TOPEKA, Kan.-Kansas Tire Dealers Association charter member Ron Champlin of Christensen Oil Co., Concordia, took over as association president July 1, following his election at a June 18 board meeting. The association also appointed Gary DeShazer of D&D Tire Center, Scranton, vice president; Gerald Miller of Millers Automotive Electric, McPherson, secretary; and Daryl Dwyer of D&D Tire Inc., Lawrence, treasurer.
Newly installed board members include: Dick Cooper of Cooper's Tire Service Inc., Hutchinson; Dick Courter of Royal Tire Co., Salina; Jerry Glasgow of Performance Tire & Wheel, Topeka; Larry Sisson of Becker Tire & Treading Co., Great Bend; and Marvin Weber of Weber Tire Co., Herington.
LITDA to prep for OSHA visits
DENHAM SPRINGS, La.-The Louisiana Independent Tire Dealers Association has slated four regional meetings to help dealers prepare their businesses in the event of an Occupational Safety & Health Administration inspection.
A dealer recently was fined $1,800 following an OSHA inspection, according to Executive Director Norman Rhea, so the association decided to set up the meetings to help other members and non-members avoid a similar situation.
An OSHA representative will speak at the gatherings, scheduled for July 26 at the Holiday Inn, Ruston; Aug. 9 at the Holiday Inn East, Baton Rouge; Aug. 23 at the Holiday Inn North, Lafayette; and Aug. 30 at the Comfort Inn Airport, Kenner.
For more information, contact the LITDA, P.O. Box 1585, Denham Springs, La. 70727; (504) 664-7370.
Industry Week expands events
LAS VEGAS-The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW), Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Las Vegas, has more than doubled its educational program this year, according to organizers.
Seventy seminars and technical sessions are planned for the days surrounding and during the AAIW, which includes the Specialty Equipment Market Association/Auto International Association Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the ASIA/MEMA/APAA Show, sponsored by the Automotive Service Industry Association, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association, at the Sands Expo Center.
The seminars will cover a wide range of issues, from economic and legislative trends that affect the industry to specialized topics for various niches of the aftermarket, such as marketing strategies, training and product trends.
Other AAIW activities include:
The Aftermarket Symposium, Oct. 31, featuring Indycar owner-driver Bobby Rahal, break-out sessions on customer service and a general session led by Terry Vavra, author of Aftermarketing: How to keep customers for life through relationship marketing;
SEMA/AI Innovations Day, Oct. 31, with seminars by the Big Three U.S. automakers and other suppliers; and
The ASIA/MEMA/APAA Show, at which a technical seminar program will debut, featuring 30 different sessions.
The Automotive Service Industry Association, the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service and the Maintenance Awareness Program also are planning programs during the week.
For more information on Auto Aftermarket Industry Week, call (800) 474-6932 and use access code 94125.
GTDRA revamps area meetings
NORCROSS, Ga.-The Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association has reformatted its annual regional meetings in an effort to offer more information and draw a larger attendance.
In the past, the GTDRA held a number of evening meetings around the state during the fall season, but Executive Director Lyndy Bryant said the schedule didn't provide enough time for the educational presentation.
On Nov. 19, at the Holiday Inn in Macon, the GTDRA will host a day-long gathering that will include the fall board meeting, seminars on business management, dinner and a motivational speaker. The speakers have not been confirmed yet. If this meeting is successful, the GTDRA will schedule two or three similar meetings next fall, Mr. Bryant said.