La. ITDA names Pratt executive director
DENHAM SPRINGS, La.-The Louisiana Independent Tire Dealers Association named Ron Pratt its executive director to replace the retiring Norm Rhea during the group's April convention in Lafayette, La.
Mr. Pratt, a past LITDA president and owner of Lafayette Tire in Lafayette, La., became executive director May 1. Mr. Rhea said he will continue as a consultant for the group, as well as travel and dabble with a few business ventures.
The group's new address is P.O. Box 60903 Lafayette, La. 70596. Its toll-free number remains the same at (800) 887-9806. A Web site, e-mail address and second number will be added soon, according to Mr. Rhea.
During the group's convention, held at the Hotel Acadiana-Best Western, several industry officials presented seminars with valuable information for tire dealers, Mr. Rhea said. Larry Morgan, former owner of Morgan Tire & Auto Inc.-which is now owned by Bridgestone/Firestone and does business as Tires Plus-presented a seminar on how to improve tire sales.
Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of education and technical services for the Tire Industry Association, discussed proper tire repair and the liabilities of improper tire wear. Mike Steiner, a field engineer with Michelin North America Inc., discussed how to troubleshoot steer tire wear complaints, Mr. Rhea said.
Attendance at this year's convention was 25 percent higher than in 2002, Mr. Rhea noted, declining to give exact figures. LITDA held a golf tournament in which Mr. Pratt won $100 for making a hole in one.
During the group's social outing, Mr. Rhea was honored with a plaque for his service to the association and a special gift-he said about seven people each presented him a six-pack of his favorite beer, Coors Light.
TMC to study scrap tire disposal
ALEXANDRIA, Va.-The American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) is hosting a special study group on tire disposal and scrap rubber use at its summer meeting, June 9-12 in Phoenix.
The meeting, ``Addressing Technical Realities,'' is at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak. It also features four tire and wheel task force meetings covering recommended practices, onboard tire inflation monitoring systems, tire mounting, balancing and rotation guidelines and retorquing requirements for wheel fasteners. The tire disposal study group is scheduled to meet June 11 at 4:30 p.m.
Conti's Barker to address N.Y. dealers
AMITYVILLE, N.Y.-Continental Tire North America Inc.'s Mike Barker, vice president of passenger and light truck tire sales and marketing, will be the featured speaker at the New York Tire Dealers Association's June 10 meeting in Farmingdale, N.Y.
The group is planning to meet at the Weeping Willow Meeting Center and hold a special networking reception and mini-trade show, beginning at 7 p.m.