The following comments were posted on www.tirebusiness.com in response to the online poll question in the box below:
The last Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show in Las Vegas I attended was in 2000 and I had my 24-year-old son with me.
I resigned from the Tire Association of North America (TANA) board of directors in May 2001 after being on the board for almost 10 years. (I was retiring from our family tire business.) There were very few women on the TANA board during those years, and I was always annoyed that the major tire distributors and other suppliers felt it was necessary to have women with very little clothing on to attract men to their booths.
I felt it was demeaning to those of us who served on that board.
Sherry Marcoe, Retired President
Jeff Clay & Sons Inc.
The overabundance of pneumatic blondes with skimpy attire has no place in a business setting.
This merely panders to juvenile instincts and reflects poorly on the taste and judgment of company management and the baser emotions of most attendees. If this is the only way an exhibitor can attract attention to the product or service offered-then that company is in trouble.
Jerry C. White, President
White Tire Supply Inc.
My wife was outraged and will never attend the SEMA Show with me again, and I don't blame her.
It is too bad that some exhibitors have to resort to such tawdry exhibits to sell their products. How sad.
Harvey Brodsky, Managing Director
Tire Retread Information Bureau
Pacific Grove, Calif.
As 2004 draws to a close, do you have a New Year's resolution for your tire business? Perhaps something as simple as make more money? Sell more tires? Have cleaner washrooms? Treat customers better?
Log onto the www.tirebusiness.com poll and let us know. We'll publish some TB readers' comments in our Jan. 3 issue.