The Tire Industry Association has released the schedule for its Performance Tires & Wheels sponsored by TIA section of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in November.
The program includes 12 ``Tires at Two'' seminars that will be held during the trade show, including two ``Successful Tire Dealers Share Their Secrets'' panel discussions, plus sessions on better management and business practices and how to develop a wheel torque program.
The dealer panels, moderated by Don Olson and Ron Lautzenheiser, will be held Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Tire dealers participating on Nov. 2 are: Jay Baxter of Delaware Tire Center Inc. in Newark, Del.; David Hazelton of Jim Paris Tire Co. in Denver; Lou Rachmuth of Tire Pro Inc. in LaGrange, Ga.; Jim Faught of Northwest Tire & Service Inc. in Flint, Mich.; Mark Windham of Cedar Park Tire & Service in Cedar Park, Texas; and Brooks Swentzel of S&S Tire in Lexington, Ky.
Dealers participating on Nov. 3 are: Don Hyman of Hyman Tire Service L.L.C. in Bolivar, Tenn.; David Witten of Big O Tires in Pahrump, Nev.; Jayson Williams of Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. in Moosic, Pa.; Bruce Scher of Scher Tire Inc. in Riverside, Calif.; Barbara Briggs of Briggs & Sons Tire in Fayetteville, N.C.; and Gary Albright of Becker Tire & Treading Inc. in Great Bend, Kan.
The dealerships represented range in size from one shop to 36 locations, and some companies have wholesale operations, according to Mr. Olson.
Other TIA seminars will focus on how to sell factory scheduled maintenance, improving sales profits through credit card marketing and the best practices for handling scrap tires.
The TIA seminars run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4.
The week begins with the TIA board of directors breakfast at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, followed by a board meeting at 9 a.m. at the Paris Hotel.
The TIA annual meeting, featuring the Michelin scholarship winner, is at 11:30 a.m.
TIA's Welcome Reception will be held at 6:30 p.m at the Paris Hotel. Attendees will have a chance to win one of several $1,000 awards during the reception.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, TIA's Breakfast with the President, featuring the Hall of Fame Inductions and the Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award, sponsored by Tire Business, will be held at 7 a.m. During the breakfast, a single $20,000 prize will be given away. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will sponsor the prize and event.
Only tire dealers are eligible for the prize, and they must be present to win.
The TIA Past Presidents lunch will be at noon, followed by the ``Tires at Two'' sessions at 2 p.m. A complete schedule and more information is available at www.tireindustry.org.
Meanwhile, SEMA said it hopes it has increased efficiency at the annual aftermarket show with a number of improvements. First, online registration, which is used by more than 80 percent of attendees, received an improved virtual show Web site system featuring the ``My Show Planner'' tool. SEMA said the tool is useful for media and buyers to organize their time.
Also, the show's exhibit areas have been combined and expanded, allowing attendees to focus on industry segments critical to their specific business.
SEMA said the show will have a clear focus on several market niches, including racing and performance, off-road and mobile electronics.
SEMA also said it has added badge-holder pickup locations, improved shuttle bus schedules and coordinated more with the new Las Vegas monorail.