RESTON, Va. (Jan. 7, 2002)—Assuming the proposed merger between the Tire Association of North America and the International Tire & Rubber Association goes through, the combined groups will have a new name.
Just what that name will be, however, depends on the groups' members.
To come up with the new moniker, ITRA and TANA are holding a contest to name the new association. Members of both organizations have until Jan. 31, 2002, to submit potential names, after which the leadership of the combined association will select the winning entry.
The individual submitting the winning name will receive a five-night stay at the Aladdin Hotel during the 2002 International Tire Expo, Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas. If more than one member submits the winning name, those entries will be placed in drawing to determine the prize winner, said TANA President Steve Disney.
Members of TANA and ITRA will receive information about the contest in January, the associations said.
“This contest will help our members become involved in the merger process,” said ITRA President Tom Raben. “It will heighten awareness of the merger, the upcoming name change and help the leadership consider all potential names for the organization.”
TANA and ITRA officials announced plans to merge the two groups Oct. 30 after two and one-half years of negotiations. Two-thirds of the memberships of each group must approve the merger for it to go through. Voting is set to take place in January.&Copy;