The board of directors of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) has selected David Stevens, a veteran public relations and sales executive with no prior tire industry experience, as TRIB's new managing director and elected Bob Majewski of Sumerel Tire Service Inc. and Acutread Alliance Group as president.
While he is from outside the tire industry, Mr. Stevens is a sponge for knowledge, Mr. Majewski said at a news conference Nov. 3 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show announcing Mr. Stevens' appointment. Mr. Majewski replaced Mike Berra Jr., who resigned that post Nov. 2 after five and a half years and was elected president of the Tire Industry Association.
The board was clearly impressed with the research and in-depth analysis David put together, Mr. Majewski said. Not only did he provide us with an on-target snapshot of where TRIB is, but he put forth an insightful vision for the future.
Mr. Stevens, 43, said he has almost two decades in public relations, trade show management, sales and customer service with companies such as MCI, First USA, AOL and eTrade. He has worked in Japan and the United Kingdom as a corporate manager.
Marvin Bozarth, who had been serving as interim director in the wake of the dismissal in October of TRIB's former chief, Harvey Brodsky, will remain to help train Mr. Stevens during an unspecified transition period.
Mr. Stevens said he is completely focused on the future of TRIB and is eager to redesign its Internet presence and turn it into a robust website that will place a wealth of knowledge at members' fingertips. There's a great story to be told, he said.
Mr. Stevens lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three young children. TRIB officials said they are considering moving TRIB operations to the nation's capital from its longtime headquarters site in Pacific Grove, Calif.
TRIB also elected Eddie Burleson, general manager of Central Marketing Inc., to be vice president, and Phil Boarts, vice president of Oliver Rubber Co., to be secretary.
All of the new TRIB positions are for two-year terms.
Meanwhile, following the SEMA Show, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) sent a brief message to TRIB reiterating its complete, ongoing support for TRIB's board, staff and members.
We know that this has been a time of great change within TRIB, but we are confident that the recent decisions made by the TRIB board of directors were reached through a careful, deliberative process and will result in TRIB being an even stronger, healthier organization that is well-poised to take on the challenges facing the retreading industry, said the short Nov. 15 letter signed by Roy Littlefield Jr., TIA executive vice president.
In turn, Mr. Majewski publicly thanked TIA for its message of support, saying on behalf of TRIB and its board, we are blessed to have TIA and your great staff's ongoing support of this great association in all our efforts.