MILWAUKEE-The Wisconsin Independent Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association will join the Wisconsin Automotive Trades Association in co-hosting a convention and trade show, Feb. 16-18, at the Holiday Inn Holidome in Stevens Point, Wis. Keynote speaker John Melo, of Computer Aided Systems, will explain how dealers can increase business profitability. He also will will host a seminar on how the Inspection & Mainte-nance 240 regulation will impact the industry.
Charles Porpora, of Charles Management Inc. and a consultant with the Ohio Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, will discuss dealers' rights and responsibilities concerning the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Other seminars will cover the topics of customer relations and retention, clarification of sales and use tax, and an update on steering and suspension systems.
For more information, contact the WITDRA, 1123 N. Water St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53202; (414) 276-6176.
Mo. dealers vote to join MAP
AFFTON, Mo.-At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Missouri Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's board of directors voted unanimously to join the Maintenance Awareness Program (MAP), an industry-wide coalition dedicated to developing better communication and trust between the automotive repair industry and consumers.
MAP was formed in 1992 to address the growing number of investigations into automotive repair fraud. The coalition includes representatives of retailers, suppliers, publications and industry associations.
Originally a part of the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association, MAP recently become a separate organization and has formed the Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association, open to any company or its representatives engaged in automotive service and repair.
MAP is developing uniform installer inspection procedures and standards to assure consumers of the industry's professionalism when recommending needed repairs and service.
The MTDRA plans to reprint the MAP inspection guidelines and standards in its membership newsletter.
Seminars geared for `challenge'
VANCOUVER, British Columbia-The Western Canadian Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association expects to help members ``meet the challenge of change'' with a slate of training seminars at its regional convention and trade show, Feb. 8-10, at the Calgary Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
Motivational speaker Jim Beardon, dubbed ``North America's champion of change,'' will deliver the keynote address. He will be joined by other speakers who will discuss phone selling techniques, team building and technician training. Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau, with discuss TRIB services and government contracts for retreaded tires.
The convention will also include a tire changing rodeo.
For more information, contact the WCTDRA, 4777 Osler St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 2Y5; (604) 733-4964.
Show to offer political forecast
KENNEWICK, Wash.-Dealers will get some insight into the new Republican Congress and how it may affect their business-es during a presentation at the Northwest Tire Dealers Association convention, Feb. 10-11, at the Red Lion Inn in Bellevue, Wash.
During the convention, Don Wilson, director of government affairs for the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, will discuss what dealers can expect from the new Congress. NTDRA President James Faught will also address dealers during a luncheon.
Washington's secretary of transportation, Sid Morrison, will discuss his views on the challenge to prepare the state's transportation system for the next century.
Educational seminars will cover government regulations, performance tires, telephone skills and front-end alignment.
For more information, contact the NWTDA, 505 Granada Court, Kennewick, Wash. 99337; (509) 627-7271.