History of NETSA

NETSA Background

Our Association began on May 23,1952 as a Massachusetts Non Profit Corporation with the name of "New England Association of Independent Tire Dealers" (NEAITD). Our first president was Joseph Abel from Rutland, Vermont who has been followed by 50 Presidents that had businesses throughout New England (see list).

The Board realized, in 1999, that most retail members of the Association were also performing vehicle maintenance services. Thus, the first Mission Statement was then initiated and work began on a new name and complete new set of Bylaws. This time consuming task was completed in 2000, and a vote was taken on April 8, 2000, by the members at our Annual Meeting, to accept the new bylaws and the name change to the "New England Tire & Service Association" (NETSA).

About this same time, the Board decided to start a Scholarship Program to help our members with the growing cost of higher education. We started out with three $500 scholarships (total $1500) and have grown over these 16 years to awarding eighteen $2,000 scholarships in 2016 (total $36,000). Please see the Scholarship page.

We've also had a Trade Show each year of our existence. It's usually been a 10,000 sq ft show at many different alternating locations throughout New England. In 2005 our Board decided to have our Trade Show at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT to see if we could grow our attendance to the show by taking 20,000 sq ft. Our show took off and is now the largest regional tire & service association show in the Country with 835 Attendees in 2016 at Foxwoods.

We're a very active and growing Association. We've been adding many Benefits for our members, with many members saving thousands of dollars by using them. Our Legislative Committee has testified and helped pass or defeat legislation in all 6 New England States. We've had a growing Golf outing (now over 90 players) where all the proceeds go directly to our Scholarship Fund. In 2008, a Hall of Fame was added to our Association, and we now have twenty-four members. And to top off all this excitement, our membership has grown each of the last thirteen years from 237members in 2003 to 575 members in 2016.

Past Presidents

 

 

  NETSA Past Presidents    
       
1952-53 Joseph Abel Rutland VT
1953-54 Gerald Murphy Worcester MA
1954-55 Louis Voight New Haven CT
1955-56 Milton Brown Holyoke MA
1956-57 George Sikora Torrington CT
1957-58 Calvin Cole Washington DC  
1958-59 Jason Casler Boston MA
1959-60 Jerry Massaro Hartford CT
1960-61 Rene Pare Milford CT
1961-62 Gerald Slosberg Biddeford ME
1962-63 Joseph Shutt Watertown MA
1963-64 James Jennings Warwick RI
1964-65 Don Newall Greenfield MA
1965-66 Bill Malerba Meriden CT
1966-67 Arthur Therrien Springvale ME
1967-68 Ray Brown Franklin MA
1968-69 Leo Morin Blackstone MA
1969-70 Harry Carlson Milton MA
1970-71 Norm Southergill Avon CT
1971-72 Dex Moore Pownal VT
1972-73 Louis Vacca Westerly RI
1973-75 Glenn Wilder Sr. Scituate MA
1975-76 Robert Sims Brockton MA
1976-77 Robert Kessler Weston MA
1977-78 Bill O'Brien Woburn MA
1978-79 Richard Aronson Portland ME
1979-80 Bill Gray Acton MA
1980-81 Bob Therrien Springvale ME
1981-82 George McClare Bangor ME
1982-83 Michael Baron Wakefield MA
1983-84 Jim Mullins Framingham MA
1984-86 Anne Evans Hebron CT
1986-88 Ron Katz Sharon MA
1988-89 Anne Evans Hebron CT
1989-91 Steve Schnitzer Abington MA
1991-93 Bob Aronson Auburn MA
1993-94 Anthony Koles Melrose MA
1994-96 Bruce Jergensen Glastonbury CT
1996-97 Benjamin Kravitz Brockton MA
1997-98 James Melvin Sr. Johnston RI
1998-99 Ronald Pisciotta Sr Stafford Springs CT
1999-2000 Dick Cole Yarmouth ME
2000-01 Robert Katz East Boston MA
2001-03 Larry Lesieur Nashua NH
2003-05 Spencer Carruthers West Bridgewater MA
2005-07 Neil Schlossberg Randolph MA
2007-09 Jim Melvin Jr Johnston RI
2009-11 Dale Franklin Colchester VT
2011-13 Steve Dupoise Middlebury VT
2013-15 Steve McGrath
Keene
NH
2015-17 Mark Rochefort
Montpelier
VT