APPLE VALLEY, Minn.-The North Central Tire Dealers & Suppliers Association hired tire industry veteran Jim Knecht as its new executive director May 1, replacing Don Elstad who resigned for health reasons. Mr. Knecht, 57, is a veteran employee of Goodyear, where he managed stores in Indiana and Illinois and was a store supervisor in Minneapolis. In 1971 he opened his own tire business, which included three tire dealerships in the Minneapolis area.
He later sold two outlets to partners and transferred ownership of his main store, Apple Valley Tire & Auto Service, to his son-in-law two years ago.
A past NCTDSA board member, Mr. Knecht said his main goal is to bolster membership. He said he considers having only 150 members-out of a potential 800-plus pool of dealers in the region-``very poor.'' The NCTDSA represents dealers in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The association's new address is: 12825 Falcon Dr., Apple Valley, Minn. 55124; (612) 432-8957.