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TIA to Induct Hall of Famers at 2009 SEMA Show

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is accepting nominations for the 2009 Tire Industry Hall of Fame from May 1 to July 1.The Hall of Fame is open to individuals in the tire industry, including manufacturers, inventors, publishers, equipment suppliers, tire association executives, tire dealers, tire and rubber recyclers and retreaders.

The “Historical Contributors” category of the Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have been out of the industry for at least 20 years or more. These individuals may be retired, deceased or may have begun their career in the tire industry and moved on to a different industry.

Inductees are chosen based on the following criteria: their contributions of new ideas, practices and/or innovations that promote the health and well being of the tire industry; their exemplary and distinguished service in the tire industry; and the respect of their peers. Contributions in civic, cultural, educational or charitable endeavors will be considered, but are not a primary consideration as attributes for selection.

TIA is also accepting nominations for the Friend of the Industry Award (a former International Tire & Rubber Association award), which recognizes well-known individuals who are allies and proven supporters of the tire industry. These individuals are not part of the tire industry, but have affected it positively in some manner.

“There are so many people who have given so much to the tire industry. That’s why it’s great to be able to honor these people, via the Tire Industry Hall of Fame,” said TIA President Dan Beach. “The TIA Hall of Fame Committee will undoubtedly have a challenging task ahead of them when it comes to selecting the honorees, as there are so many worthy candidates who have a lifetime of achievement in both their business and community.”

The Hall of Fame inductions will take place in November during TIA’s Breakfast with the President, which is a part of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

A nomination form that can be used for both awards is available at or by calling TIA at 301/430-7280, ext. 109.