That’s where the biggest benefit of these things can be found – the true value is in meeting people that you sell or trade parts with which can enhance your relationship. The face-to-face opportunity is really awesome.”
“Everyone was energized and reengaged in the state association as we explained the value of being a member and demonstrated what the association does for our members,” Krawczyk continued. “When I became president of ARA-NJ, I made the decision to engage recyclers one on one by reaching out to them via phone and email to try to get them more involved. It can be hard to get people engaged because people get stuck in their box all day and miss out on the world around them, but I can’t stress enough how valuable these types of networking opportunities are.”
The meeting also provided a lot of training and educational information, and ARA-NJ talked a lot about their goal of creating a centralized hub where automotive recyclers in the state can meet up to exchange parts. “It makes sense to band together to streamline the process since we have common interests, and our hub could benefit every single automotive recycler in our market and especially every member,” Krawczyk said. His goal is to fully launch the program on Jan. 1, 2020. ARA-NJ also plans to coordinate a grassroots lobbying effort and has begun educating local assemblymen about the automotive recycling industry.
Krawczyk is pleased with ARA-NJ’s 2019 membership meeting and intends to hold two large member meetings next year to provide even more networking and educational opportunities for association members. For more information on ARA-NJ, visit aranj.org.