SEMA to launch off-road event
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) will stage an off-road event to be held in conjunction with the SEMA Spring Expo Feb. 4-5 in Indianapolis.
The off-road event will target companies serving the recreational and performance off-road segments, SEMA said.
``This booming niche within the accessories industry represents new opportunities for established companies,'' said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president for marketing and communications. ``It also represents fertile ground for new companies to build and grow business.''
The expo will feature products for sand sports, rock crawling, mud bogging, desert racing and more, SEMA said. For details, go to www.sema.org.
TIA to hold OTR Conference in Ariz.
BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will hold its annual Off-the-Road Conference Feb. 24-26 at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz.
The conference will feature remarks from TIA officials, a government affairs update and keynote seminars presented by author Kerry L. Johnson called ``Mastering the Game'' and ``Willpower.'' Jack Fenner, Continental Tire North America Inc.'s director, dealer sales NAFTA, will present industry numbers. Other presentations include historical overviews of OTR tires and service vehicles as well as of tire repair.
TIA's Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of technical and educational services, will deliver a presentation on TIA's new Earthmover Tire Service training and certification program. Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread Information Bureau, and Marvin Bozarth, TIA's senior technical consultant, will discuss ``Retreading-How We Have Evolved.''
For registration information, contact TIA at (800) 876-8372 or visit www.tireindustry.org and click on ``Events.''
New president for CABA
PASADENA, Md.-The Chesapeake Automotive Business Association (CABA) recently elected John Harrison, owner of Johnny's Auto Service in Lanham, Md., president.
Mr. Harrison is the first independent service center owner to be president of CABA or its predecessor organizations, the Maryland Tire Dealers Association and the Chesapeake Automotive Wholesalers Association.
``This is a very important milestone in our history,'' said Skip Potter, CABA's executive director. ``The most critical link in the independent aftermarket business chain is the customer (who) throws the box away. To have such a respected service center owner like Mr. Harrison at the head of CABA will focus CABA work on our ultimate goal: strengthen the sales and profits of our independent aftermarket here in Maryland, D.C. and Delaware.''