TIA Magazine Highlights Women in the Industry

Bowie, Md. – The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is recognizing women in the tire industry in the Spring 2015 issue of its quarterly magazine, Today’s Tire Industry. The special 12-page section, Women to Watch in the Tire Industry, celebrates the accomplishments of women who have enriched the tire industry through their commitment, leadership and determination.

The following women are featured in the magazine:

Cara Adams, Senior Project Engineer, Race Tire Development, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. – Akron, Ohio

Beth Barron, Vice President of Operations, Chabill’s Tire and Auto Service – Morgan City, La.

Tammy Belldina, Manager, Tire Lady’s Rainbow Tire – Morgantown, W.Va.

Deborah Bjorklund, President, TMR Holdings, The Main Resource – Sarasota, Fla.

Maria Borrelli, President/CEO, Pro 1 Tire Service – Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jamie Bullis, Lead Technician, Firestone Complete Auto Care – Minnetonka, Minn.

DD Coley, President, Consumer Tire Pros – Chardon, Ohio

Christine Croucher, Owner, Tire Lady’s Rainbow Tire – Morgantown, W.Va.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions, Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair – Phoenix, Ariz.

Audra Fordin, Owner and Executive Director, Great Bear Automotive and Women Auto Know – Flushing, N.Y.

Fran Jones, Plant Manager, Bridgestone Americas Aiken Passenger Tire Plant, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations - Graniteville, S.C.

Chris Karbowiak, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President, Vice President and Senior Officer, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and Bridgestone Corporation – Nashville, Tenn.

Michelle Lane, OTR Marketing Director, Bridgestone – Nashville, Tenn.

Jill Marcotte, Partner, Chief Supply Officer, Dealer Tire LLC – Cleveland, Ohio

Viktoria Petersons, Service Coordinator, Discount Tire – Richmond, Texas

Carol Rice, Vice President of Business Development, Tech International – Johnstown, Ohio

Katrina Smith, Manager, Phoenix Auto Center Tire Pros - Phoenix, Ore.

Christie Stock, President, Associated Tire Stores Tire Pros – Logan, Utah

“The tire industry has always been noted as being a man’s world. This magazine showcases the success stories of many women in the industry and highlights the vital roles that they play. We hope that this effort will elevate the image of women in the profession and provide women currently in the industry and those considering careers in the industry with inspiration and motivation,” said TIA President Freda Pratt-Boyer.

This is the first year that TIA has run this feature in their magazine and a large number of qualified nominations were received. The feature is not advertising-driven and not connected with any promotional contest, making this truly an honor for those selected.