Derek Read joined Smithers in 1994 as tire test technician. He spent several years developing and managing Smithers' tire and wheel testing laboratory as General Manager in Suzhou, China and is now the Vice President for Asia/Global Development.
Expertise: Tire and Wheel Testing
Prior to his duties in Suzhou, China, Derek was the Director of Sales for Smithers North America for 4 years. Derek also served as Operations Manager for Smithers tire and wheel testing laboratory in Ravenna, Ohio for 6 years. Derek has 20+ years’ experience in tire and wheel testing and 10+ years’ experience in managing and running tire and wheel testing facilities.
Qualifications and Accreditation
Derek received his Associates of Arts from the University of Cincinnati and his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Akron.