Nordness back at NWTDA helm
KENNEWICK, Wash.-Dick Nordness has returned to the Northwest Tire Dealers Association (NWTDA) as executive director, replacing Gene Tomich, who stepped down to resume a full-time career in farming.
After serving as executive director for 12 years, Mr. Nordness left the NWTDA in 2004 to work full time for the Washington Restaurant Association's membership development department. The NWTDA's executive director position is a part-time job, but Mr. Tomich decided he liked farming better, according to Mr. Nordness, who returned to the position June 15.
``I think that experience I got from the restaurant association will help me come back and do some things for the tire dealers association,'' he said.
Although the NWTDA job is still a part-time position, Mr. Nordness said this time he plans to split his time between the association and a restaurant he and his wife own and operate. But with a tire industry career that began in 1968 at B.F. Goodrich Tire Co., Mr. Nordness said he's happy to return to the NWTDA.
``It's good to be back and work with folks that I've known for a number of years,'' he said.
SEMA awards 92 scholarships
WASHINGTON-The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has announced $140,000 in scholarship awards to 92 students through the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The awards include $20,000 to 10 SEMA employees or dependents of members; $8,000 to three graduate students; $64,000 to 31 students at four-year universities; $19,000 to 19 students at two-year colleges; and $22,000 to 22 students at vocational or technical schools. An additional $7,000 was awarded to seven SEMA-member employees paying off student loans as part of SEMA's Loan Forgiveness Program.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is designed to aid students in automotive-related fields and promote the auto aftermarket as a career choice for young people, the Diamond Bar, Calif.-based trade association said.
Mo. dealers to meet in St. Louis
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-The Missouri Tire Industry Association (MTIA) will hold its annual convention Aug. 18-19 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis.
The gathering will include a golf tournament on Aug. 19 as well as a business meeting, dinner and awards ceremony. Don Dobbs, owner of Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers in High Ridge, Mo., will be inducted into the MTIA Hall of Fame.
For more information, contact Executive Director Bob Hamilton at (816) 415-4400.