MODESTO, Calif.-After three decades of co-sponsoring the statewide California Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association Convention and Trade Show, the CTDRA-North announced in September that, in the future, it will manage and host its own trade show, separate from its counterpart, the CTDRA-South. That decision came as a surprise to the CTDRA-South, according to its executive director, Ed Cohn.
The two associations had alternated hosting the annual statewide convention since 1960, splitting the proceeds between them. CTDRA-North Executive Director Stephanie McCoubrey acknowledged that, over the years, the two associations had had their disagreements. But the split ``is strictly a business decision,'' she stressed. ``We feel this is an opportunity to move forward and grow.''
She admitted there will be some financial impact on both associations. The CTDRA-South will feel the greatest impact in 1995, without its share of the proceeds from a convention that was to be hosted by the CTDRA-North, according to Mr. Cohn. The Southern California group still is deciding the timing and format for its own conventions.
The CTDRA-North, meanwhile, is already making plans for its inaugural Western Region Trade Show and Convention, May 17-21, near Reno, Nev.
The CTDRA-North said the two groups will continue to support and promote dealers' legislative efforts in the state.
CTDRA-N plans regional show
MODESTO, Calif.-The California Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association-North, embarking on its own to sponsor an expanded Western Region Trade Show and Convention in 1995, is hoping to attract dealers and exhibitors from neighboring states, especially from states that don't have tire trade shows.
The CTDRA-North is seeking support from other state dealer associations in the region and, on Nov. 5, the association is inviting prospective exhibitors to the Nugget Hotel Convention Center in Sparks, Nev., the site of the 1995 convention, to discuss the plans for the convention and seek exhibitor support for the show.
The trade show will have 150 booths available and the event is expected to draw 1,600 attendees from the expanded marketing area, Ms. McCoubrey said. The CTDRA's 1991 convention in Reno netted 1,100 visitors, she said.
ATDA taps Humphries president
MILLBROOK, Ala.-The Alabama Tire Dealers Association installed Jim Humphries of Humphries Tire Service, Florence, as president during its convention, July 21-24, in Huntsville.
The dealer group also tapped: George Dockery III of O.K. Tire Store, Tuscaloosa, as first vice president; Shane Wilks of Wilks Tire & Battery Service, Albertville, second vice president; and Peter Cutler of Eagle 76 Tire & Service, Auburn, secretary/treasurer.
The ATDA elected Ken Whitworth of Tire Centers Inc. of Hoover and David Stabler of McGriff Tire Industries, Cullman, as new members of its board.
The ATDA's 1995 convention is slated for July 20-22 at Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City, Fla.
Women's group plans events
LAS VEGAS-The Specialty Equipment Market Association's Businesswomen's Network will host two events during the SEMA/AI Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 1-4.
The network, comprising professional women in all areas of the aftermarket, will host a breakfast and presentation of the Athena Award-to honor an individual or company who promotes or exemplifies the progress of professional businesswomen-on Nov. 2, at the Las Vegas Hilton. The group also will sponsor a silent auction during the show with proceeds benefitting the SEMA Scholarship Fund.
For more information, contact Amy Faulk at (601) 224-8972.
Autopromotec '95 slated in May
BOLOGNA, Italy-The 16th Autopromotec, an international exhibition of products and equipment for all aspects of the vehicle service industry, is slated for May 24-28 at the Bologna Trade Fair Center in Bologna.
The biennial show is geared to automotive professionals, including tire specialists and auto repairers.
For more information, contact Promotec, Via A.G. Ragazzi 9, Anzola Emilia (BO), Italy; +51-733-672. Fax: +51-731-886.