On Saturday, Nov. 9, ARA-NJ hosted its 2019 membership meeting, beginning with a yard tour at Ace Auto Wreckers before moving the meeting to the VFW in East Brunswick, NJ.
ARA-NJ President Rodney Krawczyk shared, “The meeting went very well. With around 60 attendees, our turnout was almost double what we had last year. This year, we decided to change the format a bit and make the meeting into more of a networking event, and I believe we had a lot of success with that.”
“The meeting was well attended by industry professionals outside our state as well,” Krawczyk continued. “The president of ARA-NY came down, and so did the Rhode Island executive director. We were fortunate to have the director of member services from ARA National attend too. I’ve been heavily involved with the national association since I became president two years ago, and this industry is all about making relationships because that’s where the support comes from. Most automotive recyclers compete against each other, but they are willing to help each other at the drop of a hat – that’s what makes our industry so great.”
The meeting’s agenda addressed a wide range of topics and issues impacting the local automotive recycling industry and included a legal update, a demonstration of EZ Suite, an environmental update, information on ARA’s member benefits, a discussion about air bag recalls, an insurance update, information about ARA-NJ’s new parts trading network, a roundtable discussion, plenty of networking opportunities, and a yard tour. “Yard tours allow members to see how other recyclers do things and possibly bring a few good ideas back to their own facility about what they can change or add to enhance their process,” Krawczyk explained.
Attendees responded favorably to the event. Krawczyk shared, “We received the most positive feedback from attendees. Everyone said it was the best meeting they’d been to. The meeting was very interactive and included videos from presenters that couldn’t attend as well as a couple people speaking, and then we had a two-hour networking event after the meeting.