Dick Johnson, American Tire Distributors president/CEO, guided the amalgamation of Heafner Tire Group's subsidiaries into a refocused company under the newly named ATD.
John Gamauf, Bridgestone/Firestone vice president, consumer tire dealer sales, visited thousands of tire dealers-which helped boost sales as the tire maker emerged from the shadow of a massive tire recall.
Robert Keegan, named Goodyear's CEO, effective January 2003, will begin the arduous process of turning around the firm's North American Tire operation and returning the firm to solid profitability.
Gaetano Mannino, president/CEO of Pirelli Tire North America Inc., presided over the company's move to Rome, Ga., the opening of its MIRS tire plant there and began work on doubling Pirelli-brand sales in the U.S. within three years.
Marvin Bozarth, respected and longtime executive director of the International Tire & Rubber Association, retired-as ITRA merged with the Tire Association of North America-to become an industry consultant.
Roger Penske shuttered all 562 Penske Auto Centers-closing North America's largest independent tire dealership-in the wake of Kmart Corp.'s filing for bankruptcy protection.