During the convention, Jonathan Morrow of M&M Auto Parts in Virginia succeeded David Gold from Standard Auto Wreckers as the association’s president. Additionally, ARA recognized some of the industry’s best by distributing several awards. The Automotive Recyclers Association of Rhode Island received the Affiliate Chapter of the Year award, and Shan McMillon of Cocoa Auto Salvage in Florida was recognized as Regional Director of the Year. Nordstrom’s Automotive in South Dakota received the CAR Member of the Year award, while Gold Seal Member of the Year was awarded to Counselman’s Automotive Recycling in Alabama. CIECA’S Fred Iantorno received the Apple Award, Car-Part’s Roger Schroder was honored as Member of the Year, and the coveted President’s Award was bestowed upon Jeff Schroder of Car-Part.
Blalock added, “Many new programming features were debuted this year, including a Big Beach Bash that automotive recyclers and their entire families could enjoy. Attendees enjoyed the event, and the feedback has been positive. We have many volunteers, including recyclers and vendors, who work collaboratively all year to plan a program that meets the needs of our dynamic industry. I believe the event measured up to all of our expectations.”
ARA's 76th Annual Convention & Exposition will take place Oct. 10--13, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. For more information about ARA, visit a-r-a.org.