AKRONMatt Winslow, director of speakers and content for the Automotive Training Institute (ATI), will deliver the keynote address during the International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC) for tire dealers and auto service professionals, Aug. 20-22, at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
During the Aug. 20 keynote address, How to Survive & Thrive in the Tire Business, Mr. Winslow will discuss what it will take to survive and grow in the tire business over the next 10 years, including how to create a competitive advantage to keep shop bays full and profits rolling in.
Mr. Winslow will present a separate seminar on Effective Succession Planning for a Secure Retirement during the ITEC show.
ITEC also will feature Gordon Gough, president and CEO of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and former executive director of the Ohio Tire & Automotive Association, who will discuss the lack of taxation on online sales which put tire dealerships at a disadvantage.
His seminar, titled Marketplace Fairness, will feature John Marshall of Grismer Tire Co. and David Froling, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, specializing in tax issues.
Former National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Safety Compliance Engineer George Gillespie and Bruce Lambillotte, senior project manager technical consulting for Smithers Rapra (North America) and general manager of Smithers' Akron laboratories, will talk about proposed new tire labeling as part of the seminar on compliance and regulations affecting tires.
ITEC will present seminars covering a range of topics and issues in the tire and auto repair industry, including servicing tire pressure monitoring systems, high-performance tires and OTR/farm tires.
The cost to attend ITEC is $65 for three days, covering 45 seminars, nine panel presentations, two roundtable sessions and a trade show featuring tire and automotive industry exhibitors.
For more information and to register, visit www.itec-tireshow.com.