In hiring lobbyist Rebecca MacDicken and re-establishing its government relations function in Washington, the Tire Association of North America has taken an important step toward increasing the value of its membership to independent tire dealers. The association once was known for taking aggressive stances on legislative and regulatory issues affecting tire dealers.
But it has been relatively inactive on those fronts since former Executive Vice President David Poisson eliminated TANA's government affairs function as a cost-cutting measure two years ago.
Now, three months after Mr. Poisson left TANA to take a job elsewhere, acting Executive Vice President Ross Kogel Jr. has restored the office, thereby giving dealers a much-needed voice in Washington.
This move is a bold step for the 28-year-old acting administrator, who has indicated he would like the job on a permanent basis.
TANA's membership and independent tire dealers everywhere will be better served now that the association is back on "the hill."