Two longtime tire industry executives will be inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame for 2003, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) said.
The induction will be one of several events hosted by TIA during the Specialty Equipment Market Association/International Tire Expo show, Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas.
Thomas J. Foord, founder and president of Kal Tire in Vernon, British Columbia, and Marvin Bozarth, former executive director of the International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) and current senior technical consultant to TIA, will be inducted.
The men will be honored during the president's breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Nov. 4. Tickets for the event are $30. The breakfast also will include presentations by outgoing TIA President Tom Raben and its incoming president Larry Morgan. TIA will give away $20,000 to one attendee during the breakfast, though the winner must be present to claim the prize.
The breakfast will follow the TIA Gala Reception, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Harley-Davidson Cafe. That event is billed as a networking opening event for the annual trade show. Participants will be eligible for 10 $1,000 cash prizes. Tickets cost $50.
Scheduled as a new component of the president's breakfast, the hall of fame induction ceremony will recognize two men whose achievements and leadership helped shape the tire and transportation industries, TIA said.
Mr. Foord founded Kal Tire in 1953 with a single location in Vernon. The independent dealership now has 113 company-owned stores, 50 associate dealers, 15 retread plants, five distribution centers, a subsidiary in Chile and associated operations in Ontario.
Mr. Foord also was a founder of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association and a member of a dealer counsel for various manufacturers. He also worked with local charities, including the United Way.
Mr. Bozarth's career in the industry began in 1958 as plant manager of the Missouri Farmers Association Oil Co., a position he held for seven years. His focus on retreading grew in 1965 when he served as general manager for Community Tire Co. in St. Louis. Five years later, he moved to Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. in Potosi, Mo., where he served as plant manager for five years and vice president of manufacturing for 15 years.
In 1990 he was named technical director of the American Retreaders Association (ARA) and, a year later, became the ARA's executive director. During his tenure he served as editor of the association's Tire Retreading/Repair Journal and oversaw the ARA's name change to the ITRA.
He resigned that post in 2002 when the association merged with the Tire Association of North America to form TIA. Mr. Bozarth also operates Bozarth Tire Industry Consultants L.L.C., and works as an expert witness, providing tire and wheel failure analysis as well as equipment evaluations, plant surveys, troubleshooting, and fleet surveys.
During the Las Vegas trade show, TIA's booth will feature a new Members Lounge, sponsored by a $10,000 contribution by Goodyear. The concept is an offshoot of the lounge offered during the World Tire Expo in Louisville, Ky., earlier this year. TIA members can network, eat, check e-mail or just relax in the lounge.
Registration information for the show is available at TIA's Web site, www.tireindustry.org. TIA is offering discounts for early registration to ITE.