Bridgestone’s Danielson Headline NATRE Speaker Lineup

Kurt Danielson, president of Bridgestone Commercial Group, will answer questions during a Keynote: Tireside Chat on Wednesday, during the North American Tire & Retread Expo (NATRE) April 19-21 in New Orleans.

Tire Business Editor and VP/Publisher Dave Zielasko will moderate the discussion posing questions about the commercial tyre and retread business, as well as taking questions from the audience.

Danielson’s participation at NATRE headlines an educational programme that includes two panel discussions and seven seminar presentations.

In his current position since May 2014, Kurt Danielson oversees all business operations within Bridgestone’s North American commercial tyre and solutions portfolio, including driving innovation in the development of new products and services. His focus includes building business efficiencies across the Commercial Group.

The NATRE educational programme, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the first each day of the conference and until 1:30 p.m. each day thereafter, is presented by Tire Business.

Speakers and panels include:

Tuesday, April 19

  • A Retreaders’ Panel, moderated by David Stevens, managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (panelists to be announced);
  • “Reaching Today’s Connected Consumers with Effective Internet Marketing,” by Matt Winslow, senior instructor, Automotive Training Institute (ATI);
  • “China’s Tire Industry—Latest Developments and Possible Futures,” by David Shaw, head of research, Tire Industry Research; and
  • “Current Issues in Tire Safety and Information Regulations,” by George Gillespie, formerly with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and founder of Gillespie Automotive Services.

Wednesday, April 20

  • “Keynote: Tireside Chat,” with Kurt Danielson, president of Bridgestone Commercial Group, moderated by Dave Zielasko, editor and VP/publisher Tire Business;
  • “Fixing A Dysfunctional Courtesy Check Process,” by Matt Winslow, ATI; and
  • “Personal Power and its Role in Sales,” by Dan Molloy, president & CEO, Molloy L.L.C.

Thursday, April 21

  • Panel: “Catching Customers in Your ‘Web’: Landing New Business Online,” moderated by Will Schertz, senior reporter, Tire Business. Panelists: Andy Chalofsky, co-owner, Traction Tire/Simple Tire; Bob Lanpher, COO, McGee Tire Stores; and Patrick Braswell, TCS Technology;
  • “State of Commercial Vehicles” by Kenny Veith, Partner, ACT Research Co. L.L.C.; and

“Should You Add Industrial Tires to Your Business?” by Paul Dvorak, CEO, American Industrial Tire and Tires International Corp

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Retreading Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


Phone: (44) 1270 668 718

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