NEW ORLEANS-The second annual Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award, honoring the charitable and public service work of independent tire dealers and retreaders, went to Philip ``Flip'' Smith, owner of Flip's Tire Center in Van Nuys, Calif. It was presented during the convention's Awards Luncheon Oct. 12.
Among the many civic accomplishments during his 12 years as an independent dealer, Mr. Smith was honored in particular for pulling together some 300 of his fellow merchants to form the ``Sepulveda Boulevard Business Watch.''
Working together, the group cleaned up their once-decaying street, reclaiming it from the gangs, thieves, drug dealers and prostitutes who had taken over there in recent years.
While accepting the award, Mr. Smith drew a chuckle from the audience when he noted that, as he had walked New Orlean's none-too-respectable Bourbon Street the previous night, ``I couldn't help thinking, `This would really be a challenge. . . .' ''
ASA gives away modem, software
ASA Tire Systems Group held a prize drawing for computer software and equipment. Liz Rogers of Holmes Tire & Automotive Inc. in Madison, Wis., won a connection to the Internet along with a high-speed modem. Linda Holmes, also of Holmes Tire, and Nancy Melvin of Tire Pros Inc. in Johnston, R.I., won software.
NTDRA Insurance Trust seeks members
The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association Insurance Trust announced it will attempt to lower claim ratios and reduce premiums by attracting new businesses through a personalized marketing effort.
Trustees directed policy underwriter John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. and broker JZA Inc. to begin personalized counseling sessions with dealers to boost the number of lives covered by the insurance program.
The NTDRA said its trust paid out more than $4.3 million in life, medical and dental claims in 1994.