Thursday, 06 July 2017 10:09

IAR 2017 Summer Outing Updates Over 100 Recyclers on Industry Trends

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On June 9--10, the Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) hosted its Annual Summer Outing at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, IA. According to Sue Schauls, Executive Director of IAR, "The Iowa Automotive Recyclers annual Summer Outing went well as usual. The IAR event draws a crowd of over 100 recyclers from 30+ salvage yards, some from out of state.”

IAR's 2017 Summer Outing commenced on Friday afternoon with a tour of the National Advanced Driving Simulator facility, followed by the opening of the event's trade show exhibition.


After breakfast in Saturday, sponsored by Professional Solutions Insurance Services, four educational seminars were offered. Will Velin from Assured Partners presented "Insurance Protection from Crime," and "How Automotive Recyclers Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits and Save Thousands in Taxes" was discussed by Larry Oxham of the American Society for Asset Protection. Hollander shared a seminar on "eBay Selling," while CarPart.com's Teresa Colbert elaborated on the importance of "Teamwork Among Team Members."


From 11AM-12PM, IAR hosted a Recyclers Roundtable, and Schauls shares, "The era was a big topic at the Recycler’s Roundtable event during the conference. With media and marketing experts telling everyone millennials buying preferences favor the environmentally friendly product, we as auto recyclers, are left wondering how “the original recycler” got left out of that category. Much discussion centered on the need to make consumers aware that buying used auto parts saves money, supports buy local and puts the ECO back in economics of resource conservation through re-use. Used auto parts are good green business!

The trade show reopened for two hours during lunch, and then attendees enjoyed a tour of the local Antique Car Museum, followed by a Yard Tour at Ace Automotive Recyclers in Iowa City.

Saturday evening was filled with networking opportunities during IAR's BBQ dinner and Scholarship Auction which preceded dancing and revelry with a live band. Schauls believes, "The event was enhanced, for the third year, by honoring one of our association founders. This year Bruce Chase, Sun Line, Inc., Cedar Rapids and Chase Auto Parts, Waterloo, was the honoree. Bruce regaled the crowd with a speech that can only be described as an auto recycling stand-up routine!  Bruce drove home the point that auto recycling has changed every year, year over year, and so the pace of keeping up with this industry is mind boggling and compares only to the pace of the changes seen in automotive technology itself. As Lloyd Van Horn, the 2016 honoree, noted ‘No one envies the auto recycler in this era!’”


IAR hosts its Annual Summer Outing to provide association members and other nearby automotive recyclers with educational and networking opportunities. Schauls explains, "Local events are important for many members who do not attend national conventions or training opportunities. Plus, nothing beats the networking and sharing of wisdom than a face-to-face meeting of peers.”

For more information about IAR, visit www.iowaautomotiverecyclers.com.