Modern Tire Dealer

APR 2017

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MTD April 2017 News/views Plaza Tire opens its 60th store Plaza Tire Service Inc., a second-generation tire dealer with stores in four states, has opened its eighth location in mid-Missouri, and its 60th store overall. The store in Moberly, Mo., is about 5,400 square feet with seven service bays. "As we build new stores, we're always looking for opportunities to make the workflow as efficient as possible for our employees, and to make the showroom and waiting area open and welcoming for custom- ers," says Scott Rhodes, who owns the dealership with his brother Mark Rhodes. "Our stores feature large windows into the shop area so customers can see what's happening as our technicians work on their vehicles. We also have comfortable seating, televisions and complimen- tary Wi-Fi available." Sales pro joins Modern Tire Dealer staff Modern Tire Dealer (MTD) has hired Bob Marinez, an integrated media sales expert with decades of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and has worked in industry as well as business- to-business publishing for Hanley Wood and Penton Media. Marinez joins the MTD sales team serving the Midwest and South regions, as well as classified advertising. Tire Rack's Street Survival program turns 15 This year Tire Rack Inc.'s Street Survival program is celebrating 15 years of teaching teens behind-the-wheel skills. In 106 classes in 2016, more than 2,800 teen drivers learned how to drive smarter and safer through the national, nonprofit advanced teen driving program. "Since our very first class in 2002, we have educated more than 21,000 young drivers about the maintenance needs of their vehicles and the maneuvers that will keep them safe in emergency situations," says Bill Wade, national program manager for Tire Rack Street Sur- vival. ■ April 27-29 Arkansas Independent Tire Dealers Association Convention, Wyndham Hotel, Little Rock, Ark. (501) 940-5979 www.aitda.net April 28-30 Virginia Automotive Association Convention and Trade Expo, Wil- liamsburg Lodge, Colonial Williams- burg, Va. (804) 739-1400 www.vaautomotive.org May 24-28 Autopromotec, Bologna Exhibition Centre, Bologna, Italy +39 051.6424000 www.autopromotec.com June 14-16 Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, ATLAPA Convention Center, Panama City, Panama (786) 293-5186 www.latintyreexpo.com July 14-15 Alabama Tire Dealers Association Convention, Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Ala. (256) 616-3587 www.alatiredealers.com July 14-16 Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association Annual Conference, One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach, Fla. (770) 947-2323 www.gtdra.com Aug. 21-23 China International Tire Expo 2017, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China +86 10 85898181 www.citexpo.com.cn Aug. 24-26 The Great American Trucking Show, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas (888) 982-2629 www.truckshow.com dates Plaza Tire Service was founded in 1963 by Vernon Rhodes, and its headquarters is in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Six employees work at the new store in Moberly, Mo. Bob Marinez and his wife Chris live in North Olmsted, Ohio, and their daughter Renee is a junior at the Univer- sity of Cincinnati. 14

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