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TIA Affirms Right to Repair Support, Pangle Takes the Helm as TIA President

TIA-2022 Annual meeting

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) hosted its annual membership meeting Monday afternoon, where members of its board and executive committee passed the torch to the association’s next president, recognized new board members and passed a timely resolution on right to repair.

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Outgoing TIA President Mason Hess, director of Purcell Tire and Service Center’s Global Mining Division, kicked TIA’s first pre-SEMA Show event off by recognizing outgoing board members, which include Dan Nothdurft, past TIA president and owner of Tires Tires Tires in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Sioux City, Iowa; and Travis Glidden, regional sales manager for Stellar Industries. Hess then passed the gavel to Jim Pangle, incoming TIA president and business development specialist for Fountain Tire’s commercial and OTR divisions.

“From this year’s president to the next, it has been a pleasure and honor for me to serve as president of this thriving organization,” Hess said. “I wish the same level of success for you in the years to come.”

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In accepting the transfer of duties, Pangle said, “I look forward to leading the organization over the next 12 months. I’m excited for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and I’m thankful for the support of the TIA staff and board.”

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Outgoing TIA President Mason Hess passes the gavel to Incoming President Jim Pangle.

Pangle brings with him more than 40 years of experience in the tire industry. He joined Fountain Tire, in Edmonton, Canada, in 1973 and started as a store owner servicing retail, commercial and farm tires. From there, he expanded the business into truck tire retreading and later added OTR sales, service and retreading. He later took a role with the corporation as senior vice president where he was responsible for 166 stores, retread plants, commercial sales and mine service, TIA says.

Pangle began his service on the TIA board in the mid-1990s and has participated in the Training and Education, Strategic Planning, Nominating, Membership and Government Affairs committees, and most recently, the Environmental Advisory Council.

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As one of his first orders of business as TIA president, Pangle recognized TIA’s incoming and reelected board members. Those include:

  • Russ Devens, director of safety and risk management, McCarthy Tire Service, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, who was re-elected;
  • T.J. Trum, general counsel, Pomp’s Tire Service Inc., Kansas City, Kansas, who was also re-elected;
  • Gary MacCausland, senior vice president of operations and merchandising, VIP Tires & Service, Auburn, Maine, was elected to his first term;
  • John Evankovich, director of operations for Sam’s Club Tire & Battery Centers in Bentonville, Arkansas, will rejoin the board after a three-year hiatus. He served as TIA President in 2019.
Incoming TIA President Jim Pangle recognized incoming TIA board members.

The new Board members, who will serve three-year terms, were selected from a slate of 13 candidates vying for the four open positions, TIA says. Voting began in early July and ended Sept. 1. The newly elected board members will join an additional 14 directors to make up the association’s 18-member board, the association says.  

TIA also recognized the winners of this year’s Michelin/TIA Scholarship Program. The 2022 scholarship recipients are:

  • Alexandria Wilson, daughter of Roxanna Wilson who works for Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. Alexandria received a $1,625 scholarship and is attending St. Louis University where she is studying health sciences on a pre-med track. Her goal is to become a pediatric physician; and
  • Grayson Martin, son of Spencer Martin, who is employed at Pomp’s Tire Service. Spencer received a $3,000 scholarship and is attending Washington University in St. Louis, where he is studying business and computer science.

The scholarship program, now in its 22nd year, was established by Michelin North America for employees of tire dealers who are members of TIA, the association says. Hess said since the start of the scholarship in 2000, about half a million dollars has been awarded to the children of TIA members.

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Right to Repair Resolution

TIA membership also overwhelmingly approved a right-to-repair resolution, renewing the group’s support of The Right to Equitableand Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act (H.R. 6570), which would preserve consumer access to high-quality, affordable vehicle repair by ensuring that vehicle owners and independent repair shops have equal access to repair and maintenance tools and data as car companies and licensed dealerships, TIA says.

“This is an extremely important issue for us,” said Dick Gust, TIA CEO, in introducing the resolution to TIA membership at the meeting. “A national law would provide much clarity and direction on vehicle repair.”

TIA CEO Dick Gust introduces the Right to Repair Resolution that was approved at the meeting by TIA members

In the resolution, TIA said it deems current law inadequate to address the growing competitive concerns created by new vehicle technology that controls virtually every function of the vehicles from brakes, to steering, to airbags, to fuel delivery, to theft protection and tire pressure. The resolution states that TIA will support the REPAIR Act and continue to explore other options for federal legislation that would support the motor vehicle owner’s right to repair. In addition, it urges the authorizing committees within Congress to consider the REPAIR Act.

As part of the resolution, TIA said it will plan to work with the Federal Trade Commission on future legislation to ensure that independent repair facilities have access to vehicle information and to ensure the consumer’s ability to choose the repair facility of their choice.

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TIA affirmed that Right to Repair remains a top priority for its members and a national law would provide for much-needed clarity and direction in vehicle repair.

With its passage, the resolution will be added to all other resolutions adopted by the association previously to dictate association policy, TIA says. In addition, it will be forwarded to the TIA membership, to related industry associations, tire manufacturers and to all 435 members of the House of Representatives and the 100 United States senators.

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