On Sept. 26-28, the 2019 Automotive Recyclers Northeast Education and Exposition (ARNE) took place at the Albany Capital Center in Albany, NY.
Victoria Palasieski, administrator for ARA-NY, stated, “The event was a success! This year, for our second ARNE event, we partnered with PRP-NE to provide more opportunities for attendees and sponsors to connect. We wanted to maximize the event to suit the needs of all of the Northeast Auto Recyclers. We went in with high expectations, and they were exceeded! We were very pleased with the overall outcome of the event.”
Palasieski continued, “With more than 350 attendees and over 50 sponsors and exhibitors, there were plenty of opportunities for business networking, employee training, and even some fun as we held our ARANY Auction led by ARANY Past President Bill Tolpa as the Auctioneer, with help from ARANY Immediate Past President Dan Marks and Adrianna Lee from e-Comply.”
ARNE 2019 began on Thursday, Sept. 26 with a kick-off party where New York’s new State DMV Commissioner Mark J. F. Schroeder provided welcoming remarks, focusing on the theme of moving forward as a community.
The 6th Annual Summit of Automotive Recyclers was featured on Friday, Sept. 27, which included discussions on a variety of topics, including communications, trading groups, e-commerce, and succession planning. After lunch, four sessions were offered on Friday afternoon which included seminars on employee recruitment and retention, sales, OSHA, and DOT compliance, among other topics.
The expo floor opened on Friday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and champagne toast. The expo was open until 11 p.m. with dinner stations, an open bar, a live auction and much more.
The PRP-NE Awards Breakfast was held on Saturday, Sept. 28. An additional four sessions were available on Saturday morning which boasted a wide variety of industry-related topics to help attendees better succeed in their businesses. In addition to an ATV raffle drawing, lunch featured a keynote presentation by PRP-NE and ARA-NY Associate Member Mark Brown of Brown’s Auto Salvage in Vermont, and ARNE 2019 concluded with the expo and final educational wrap-ups.