North Carolina group taps exec v.p.
KURE BEACH, N.C.-The North Carolina Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NCTDRA) has named Reece Hester its new executive vice president, replacing Bob Smith.
The change is effective June 1. Mr. Hester, a former partner of Tire Supply in Raleigh, N.C., also is a past president of the association. Mr. Smith has held the executive vice president position for the past 21 years and will continue to work with the NCTDRA on a part-time basis handling benefits and services.
Mr. Smith started with the association in January 1984 after selling his tire business, Rigsbee Tire Sales in Durham, N.C., to Merchant's Inc. in 1983. He told Tire Business that when he started, 235 members belonged to the NCTDRA; today the association membership numbers 500.
``It's been a fast 21 years,'' Mr. Smith said of his tenure. He's watched many industry changes during that time, he said, including more consolidations, dealers offering auto service and the erosion of dealers' profits on tires. Yet, associations also have changed and have become more valuable in the services they offer to tire dealers, he said.
Mr. Smith and his wife Bobbie were honored by the association at its April convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and given an inscribed silver bowl and a cruise vacation.
The association also elected the following officers to two-year terms: Bob Briggs of Briggs & Sons Tire in Fayetteville, N.C., president; Danny Honeycutt of Bridgestone/Firestone in Clayton, president-elect; Ryan Benton of Black's Tire Service in Whiteville, vice president; and John Allen of Hughes Brothers in Wilmington, secretary/treasurer.
NETSA nets 630+ attendees
YARMOUTH, Maine-The New England Tire & Service Association (NETSA) drew 635 attendees to its annual trade show and convention, April 15-17 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.
John Peer, director of consumer dealer sales and retail operations for Goodyear, delivered a keynote address on ``Issues facing the tire dealer today and the changing retail tire environment.'' Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the Tire Industry Association, presented the other keynote on ``The role of the independent tire dealer, retreader and recycler in this ever-changing industry.''
The convention featured seminars and tire dealer panel discussions on the following topics: speed ratings and proper tire fitments; Internet site reviews; customer focus; electronic data security; tire pressure monitoring systems; and preventative maintenance.
NETSA also elected 23 directors to its board including incoming NETSA President Neil Schlossberg of Myers Tire Supply in Randolph, Mass.; Vice President Rich Tuttle of University Wholesalers Inc. in Gorham, N.H.; Treasurer Larry Lesieur of Maynard & Lesieur in Nashua, N.H.; and Secretary Dale Franklin of Partner Tire & Service Inc. in Colchester, Vt.