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Unsafe Used Tire Legislation


Leesa Owens
Director of State, Local Government & Community Relations
Michelin North America, Inc.

Presentation Summary

We have an opportunity to make our roads safer by passing legislation to make it illegal to install unsafe used tires on vehicles.  Often times damage to a used tire is not visible to a consumer, so as a result the consumer is unaware of the condition of their used tire when purchasing it.  The National Transportation Safety Board says about 11,000 tire-related crashes happen every year. Statistics show worn-out tires are three times more likely to be involved in a wreck than those with sufficient tread depth.  This presentation will focus on the importance of the legislation and the opportunity to education our lawmakers. 

Meet the Presenter

Leesa Owens has served as the Director of Community Relations for Michelin since 2014.  In this role, Mrs. Owens encourages employee involvement in local community actions where Michelin can have the greatest impact, in the areas of education, environment and community enhancement.  June of this year Mrs. Owens expanded her responsibility to include state and local government affairs. 

Prior to joining Michelin’s Communication and Brands team, Mrs. Owens has 17 years of experience in human resource roles. In Mrs. Owens most recent human resource position she was responsible for Michelin’s leadership development programs aimed at accelerating the potential of future leaders. She also directed the company’s mentoring program, providing direction, coordination and training to encourage positive relationships between mentors and mentees within the Company.

Mrs. Owens started her Michelin career with Tire Centers, LLC (TCi) in 2006 as the Senior Regional Human Resources Manager.  In addition, held the Director of Career Management position.  She also has served as a Human Resources Manager and Director of Recruitment and Retention for Finlay Enterprises and Human Resources Manager for contingent workforce at Whirlpool, Inc.

Mrs. Owens is a graduate of Boise State University and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on human resources. She also completed her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Sienna Heights University.

Mrs. Owens has held leadership positions on various public and private boards and associations, including among others, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Public Education Partners, Harvest Hope, 2017 United Way Campaign Cabinet, United Way of Greenville County Women’s Leadership, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Tires Association, Pelham Green Association, and Upstate STEM Collaborative. 

Leesa is married to Marty Owens and together they have a combined family of three children:  Lyric (21), Garrett (19) and Abby (15).