Modern Tire Dealer

DEC 2018

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6 WWW.BKT-TIRES.COM G R O W I N G TO G E T H E R MR. PODDAR INDUCTED INTO TIA HALL OF FAME Arvind Poddar, the Chairman and Managing Director of Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), has been given the Tire Industry Association's 2018 Hall of Fame Award, one of the most prestigious honors of the global tire industry. The Tire Industry Honors Awards Ceremony, where Mr. Poddar was officially inducted into TIA's Hall of Fame, took place at the Paris Las Vegas hotel on October 29. The event was just one day before the opening of the 2018 SEMA Show, the leading automotive specialty and aftermarket fair, held in Las Vegas, Nev. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of personalities who have brought lasting fame to the tire, rubber and transportation industries. The Hall of Fame was started in 1985 and is open to all in the tire industry, including manufacturers, inventors, publishers, equipment suppliers, tire dealers and retreaders. "I cannot but consider the announcement of this prestigious – I dare to say the most prestigious – award in the tire industry as a great honor that fills me with pride from both a personal and professional point of view," Mr. Poddar states. "Without any doubt, this is a great moment and a great achievement for my personal development and my professional career. It is also a confirmation of the passionate spirit and commitment that drives all our projects and all people in our company aiming at being an example for future generations." At the event, Mr. Poddar made a $10,000 donation to the AACF, the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1959 that assists members and their families who have experienced catastrophic events. Their mission is to provide sustainable solutions for those in great need. n "Without any doubt, this is a great moment and a great achievement for my personal development and my professional career." -Arvind Poddar

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