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TIA Names Women to Watch in the Tire Industry


TireIndustryAssociationTIA will recognize women in the tire industry inside the pages of its Spring 2015 issue of Today’s Tire Industry.

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The special 12-page section, called Women to Watch in the Tire Industry, celebrates the accomplishments of women who have enriched the tire industry through their commitment, leadership and determination, the association said.

“The tire industry has always been noted as being a man’s world,” TIA President Freda Pratt-Boyer said. “This magazine showcases the success stories of many women in the industry and highlights the vital roles that they play. We hope that this effort will elevate the image of women in the profession and provide women currently in the industry and those considering careers in the industry with inspiration and motivation.”


The following women are featured:

  • Cara Adams, senior project engineer, race tire development, Bridgestone Americas – Akron, Ohio
  • Beth Barron, VP of operations, Chabill’s Tire and Auto Service – Morgan City, La.
  • Tammy Belldina, manager, Tire Lady’s Rainbow Tire – Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Deborah Bjorklund, president, TMR Holdings, The Main Resource – Sarasota, Fla.
  • Maria Borrelli, president/CEO, Pro 1 Tire Service – Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Jamie Bullis, lead technician, Firestone Complete Auto Care – Minnetonka, Minn.
  • DD Coley, president, Consumer Tire Pros – Chardon, Ohio
  • Christine Croucher, owner, Tire Lady’s Rainbow Tire – Morgantown, W.Va.
  • Pat Fleischmann, director of first impressions, Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair – Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Audra Fordin, owner and executive director, Great Bear Automotive and Women Auto Know – Flushing, N.Y.
  • Fran Jones, plant manager, Bridgestone Americas Aiken Passenger Tire Plant, Bridgestone Americas – Graniteville, S.C.
  • Chris Karbowiak, chief administrative officer, chief risk officer and executive VP, VP and senior officer, Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone Corp. – Nashville, Tenn.
  • Michelle Lane, OTR marketing director, Bridgestone – Nashville, Tenn.
  • Jill Marcotte, partner, chief supply officer, Dealer Tire LLC – Cleveland
  • Viktoria Petersons, service coordinator, Discount Tire – Richmond, Texas
  • Carol Rice, VP of business development, Tech International – Johnstown, Ohio
  • Katrina Smith, manager, Phoenix Auto Center Tire Pros – Phoenix, Ore.
  • Christie Stock, president, Associated Tire Stores Tire Pros – Logan, Utah

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