BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association has unveiled its schedule for the 2005 Performance Tires & Wheels sponsored by TIA section of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, to be held Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas.
As in past years, the week kicks off with TIA's board of directors meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 at Caesars Palace, the association's headquarters hotel. The annual meeting, which includes presentation of the Michelin scholarship winner, follows at 11:30 a.m. The state association executive meeting will be held concurrently with the board of directors meeting.
TIA's Welcome Reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Neptune Poolside at Caesars Palace. Cost is $50 per ticket and there will be opportunities for attendees to win several cash giveaways.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, TIA will hold its annual ``Breakfast with the President,'' where the group will induct its Hall of Fame nominees and where Tire Business will present its Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will sponsor the breakfast and give away $20,000 to one lucky attendee. The event will take place at 7 a.m. at the Roman Ballroom in Caesars Palace, and tickets are $35.
The TIA Past Presidents lunch is scheduled for noon at the Las Vegas Country Club followed by the ``Tires at Two'' seminars from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The seminars will run from Tuesday through Thursday with most sessions offered more than one day.
Seminar topics are:
* ``Servicing Tires and Wheels with TPMS,'' with Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of education and technical services, who will provide an overview detailing how technicians should identify, inspect and install valve stem tire pressure monitoring sensors, as well as mount and demount tires that contain sensors;
* ``Successful Tire Dealers Share Their Secrets,'' moderated by Don Olson, founder of the former Don Olson Tire, and Ron Lautzenheiser, a Big O Tires Inc. franchisee. This panel of the industry's most successful dealers will discuss how to generate more sales and increase profits;
* ``TIA Endorsed Programs,'' moderated by Paul Fiore, TIA's director of development, will provide the details of Universal Underwriters P&C, Meadowbrook Workers Comp, TriveriCare Health Insurance and the Comdata commercial credit program;
* ``Protecting your Business from Product Liability Accusations,'' presented by tire industry consultant Harold Herzlich, will focus on how dealers can meet changing legal expectations, reduce their exposure and relieve the stress a lawsuit can put on a dealership; and
* ``The Three Most Important Simple Management Tools to Help You Successfully Run Your Business,'' hosted by Mr. Olson.
The successful dealers seminars will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in the South Hall. Participants in the Nov. 1 panel are: Ben Kravitz of Summit Tire of Massachusetts; Dana Foote, Big O Tires of Loveland, Loveland, Colo.; Steve Maddox of Anaheim Wheel & Tire, Anaheim, Calif.; Gary Albright of Becker Tire and Treading, Great Bend, Kan.; Kurt Emans, Easter Tire, Lima, Ohio; and Patti Piscione of Carter Tire, Elkhart, Ind.
The Nov. 2 panel's members are: Dan Hennelly of Hennelly Tire & Auto Inc. (dba The Tire Choice & Total Car Care), Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Allen Wilson, Big O Tires of Las Vegas; Paul Ibbetson of Service Specialists Inc., Carlsbad, Calif.; Ken Brown of Alan Brown Tire Center in Newport, Ore.; Dennis Dickson of Indy Tire Centers Inc. in Indianapolis; and Charley Gowland of Chabill's Tire Service, Morgan City, La.
For more information, visit TIA's Web site at www.tireindustry.org, or call (800) 876-8372.
SEMA to host Fittipaldi; early bird show registration ends
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-Racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi will kick off the SEMA Show at the New Products Awards Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 1 in Las Vegas.
Mr. Fittipaldi is the only driver in history to win two Formula One World Championships, two Indianapolis 500 Championships and an Indy Car World Championship. At the breakfast he will speak about the specialty equipment industry and its spirit of innovation and accessorization, SEMA said.
Advance registration for the SEMA Show ended Oct. 7. The Diamond Bar-based trade group said anyone who wants to attend but didn't meet the deadline must register on-site at the show at a cost of $50 per person.
Mitchell 1 offering `manage your competition' workshops
POWAY, Calif.- Mitchell 1 is offering two free ``how to manage your competition'' workshops Nov. 2-3 during the AAPEX Show at the Sands Expo Center.
Mitchell 1, an auto repair information solutions provider based in Poway, said the three-hour workshops will be led by Bob O'Connor, president of R. L. O'Connor & Associates Inc., an automotive operations and management training and consulting firm. Though free with admission to the AAPEX show, both workshops do require advanced registration.
In the first workshop-``What's Your Competition Doing?''-Mr. O'Connor will address issues relating to the increasing competition among all segments of the automotive repair/service industry for customers and car count and vehicle visit frequency, Mitchell 1 said. The workshop is intended to provide attendees with inside knowledge on what other segments of the automotive service industry are doing to gain share in the lucrative preventive maintenance market. The workshop will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Room 207 of the Sands Expo Center.
The second workshop, ``World Class Service Providers Easily Eat Their Competitor's Lunch,'' explains how to vie for market share in the maintenance and repair business. Participants will learn little-known sales techniques of how to outsell their competitors by acquiring their customers and keep them coming back, according to Mitchell 1. This workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 in Room 207 of the Sands Expo Center.
To register for the workshops, visit the AAPEX Show Web site at www.aapexshow.com and click on the workshop and events schedule.
CARS to cover OEM technology; early-bird registration extended
BEDFORD, Texas-Representatives of several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will present individual seminars Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) in Las Vegas.
CARS, an annual event sponsored by the Mechanical Division of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), will be held at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.
Manufacturers conducting the OEM technology sessions include DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen. They will provide attendees with specific information on new systems or features that are being incorporated into today's automobiles. Attendance to the sessions is open to anyone registered for CARS. The event also will feature eight technical courses and five Automotive Management Institute-approved management courses.
ASA also announced it has extended the deadline for CARS early-bird registration to Oct. 25, which also is the deadline for online registration. For more information, visit www.CARSonline.org.
AASA to hold Web-based seminar on recognizing counterfeit parts
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.-The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Brand Protection Council has scheduled a free Web-based seminar Oct. 17 on how participants at the AAPEX Show can recognize and combat product counterfeiters.
AAPEX attorney Marc Fleishaker will lead the ``Webinar'' from 2 to 3 p.m., concentrating on such subjects as what to look out for at AAPEX exhibits, what patents and copyright registrations to bring to the show, how to approach possible violators and how to get show management involved.
For more information, call (919) 406-8840 or log onto www.aftermarketsuppliers.org.
AAPEX Management hopes taxi deal will ease lines during show
LAS VEGAS-Management of the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) has reached an agreement with the Nevada Taxicab Authority to help reduce taxi lines at the show.
Management said the state authority has agreed to lift the geographic restriction that prohibited some cabs from picking up passengers at the Sands Expo Center and Las Vegas Convention Center. The geographic restrictions had been in place for 36 years and were established to make sure local residents had taxi service available. AAPEX organizers also said the number of shuttle buses running between the shows will be increased.
SEMA Show to feature 14 vehicle brands; Honda official manufacturer
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-Fourteen original equipment manufacturer vehicle brands will participate in this year's SEMA Show.
Honda is this year's official vehicle manufacturer of the show. Other OEMs participating include DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Scion, Subaru and Toyota plus newcomers Suzuki and Volkswagen.
SEMA said the world debuts of at least two new vehicles will take place at the show.