Mr. Littlefield's also was active for a time with the ARA as a part-time director of government affairs. He also served as executive director of the Washington/Maryland Service Station and Automotive Repair Association.
Mr. Barry, a Baltimore tire dealer and a three-term president of the National Tire Dealers Association (NTDA – a predecessor the NTDRA), played a pivotal role in helping the organization survive and evolve in its early years, guiding it through two evolutionary name changes, the Great Depression and World War II.
He was elected NTDA president in 1931, 1932 and 1933 during an era deemed particularly important in the NTDA's history, because the trade group was suffering financially in the throes of the Great Depression that began in August 1929.
Mr. Barry made sure the NTDA remained focused on independent dealers and fought to hold it together. He championed a new retail code of ethics for both tire and battery distribution and helped organize the "Code Convention" in 1934, along with Code Authority Chairman Norwal P. Trimborn.
During his time as NTDA president in the early 1930s, Mr. Barry oversaw a move to lead the association association back to independence; financial relations with the Rubber Manufacturers Association ceased at year-end 1933 and tire factory-affiliated dealers were excluded from membership.
In 1934, he accepted the role of director of the NTDA, which changed its name to the National Tire and Battery Association, and remained director through through 1945 and helped guide the NTBA during World War II and rubber rationing.
In addition to his work with the trade group, he was a member of the executive committee and chairman of the Surplus Property Committee for the renamed National Association of Independent Tire Dealers.