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TTDA and TIAA Host the 2015 Texas Tire and Automotive Expo

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On April 16-18, the Texas Tire Dealers Association (TTDA) and the Texas Independent Automotive Association (TIAA) joined forces for the second year to host the 2015 Texas Tire and Automotive Expo at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco, TX.

Chuck Space, Executive Director of TIAA, notes, "The purpose of the second annual Texas Tire and Automotive Expo was bringing together tire and automotive repair/collision owners for education, fellowship and networking. These events are important because successful business owners enjoy coming together to learn from each other and to see the latest trends, equipment and supplies in the industry. The event was a success with more than 225 attendees and over 40 exhibitors."

Louie Sirianni, President of TIAA, added, "Attendees learned a lot from the classes. Federated Insurance had a very interesting segment on hiring and retaining employees in the automotive industry. Attendees were also thoroughly entertained by a truly Texas competition called Armadillo Racing - you would have to attend to understand! This year's event was fantastic. I think I speak for all that attended in saying this. The speakers, the networking, and yes, even the armadillo races made the 2015 event educational and memorable."

The 2015 Texas Tire and Automotive Expo commenced on Thursday with the Annual Golf Classic. Friday's educational programming consisted of seminars on navigating the multi-generational workforce, business basics, labor laws and immigration, business succession, and what makes a successful business owner. The General Sessions ended with Rapid Roundtables on a variety of important topics related to the industry, and the event concluded on Saturday with Keynote Speaker Jeff Crilley's presentation on EXTREME Customer Service. During the event, Houston's Tony Montalbano was awarded the 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year.

All involved were pleased with this year's event. TTDA's President, Jim Ramsey, stated, "I don't know about you, but I love to listen to and learn from other people who are successful in business. Our speakers offered some great ideas that I will take back with me to my business. The Successful Business Owner panel alone was worth my attending."

Though Space feels the program was great, he would like to see increased attendance.

Sirianni concluded, "The classes get better every year, and this year was no exception. We expect to have a large attendance next year because of the location and speakers (to be announced). These types of association-sponsored events are important because individual members have a hard time tracking every new law, rule and certification, but our association does a great job of informing us about these changes. It makes our industry better through information and, if necessary, action."

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