The event saw an attendance increase of 18% over the previous year, and 83% over two years ago, NETSA said.
“Tire dealers and suppliers praised the event as a wonderful combination of business contact opportunities, educational seminars and industry-centric social events,” said Dick Cole, NETSA executive director.
“State and regional association events are critical to our industry,” said Rich Tuttle, show chairman. “Many of our members are unable to get to the national events, and we are able to truly address their local concerns. With attendance up for the second year in a row, our seminars were well attended, and sponsorship was up. All of this is good for our members and our vendors, who were wonderful participants in purchasing 98 booths to sell out the 20,000 square foot trade show floor. The ultimate success of this event was due to the help and support of all of the board members.”
Well-attended educational seminars covered topics such as increasing profits, TPMS, increasing customer service, solving vibration problems, speed ratings and proper fitment and a panel discussion covering the secrets of successful tire dealers, the association said.
The group’s annual meeting featured a keynote address by Tom Dattilo, chairman, president and CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Tony Koles of Montvale Tire received the President’s Award from NETSA President Neil Schlossberg.