Western Canada dealers to meet in Feb.
SURREY, British Columbia-The Western Canada Tire Dealers (WCTD) will hold its regional convention and trade show Feb. 9-11 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
The gathering will feature a tire pressure monitoring system workshop by Marvin Bozarth, technical consultant for the Tire Industry Association, a ``Right to Repair'' workshop and a credit card and personal identity fraud workshop. A Western-style dinner and dress will be the theme for Friday night, and a gala banquet is planned for Saturday night.
Reservations can be made with the Calgary Marriott Hotel by Jan. 9 at a special WCTD rate of $109 (Can). After this date, reservations will be accepted on a rate and date availability basis. For more information, contact executive director Don Blythe at (604) 507-9772.
TIA's OTR Conference set for Orlando
BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will hold its annual OTR Conference Feb. 23-25 at the Omni Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla.
The conference will feature a keynote presentation by David Cionek, vice president of earthmover, Michelin North America Inc., titled ``The Future of the OTR Tire Buyer.'' Other seminars include: ``Becoming the Obvious Choice-A Guide to Your Next Opportunity,'' by Bryan Dodge of Dodge Development Inc.; and ``Global Commodity Usage and Affect on Tire Demand,'' by Pete Holman, senior consultant of the Caterpillar Corp.'s Global Mining Group.
Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of education and technical services, will give a presentation on the new Earthmover Tire Service training and certification program. Jack Fenner, director of dealer sales for Continental Tire North America Inc., will again present industry data on original equipment and replacement OTR tires.
Hotel reservations can be made by calling (800) 843-6664 and must be done by Jan. 22 to receive the TIA discounted rate of $189 plus tax, single/double. For more information, contact TIA at (800) 876-8372.
ASA offers benefit with Delphi
BEDFORD, Texas-The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is offering a new membership benefits package that includes Web-based training.
Through an agreement with Delphi Corp., ASA members will be able to choose from a variety of Web-based training and educational packages at a preferred rate. ASA said the new products and services will help members establish career development programs for technicians, provide effective consumer communication tools and offer access to additional repair information options.
``We're pleased to be starting a new relationship with Delphi. ASA members want business growth and long-term success, and the applications Delphi plans to offer our members can help make that happen,'' said John Scully, ASA's executive vice president. ``From assessment programs to training sessions, ASA members will be able to select from an array of Web-based packages to strengthen their business, attract technicians and retain valued employees.''
More information on the new program is available at www.asaondemand.com or by calling ASA at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295.