TIA Honors Hall of Fame Inductees and Tire Dealers at Awards Ceremony

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) honored its latest Hall of Fame inductees and recognized other industry leaders at its Tire Industry Awards Ceremony held at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on October 31, before the start of the Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show on November 1. 1-4.

Aaron Telle, President and CEO of Telle Tire & Auto Centers, accepts the Top Shop award and thanks his team and his father and grandfather for giving him advice he applies today.

Tire Review editor Madeleine Winer recognized Telle Tire & Auto Centers as this year’s Top Shop award winner, highlighting the company’s rich customer experience, welcoming and engaging corporate culture, expert of the market and its expansive growth. Aaron Telle, fourth-generation tire dealer and company president and CEO, thanked his team for their tireless efforts and referenced the company’s 80-year history in his speech.

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Aaron Telle (center), President and CEO of Telle Tire & Auto Centers, celebrated with his team members, left to right, Rich Oppits, Alex Telle, Laura Telle and Brian Randolph.

The TIA Hall of Fame Committee selected four inductees who were honored at Monday night’s event: Larry Day – Chairman, President and CEO of TBC Corp. (deceased); Christine Karbowiak – Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Risk Officer, Executive Vice President at Bridgestone Americas; Joe DePaolis, CEO and President of Johnny Antonelli Tire Company (deceased); and Robert William Thomson – inventor of the pneumatic tire (deceased).

Day spent most of his career in the tire industry working for several companies before taking on management positions at Monro Muffler & Brake and then TBC where he spent 16 years before retiring as a chairman, CEO and president in 2014. While at TBC, Day restructured the business from a national distribution company to a fully integrated tire distributor, TIA says. Under his leadership, TBC acquired Midas International, which markets automotive services and tires through 2,000 franchisees.

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Greg Day, son of Larry Day, reflects on his father’s lasting legacy and his work in the tire industry and thanks his father’s colleagues and friends.

Karbowiak worked for Bridgestone for more than 25 years, serving as leader of its Americas business unit and on its Global Executive Committee (G-ExCo), a small group of global leaders who constitute the highest level of operational management. of Bridgestone. Karbowiak helped create Bridgestone’s social and corporate responsibility platform and elevated the company to become more global in thought and practice. Through many board roles, she has helped support and uplift women in the tire industry, says TIA.

DePaolis made his mark in the tire industry by growing a small three-point retail tire dealership in western New York into one of the largest independent tire dealerships in the United States in the era, according to TIA. DePaolis joined Johnny Antonelli Tire Company in Rochester, New York, as vice president and general manager in 1968 and grew the tire retail organization to 28 stores in 1989, making it the 21st largest large independent tire chain in the United States. He also saw car service as a necessity. to tire dealers. One of its hallmarks for tire wholesale was twice-daily deliveries.

Robert William Thomson was also inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame. In 1845, Thomson invented the aerial or pneumatic wheel. This happened only six years after the discovery of vulcanization. Thomson was granted British patent 10990 for his tire in 1845, followed by the French patent in 1846 and US patent 5104 in 1847. Thomson tested his tire in the streets and parks of London and conducted side slip experiments. and slippage, says TIA. He determined how charges could be fired, motion maintained, and noise reduced. TIA says Thomson was never fully credited for the invention of the pneumatic tire.

The Hall of Fame inductees weren’t the only ones honored, as TIA also presented the Ed Wagner Leadership Award to the 2022 winner. Dr. Redmond “Red” Clark, President of Asphalt Plus, is a supporter of long history of using rubber modified asphalt on roads and has done extensive research in this area and has also helped various state transportation departments revise their specifications to include rubber. His company has worked with contractors to pave many roads using rubber modified asphalt. During his career, he has had more than 300 publications and presentations to his credit, says TIA.

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Red Clark, President of Asphalt Plus, accepts the Eg Wagner Leadership Award and used his acceptance speech to update attendees on rubber modified asphalt research and industry initiatives to promote it.

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