programs and soliciting new membership.
ARA Executive Director Marvin Bozarth said the new post was created on the recommendation of a strategic planning study developed from surveys of members and non-members.
While the ARA has developed a number of membership services-such as credit card processing, insurance coverages and retreading classes-``they have not been properly promoted,'' he said, because of a lack of time or staff to get information to potential members or to members who had questions.
Mr. Bozarth said Mr. Kilcoyne will be contacting retreaders and suppliers to generate participation in the ARA and its annual trade show, and will work at bolstering its current roster of 1,461 members.
He described Mr. Kilcoyne as a very active ARA director ``who will be helpful in developing new ideas.''
Prior to serving as a consultant, Mr. Kilcoyne worked for American Machine Foundry for 31 years where he headed the company's sales and service departments. He was later appointed general manager of the tire equipment division and continued in that department when Goodyear purchased the company. He retired from Goodyear in 1986.