BETHESDA, Md.-Lawrence S. Hecker, current president of the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association, will step down to become president of the Maintenance Awareness Program, which is breaking off from the APAA and becoming a separate organization. Succeeding Mr. Hecker as APAA president will be Alfred L. Gaspar, executive vice president of Blue Coral Inc./McKay Chemical Co. and APAA chairman since November 1991.
Formed in June 1992, MAP was the brainchild of U.S. auto service providers, parts manufacturers, associations and others concerned about the reputation of the auto repair industry.
``Leaving APAA will give MAP's ties to consumer and regulatory groups increased weight in relation to its ties to the repair industry,'' Mr. Hecker said.
The organization will change its name in the near future to include its other functions besides maintenance awareness, according to Mr. Hecker. Its transition to an independent association should be complete by the fall, although it will continue to share technical and government affairs services with APAA.
Mich. group taps Kay president
LANSING, Mich.-The Michigan Tire & Vehicle Service Association elected Joe Kay of Northland Tire & Service, Southfield, as president and Bill Lennon of RHD Inc. of Grand Rapids, as vice president during a board meeting in Lansing, June 9.
Meanwhile, Leonard Janssen of Northland Tire, chairman of the Michigan Retailers Association, of which the MTVSA is a division, won election to another three-year term on the MRA board.
Mr. Janssen has served on the MRA board since 1988 and is a past president of the MTVSA. In addition to Northland Tire, he owns four other auto service outlets in Michigan.
Wis. groups may host joint show
MILWAUKEE-The Wisconsin Independent Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association has announced tentative plans to host a joint convention and trade show in 1995 with the Wisconsin Automotive Trades Association, formerly the Wisconsin Retail Gas Dealers Association.
The WITDRA and the WRGDA had held joint shows in the past but discontinued the effort several years ago, according to WITDRA President Brian Plank, due to disagreements between the two associations' administrators. Both groups have since changed executive directors and last fall the two boards met to discuss a joint show.
Mr. Plank said by joining forces, the associations will be able to present a stronger program of seminars and a larger trade show. The two boards are expected to vote on the final draft proposal by the end of the summer.
The WITDRA convention is slated for Feb. 17-18 at Steven's Point Holiday Inn Holidome and Convention Center in Steven's Point, Wis.
ITDRA creates Bristow Award
SCOTTSBURG, Ind.-The Indiana Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's board of directors has established the Carl W.Bristow Good Citizenship Award in honor of the organization's former executive director.
Mr. Bristow served as administrator of the ITDRA for more than nine years before retiring April 30.
The award presentation will be conducted annually during the ITDRA convention held jointly with the Illinois State Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
Mr. Bristow will present the award and a $500 savings bond to a dealership employee who has donated time and talents to his or her community or state, according to the association.
Telle to head Missouri TDRA
AFFTON, Mo.-The Missouri Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association installed Scott Telle of Telle Tire & Auto Service, St. Louis, as president during its summer convention at the Lake of the Ozarks, Aug. 6.
The association also elected Mike Crouch of Community Cost Plus Tire, Kansas City, president-elect; David Diehm of
Diehm's Tire Service, Marshall, secretary; and Chris Smith of Laramie Tire Distributors Inc., Kansas City, treasurer.