LAS VEGAS — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has scheduled eight educational sessions for the 2019 Global Tire Expo-Powered by TIA at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas.
Four sessions will be held Nov. 5, and the other four Nov. 6, TIA said. The schedule is:
- Automotive at 10: Wheel Retention and RIST, 10-11 a.m.
The session will focus on step-by-step procedures for securing tire and wheel assemblies to the vehicle, including tools to deliver the proper torque. Panelists will be Joseph Chizmar, account manager, Haltec Corp.; Don Tinker, North American business development, AME International; and Joseph Heath, technical manager, TIA.
- Truck Tires at 10: Truck Tire Changing Machines, 10-11 a.m.
Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training, will explore the pros and cons of a heavy truck tire changing machine and provide helpful tips on how technicians can get the full benefit of eliminating the use of hand tools in mounting and demounting truck tires.
- Hybrid & Electric Vehicles: Driving Us Back to the Future, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dave Crawford, president and COO of The Hybrid Shop, will explore current trends and future forecasts for hybrid and electric vehicle technology from the perspective of the independent tire dealer.
- Tires at 2: Successful Tire Dealers Share Their Secrets. 2-3:30 p.m.
Invited presenters include Modern Tire Dealer's Tire Dealer of the Year, Tire Business' Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award winner and Tire Review's Top Shop owner.
- TPMS at 10: Programmable Sensors, 10-11 a.m.
Shawn Pease, TIA director of automotive tire service, will discuss programmable sensors with executives of major TPMS manufacturers.
- Truck Tires at 10: Truck Tire and Wheel Assembly Balance, 10-11 a.m.
Kevin Rohlwing will outline the steps technicians can take during mounting and inflation to improve balance.
- TIA 2019 Legislative Review: How New Laws and Regulations Will Impact the Tire Industry, 12-1 p.m.
TIA CEO Roy Littlefield III and TIA Director of Government Affairs Roy Littlefield IV will review upcoming and ongoing legislation and their impact on tire dealers. Tire registration, repeal of the estate tax, tariffs, tax credits and automotive-related legislation are among the topics to be discussed.
- Management at 2: Re-engage Profitability by Engaging the New Generation Field of Study, 2-3:30 p.m.
Matt Winslow, senior instructor/content developer at the Automotive Training Institute, will discuss how to connect with millennials, how to staff a tire and auto service store, and how to make sales grow, increase margins, attract business and boost profits.
The Global Tire Expo will begin with TIA's annual business meeting from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 4, the association said. There will be a cocktail hour that day from 5:30 to 6:30, followed by the Tire Industry Honors Awards ceremony 6:30 to 8 p.m. and a welcome reception from 8 to 10 p.m.