SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — The organizers of Tyrexpo 2015, set to take place April 29-May 1, 2015, in San Jose, have scheduled former astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz as a guest speaker and secured Bridgestone de Costa Rica as the event's primary sponsor.
Mr. Chang-Diaz, a seven-time Space Shuttle mission specialist during a 25-year career with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration, is a native of Costa Rica with dual U.S. citizenship. During his seven missions, Mr. Chang-Diaz logged more than 1,601 hours in space, including 19½ hours of spacewalk time.
He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 5, 2012.
In addition, wholesalers Lucy's Tire of Miami and Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. of Findlay, Ohio, have signed on as platinum and gold sponsors, respectively.
Expo CR Eventions S.A. and Eventions International L.L.C. are promoting the three-day event at the Pedregal Events Center in San Antonio de Belén as a trade fair for tires, wheels and accessories. The Pedregal Center offers more than 118,000 square feet of exhibition space, according to the organizers.
The organizers also are pitching Costa Rica as a family destination as well as a business opportunity that would promote the exchange of experiences, knowledge and ideas to generate innovation and entrepreneurship at the highest level.
The organizers are planning five daily raffles of $5,000, to be applied to orders placed during the show with an exhibitor.
For more informatino, visit the event's website at www.tyrexpo2015.com.