On May 3--5, the Automotive Recyclers of Michigan (ARM) hosted its 10th Annual ARM Road Show and Business Networking Conference at GoGo Classic Cars & Showroom in Galesburg, MI.
The exciting weekend-long event attracted around 250 attendees from more than 40 member facilities.
According to ARM Executive Director Barb Utter, “Every year is a new experience, and we had a lot of great things this year. Our members find it really valuable to bring their employees and key people, and we are grateful to the industry professionals who gave up time with their families to attend the educational portion of the event on Saturday. That’s why it’s important for us to ensure the event offers a lot of value, and everyone seemed to enjoy meeting with people they do business with.
“Our members are passionate about the industry, and it’s amazing how they are all so willing to share with each other so we can all be successful. Members of ARM work together to promote professionalism without reinventing the wheel, and the goal is for everyone to leave the Road Show feeling energized with new ideas. Everyone realizes that you cannot be an island by yourself and expect to make it. Owners and managers need to support and value their teams, and we all need to come together to learn and do our best for the industry as a whole.”
The event started on Thursday with an afternoon of golf and networking at the Stonehedge North Golf Club in Augusta, and the evening continued with the ARM Car Cruise-In and Bonfire. Friday’s focus was on facility tours, beginning with GoGo Auto Parts, proceeding to Airway Auto Parts and ending with a tour of Morris Rose Auto Parts, which included fire training.
Utter shared, “The yard tours are a huge attraction, and we had 114 people attend on Friday. We try to feature facilities of all sizes. At the final stop, at Morris Rose, the Kalamazoo Fire Department set three cars on fire and provided us with a demonstration of how to use a fire extinguisher.”