Modern Tire Dealer

NOV 2018

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69 w w w . M o d e r n T i r e D e a l e r . c o m educational programs, and work with Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield and the new board of directors to carry forward an effective and results-oriented government affairs program on Capitol Hill. Please tell us of your progress on each of these initiatives. We have enjoyed a record year with new members! TIA membership grew by more than 4,000 new members. Today there are over 13,700 members and the Tire Industry Association is thriving. I am confident it will continue to grow in the coming years. Aer serving as the chairman of the training and education committee for five years, I know how important the association's programs are for industry professionals. We have made some great improvements to our programs over the last year, but we are not finished yet. A new five-year plan is being developed under the leadership of Dan Nothdur, the new committee chairman. Dan's experience as a Tire Pros franchisee and owner of Tires, Tires, Tires will be of great value to him and TIA in this position. He is stepping up in a big way and I could not be more confident in his ability to effectively lead our training programs to success. Dan has been very successful as a Tire Pros dealer and I am sure he will be bringing some best practices and great personal experience to the table. e committee is in good hands. In terms of what the association is focused on, I am very pleased with our effectiveness in pushing for the best pos- sible tire registration system. TIA and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) have been working together on this initiative to create a reasonable path David Martin, outgoing Tire Industry As- sociation (TIA) president, says, "TIA is currently engaged in one of the most critical negotiations in the history of the associa- tion, and I am proud to be a part of it. "After battling in Congress over legisla- tion, TIA and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) came to the table and are now discussing a new tire registration and recall system that would significantly improve safety for consumers, retailers and tire manufacturers. The goal from both sides is to meet with the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) jointly with an agree- ment on the major points of focus. The USTMA/TIA task force continues to work toward this goal. The last task force meeting took place on Aug. 15 and the group is in the process of finalizing the agreed upon points from the meeting. "The group plans to meet with NHTSA later this year to present a framework. Through meetings, negotiations, research with TIA members, discussions with tire manufacturers, members of Congress, and officials at NHTSA, I have learned so much about the process of implementing legisla- tion into meaningful regulation. "I have always been impressed with the grassroots power TIA has,"Martin says. "With members now in every Congressional district, we truly can make a difference and have our voice heard. "I was also able to see our members in action at TIA's federal lobby day. Members from all sectors of the industry spoke to their legislators on issues that impact their lives and businesses. They spoke to legisla- tors as experts on these subjects because their work experiences made them experts. I realized it is true that nobody can tell our story as well as we can. "The timing was right, as Congress is hoping to address many issues before the end of the year," Martin says. "TIA was founded 98 years ago with the belief that dealers needed to help shape the public policy of this industry by speaking to lawmakers with one united voice. That need and message is as important today as it was then." Martin reconstructs TIA and USTMA's tire registration negotiations VISIT US AT SEMA BOOTH #43099 145 SIZES ACROSS 6 RADIAL PATTERNS AMERICAN-OMNI.COM PHONE | 281.600.TIRE 96 SIZES ACROSS 4 RADIAL PATTERNS

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