Friday evening featured the grand opening of the Road Show, happy hour with the exhibitors and the exposition itself, as well as a live auction and raffles. The training portion of the event took place on Saturday.
“We had a good cross-section of educational seminars,” Utter said.
Following the President’s Welcome with ARM President Ross Lewicki, attendees enjoyed a seminar titled “Don’t Feed the Monkeys” about individual’s personality traits, covered by Paul D'Adamo of RAS Recall Team. Next, Sandy Blalock, Acting CEO of ARA, provided an update on the happenings and current direction of ARA. An employee roundtable was also held, broken out by job function.
Utter said, “Attendees enjoy discussing things with their peers, and we already receive great feedback on the roundtables.”
Next, the options were “Don’t Think It Can’t Happen to You” with Shannon Nordstrom of Nordstrom’s Automotive, Forklift Training with Paul Secker of SAS Forks, D’Adamo’s “Building a Safety Culture from Steel Toe Shoes to Safety Recalls,” and Copart’s Amanda Zmolek’s presentation on “The Millennials are Coming! Employee Retention, Social Media Marketing, and More in an Awesome World.”
The afternoon began with the 2nd Annual ARM Top Dog Production Recognition.
“Top Dog is one of the event highlights after only one year,” Utter noted. “The member facilities nominate their top production people, and all of the nominees are recognized with a cash reward and drawing for a reward from their employer, which ranges from a day off, lunch, their boss doing their job for an hour, and so much more. Everyone laughs and loves it. In fact, I think it’s one of the strongest teamwork things we do.”
The afternoon’s scheduled events were cancelled due to lack of a convenient meeting space after the wind destroyed the group’s tent.
ARM will host its 18th Annual Golf Outing on June 18 at the Links of Novi. Proceeds benefit the Kent Utter Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund and ARM.
To register or for more information about ARM, visit http://www.automotiverecyclers.org/.