Ken Brown, manager and owner of Alan Brown Tire Center, Newport, Ore., has been elected secretary of the Tire Industry Association's (TIA) board of directors, putting him in line to become TIA president in 2013.
Mr. Brown will begin his one-year term as secretary Nov. 1, replacing Chip Huber, the former secretary, who resigned from the TIA board to pursue outside interests. According to TIA's bylaws, Mr. Brown will become the group's vice president in November 2012 and president in November 2013.
He also will serve a year thereafter as past president. Alan Brown Tire is a Les Schwab Tire associate dealer.
Mr. Huber was president of Q-Fix Inc., which did business as Q Fix Truck Service in Louisville, Ky. Bosselman Inc.'s subsidiary Boss Truck Shops Inc. bought the six Q Fix locations earlier this year.
Randall Groh, TIA board member and vice president of marketing for U.S. Auto Force in Appleton, Wis., was elected interim secretary until Mr. Brown assumes the post.
Tom Formanek, current TIA board treasurer and regional sales manager for Stellar Industries of Garner, Iowa, was elected to serve a second three-year term on the board, beginning Nov. 1.
Michael Berra, TIA president, said Mr. Huber “served the TIA Board as well as the International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) for over 10 years. As a result of selling his business, Q-Fix Inc., he informed the TIA Executive Committee that he was resigning his position as he ‘had decided it is unlikely I will be involved directly in the tire industry at the time I would have ascended to the next offices and it is not right to retain these important positions with no connection to the industry.'”