RESTON, Va. (Feb. 17, 2000) — Tire Association of North America Executive Vice President David Poisson will leave the Reston-based trade group next month to work for R.R. Donnelly & Sons, a Chicago-based commercial printer and information services company.
The association said Mr. Poisson, 47, who joined the TANA staff in 1996, will spearhead a new Donnelly initiative to create an online business-to-business trading network in the government marketplace. He will work out of Donnelly offices in nearby Fairfax, Va.
Ross Kogel Jr., TANA´s director of marketing, will serve as interim executive vice president, effective March 1.
Mr. Poisson will remain on in an advisory capacity through March 30, the association said. His resignation was announced during the group´s annual Off-the-Road Tire Conference in Tucson, Ariz., by association President Tom Wright of Wright Tire Service, Anoka, Minn.
Mr. Wright said a committee has been formed to search for a new executive vice president. It will consist of Mr. Wright and fellow TANA executives Nick Hodel of Portland Tire Co., Portland, Ore.; Steve Disney of Disney Tire & Rubber, Louisville, Ky.; Larry Morgan of Morgan Tire & Auto, Clearwater, Fla.; and Bill Mayo of Tom Frost Firestone, Warrenton, Va.
Mr. Poisson, whose three-year contract was to expire in nine months, said his decision to accept Donnelly´s offer was a response to "the lure of the private sector and the chance to build something" of his own making.
In announcing the move, Mr. Wright said he was sad at Mr. Poisson´s resignation. "It´s like one of the family leaving home," he said. ``We´ve worked so closely together, and he´s more than a business associate — he´s a friend. We will surely miss him, but we celebrate his move to become more independent. That´s what we stand for — independent business working within our industry."
Mr. Wright said Mr. Poisson had "worked closely with each of the (TANA) presidents and the board to leave an outstanding record." He said Mr. Poisson´s term was highlighted in particular by the turnaround in the association´s finances, as well as the rejuvenation of its annual trade show.
Attendance at the show increased 347 percent during Mr. Poisson´s tenure: from 1,140 buyers at the Atlanta convention in 1996, to the 5,099 who attended last year´s gathering in Las Vegas, he said.
Mr. Wright also said Mr. Poisson "balanced TANA´s budget in 1997 after losing $1 million the previous year, retired the full amount of the Association´s pension liability ($533,000) and repaid the $435,000 loan (his administration) inherited in 1996 — and all with 75-percent fewer staff."