ITE attendance, booths increase
LAS VEGAS—The International Tire Expo/Specialty Equipment Market Association show saw an increased number of booths, buyers and media attendance in 2000.
The show exceeded more than 6,200 booths encompassing 1.5 million square feet of exhibit space, up 10 percent from last year. Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in total boasted close to 82,000 attendees, including more than 36,000 buyers and nearly 8,000 international buyers.
Eleven car manufacturers exhibited at this year's AAIW, up from six in 1999. A record number of nearly 500 national and international media outlets covered the event.
Dunlop's Campbell to retire in March
BUFFALO, N.Y.—P. David Campbell, vice chairman and president of Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America Ltd., plans to retire March 31, 2001, after a more-than 30-year career. He will be replaced by James Galoppo, currently chief financial officer.
The company said Mr. Campbell is credited with the turnaround of Dunlop Tire Corp., which had significant losses for 10 years before he became president and CEO in August 1995.
Mr. Campbell, in a prepared announcement, said he plans to devote his time to ministry.
"At this point in my life, I believe I am being called to give more of my time and experiences to Christian ministries," he said.
Malerba elected TANA secretary
RESTON, Va.—Bob Malerba, owner of Malerba's Silver City Tire in Meriden, Conn., has become the first freely elected officer of the Tire Association of North America.
Mr. Malerba's one-year term as secretary began Oct. 31, and he will proceed through the positions of vice president, president-elect, president and immediate past president in sequential one-year terms.
The vote represents the first year that TANA's board of directors and an officer were elected in a full membership vote.
RMA names new VP communications
WASHINGTON—Dan Zielinski has joined the Rubber Manufacturers Association as vice president of communications.
The RMA hired Mr. Zielinski from APCO Worldwide, a public affairs and strategic communications firm. He also previously served as press secretary for two Republican congressmen from New York, Reps. Raymond J. McGrath and David A. Levy.
Kristen Udowitz, the association's previous vice president of public affairs, left the RMA in October to pursue other interests.
TSE wins patent infringement suit
PHOENIX—A federal judge has awarded Tire Service Equipment Manufacturing Co. $4.1 million in damages in its six-year-long patent infringement lawsuit against Bead Seater Corp.
Tire Service Equipment (TSE) had claimed that Manchester, N.H.-based Bead Seater's manufacture and sale of a "seating apparatus" used for tubeless tires infringed upon a U.S. patent TSE received in 1991 for its bead-seating tool.
In addition to the $4.1 million judgment, U.S. District Court Judge James B. Moran ordered a permanent injunction against Bead Seater and its president, Norman P. Demers, as well as Arizona Rubber Co., a Phoenix-based equipment distributor, prohibiting them from making, selling or using any bead-seating tools that infringe upon TSE's patent until Dec. 17, 2008.
Attorneys for Bead Seater declined to say whether they will appeal the judgment.
Goodyear taps e-commerce chief
AKRON—Goodyear has named Nathaniel E. Leonard global director of e-commerce.
He will report to Eric A. Berg, chief information officer and vice president of e-commerce.
Mr. Leonard, 36, will lead Goodyear's efforts to develop and implement global e-commerce strategies as well as initiatives tailored for each of its strategic business units, the company said.
He formerly was president of Weldersmall.com L.L.C., where he was credited with introducing and expanding the first national welding industry Web site.
Prior to that, he was a business unit manager with Progressive Corp., vice president of sales and marketing at Bowthorpe P.L.C., director of marketing for Tremco Inc. and a special projects analyst for the Perrier Group of America.
Mr. Leonard earned a master of business administration degree from Harvard University and a bachelor of arts degree in computer studies and economics from Northwestern University.