Fla. dealer group merges with ASA
BOCA RATON, Fla.-The Florida Independent Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association (FITDRA) and the Automotive Service Association of Florida (ASA-FL) merged their two groups into a single organization, effective Feb. 1.
At a Jan. 26 meeting of the memberships, the two associations unanimously accepted the merger plan and a new name-the Florida Automotive Trades Association. FITDRA Executive Director Jill Mondo will manage the group from Boca Raton.
``As a combined association we have many benefits to offer to the tire and automotive service industry,'' said FITDRA President John Tidwell. Those include, he said: ``a single voice for the industry, power in numbers, more membership value through combined services, information and resources, additional networking opportunities for members and suppliers and strong affiliations with both of the national associations.''
Wholesaler, dealer groups unite
PASADENA, Md.-The Maryland Tire Dealers Association has merged with the Chesapeake Automotive Wholesalers Association to form the Chesapeake Automotive Business Association (CABA).
The new group represents tire dealers, jobbers, warehouses, automotive repair and manufacturer's representatives and has more than 300 automotive aftermarket members.
The boards and members of the two associations met Dec. 17 to vote on the merger, new name and logo. CABA will continue to provide legislative oversight at the state and federal levels, as well as offer group programs and continue operating a credit union.
The group also plans to reach out to small repair shops offering them technical training programs.
Global economic symposium in May
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-The Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium, a joint professional education effort by several automotive aftermarket associations, will be held May 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill.
Jeffery Rosensweig, an international business and finance expert, will discuss ``The Global Economy: Where Do We Go From Here.'' Kathleen Schmatz, executive vice president of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, will moderate a panel on ``Who Will Fix the Car?''
Registration for GAAS 2002 costs $695 for the sponsoring associations members' first registrant and $595 for each additional representative. After Feb. 28, fees increase to $895 for an association member company's first registrant and $795 for each additional representative. Sponsoring associations include the Tire Association of North America and the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
For more details, contact Margaret Odom at [email protected]