CHARLESTON, W.Va.-With no cue cards or cheat sheets, most members of the West Virginia Independent Tire Dealers & Automotive Service Association were hard pressed to correctly recite the entire official name of the organization, according to Executive Director Floyd Sayor. So at the Aug. 6 membership meeting in Glade Springs Resort, with the consensus that the current moniker was ``extremely cumbersome,'' the association members voted to simplify the organization's name to ``West Virginia Tire Dealers Association.''
At the same meeting, the WVTDA also announced plans to launch a membership drive in hopes of doubling its current roster of about 60 tire dealer members during the next one to two years.
The association will launch the membership drive, the first in several years, at an Oct. 6 meeting in South Charleston. As an incentive, current members who sign up a new member will receive a pocket utility knife embossed with the association's name, according to Mr. Sayor.
Burns to head PBTD in 1995
DALLAS-The Private Brand Tire Group re-elected Robert Burns Sr. of Dean Tire & Rubber Co., Louisville, Ky., as president at its meeting during the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention in Dallas, Sept. 9-11.
The group also installed William Berry of El Dorado Tire Co., Troy, Mich., as first vice president; Skip Viola of Laramie Tire Distributors, Norristown, Pa., as second vice president; and Tom Brawley of Universal Cooperatives, Minneapolis, as secretary/treasurer.
MTDA to host 1st joint show
HELENA, Mont.-The Montana Tire Dealers Association will, for the first time, host a joint convention with the Montana Hardware & Implement Association next year.
The trial joint convention, slated Jan. 13-14 at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls, will allow the associations to ``jointly get top-notch business/employee speakers and entertainment through economies of scale,'' according to MTDA President Tom Kapptie in a letter to the membership.
The MTDA will offer separate functions, such as its President's Dinner and industry speakers, and will join the MHIA in sponsoring events of common interest, such as motivational and business speakers and the trade show, Mr. Kapptie said.
For more information on the convention, contact the MTDA: 318 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 2A, Helena, Mont. 59601; (800) 388-0236, or (406) 442-3388.
NTDRA installs new directors
DALLAS-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association elected new officers and directors during its annual meeting, Sept. 9, in Dallas.
The association installed James Faught of Northwest Tire & Service, Flint, Mich., president; Paul Bobzin of LaCanada Tire Center Inc., LaCanada, Calif., president-elect; Ted Wiens Jr. of Ted Wiens Tire & Auto Centers, Las Vegas, first vice president; Pamela Fitzgerald of Mike Gatto Inc., Melbourne, Fla., second vice president; James Shook of Shook Tire Co. Inc., Las Cruces, N.M., treasurer; and William Mayo of Tom Frost Firestone Inc., Warrenton, Va., corporate secretary.
New directors from affiliated state associations, elected to three-year terms, include: Robert Aronson of Aronson Tire Co. Inc., Auburn, Mass.; Scott Buenger of O'Brien Tire & Service Center, Granite City, Ill.; Walter Dial of Appalachian Tire Products, Charleston, W.Va.; Joe Kovac of Kovac Automotive, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Joe Lynch of Klausmeyer Tire Inc., Baltimore; and Brian Plank of OK Tire & Service Inc., Eau Claire, Wis. Lorraine Anderson of Anderson Tire Service, Arvada, Colo., was elected to a two-year term.
New directors from non-affiliated states include: Steve Borst of Borst Oil & Tire Center, Schenectady, N.Y.; Richard Forrest of Forrest Tire Co. Inc., Carlsbad, N.M.; John Gallagher of Gallagher Tire Inc., Levittown, Pa.; Thomas Lamb of Lamb's Tire & Automotive, Sturgis, S.D.; Rawn McComas of American Tire Warehouse Inc., Fairbanks, Alaska; and James Tarter of OK Auto Systems Inc., Twin Falls, Idaho.
Dean McAtee of McAtee Tire Service, Jefferson, Iowa, joins the board as a director-at-large and Don Blythe of O.K. Tires Inc., Langley, British Columbia, fills the seat of director representative from Canada for two years.