From March 15--16, the Colorado Automotive Recyclers (CAR) hosted its first Rocky Mountain Summit & Expo at Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs.
According to Sandy Blalock, executive director of CAR, “The event did very well considering the major storm, which caused airlines to ground multiple planes [and prevented] the attendance of 20 registered participants, including four vendors. Attendees responded favorably to the first-time event; this was a first for CAR to host a multi-state event.”
The goal of the event was to educate attendees as well as offer networking and collaboration opportunities with industry partners.
Blalock noted, “Our associations try to bring as much as possible to our small venues to allow recyclers an opportunity to hear from industry experts and view the latest in products and services available in our industry. Many smaller facilities will not have an opportunity to attend the larger national show because they simply cannot afford the time away from their smaller operations. We must strive to bring as much as we can closer to them. We are an industry that operates at a high level in the e-commerce side, and many of these recyclers met others they have been doing business with for many years for the first time face-to-face.”
The 2019 Rocky Mountain Summit & Expo began on Friday with several options: Pinnacle training, a Car-Part World Tour and the Hollander Training Summit. CAR was excited to partner with management system providers for these specialized training programs. CAR held an Exhibit Appreciation Reception on Friday evening.
Saturday began with Richard Murr welcoming attendees, followed by “Increasing Your Sales and Presence on eBay,” presented by Garff Fitzgerald of eBay. Theresa Colbert then facilitated a “Recyclers Hot Topic Roundtable” before representative Dave Williams discussed “New Sales Tax Program for Businesses.”
The morning also included “A Practical Approach to Leading Change in Your Organization” with Scott Vollero of ScrapCATapp.com. The expo opened during lunch and remained open throughout the majority of the afternoon.