Peggy Fisher elected TIA president; association has net profit
LAS VEGAS-Peggy Fisher, president of the U.S. operations of Canada's TireStamp Inc., was elected president of the Tire Industry Association (TIA) Oct. 29 during the group's annual meeting in Las Vegas.
TIA officials also announced the association posted a net profit of $697,450 in fiscal year 2006 and expects to finish 2007 with an even larger surplus.
At the meeting-held during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show-TIA members passed two resolutions regarding enforcement of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act regulations as well as growing industry concern over counterfeit tires.
They also elected six new board members.
Ms. Fisher becomes only the second woman president of TIA and its predecessor organizations. The first woman president was Pamela Fitzgerald, president of Mike Gatto Inc. in Melbourne, Fla., who was elected president of the former Tire Association of North America (TANA) for the 1997-98 year.
Ms. Fisher succeeds Paul Hyatt, who is president of Superior Tire & Auto Inc. in Toronto and was TIA's first Canadian president.
With the passage of its resolution concerning the TREAD Act, TIA is encouraging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to step up its enforcement of import tire compliance and support the tire manufacturers in this effort.
Citing the recent recall of imported tires and questions about whether all manufacturers are complying with federal safety regulations, TIA said in its resolution that tire dealers may unknowingly carry tires that do not comply with the TREAD Act regulations.
Regarding counterfeit look-alike tires, TIA said in its resolution this problem could expose its members to serious liability concerns.
The association said it will cooperate with any tire manufacturer to disseminate information through shared training, publicity and other agreed upon means to increase tire dealer awareness of the look-alike tire issue.
TIA's newly elected board members serving three-year terms are: Michael Baggett, regional sales manager for Yokohama Tire Corp.'s off-the-road tire division; Larry Brandt, CEO of MSB Tires L.L.C. and president of the United Tire Group; Randall Groh, director of marketing for U.S. Oil Co.; and James Raben, vice president of purchasing for Raben Tire Co. Inc.
Robert Ross, area manager with Hercules Tire Canada, and Mike Wolfe, owner/operator of Southeastern Wholesale Tire Co., are filling two unexpired terms on the board.