TIA to conduct salary survey
BOWIE, Md.-The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is joining with the technology consulting firm Salary.com to conduct the 2006 Tire Industry Compensation Survey exclusively for TIA members.
The survey will provide salary and compensation information for 16 different job positions within the commercial, retail and wholesale tire dealer industry.
The association expects to complete the survey and issue results during the first quarter of 2007, said Kevin Rohlwing, TIA's senior vice president of education and technical services. TIA will make electronic copies of the survey free to all participating TIA members, and will make bound copies available to participants at $100 each.
According to the Salary.com Web site, the company builds on-demand software specializing in the area of employee compensation. ``Salary.com's cutting-edge technology is integrated with actionable data and content, empowering customers to make the best decisions about pay and performance and help them to attract, motivate, reward and retain top performers,'' the Web site states.
Falken promotes John McAndrew
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.-Falken Tire Corp. promoted John McAndrew to director of dealer channel sales.
Mr. McAndrew joined Falken in April as director, business development. Since then, his focus was to build and refine Falken's distribution network in North America. Falken said he laid the ``necessary groundwork'' to achieve the initial goal. His focus in the new post will be to refine and consolidate the new account prospecting process as well as handle daily sales management.
Mr. McAndrew is a 31-year veteran of the tire industry.
Mickey Thompson trial under way
LOS ANGELES-Nearly five years after being arrested for the 1988 murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson, 59, and his wife Trudy, 41, Michael Frank Goodwin is standing trial for the crimes.
Opening arguments in the trial, which is expected to last for at least two months, began Nov. 6 in Los Angeles County's Pasadena Superior Court. The court recessed for the Thanksgiving holiday, but resumed hearing testimony Nov. 27 from the prosecution.
Mr. Goodwin, a former business partner of Mr. Thompson, was arrested in December 2001 for the double homicide and has been in jail ever since. His trial has been delayed numerous times by legal wrangling.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged Mr. Goodwin with two counts of murder, along with special circumstances of lying in wait and multiple murders.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office declined to comment on any testimony or evidence. It is seeking a life sentence without the possibility of parole for Mr. Goodwin.
The Thompsons were shot to death March 16, 1988, in the driveway of their Bradbury, Calif., home by two unidentified shooters who fled the scene on bicycles. The shooters have never been apprehended.
In the mid-1980s Mr. Goodwin lost a $750,000 Superior Court lawsuit to Mr. Thompson which was upheld, on appeal, by the State Appellate Court. The state Supreme Court refused to hear a second appeal of that verdict by Mr. Goodwin in the lawsuit.
Midas promotes CFO to exec v.p.
ITASCA, Ill.-Midas Inc. has named CFO William Guzik executive vice president of the automotive service chain, effective immediately.
In addition to managing the company's finance functions, Mr. Guzik also will be responsible for supply chain relationships, human resources and information technology.
He has served as senior vice president and CFO since 2001 and joined Midas in 1999.
Midas operates about 1,800 franchised, licensed and company-owned shops in the U.S. and Canada.
Barron's opens Ga. warehouse
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-Barron's Wholesale Tire Inc. (BWT) hosted a grand opening and open house in November for its ninth warehouse, opened recently in Savannah, Ga.
Barron's said the warehouse will provide more efficient service throughout eastern Georgia and expand the company's delivery area, even into South Carolina.
``The new facility will allow BWT to maintain a larger mix of inventory lines providing customers with access to the continually changing tire sizes offered by manufacturers,'' the company said in a statement.
Representatives from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and drifting team Enjuku Racing were scheduled to be on hand at the grand opening, Barron's said.