BOWIE, Md. (Aug. 10, 2005) — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) plans to induct two tire dealers to the Tire Industry Hall of Fame as well as four additional inductees under its new “historical contributors” category.
Eugene Beck Jr., retired president of Beck Tire International, and John Sieff, retired president of S&M Tire Co. and Mr. Tire Service, will be inducted in the hall of fame Nov. 1 in Las Vegas during TIA's Breakfast with the President. The event is held in conjunction with the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.
Mr. Beck has been in the industry for nearly 50 years, starting in his father's filling station and flat-fixing company. He took a leadership role in the company after graduating from college in 1956 and accumulated a large inventory of used F-16 aircraft tires for use with John Deere rotary motors. He expanded the business in the 1970s and acquired Florida Tire Terminal and Texas Tire Terminal in the 1980s.
Mr. Sieff has been in the industry for about 45 years. He started as the general sales manager for S&M Tire, which was founded by his father, also a hall of fame inductee. S&M Tire founded both the Remington and Star brands in the 1930s, and Mr. Sieff was a key leader in forming Summit Tire and Battery Corp. in the 1970s. He later founded the Mr. Tire Service franchise and the affiliate program.
TIA added the “historical contributors” category for individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry but have been out of the industry for 20 years or more, either through death, retirement or career changes. The inductees under this category are: Fernley Banbury, inventor of the modern internal mixer for elastomers first patented in 1916; Marius Mignol and Pierre Bourbon, Michelin's inventors of the radial tire; and Theodore Smith, founder of India Rubber Journal, now Tire Review.
Tickets for the breakfast cost $35 and are available at www.tireindustry.org.