TRIB to host workshop in Tenn.
PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.-The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) said it will conduct a retreading workshop next month at the annual convention for travel plaza and truck stop owners and operators.
TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky will conduct the workshop, ``Understanding Retreading,'' at the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) Show, Feb. 9-11 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. He will discuss how travel plazas and truck stops can establish quality retread tire programs by stocking high-quality retreaded tires and by offering effective tire repair and maintenance programs.
Mr. Brodsky also will demonstrate how these programs, when used in conjunction with each other, can provide a competitive advantage, generate new and additional business and become a profit center, TRIB said.
NATSO represents more than 900 travel plazas and truck stops nationwide, according to TRIB.
Oil change group to hold expo
DALLAS-The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) will be holding its annual convention and fast lube expo April 23-26 at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
The convention will include the following seminars: ``Getting and Keeping Customers;'' ``Add-On Services: Tire Rotation, Power Steering and A/C Service;'' ``Dude, Where's My Car?''; ``Warranty Claims-Self-Defense and Customer Satisfaction;'' ``Working with the Media;'' and ``To Go of Grow.''
Lt. Col. Oliver North, a combat-decorated Marine and counter-terrorism official during the Reagan administration, will deliver the keynote speech April 25.
For more information, call AOCA (800) 331-0329 or visit www.aoca.org.
WCTD convention to include training
SURREY, British Columbia-The Western Canada Tire Dealers Association (WCTD) will meet Feb. 23-25 at the Empire Landmark Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, for its annual convention.
The event will feature a keynote address by Indy-car racer Johnny Unser; the group's first Hall of Fame breakfast; and four seminars: ``Repairing the Auto Repair Image;'' ``Nitrogen Instead of Air;'' ``Are You Complying with the Privacy Act and Bill C-45?'' and a presentation by ``Life Perspective Specialist'' Linda Edgecombe.
Entertainment will include a gala reception and a viewing of the hit musical ``Tony and Tina's Wedding.''
Additionally, the WCTD, in conjunction with the Tire Industry Association, is holding commercial tire service training courses March 14-17 in Edmonton, Alberta. TIA's Commercial Tire Service (CTS) Technician Certification class will be held March 14; its ``Train the Trainer'' Instructors class will be held the remainder of the week. The CTS technician course costs $250 (Can.) + GST, and the CTS instructors class costs $500 (Can.) + GST.
For more information on these events, contact Executive Director Don Blythe at (604) 507-9772.