How did last year's news events stack up in order of importance? Check out page 11 to see how TB's staff and readers ranked the top five news stories. While you're at it, take a quiz on page 10 about industry happenings.
John Lampe, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. chairman, president and CEO, directed the embattled tire makers' recall of more than 6.5 million Firestone light truck tires.
Ross Kogel, Tire Association of North America executive vice president, reactivated the group's government relations department in time to battle proposed tire-defect legislation.
Tom Gegax and Larry Morgan combined their Team Tire Plus and Morgan Tires & Auto dealerships into a tire retailing empire that will include a franchising program.
Sam Gibara, Goodyear's chairman, staged a management shakeup to improve the company's profits and its dwindling market share, and oversaw plans to launch a commercial tire joint venture with Treadco Inc.
Larry Day, TBC Corp.'s president/COO, marshalled the distributor's buyout of Florida's Tire Kingdom and its 148 retail outlets, and announced an assocate dealer program for the firm's Big O Tires franchise program.
Donald Roof, Heafner Tire Group CEO, led buyouts of the T.O. Haas Tire Co., the American Tire Distributors wholesale unit from Merchants' Inc., and expansion of Heafner's Winston Tire chain.