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Bill Ziegler, Ziegler Tire president, dies

Bill spent 48 years with Ziegler Tire, most recently as president.

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Former Hunter Engineering senior vice president Dave Smith passes

Smith was with Hunter for over 40 years.

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Discount Tire & Auto Founder Larry Nicholls Dies

Larry’s journey in the tire industry began in 1962 when he joined the US Rubber Company in their retail store division.

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Atlantic Tire Founder Anthony Blackman Dies

The two-time Tire Review Top Shop winner was dedicated to his craft from a young age, and was known for being extremely generous when it came to giving back.

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Wendel Burt, Founder of Burt Brothers Tire & Service, Dies at 68

Burt was instrumental in growing Burt Brothers to its current 18-store footprint in Utah, predominantly in the Salt Lake City area.

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Erik Olsen, Past TBC Corp. President & CEO, Dies

Erik R. Olsen, former president and CEO of TBC Corp., passed away peacefully on Sept. 28 after a brief illness, according to his obituary. He was 59. Olsen joined TBC in 2004 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. After one year with the organization, his responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of TBC’s

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Tire Industry Hall of Famer Joe DePaolis Dies

Joseph A. DePaolis, a former president of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA) and 2022 inductee into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame, died Sept. 7, 2022, in Rochester, N.Y. He was 90.DePaolis made his mark in the tire industry growing three-outlet Johnny Antonelli Tire Co. Inc., based in Rochester, into one of

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BKT Mourns the Loss of Donzaleigh McCord

Donzaleigh McCord, beloved customer service manager for BKT Tires, passed away Sept. 14 at the age of 70. BKT says Donzaleigh has been a trusted, valuable member of BKT since 2014. Prior to BKT, she was a longtime employee of Bridgestone Corp. BKT says her work ethic and commitment to customers was exemplary and beyond

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Marvin Bozarth, Retired ITRA Executive Director, Dies

Marvin Bozarth, one of the retread industry’s foremost experts and a past managing director of the American Retreaders Association (ARA) and executive director of the International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA), died Sept. 1, 2022, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri. He was 85, according to his obituary. Born Dec. 10, 1936, in

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Longtime Marangoni CEO Passes Away

Massimo De Alessandri, the long-time CEO of Marangoni who ended his 30-year career in 2017, has passed away. He was 58. During this time, he was also chairman of Marangoni Group subsidiaries such as Eurorubber (2011-2016), Pneusmarket (2001-2016) and Marangoni Tread (2003-2009), managing director of Marangoni Tyre (2004-2017) and director of Marangoni Meccanica (2008-2017). n

Stokes Tire Owner Thomas ‘T’ Beroth, Jr., Dies

Thomas Jasper “T” Beroth, Jr., owner of Stokes Tire & Automotive in King, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family after a two-year battle against ALS. He was 65 years old, according to his obituary. “T,” as his family and friends called him, owned and operated Stokes Tire for 44

Former Yokohama Tire Executive Jim MacMaster Passes Away

Jim MacMaster, Yokohama Tires’ former executive vice president and chief operating officer, passed away on June 14. He was 75. MacMaster, who spent 39 years in the tire industry, retired from Yokohama in 2010 after 30 years with the company. He also served as chairman of the Rubber Manufacturers Association  from 2007-2009. MacMaster was also