NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 23, 2001)–Marvin Bozarth, executive director of the International Tire & Rubber Association since 1991, has told the ITRA board of directors he wants to be relieved of full-time employment as the group's top administrative official at year's end.
Mr. Bozarth, 64, made his wishes known at the World ITRA Expo in Nashville, April 19-21. Contacted later at the group's Louisville, Ky., headquarters following the gathering, Mr. Bozarth declined to elaborate on his plans other than to say that neither he nor ITRA's elected leadership had determined what his association role would be after the first of next year.
ITRA's newly elected president, Thomas Raben of Raben Tire Co. in Evansville, Ind., said Mr. Bozarth “wants to slow down” and the association would like him to stay on in some capacity. He said the board has known of Mr. Bozarth´s intentions for some time now.
Mr. Raben said the association has organized a search committee, headed by former ITRA president M. Terry Westhafer of Central Tire Corp. in Verona, Va., to locate Mr. Bozarth's replacement. He described ITRA's popular executive director as “a peach of a guy who's really solid in our industry,” adding: "I wish we could clone him.”
Mr. Raben said Mr. Bozarth told the group's board of directors he is interested in staying involved with the association. “I, for one, have a great desire to see him stay involved. He (simply) doesn't want to be in the capacity of full-time executive director running the day-to-day affairs of the association,” Mr. Raben said.