Modern Tire Dealer

FEB 2019

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N e w s / V i e w s M T D F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 9 14 N e w s / V i e w s Dates March 5-8 The Work Truck Show & The Green Truck Summit, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind. (800) 441-6832 www.worktruckshow.com March 8-9 North Carolina Tire Dealers Association Expo, Raleigh Convention Center/Marriott City Center, Raleigh, N.C. (877) 784-0111 www.nctda.com March 18-21 American Trucking Associations Technol- ogy & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga. (703) 838-1700 www.trucking.org March 21-23 Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia +852 2802 7728 www.automechanika-kl.com March 27-29 Automechanika Astana, Kazakhstan Inter- national Automotive Expo, Korme Exhibition Center, Kazahkstan +7 (495) 649-69-11 www.automechanika.kz March 28-30 Mid-America Trucking Show, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. (502) 899-3892 www.truckingshow.com March 29-30 New England Tire & Service Association Trade Show & Convention, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. (855) 638-7248 www.netsa.org April 10-12 Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (864) 656-2200 www.clemsontireconference.com California tire dealers kick off 2019 T he California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA)-Federated New Year Luncheon drew tire industry leaders from across the nation as well as from California. e annual gathering was held on Jan. 16, 2019, in Santa Fe Springs. (Last year's luncheon was held in Pico Rivera.) Representatives from 48 companies and organizations attended. The CTDA gained five new members as a result of the event, according to Marc Connerly, execu- tive director. "e new, larger venue provided more space for networking, which was important because the attendance grew again this year, with 95 people enjoying socially networking the old-fashioned way." Federated Mutual Insurance Co. was the title sponsor, joining host sponsor 1-800EveryRim OEM Wheels, gold sponsors Yokohama Tire Corp. and Lakin Tire West Inc., and silver sponsors Myers Tire Supply, Pirelli Tire North America Inc., Penn Tire Exchange LLC and Net Driven. e guests of honor were Tire Industry Association (TIA) Vice President Brian Rigney of Dill Air Controls Products LLC and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Wheel and Tire Council Senior Manager Allan Keefe. ■ (From left): Ben Wysocki, Federated; Billy Eor- dekian, 1-800EveryRim; Chris Barry, Independent Tire Dealers Group (ITDG); Brian Rigney, TIA; Allan Keefe, SEMA; and Matt Burrows, Yokohama. Charles Gowland Sr., co-founder of Cha- bill's Tire and Auto Service LLC, died Jan. 24. He was 76. Gowland and Billy Parker founded Cha- bill's in 1968 after BFGoodrich approached the two men about selling tires in Morgan City, La. They combined their first names into the store name. Over the next five decades the business grew to 18 locations and more than 130 employees. On New Year's Day 2019, Gowland turned over leader- ship of Chabill's to his daugh- ter, Elizabeth "Beth" Gowland Barron, who took over as CEO upon his retirement. Gowland was a native of New Orleans and resident of Morgan City for 62 years. He was a longtime member of Modern Tire Dealer's National Advisory Council and was a member of the Louisiana Indepen- dent Tire Dealers Association (LITDA) for several years and served on the board of directors for the last 20. During his tenure he served as president, vice president, and convention chairman. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he was a lector for 13 years. He was a long- time member of the St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce and served on its board of di- rectors. He also was a member and past president of Rotary. He was a strong supporter of area schools, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and also of youth activities in each of the commu- nities served by his business. He also was a mentor to young men and women in the tire business. Gowland was inducted into the LITDA Hall of Fame in 2009. Gowland is survived by his wife of 51 years, Peggy Cefalu Gowland; his chil- dren, Catherine David and husband Tim, Beth Barron and husband Carey, Charles L. Gowland Jr., and Joanna Marx and husband Jeffrey; 14 grandchildren; and a sister and brother. Charley Gowland, Chabill's Tire founder, has died COURTESY OF CTDA COURTESY GOWLAND FAMILY

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