Modern Tire Dealer

JAN 2019

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M T D J a n u a r y 2 0 1 9 18 N e w s / V i e w s February 20-23 Tire Industry Association Off-the-Road Tire Conference, Saddlebrook Resort, Tampa, Fla. (800) 876-8372 www.tireindustry.org February 21-22 North Central Tire Dealers & Suppliers Asso- ciation Conference & Trade Show, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Red Wing, Minn. (952) 544-6805 www.northcentraltiredealers.com March 5-8 The Work Truck Show, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind. (800) 441-6832 www.worktruckshow.com March 8-9 North Carolina Tire Dealers Association Expo, Raleigh Convention Center, N.C. (877) 784-0111 www.nctda.com Dates Kumho names a new CEO for U.S. S amuel Choi will take over Kumho Tire USA Inc. as its next CEO. He succeeds Harry Choi, who is stepping down aer six years leading the tire maker's U.S. operations. Despite sharing the same last name, the two men are not related. Samuel Choi has spent more than 28 years with Kumho. Part of his management experience was leading sales planning in the Middle East and Europe with a focus on the French market. He most recently served as president of Kumho Mexico. He takes over operations in the U.S. as Kumho searches for its next global chairman. Jong Ho Kim has recently resigned, and the company says it has yet to pick his successor. For details on Kumho's plans for 2019, read MTD Senior Editor Joy Kopcha's coverage of the company's annual dealer meeting on page 70. Community Wholesale Tire opens first warehouse outside of Missouri C ommunity Wholesale Tire Inc. opened its fourth distribution center. The 77,000-square-foot warehouse, located in Peoria, Ill., gives the company nearly 600,000 square feet of warehouse space. e company also operates warehouses in Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis, Mo. It distributes to tire dealers in nine states: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. "e additional warehouse space in Peoria allows us to better service our existing northern and central Illinois and Iowa customers, and expand our overall marketing area," says Andy Berra, president. ■

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