The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has found a buyer for its center in Louisville, Ky., and has unveiled a new logo for the group's World Tire Expo (WTE).
The logo depicts the TIA World Tire Expo, with a descriptive line stating the following: ``The Conference and Exhibition for the Commercial Tire, Retreading and Recycling Industry.'' The group had considered changing the Expo's name but decided to keep the WTE name and create a more descriptive logo that identifies the markets the WTE serves, according to TIA President Larry Morgan.
``We had some debate as to whether it should be called the commercial show, but frankly we felt that, with our efforts to reach out on an international basis, we would be eliminating the recycling community,'' Mr. Morgan said.
Roy Littlefield, TIA executive vice president, told Tire Business a buyer has been found for the Louisville center, which previously was occupied by the International Tire & Rubber Association prior to and following its merger with TIA.
He said the association expects to have everything out of the center by May 1 and close the sale on May 5, but declined to comment on the buyer until the sale is finalized. In the meantime, TIA will auction off some of the facility's equipment.
Meanwhile, TIA has completed changes to its staff. Bunny McDermott elected not to relocate to TIA's Bowie headquarters and resume her duties as communications coordinator. Consequently, TIA has hired Colleen Wood as marketing director to take over Ms. McDermott's duties as well as the former marketing responsibilities of Michelle Bonner, who also chose not to stay with the association. Ms. Wood, who has 14 years of association and marketing experience, came on board March 22.
With the closing of TIA's Louisville office in January, the association has had to reshuffle its staff. The following is a list of the complete, full-time TIA staff (alphabetically) and their titles:
* Wilson Beach-director of sales;
* Brenda Catlett-director of finance and administration;
* Vickie Cunningham-receptionist/administrative assistant;
* Paul Fiore- director of business development;
* Roy Littlefield-executive vice president (EVP);
* Becky MacDicken-director of government affairs;
* Chris Marnett-director of training;
* Sandra Martinez-director of operations;
* Patti McCafferty-executive assistant to the EVP/director of meeting planning;
* LaKisha Pindell-director of advertising;
* Lisa Rainey-training and certification coordinator;
* Kevin Rohlwing-senior vice president of education and technical services;
* Patrick Soluri-web designer; and
* Vickie Stract-billing assistant.
TIA also has retained three key consultants:
* Marvin Bozarth-senior technical consultant;
* John Buettner-senior consultant - OTR; and
* Mary Sikora-director of tire & rubber recycling.
``Our staff is strong and TIA will maintain the course we've set for the future of our members and the association,'' Mr. Morgan said. ``These people have worked incredibly hard during the merger, a change in staff leadership and reorganization. I'm proud of this team.''