NWTDA taps Tomich exec director
KENNEWICK, Wash.-The Northwest Tire Dealers Association (NWTDA) has named Gene Tomich its new executive director, replacing Dick Nordness who resigned in November.
Mr. Tomich was selected by the group's board of directors March 16, according to Buzz Forbes, past president of the association. A former O.K. Tire dealer, Mr. Tomich is retired from the tire industry and is a farmer. He sits on the board of directors for the farm bureau in his region.
The NWTDA will hold its annual convention and trade show May 20-21 at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash. Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Mr. Tomich at (509) 964-9216, fax: (509) 964-9217.
Additionally, the association's mailing address has changed to P.O. Box 6779, Kennewick, Wash., 99336.
LITDA inducts Broussard into hall
NEW ORLEANS-The Louisiana Independent Tire Dealers Association (LITDA) inducted Sterling Broussard Sr. into its Hall of Fame during its recent convention.
Mr. Broussard, a 38-year tire industry veteran, worked for 12 years as a route salesman for World Tire and Supply Co. (predecessor to Delta World Tire) before opening a retail store in 1979 in New Iberia, La. The store became the foundation upon which Delta World Tire has built a successful 12-store chain, according to the LITDA.
Mr. Broussard attributed his success in business to the following formula: ``Arrive early and work hard, be involved in your local community, make taking care of the customer your first priority and clearly understand what it takes to make a profit,'' the LITDA said.
The association held its convention Feb. 24-26 at the Chateau LeMoyne French Quarter Hotel in New Orleans.
Group announces tech training
DALLAS-The Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) has debuted an e-Learning program focusing on technician academy training.
The program consists of eight interactive learning modules and quizzes as well as a technician certification test consisting of 100 questions. AOCA members can access the training via the Internet any time. An annual subscription fee includes access to the training modules and the grading of five certification tests, according to AOCA.
For more information, visit www.aoca.org or call (800) 331-0329.