Md. group gets new exec. director
PASADENA, Md.-The Chesapeake Automotive Business Association (CABA) has named auto aftermarket industry veteran Skip Potter executive director of the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware aftermarket trade association, effective immediately.
``We are excited to have a leader of Skip's experience to be so conveniently available when we were faced with the unexpected resignation of Honey Eckardt,'' said Mary Michael Kunkel, CABA executive committee president.
Ms. Eckardt, who had been CABA's executive director for the past 11 years, resigned Aug. 1 after she and her family decided to relocate to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Mr. Potter, who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., had recently left the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association where he had been vice president of membership for 16 years. Prior to joining AAIA, Mr. Potter had worked for 24 years in auto parts sales and sales management in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., areas.
``This is a homecoming for me,'' he said. ``I am very anxious to come back to the real grassroots of the aftermarket. I hope to apply my lessons learned on the international stage so that our Chesapeake members can prosper.''
Iowa group merges with truck assn.
GRINNELL, Iowa-After years of financial pressure and little new member recruitment, the Iowa Tire Dealers Association (ITDA) will become a division of the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA).
Ron Morrison, president of the ITDA and owner of Morrison Tire in Grinnell, said the group will be merged with the IMTA by mid-October, though he couldn't give an exact date because paperwork hasn't been finalized. He said he believes the ITDA name will continue just as other divisions of the IMTA have kept their names. Mr. Morrison added that IMTA Director Brenda Neville will take over the operational and accounting responsibilities of former ITDA Executive Director Joe Kelly.
Joining with IMTA offers many membership and insurance benefits for the tire dealers, Mr. Morrison said, as well as a larger group with lobbying power.
``You gotta join with the numbers,'' he said.
Once it becomes a division of the IMTA, Mr. Morrison said the ITDA will hold four meetings per year instead of one to try to increase member participation. He said the minimum portion of the group's dues structure will increase under the new association, but he said the dues structure also will become more uniform for every member.