AKRON, Ohio (Aug. 17, 2009)—Ray Evans, former executive vice president of engineering, marketing and sales for tire maker Titan International, will serve as conference chairman for the aftermarket/distribution part of the newly expanded International Tire Exhibition & Conference.
ITEC will take place Sept. 21-23, 2010, at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland. It is a biennial trade show and conference co-produced by Rubber & Plastics News and Tire Business, both Crain Communications Inc. publications.
Started in 1994 as a biennial event for the world's tire manufacturing industry, ITEC in 2010 will expand into a show that encompasses all aspects of the tire industry with a special emphasis on sales, marketing, tire design, development and manufacturing as well as tire distribution and recycling.
Henry Inman, a retired Goodyear corporate public relations executive, will assist Evans as vice chairman in developing the aftermarket/distribution educational program for ITEC.
“We are delighted that Ray and Hank have agreed to chair the aftermarket/distribution part of the conference,” said Bob Simmons, ITEC executive director and founder, and a Crain vice president and group publisher. “Now in 2010, ITEC will bring our collective industry of tire professionals, from technology and manufacturing to dealers and distribution channels, together in a serious, working tire show environment that will educate and motivate all participants with a content-rich conference program, world-class exhibit and networking opportunities.”
ITEC also will include its traditional manufacturing-oriented program activities chaired by Harold Herzlich, former director of tire engineering and product safety at Pirelli Armstrong Tire Co. and ITEC's conference chairman since 1994. Herzlich also is technical editor of Rubber & Plastics News.
Evans has more than 44 years experience in the tire industry, half of which was with BFGoodrich Co. in key technical, marketing and sales positions followed by 10 years with Continental General Tire Co.
“It is more important than ever for the manufacturers, distributors, retailers and commercial dealers to work together to provide the professional service that the consumer and commercial fleets have grown to expect,” Evans said.
Inman, in addition to his tenure at Goodyear, recently authored the book “Rubber Mirror,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ACS Rubber Division.
An Aftermarket/Distribution Advisory Council also will assist in the selection of aftermarket/distribution topics and papers. Advisory Council members are:
John Snider, president, Snider Tire Inc., Greensboro, N.C.; Ross Kogel Jr., president, Tire Wholesalers Inc., Troy Mich.; Ron Lautzenheiser, owner of two Big O Tire stores and two Grease Monkey franchises, Fort Collins, Colo.; Steve Disney, consultant, Louisville, Ky.; Dennis Leipold, owner/president, Leipold Tire, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Peggy Fisher, president, TireStamp Corp., U.S. headquarters in Troy, Mich.; David Cosco, chairman Integra Tire & Auto Centres Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta; and Craig Knarich, owner of Pit Crew Tire, Palm Harbor, Fla.
“ITEC 2010 will provide an unprecedented opportunity for learning and networking not only among peers but between those working in different segments of the tire business,” said David Zielasko, Rubber & Plastics News publisher and editor and publisher of Tire Business. “This is a conference and trade show that everyone in the industry will want to attend, from the tire dealer and tire seller to the tire designer, compounder, tire plant personnel and recycler.”
The fee to attend the three days of the conference and exhibits is $50. Additional information on exhibits and hotel room reservations can be found at the ITEC 2010 Web site: www.itec-tireshow.com.