According to PARTS Executive Director Sandy Blalock, who also serves as executive director for the national ARA organization, “The event was a great success with lots of industry updates and training. We received a great response from the attendees and vendors alike who shared tons of positive comments about the content and how well the show flowed.”
The event was held in order to provide important industry education to attendees as well as to provide networking opportunities with industry peers and vendors. Blalock stated, “We simply must have the latest news, products and services available at these state and regional shows as many recyclers will never attend the larger national events. We try to bring well-rounded programs close to home. CONNECT 2019 exceeded my expectations. I was happy with the turnout and the support of our sponsors and vendors.”
The event began with a welcome address from PARTS Chair Doug Reinert, followed by the PARTS Annual Meeting. Among the many educational offerings, the event included seminars on “Workers Compensation Safety and HR Toolbox for Employers” presented by Frank Bruzzese from Zenith Insurance Company, “How to Avoid a Catastrophic Loss to Your Business and Employees” taught by Bruzzese alongside Harry Brooks from York Risk Services, and Jonathan Morrow of ARA’s “The Changing of Our Industry.”
The CONNECT 2019 Summit and Expo also featured a “Moderated Q & A Session with EMAP, PENNDOT and PSP” as well as a “Recyclers Hot Topic Round Table,” moderated by Theresa Colbert of Car-Part.com.
The expo floor was open during the afternoon, providing attendees with a chance to learn about exhibitors’ products and services.