Modern Tire Dealer

MAR 2019

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N e w s / V i e w s M T D M a r c h 2 0 1 9 14 N e w s / V i e w s April 4-7 Automechanika Istanbul, Tuyap Fair, Convention and Congress Center, Istanbul, Turkey +90 216 384 50 50 April 10-12 Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (864) 656-2200 April 12-13 Texas Tire and Automotive Association Convention, Menger Hotel, San Antonio (800) 844-8748 April 12-14 Virginia Automotive Association Conven- tion, Hilton Norfolk The Main, Norfolk, Va. (804) 739-1400 May 8-10 Heavy Duty Trucking Exchange, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz. (800) 576-8788 May 22-26 Autopromotec, Bologna Exhibition Centre, Bologna, Italy +39 051 6424024 June 4-6 Automechanika Birmingham, National Exhi- bition Center (NEC), Birmingham, England +44 (0) 1483 483984 June 10-12 Automechanika Dubai, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 389 45 00 June 13-14 Asian Tyre and Rubber Conference, Chennai, India +91 9833 901 586 Dates Norm Affleck, a founding member of Big O Tires, has died N orm Affleck, retired CEO and president of Big O Tires Inc., died on Feb. 8, 2019. He was 95. Affleck was a founding dealer member of Big O Tires and instrumental in the introduction of the Big O brand 33 years ago. He flew B29s in the Air Force during World War II, and he completed 32 missions. In 1945, Affleck started in the tire busi- ness as an O.K. Rubber Welder store owner. By 1960 he had six stores in southern Colorado and New Mexico. In 1962, he and a group of other O.K. Rubber Welder franchisees formed Big O Tire Dealers Inc. From 1962 to 1984 he served as president. For three years he flew his own plane around the country, at his expense, meeting with independent dealers and selling the Big O concept. "In 1965, Affleck developed and implemented the first speed lane in the tire industry," says John Kairys, Big O's vice president and general manager. "He created a drive-through bay in his Denver store. e result was an immediate improvement in customer satisfaction, and increased productivity and store profitability." Affleck retired in 1984, but he continued to contribute to the industry through his retreading and recycling efforts. He also worked as a consultant. He was inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in 2007. Tire industry icon Roland Lesieur dies R oland Lesieur, co-owner of Maynard & Lesieur Inc., and former president of the New England Tire and Service Association, died on Feb. 13, 2019. He was 89 years old. Aer serving as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Lesieur joined Maynard and Lesieur Inc., a family tire business founded in 1928 by his father, Leo, and his grandfather, Emile "Pop" Maynard. Lesieur was a board member for companies and associations, including the former National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA). "Roland was a giant in the industry," said Roy Littlefield, CEO of the Tire Industry Association. "He was a driving force in NTDRA's early legislative efforts, and spent more time than any other tire dealer on Capitol Hill for the successful passage of voluntary tire registration." Gatto's Tires founder Mike Gatto dies at 93 M ichael Gatto, who started Gatto's Tires and Auto Service in Melbourne, Fla., in 1970, died on Feb. 11, 2019. Gatto was born in New Orleans on Oct. 14, 1925. Aer graduating from high school during World War II, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific. Aer the war, he completed his education at Louisiana State University and then worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for 22 years. His entrepreneurial spirit led to Gatto's Tires and Auto Service, a six-store chain based in Brevard County, Fla. Robert Dalotto has died R obert Dalotto Sr. died on Feb. 8, 2019. He was 79. He is remembered in his obitu- ary as "a salesman at heart." Dalotto retired from the corporate world in 1995 but couldn't stay away from the tire business. He retired for the second time in 2016 from Jack Williams Tire Co. Inc. His career began in March 1961 at U.S. Rubber Co., the company which later became Uniroyal. Uniroyal was purchased by Michelin in 1991, and Dalotto served as regional manager through 1995. Before joining Jack Williams Tire in 2002, he worked for American Car Care Centers and Wholesale Tire Co. ■ Norm Affleck was the first president of Big O Tires, a position he held for 25 years.

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