WASHINGTON-Twelve industry leaders-including five ``founding pioneers'' of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association-will enter the Tire Industry Hall of Fame during the NTDRA's convention, Oct. 12-14, in New Orleans. The ``founding pioneers,'' who were instrumental in the NTDRA's creation and early years, were chosen for the hall of fame this year in recognition of the NTDRA's 75th anniversary. The induction ceremony will be held during the NTDRA's Hall of Fame Luncheon, Oct. 12.
The seven tire industry innovators and executives chosen for induction include:
Tom B. Babcox, former president of Babcox Communications, which publishes Tire Review (deceased);
G.F. ``Sam'' Bauer, founder of Bauer Built Inc., one of North America's largest commercial dealerships (deceased);
Ivan W. Gorr, former chairman of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and former president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce;
Andre and Edouard Michelin, co-founders of Groupe Michelin (deceased);
Charles J. Pilliod Jr., former Goodyear chairman and former U.S. ambassador to Mexico; and
Keith Rowbotham, former executive director of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association.
Members of the ``founding pioneers'' group include:
Thomas F. Whitehead, of Whitehead Brothers in Chicago, served as NTDRA's first president during 1920-21 (deceased);
R.F. Valentine, of Valentine Rubber & Supply in Cleveland, served as NTDRA's second president, 1921-22 (deceased);
Henry Stenzel, of Milwaukee Tire & Supply Co., Milwaukee, served as NTDRA treasurer, 1920-21 (deceased);
Ashby L. Leeth, of Leeth Brothers in Washington, D.C., served as NTDRA treasurer 1942-65 (deceased); and
Jerry Shaw, was editor of Tires magazine, predecessor of Modern Tire Dealer, 1919-1954 (deceased).