People Watching 8/21/18

• The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has hired Sean Moore as its director of government affairs. Moore comes to the organization with more than a decade of experience directing trade association government affairs programs, most recently as director of state and local government affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. His background also includes time overseeing the automotive affiliate of the Consumer Specialty Products Association (now known as the Household & Commercial Products Association).

Ron De Feo — retired executive chairman of Kennametal Inc. and a founding partner of Nonantum Capital Partners — has been elected to the board of directors at Myers Industries (the Akron, OH-based parent to Myers Tire Supply, among others). De Feo’s background includes marketing and leadership positions with Case Corp., Tenneco Inc. and Procter & Gamble.

• The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced that its 2018 “Hall of Fame” honors will go to Bob Majewski, president of Sumerel Tire Service, and Arvind Poddar, chairman and managing director of Balkrishna Industries. TIA’s 2018 “Ed Wagner Leadership Award” honors will go to Mike Baggett (retired) of Yokohama Tire Corp. and Freda Pratt-Boyer, senior auditor for the Purcell Tire Co.

• David Alspaugh is the Mitchell 1 “Educator of the Year” for 2018. Alspaugh is an automotive technology instructor at the Advanced Technology Institute in Virginia Beach, VA. He was the Virginia Career College Association’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2010.