BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association's 2017 Hall of Fame class includes two historical figures — Cabot Corp. founder Godfrey Cabot and Schenuit Tire & Rubber Co. President William Conklin III — and industry veteran Norman Gaither, founder and owner of DSP 20 Group.
In addition, TIA will honor a pair of longtime industry contributors, Atlantic Tire & Service Owner Anthony Blackman and Tire Business Publisher David Zielasko, with its Ed Wagner Leadership Award.
The inductions will take place at TIA's awards ceremony on Oct. 30 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel prior to the start of the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. The ceremony, open to all interested parties, will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Hall of Fame Award is TIA's highest honor, recognizing individuals who have made a significant impact within the tire, rubber and transportation industries. The Ed Wagner Leadership Award is presented to individuals or companies that demonstrate leadership or innovation in products and services that foster and promote the tire, retreading and/or tire recycling industries.
"We are proud to induct our newest honorees at the 2017 Tire Industry Honors," said Roy Littlefield, TIA's executive vice president. "Each honoree has proven to be a key player in the tire industry by contributing as a leader, influencer, and trailblazer, all of which serves as the foundation and purpose of both awards. On behalf of the TIA staff, our board, and current members, we would like to congratulate each recipient on their outstanding service."