LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2000) — The International Tire and Rubber Association will induct Harvey Brodsky and W.W. "Bill" Marsh into the Rubber Industry Hall of Fame during its awards banquet April 30 at the World Expo in Nashville, Tenn.
Mr. Brodsky, who is known in the tire and transportation industries as the "Voice of Retreading," has been involved in the retreading industry since the early 1970s when he began marketing products for Lodi Super Mold Co.
In 1978 he joined the Western Division of Big O Tires Inc. before taking his current position as managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB). In that capacity, he has appeared as a speaker or exhibitor at more than 200 conferences to promote the economic and environmental benefits of retreads.
Mr. Brodsky has defended the retreading industry against more than 200 negative publicity attacks. He also is a 1991 recipient of the ITRA Industry Leadership Award.
Mr. Marsh began his career in 1930 as a Firestone tire salesman, then took a position with Texaco calling on service stations that were having management problems. In 1938, he became an independent tire dealer in Dayton, Ohio, then left Dayton for Hamilton, Ohio, where he managed a General tire dealership.
Mr. Marsh served as executive secretary of the National Association of Independent Tire Dealers, now known as the Tire Association of North America, for 28 years. His work resulted in branch stores becoming the rule rather than the exception and in tire stores offering automotive services.
His professional achievements include: the Key Man Award as the Outstanding Trade Association Executive in the country in 1963; president of the American Society of Association Executives in 1972; and induction into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 1985.
In the early 1980s, he also worked on President Ronald Reagan´s Grace Commission, which sought ways to improve government management. Mr. Marsh died in 1988.