SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 32, August 12, 2010

TIA Announces 2010 Tire Industry Hall of Fame Inductees

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Nick Hodel  
Inductees for the Tire Industry Association's (TIA) 2010 Tire Industry Hall of Fame include Gus Hawkinson, owner of Hawkinson Tire Consulting; Nick Hodel, former CEO of Portland Tire Factory; retired industry veteran Russell MacCleery; Gary Nash, Yokohama Tire's director of OTR sales; Jerry White, chairman of White Tire Supply; and Don Blythe, former executive director of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association.

TIA will recognize its latest class of inductees during the Tire Industry Honors event, scheduled Monday, November 1, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

Prior to establishing his consultancy in Las Vegas, Hawkinson was the third-generation owner of Paul E. Hawkinson Co. He is credited with many developments in the retread industry, including primary responsibility for developing the industry-standard non-directional tire (NDT) beginning in 1980, with the initial patent issued in 1981.

With 45 years of experience in the retail tire sector, Nick Hodel co-founded Northwest Tire Factory and also served as CEO of Portland Tire Factory. He is also a past board member of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association and past president of the Tire Association of North America (TANA), a predecessor organization of TIA.

MacCleery has years of experience working for various trade associations and created the government affairs program for the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA), a predecessor organization of TIA.

Nash's 45 years of experience in the tire industry include 35 years spent in the Off-the-Road (OTR) tire sector. Currently the director of OTR sales for Yokohama Tire Corp., he has also worked for Goodyear, Purcell Tire and Bridgestone.

White has more than 60 years of experience in the tire industry and is currently the chairman of White Tire Supply. He has served on several boards, including the NTDRA, and was a founding board member of the Texas Tire Dealers Association.

Blythe is the former executive director of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association (WCTDA), where he helped guide WCTDA to become one of the most successful tire organizations in the country.

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