MIDLOTHIAN, Va.—After several years of joint conventions with the North Carolina Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, the Virginia Tire & Automotive Service Dealers Association is going solo this year as the NCTDRA opts to conduct regional meetings instead. The VTASDA is reformatting its convention, March 22-23 at the Omni Hotel, Charlottesville, to accommodate small-business owners who normally cannot attend. The convention will forego the usual Friday opening and conduct all its educational seminars on Saturday so members only miss one business day.
Speakers will include: John Zito of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. on warning signs of eroding profitability; Pat Lazzaro of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. on marketing to female customers; and Steve Gower of the Gower Group on eliminating apathy.
For more information, contact the VTASDA, 3215 Barnes Spring Terrace, Midlothian, Va. 23112; (804) 744-4030.