Ohio dealers hold annual convention OREGON, Ohio—The Ohio Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association elected new officers and honored the wife of its former executive director during the group's 32nd annual convention and supplier's showcase June 25-27.
Joan Floyd, wife of Bill Floyd, retired OTDRA executive director, was presented the Bill Floyd Award. Established last year, it is named after Mr. Floyd, who spent 30 years as the association's executive director.
Mrs. Floyd received a wall-clock for ``outstanding service to the association and the tire industry.'' She currently serves as executive secretary of the Northeast Ohio Regional Tire Dealers Association and actively helped with OTDRA activities over the years.
The convention, held at Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio, included a panel discussion with several industry executives and a presentation by state Sen. Robert E. Latta. It even offered a "battle" of the lighter-than-air craft, with the Goodyear blimp and Uniroyal NailGard hot air balloon making appearances.
The meeting also saw the induction of new officers for 1999-2000. Mark Krebs of 795 Tire Service in Millbury, was elected president, replacing Ted Smetzer of Smetz's Tire Center in Ashland.
Other officers included: Randy Jones of Anderson's Tire Man Auto Center, Maumee, first vice president; Larry Kane of Terry's Tire Town, Alliance, second vice president; and George Birsic of Lakewood Firestone, Lakewood, treasurer.
For three-year directors, the group tapped Christopher Link of K&M Tire, Delphos, and Scott Burke of Conrad's Wholesale Tire, Cleveland.
Next year, the OTDRA's convention will move to downtown Cincinnati, June 23-25.
Ga. group drops show in 2000
SAVANNAH, Ga.—The Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and the South Carolina Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association held a joint convention and trade show in Savannah, June 11-13. But the GTDRA won't next year.
The GTDRA's board of directors voted to forgo holding a convention and trade show in 2000 because past shows haven't yielded revenue for the GTDRA's supplier members, said Lindy Bryant, executive director.
Instead, the group will hold a ``Super Saturday'' sales event in Macon, Ga., Jan. 29, 2000, where tire wholesalers and suppliers can sell products to retailers at bargain prices, he said.
The GTDRA also elected these new officers: Jeffrey Bobbitt of Bobbitt's Tire Co. in Macon, president; Bobby Franklin of B & D Tire in Kingsland, first vice president; Keith Jones of Laramie Tire in Ellenwood, second vice president; and Bob Rogers of Mableton Car Care Center in Mableton, secretary-treasurer.