BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has elected Brian Rigney, president of Dill Air Controls Products, as secretary of its board of directors, putting him in line to become the group's president in 2019-20, according to TIA's by-laws.
Mr. Rigney was elected at the June 21-23 TIA board meeting. He will take office Oct. 30 during the Global Tire Expo-Powered by TIA in Las Vegas, succeeding John Evankovich, director of Sam's Club's Tire & Battery Centers, who will become vice president for 2017-18, then president for 2018-19.
A 16-year veteran of the tire industry, Mr. Rigney began his career as a mechanical engineer maintaining design control over OEM products, according to TIA. He also participated in meetings of the Society of Automotive Engineers to develop a test plan for tire pressure monitoring system sensors and valve stems, the association said.
Under Mr. Rigney's direction, Dill and its 125 employees have performed a number of TPMS training seminars since 2005, instructing tire dealers how to service TPMS-equipped vehicles properly and also educating consumers about TPMS, TIA said.
Mr. Rigney is active in both the training and government affairs committees of TIA, and plans to continue his efforts to help update TIA training modules, the association said.
According to TIA's succession plan, Mr. Rigney will become the association's vice president in 2018-19 and president in 2019-20. He will continue in 2020-21 as immediate past president, an advisory role.
Also at the June meeting, the board re-elected Mike Wolfe, owner-operator of Southeastern Wholesale Tires, to a second three-year term as board treasurer. Mr. Wolfe's new term will also begin Oct. 30.
Mr. Wolfe has been on the TIA board for the past nine years, the association said. A 39-year veteran of the tire industry, he has also served 16 years on the board of the North Carolina Tire Dealers Association, and was that association's president in 2004-05.