RESTON, Va.—The Tire Association of North America has announced partial results of the first popular election in the group's 79-year history—namely 27 new members of its board of directors voted in by the membership at large. Previously, officers and board members were elected or appointed by the association's leadership.
The identity of TANA's first popularly elected officer—namely the association's secretary who, by tradition, is in line to eventually serve as president in successive years—will be announced in coming weeks, Interim Executive Vice President Ross Kogel Jr. said.
"This election gives all members a voice in the direction of the association," said TANA President Tom Wright. "(Past presidents) Pam Fitzgerald, Jim Shook and the entire TANA board deserve credit for making this much-needed change. I'm very pleased to have everyone involved in the process of governance."
The association, in 1998, voted to hold direct elections of its officers and board of directors beginning this year. For reasons of practicality, it also was decided at that time to shrink the association's board of directors to 36 members from 80 and its executive committee to six from 18 members.
In order to fill the available board seats for the next three years, TANA this year held a "staggered" election, choosing eight board members by popular vote to serve one-year terms, nine to two-year terms and 10 to three-year terms of office.
Beginning in 2001, 12 board members will be elected annually. Those holding elective office in the association also are members of TANA's board.
Both the newly elected association secretary and board members will be installed Oct. 31 at TANA's annual meeting and Hall of Fame Breakfast in Las Vegas during the International Tire Expo.
Those elected to serve on the board will join its existing members, who include current President Mr. Wright of Wright Tire Service, Anoka, Minn,; President-elect Nicholas Hodel, Northwest Tire Factory, Portland, Ore.; Treasurer William C. Mayo, Tom Frost Firestone Inc., Warrenton, Va.; Vice President Stephen Disney, Disney Tire & Rubber, Louisville, Ky.; Secretary Larry Morgan, Morgan Tire & Auto Inc., Clearwater, Fla.; and Immediate Past President Jim Shook, Shook Tire Centers, Las Cruces, N.M.
Newly elected to three-year terms on the board were:
Dick Aronson, Century Tire, Portland, Maine;
Dean Bray Jr., Bray's Recapping Service, Mount Airy, N.C.;
Pat Brown, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Findlay, Ohio;
Pam Fitzgerald, Mike Gatto Inc., Melbourne, Fla.;
Frank Hall, Frank Hall Tire Service, Spartanburg, S.C.;
Sherry Clay Marcoe, Jeff Clay and Sons Tire, Kissimmee, Fla.;
Warren Secord, Warren Secord Tire, Kent, Wash.;
Jim Shook, Shook Tire Centers, Las Cruces, N.M.;
Bill Short, Leininger and Short, Ontario, Calif.; and
Terry Sparks, Sparks Commercial Tire, Findlay, Ohio.
Elected to two-year terms were:
Tom Formanek, Stellar Industries Inc., Garner, Iowa;
Tommy Harris, Harris Tire Co., Lynchburg, Va.;
Ken Kevorkian, United Vulcanizing Co., Los Angeles;
Anthony Koles, Montvale Tire Co., Melrose, Mass.;
Joe McCarthy Jr., McCarthy & Son, Martinsville, Ind.;
Jim Miller, Twin City Tire, Eden Prairie, Minn.;
Larry Mullins, Brandon Tire and Battery, Ortonville, Mich.;
Barry Steinberg, Direct Tire & Auto Service, Watertown, Mass.; and
Anthony Vizyak, Great Lakes Tires, Sandusky, Ohio.
Elected to one-year terms were:
Gary Albright of Becker Tire, Great Bend, Kan.;
Ernie Caraminico, Amityville Firestone, Amityville, N.Y.;
Paul Dvorak, American Industrial Tire Corp., Dallas;
Bobby Mathews, Wholesale Tire Distributors, Phenix City, Ala.;
Jim Melvin, Tire Pros, Johnston, R.I.;
Joseph Mullaney, Mullaney Tire, Matawan, N.J.;
Don Nebelsick, Don's Tire & Supply, Abilene, Kan.; and
Stu Zurcher, Zurcher Tire, Angola, Ind.
The association said any member in good standing may run for a seat on the board, including those not approved by the nominating committee. Those interested in running for election next year are required to submit a petition signed by 25 members of the association by April 28. This year's ballot was mailed to all TANA members May 15.