JONESBORO, Ark.-The Arkansas Independent Tire Dealers Association elected Steve Baskins of Baskins Tire Center, West Memphis, president during its convention in Hot Springs, March 16-18. The group also installed Charles Edens of Sherwood Tire Service, Sherwood, first vice president and Jim Ketchum of Arkansas Tire Wholesalers Inc., Russellville, second vice president. Charles Tippy of McCaul Tire in Paragould joined the board as a new director. The AITDA will return to Hot Springs for its 1996 convention, March 15-17.
Show to host private brand panel
AFFTON, Mo.-Executives of five private brand tire distributors will discuss the future of the independent tire dealer and the private brand market during the Missouri Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association summer convention and trade show, Aug. 11-12, at the Lodge of the Four Seasons, Lake of the Ozarks.
The panel will include: Ken Dick, TBC Corp.'s senior vice president of sales; Artie Shields, vice president of Regul Tire & Rubber Co.; Steve Buck, vice president and general manager of Hercules Tire & Rubber Co.; David Conley, vice president, western division, for Laramie Tire Distributors; and Steve Ganin, vice president of Reynolds Tire & Rubber.
National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association President James Faught also is slated to speak at the convention.
For more information, contact the MTDRA, 7941 Kingwood, Affton, Mo. 63123; (314) 832-1200.
Simas assumes Ore. TDA helm
KENNEWICK, Wash.-Doug Kaess of G & J Tires in Corvallis, Ore., has resigned as president of the Oregon Tire Dealers Association in order to tend to his business.
Mr. Kaess, who became president during the Northwest Tire Dealers Association convention in February, told the association that the manager of his newly purchased store in Dallas, Ore., resigned in the midst of reorganizing the operation and that he was not able to devote the time needed for the association office.
OTDA President-Elect Dave Simas of Riverside Tire, Roseburg, assumed the duties of president on April 22.
U.K. group turns to PR focus
LONDON-U.K. Tyre Industry Council plans to emphasize its public relations function on behalf of the United Kingdom's tire industry and forego past efforts to woo the National Tire Distributors' Association back into the TIC or to develop a generic advertising campaign in which tire makers would provide money for ads to promote tires in general, as opposed to specific brands.
The TCI will continue its promotion of roadside tire checks by local police and try to educate motorists on tire issues.