LAS VEGAS — Tim Dietz, director of quality at Standards Testing Labs (STL), has been inducted into the Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) Hall of Fame.
Mr. Dietz, who's been active with the WTC since 2000 and served two years as chairman, also was presented with the WTC's Lifetime Achievement Award during the Specialty Equipment Market Association council's membership reception Nov. 5 at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
"I volunteered my services for the council because I felt a need to make a contribution to our industry," Mr Dietz said.
"At Standards Testing Labs, we brought experience and a unique perspective of technology. Working with my fellow council members, we were able to offer insights and ideas to make the council as effective as it could be. This council is full of industry leaders, and I am proud to have worked among them."
Mr. Dietz joined the Select Committee in 2000 and since then has held several leadership positions, including serving five years as chair of the Science & Technology task force. He was chairman elect for two years before becoming council chair in 2009-2011 and acting as an an adviser to the council from 2012-13 as its immediate past chair.
In a statement, the WTC cited several accomplishments it achieved with Dietz's leadership, including aligning SEMA's educational programs with Clemson University's CU-ICAR project.
The council also worked with the Department of Transportation to transition tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) into the aftermarket automotive industry for calibrations and usage at the time of its release to the industry." The council also went on to create the Wheel Care Guide and the industry's Tire Installation Safety Poster.
Beyond SEMA, Mr. Dietz has helped to shape the tire industry by serving on national technical committees that set standards for the tire industry. These include the American Society for Testing Materials and the ASTM-F9 committee for the compliance standards of mechanically aging tires. He also has worked on performance standards for road hazard impact tire testing and is helping to develop standards for wheel slippage inside of the tire during vehicle acceleration and braking.
A 15-year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, he has volunteered to help maintain a hybrid standard between the society and the WTC, which ultimately lead to the creation of the SAE J2530 aftermarket wheel standard.
For the past two decades, Mr. Dietz also has helped to advise the SFI Wheel Committee, which determines and sets the standards that are written for the circle track racing industry such as NASCAR and USAC.