NEWTON, N.C. — When it comes to safety, there is no competition.
That bit of wisdom was the spark for the creation of a "Safety Leadership Summit" initiated by leading commercial tire dealerships McCarthy Tire Service and Snider Fleet Solutions.
The two dealerships — earnest competitors in the marketplace — came together recently to host representatives of 14 of the nation's 25 largest commercial dealerships at Snider's training facility in Newton for the two-day summit.
The idea for the summit arose out of a meeting attended by Tony Mullen, director of risk management for Snider Fleet Solutions, and Russell Devens, director of safety and risk management for McCarthy Tire Service, that their mutual risk consultant had organized.
The pair subsequently met to discuss mutual safety issues and they agreed there was a need to expand the conversation with leaders across the tire industry.
That led to the two-day seminar at Snider's Newton facility organized by Messrs. Devens and Mullen. They extended invitations to safety and risk managers at the country's top commercial tire businesses and invited service providers and vendors to share their knowledge as well.
"We expected a few people to accept invitations, but we were overwhelmed by the response," Messrs. Devens and Mullen said, noting they hosted 21 attendees from 14 top independent commercial tire dealerships in the U.S.
Roundtable discussions on tire safety, workplace injuries and fleet safety were supplemented by presentations from industry vendors. Federated Mutual Insurance presented on insurance claims trends within the tire industry and on risk control techniques. Lytx Inc.presented on dash cameras for fleet safety and compliance; TRUCE Software gave a session on software control of mobile device distractions; and MVR Management discussed the Insurance Information Exchange. Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training for the Tire Industry Association, provided updates on safety training opportunities.
"The whole industry – and most importantly, everyone involved – benefits when we share the best ideas in safety," Snider Fleet President and COO Marty Herndon said. "We're always looking for ways to improve, and this conference was a great step forward."
"In the tire industry, safety needs to be everyone's number one goal," McCarthy Tire President John D. McCarthy Jr. said. "Our employees and customers work in challenging, and sometimes dangerous, environments. Everyone deserves to go home safe and sound. We are very pleased that Russ and Tony gathered together our industry's safety leaders to share best practices and address areas of mutual concern."
Among those attending the Leadership Safety Summit were:
- Best One Tire Group — Norm Peterson;
- Bob Sumerel Tire Co. — Bob Hickey;
- Commercial Tire Inc. — Frank Payne and Brandy Sielaff;
- McCarthy Tire — Russell Devens;
- McGriff Tire — Geoff McGukin and Matt Partain;
- Pete's Tire Barns — Bob Theim;
- Pomp's Tire Service — Mark Revell and T.J. Trum;
- Purcell Tire — Robbie Mullins;
- Raben Tire — Brian Klaner;
- Redburn Tire — Mark Pennington;
- Snider Fleet Solutions — Matt Cresswell, Tony Mullen and David Petty;
- Sullivan Tire Co. — Josephine Foley and Rich Philippon;
- Tredroc Tire Services — Dave Bungum and Chad Cochrane; and
- Valley Tire Co. — J.J. Donovan.