The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association has employed seven chief administrators during its 75-year history. The job of heading the association's administrative staff variously has carried the title of executive secretary or executive vice president, depending on the era involved.
Today, it is held by Philip P. Friedlander Jr., who has served in that capacity since 1978 and been a member of the NTDRA's staff since 1953.
He succeeded Jefferson Keith, who served from 1977-'78, following the retirement of the late W.W. ``Bill'' Marsh.
Mr. Marsh held the post from 1949 to '77-his 28 years representing the longest tenure of any of the association's top administrators.
Prior to 1949, the job was held by: James Sharkey (from 1945 to '49); Cliff Simpson (1943 to '45); Norvel Trimborn (1938 to '43); and George J. Burger (1935 to '38). Mr. Burger previously had served from 1923 to '25 as president of the former National Tire Dealers Association, an elective office.
After leaving the association's staff in 1938, Mr. Burger served many years as a paid lobbyist for the National Association of Independent Business in Washington, D.C.
It was Mr. Simpson who, as NAITD executive secretary in 1944, moved the association's headquarters to the Nation's Capital.
For a time, the office was housed in rented quarters at the Washington dealership of the late David R. Lehman. (Both Mr. Lehman and his son, Russell Lehman, served as the association's president, the elder Lehman in 1952 and his son in 1972.)
In recent years, the association's Washington headquarters have been in several different locations.
The former ``Tires Building'' at 1343 L St. was constructed in 1960 and owned by the association until it ultimately was outgrown and sold in 1983. NTDRA's current headquarters are in rented quarters at 1250 I St. N.W.