ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.-The Florida Independent Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association elected Bob Weatherly ofBeachside Tire & Automotive, Jacksonville Beach, president during its annual convention, May 25-28 in Orlando. The organization also tapped Jim Santy of Brandon Tire, Valrico, first vice president; Bob Dearmin of C & D Tire, Melbourne, second vice president; and Micky Franklin of Micky Franklin Tires, North Fort Myers, secretary/treasurer.
Terry McGee of McGee Tire in Lakeland and Wiley Owens of Stringer Tire in Jacksonville were installed as new members of the association's board of directors.
The FITDRA reported increased attendance, estimated at more than 600, at this year's convention. The 1996 show is slated for May 30-June 1 at the Marriott Bal Harbor in Fort Lauderdale Beach.
This summer the association will be finalizing details for a vocational-technical school scholarship program in an effort to ``replenish the dying breed of auto mechanics'' in the state, according to FITDRA Executive Director Henry Stansell.
``In Florida, it is very difficult to find qualified auto mechanics,'' Mr. Stansell explained.
The association already offers college scholarships to those affiliated with the FITDRA. The vo-tech scholarships may be offered to candidates outside the industry with member dealerships providing them opportunities for hands-on training in the shop, Mr. Stansell said.
TyreTech to eye array of issues
LONDON-TyreTech '95, slated for Oct. 16-17 in Turin, Italy, will feature speakers from all aspects of the tire industry, including, for the first time, representatives of the road construction industry.
The conference is expected to draw representatives from vehicle makers, ingredient suppliers, industry observers and tire manufacturers.
The program will open with speakers from the truck makers and the road industry explaining what they want from the tire industry and how to improve cooperation between the industries.
Other sessions will discuss environmental and legal pressures on tire makers; state-of-the-art technology; retread performance; and tire disposal issues.
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Rich assumes NORTDA helm
BARBERTON, Ohio-The Northeast Ohio Regional Tire Dealers Association installed Mike Rich of Kauffman Tire Service Inc., Wooster, as president during the group's May 9 meeting in Akron.
The NORTDA also tapped Joe Cambria of North Gateway Tire in Medina and Mark Wagoner of Waco Truck & Off-Road Centre in Akron as new directors.
Atlantic TDA executive retires
RIVERVIEW, New Brunswick-After 15 years of service, Atlantic Tire Dealers Association Executive Director Charles Mac-Leod will retire on June 30.
He will turn over the administrative reins to Frank Connor, who is retired from Uniroyal Goodrich Canada Inc.
The new address of the ATDA, effective July 1, is: 93 Henderson St., Riverview, New Brunswick E1B 4B6; (506) 386-4306.
The ATDA will host a retirement party for Mr. MacLeod during the group's annual golf tournament, Sept. 9, at Dundee Resort in Dundee, Nova Scotia.
During the association's April 17 membership meeting, the Atlantic TDA installed the following officers: Brian Miller of Miller Tire Service Ltd. in Halifax, Nova Scotia, president; Fred Windsor of Disco Tire, Sydney, Nova Scotia, first vice president; Arch Cook of Kelly Tire Services, St. John, New Brunswick, second vice president; and Don Beairsto of Johnson Tire & Auto, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, secretary.