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Ken Kevorkian inducted into the CTDA Hall of Fame

Longtime industry veteran was honored at the California Tire Dealers Association’s capacity-filled annual event

Santa Fe, Calif.—The California Tire Dealers Association’s CTDA/1-800 EveryRim New Year Luncheon took place on Jan. 26 in Santa Fe Springs, and was filled to capacity.

During the event, Ken Kevorkian was inducted into the CTDA Hall of Fame. Kevorkian, now retired, was one of the first members of the CTDA, was president in 1993 and 1994, and also served as a director of the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association. In the 1950s after taking part in the Korean War, he began his career at United Vulcanizing with his father. In addition, Kevorkian chaired the California Transportation Commission after being appointed by Gov. Deukmejian.

As president of the California-Nevada Super Speed Train Commission and as a director for the California State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Industrial Development, he also volunteered as board of trustees chair for the United Armenian Congregational Church in Los Angeles.

Featured speakers were Dick Gust, CEO of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), and Carlstar Group’s Steve Swanson, representing the SEMA Wheel & Tire Council (SEMA WTC), who both outlined the various offerings of TIA and WTC, respectively.

“We thank our sponsors without whom this event would not be possible. We were at capacity this year and we are looking forward to having everyone back, plus more, on January 18, 2024,” said CTDA President Chris Barry of The Independent Tire Dealer Group (ITDG).

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