AKRON-Though he retired as Goodyear chairman and CEO in 1983, to Charles J. Pilliod Jr., retirement doesn't mean a thing. At 79, Mr. Pilliod: is chairman of two companies-Cas-Tech Aluminum Group Inc. in Akron and Dal-Tile International Inc. in Dallas; serves as a partner in New York-based AEA Investors Inc.; works as the financial chairman for a political campaign; and is a part of Marvin & Palmer, an investment firm in Wilmington, Del.
He highly recommends a working retirement and spends every day at his Cas-Tech office when he's at home in Akron. The hours are much better, he said, and it's ``better than vegetating'' or becoming a permanent fixture on the golf course.
The Akron native joined Goodyear in 1941 as a production trainee. He retired as chairman and CEO-positions he'd held since 1974-at the mandatory retirement age of 65, but remained with the company as a director and consultant until 1986, when President Ronald Reagan appointed him U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
Government wasn't much different than business, Mr. Pilliod said; his goal was to boost trade between the U.S. and Mexico 25 percent per year and ``we pretty much met that.''
Once his ambassadorial appointment was over, it was back to business. As a partner in AEA Investors, a group of retired CEOs, Mr. Pilliod's role was to turn around companies in which the group invested. He oversaw the forming of aluminum firm Cas-Tech from three separate companies, the building of a plant, and the development of new technology.
``I think Cas-Tech is a great company. It's got a great future,'' he said. Dal-Tile's future also is bright, he added.
Last year, Mr. Pilliod was inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame during the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's convention in New Orleans.
Mr. Pilliod said he's in good company in the hall of fame. ``I felt very honored that they asked me to accept that award.''