Hall of Fame

TIA Hall of Fame Nominations 

Nominations for the Tire Industry Hall of Fame are now closed. The nomination period will open again in March 2016.

Questions regarding the Hall of Fame may be directed to Donna Sage at dsage@tireindustry.org

TIA Hall of Fame: 1985-2014

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of personalities who have brought lasting fame to the tire, rubber and transportation industries. Past inductees include Bill Fountain of Fountain Tire, John Gamauf of Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC, Onkar Kanwar of Apollo Tyres and Ralph “Buddy” Snow of Oliver Rubber. The Hall of Fame is open to all in the tire industry, including manufacturers, inventors, publishers, equipment suppliers, tire dealers and retreaders.


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Tech International
Coker Tire Company
Purcell Tire & Rubber Company


Lex Brodie's Tire Company
Dunlap & Kyle Company
American Tire Distributors


Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.
Dunn Tire
Discount Tire
Tire Rack


Fountain Tire
Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire
Apollo Tyres
Oliver Rubber


Hawkinson Consulting
Tire Performance Indicators
Western Canada Tire Dealers Association
White Tire Supply


American Crane, Inc
Kelsey Tire


Morgan Auto Group
Central Tire Corporation


Hercules Tire & Rubber Co.
Big O Tires, Inc


Tire Systems Engineering, Inc.
Empresas Tornel


S&M Tire Company
Beck Tire International


Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.
Marangoni Group


Kal Tire
Tire Industry Association


Robert "Bob" Purcell
Purcell Tire & Rubber Company
John "Jack" Woodland
Marangoni North America


Pam Gatto
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
George Z. Bishop
Lee Fiedler


Harvey Brodsky
Tire Retread Information Bureau
Lloyd Stoyer
Modern Tire Dealer
T.O. Haas
T.O. Haas Tire Company
Pat Rooney
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company


Francis Zrostlik
Stellar Industries
Pauline Chambers Yost
Tech International
Garland T. Duke Jr.
Air Treads, Inc.
Paul Zurcher
Zurcher Tire/Best One
Ann Gaither
J.H. Heafner


Joseph J. "Joe" Kilcoyne
AMF Tire Equipment Division
Edward J. "Ed" Wagner
Tire Technical Services


Donald M. MacMillan
Donald MacMillan and Son
Rudy Holman
AMF Voit Rubber Company


George R. Edwards
Target Tire


Keith S. Rowbotham
Northwest Tire Dealers Association
Charles J. Pillod, Jr.
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Tom B. Babcox
Babcox Publications
Andre Michelin and Edouard Michelin
J.W. "Red" Gaskins
Southern Tire Company
George E. Marshall
Tyres & Accessories
Ivan W. Gorr
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company
G.F. "Sam" Bauer
Bauer Built, Inc.


Arthur W. "Art" Hudson
Hudson Opom
Herman Karl Hochschwender
Smithers Scientific Services
Robert F. Gatzke
Parnelli Jones, Inc.
Barry Bennett Garfield
Tire Guides, Inc.
Marvin E. Bruce
TBC Corporation
William B. Thomas
Big O Tires, Inc
Bernard D. "Bernie" Alm
Vulcan Equipment Company Limited


Saul Ganin
Reynolds Tire & Rubber Corporation
Frank A. Herzegh
B.F. Goodrich Tire Company
Giovanni Battista Pirelli
Pirelli Tire Company
Ernest "Ernie" Zielasko
Crain Communications
Don Olson
Don Olson Firestone
Edwin T. Brodie Jr.
Bandag, Inc.


John O. Gillette
Johnny Gillette Tire Company
Benjamin Franklin Goodrich
B.F. Goodrich Tire Company
Edward H. Hogan
Hogan Tire, Inc.
Shojiro Ishibashi
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.
William T. Fitzgerald
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company
G. William Malerba
Malerba Silver City Tire Company


Arden H. Faris
Retreading Consulting Services
John Boyd Dunlop
Dunlop Tire Company
James E. Reynolds
Reynolds Tire Company
H. Walker Noyes
Noyes Tire Company
Zeb Maddox
Retreading Equipment
Peter Imre Kune
Truflex/Pang Rubber Products
Bernard "Bernie" Kovach
Bill Communications
Charles Goodyear
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Fred S. Dresdale
Daley Tire Service
Michael A. "Mike" Berra
Community Tire Company


Harold V. James
OK Rubber Welder
Lloyd O. Dodson
Vogue Tire Company
Dr. Warren W. Leigh
University of Akron
Edward S. Babcox
Tire Review
Michael G. "Jerry" O'Neal
The General Tire and Rubber Company
David R. Lehman
Lehman's Tire Company


Melvin C. Shook, Sr.
Shook Tire Company
John W. Thomas
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
James S. Morrison
Barnes & Delaney Tire Company
W. Caton Merchant, Jr.
Merchant's, Inc.
Victor Holt, Jr.
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
John Bean
FMC Corporation
David H. Dean
Dean Tire and Rubber Company
William S. "Pete" Cahill
Cagill Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Keith Barefoot
Tread-X Corporation


Edwin "Eddie" Joel Thomas
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
John A. Earley
Earley Tire Company
Emil B. Jensen
B & J Manufacturing Company
Lewis W.R. Morley, M.B.E.
Vac-Lug Traction Tyres Limited
Robert Wallace Ritter, Sr.
Easy Pay Tire Company
Philip Sieff
S & M Company
Harold H. Vischer, Sr.
Tread-X Corporation
Clement O. Dennis Sr.
Den-Nap Electric Mold Company
Gilbert "Gil" Coats
Hennessy Industries, Inc.


Stan Koziara
Stan the Man Tire
Griffith F. Oliver
Oliver Rubber Company
Louis S. "Lou" Myers
Myers Tire Supply
Irve Eisbrouch
TBC Corporation
Maurice Gladman
California Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association
Lee Hunter
Hunter Engineering Company
Max Katz
Merchants Tire Supply
Wayne B. Brewer
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company
John L. Collyer
B.F. Goodrich Tire Company


Bradley E. Ragan, Sr.
Brad Ragan, Inc.
Thomas Edward "Eddie" Stolter
Eddie's Tire Service
Les Schwab
Les Schwab Tire Centers
Joseph Russo
Hercules Tire & Rubber Co.
Vaughn Rawls
Rawls Equipment
Paul Weeks Litchfield
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Paul Edward Hawkinson
Paul E. Hawkinson Company
H.R. "Kelly" Calamari
El Dorado Tire Company
Winston Orlando Green
Lee Tire and Rubber Company
Maurice Clapp
Clapp Equipment Company
James A. Walsh
Armstrong Tire Service


James Harlan Heafner
Heafner Tire Company
J.P. Hennessy Sr.
Hennessy Industries, Inc.
Harvey S. Firestone
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
C. Earl Branick
Branick Industries
E.L. "Red" Davis
American Retreaders Association
Albert Hoffman
Hoffman/Jetzon Tire Company
Frank A. Seiberling
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
William Francis O' Neal
The General Tire and Rubber Company
Winston W. "Bill" Marsh
National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association
Roy J. Carver
Bandag, Inc.