BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.-The North Central Tire Dealers & Suppliers Association elected Paul Duininck of Royal Tire Co., St. Cloud, Minn., president during the group's summer convention, May 19-21. The regional association also installed David Mehlhoff of Tire Marketing Concepts in Minneapolis, president-elect; George Mikrut of Grey Products Corp., St. Paul, Minn., secretary; and Bob Rynda of Kampa Tire Co., Minneapolis, treasurer.
Dallas Backhaus of Dallas Tire & Auto, Rochester, Minn., and Tim Gallagher of Northwestern Tire of Minneapolis joined the board as directors.
On July 1, Vic Leerhoff, former NCTDSA executive director, will relinquish his remaining duties as office manager and newsletter editor and retire to pursue his hobbies. He has been an administrator for the NCTDSA since 1987, and was succeeded as executive director last year by Don Elstad. Karla Thomsen, daughter of Tom Wright of Wright Tire in Anoka, Minn., will take over Mr. Leerhoff's remaining duties.
Huddleston to head Tenn. group
ALGOOD, Tenn.-The Tennessee Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association installed Johnny Huddleston of East Tennessee Tire, Knoxville, president during its joint convention with the Kentucky Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, May 18-21, in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
The TTDRA also elected Brooks Harris of Universal Tire Inc., Nashville, president-elect; Jimmy Crews of Tire Treads Inc., Jackson, first vice president; and Jimmy Matlock of Matlock Tire Service, Lenoir City, second vice president.
Sam Snead of Sam Snead Tire & Recapping, Bristol, and Steve Stevenson of Stevenson Tire Co., Maryville, joined the association's board as new directors.
The Tennessee and Kentucky associations have scheduled their 1996 convention for May 18-19 at the Stouffer Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
New scholarship winners named
WASHINGTON-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and Michelin North America will honor three high school seniors as the first recipients of the new Michelin-NTDRA Scholarship program during the association's annual convention in New Orleans, Oct. 12-14.
Under the program, a $10,000 scholarship and two $5,000 scholarships are granted to either a part-time employee of an NTDRA member business or the dependent of a full-time employee.
This year's recipients are: Jenny L. Smith, daughter of Ronald Smith of Colbert Tire Service Inc., Duncan, Okla., winner of the $10,000 scholarship; Richard Young Jr., son of Richard Young Sr. of Terry Auto Care, Little Rock, Ark.; and Kathryn (Jessica) Alverson, daughter of Linda Alverson, Morris Oil & Tire, Spartanburg, S.C.
GTDRA eyes day-long meetings
NORCROSS, Ga.-The Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association is considering changing the format of its annual regional meetings this fall by scheduling a day-long gatheringrather than a weeknight meeting.
According to GTDRA Executive Director Lyndy Bryant, members found the weeknight format didn't allow enough time for some dealers to close their shops and make the drive to the meeting. And once the meeting started, the guest speaker was not afforded enough time for a productive seminar before members had to leave for the trek home, he said.
The GTDRA tried out the day-long format for one meeting last November that included morning seminars on cash flow for small businesses and labor law, an afternoon golf tournament and an evening speaker.
Mr. Bryant said the association may schedule two or three meetings this fall using this new format.