BOWIE, Md. (Jan. 16, 2006) — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has named John Buettner, executive director of the Indiana/Illinois Tire Dealers Association, as chairman of the TIA state executive directors.
As chairman, Mr. Buettner will serve as the primary contact between state executive directors and TIA regarding meetings, program content and speakers.
Mr. Buettner, a 40-year tire industry veteran, became involved in industry associations in 1983. In 1992 he joined the Tire Retreading Institute, the retread arm of the former National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association (NTDRA). In 1997 he became vice president of training and technical services for the former Tire Association of North America (TANA). During this time, he also became executive director of the Indiana Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association, which recently merged with the Illinois association.
In 2001 he became vice president of tire services for TANA and retained the position when TANA merged with the International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) in 2002, forming TIA.