Monday, 18 October 2021 13:25

IGONC, NCTDA Merging to Create New Organization


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It's the end of an era and start of a new age for the automotive aftermarket in the Southeast.

The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) and North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) will close the book on their final chapters, as they have merged to form the Automotive Service & Tire Alliance (ASTA).


With each organization existing for more than half a century, there will always be history to look back on as we move forward. Newly appointed ASTA President Marc Pons and ASTA Immediate Past President Stan Creech have a few words to help us close this final chapter.


From Marc Pons, president of ASTA:


This is the story of two proud organizations. IGO formed in 1959 and NCTDA formed in 1964. Both organizations are financially sound, and our memberships are healthy.


We recently weathered a 100-year pandemic as membership associations with our members unsure of their future and our EXPO’s cancelled. Yet, you, our members and vendor partners, saw enough value and importance in what the associations represent that you kept paying your dues and kept your sponsorships intact. We are grateful for you.


NCTDA and IGO have spent over a year and a half in due diligence, weighing the decision to merge, always with our members at the heart of the decision making. What we have found is that we have far more in common than we have differences.


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