Modern Tire Dealer

NOV 2018

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M T D N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 8 70 T I A P r e s i d e n c y forward for the tire registration regulations. At the Clemson University Tire Confer- ence, USTMA representatives and TIA representatives jointly announced their commitment to work together on the best possible ways moving forward regarding a tire registration system. roughout this process, TIA does not want to place unnecessary or costly burdens on smaller retailers. MTD: What advances in TIA's govern- ment affairs are you most proud of now that your term is ending? rough meetings, negotiations, and research with TIA members, tire manufac- turers, members of Congress, and officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), I am encouraged with the progress that has been made to develop a new national program for tire registration and recall to significantly improve safety for consumers, retailers and tire manufacturers (see sidebar). e USTMA-TIA task force continues to work toward this goal. I'm proud that we spoke together at the Clemson University Tire Conference concerning tire registration, and it is my hope we can soon come to a set of agreements that we can present to NHTSA. Our two associations are in a positive place, and the relationship is moving in a mutually beneficial direc- tion. We both want to make sure that small businesses in the tire replacement industry are able to succeed. I speak with small and independent dealers all the time through my work with ATD, so I'm familiar with their needs as well as those of the manufacturers. I have been proud to be an advocate for the industry. MTD: How did your experience at ATD help you in your presidency? Working with independent dealers and Tire Pros franchisees at ATD gives me a much better perspective on the tire industry as a whole. Learning the ins and outs of the day-to-day operations for these franchisees and independent businesses gives me insight into the issues that are top-of-mind for this important group of business leaders in our industry. My time working with Tire Pros dealers also helped me learn how to deal with large groups of people with different opinions and perspectives. Due to this, I was able to share these opinions and perspectives to improve the training and education programs at TIA. e TIA training and education programs are the gold standard in the tire industry and help technicians preform their activities in a safe and professional manner. e TIA mission statement encapsulates what TIA stands for: "e mission of TIA is to promote tire safety through training and education, to act as the principal advocate in government affairs, and to enhance the image and professionalism of the industry so our member businesses may be more successful." I do not think I could have achieved as much of what we accomplished during my presidency without my experience at ATD guiding me and helping me shape decisions. Working with both ATD and TIA has been a blessing, and I look forward to many more years of serving with both organizations. I am so grateful for the good fortune to work for ATD. It's a great place to work and I am glad to have been here for the last 10 years. However, I have been dealing with ATD and its associates since 1998. We have a certain way of doing business at ATD that puts our customers first. I would like to think that I brought that same approach to my presidency with the Tire Industry Association. I worked hard to ensure that we always kept our members at the forefront of our efforts. • Repealing the estate tax • Infrastructure funding • Online sales • Health care • LIFO repeal • Tariffs • Work Opportunity Tax Credit • Lawsuit abuse • Retroactive liability provisions superfund • Scrap tires and used oil • National Energy Bill • Urge strong enforcement of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act • Support the Motor Vehicle Owner's Right to Repair Act • Comp time • RPM Act To keep track of TIA's government affairs activities, sign up for e-mail communications: • Weekly newsletter on federal activities • Monthly newsletter on state activities • Yearly issue position papers • Association resolutions Sign up by contacting: Roy Littlefield IV, director of government affairs, TIA is working for the industry on many issues, including: Martin says his time working at ATD with Tire Pros dealers "helped me learn how to deal with large groups of people with different opinions and perspectives." COURTESY OF AMERICAN TIRE DISTRIBUTORS

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