Group names new executive director
FOSTER CITY, Calif.—The Western States Tire and Automotive Service Association has hired Ejnar Fink-Jensen as executive director.
A native of Denmark, Mr. Fink-Jensen, joined Pirelli Group in 1978. He served for a time as president of Pirelli's U.S. operations and also was an exective with Howard Tire Co. in the San Francisco Bay area. From 1993 to 1998, he served as president of a retreading company in Germany that was a subsidiary of the Denmark-based Viporg Group.
Prior to being named WSTASA executive director, Mr. Fink-Jensen served as a consultant to Viporg.
Effective June 1, the WSTASA's office relocated to: 780 Sea Spray Lane, Suite 210, Foster City, Calif., 94404. Phone: (650) 357-0600. Fax: (650) 357-0601.
Ga. TDRA taps Franklin president
TUCKER, Ga.—The Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association elected Bobby Franklin of B & D Tire in Kingsland, Ga., president at a recent meeting in Pine Mountain.
Other officers elected for 2000-2001 include: James A. "Tony" Sexton of Toby Sexton Tire Co. in Loganville, first vice president; Bill Duckworth Jr. of Bill Duckworth Tire in Brunswick, second vice president; and Bob Rogers of Mableton Car Care Center in Mableton, secretary-treasurer.
New directors are: Trey Cook of Savannah Tire & Rubber Co. in Savannah; Richard Ramirez of Heafner/Itco Tires and Products in Byron; and Ernie Rowell of Superior Tire & Auto Center in Columbus
FITDRA convention attendance rises
BOCA RATON, Fla.—The Florida Independent Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association saw a 17-percent increase in attendance at its recent convention in Cocoa Beach, Fla., prompting the group to decide to hold a trade show along with its 2001 gathering.
The convention, which featured a seminar-only format, included a keynote speech from former NASA astronaut Story Musgrave. Seminar topics included "Finding and Retaining Quality Employees" and "8 Essentials for Retail Success."
Newly elected officers include: Joe Kovac of Kovac Automotive in Davie, president; John Tidwell of Mike Gatto Inc. in Melbourne, president-elect; and Kelley Rowland of Citrus Tire & Automotive in Inverness, vice president. Sherry Marcoe of Jeff Clay and Sons in Kissimmee will continue her term as secretary/treasurer.