Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

ARA's 71st Annual Convention and Exposition

From October 22-25, 2014, the Automotive Recycling Association (ARA) held their 71st Annual Convention and Exposition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. With 14 countries and over 1100 U.S. attendees, this year’s convention boasted the highest attendance in recent years.

A fundraiser for the ARA Educational Foundation consisted of donated Catalytic Converters that member facilities would send in vs. selling to an outside source. Funds received through this program are being used for the Foundation and its programs through the ARA University, an online educational program.


During the Annual Awards Dinner and Gavel Passing Ceremony, ARA named their new President for 2015, and Ricky Young of Young’s Auto Center and Salvage in Benson, NC proudly accepted ARA’s presidential gavel, passed on to him by outgoing President Ed MacDonald of Maritime Auto Salvage in Truro, Nova Scotia. A longtime member of ARA, Young has been very active in the auto recycling industry, has served as ARA’s Director-at-Large, and continues to serve on ARA’s Government Affairs Committee. In his acceptance speech, Young stated that he is “honored to take the reins as President of ARA and to continue to play a role in preserving and promoting the work of professional automotive recyclers.”

ARA also distributed several awards at their Annual Awards Dinner and Gavel Passing Ceremony. ARA’s “Member of the Year” recipient was Steve Holland of Brandon Auto Salvage in Valrico, FL, and Lawrie Beacham of Jeeepart Recyclers in Australia was recognized as “ARA Regional Director of the Year.” The award for “ARA Affiliate of the Year” went to the Iowa Automotive Recyclers Association (see our exclusive interview with IAR in this month’s Autobody News!), while Reitman Auto Parts & Sales, Inc. of Melbourne, KY was designed as “ARA Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) Member of the Year.”

Outgoing President Ed MacDonald bestowed his President’s Award upon Jerry Brock of Brock Supply who, he states, has “exhibited at every ARA Convention since 1967. His history of support to ARA, the culture of giving back that is instilled within his company, and service within his home state of AZ speak volumes about the kind of man Jerry is. His enthusiasm and passion for the industry is contagious. Jerry is a true asset to the automotive recycling industry, and we are lucky to have him.”

ARA also used their 71st Annual Convention and Exposition to educate attendees on two of their programs: their Green Recycled Parts brand and their Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) Program. As part of their efforts to provide quality tools so that professional automotive recyclers’ inventories are included in all appropriate buying platforms, ARA has found that the most effective way to do this is by branding OEM recycled parts so that they are instantly recognized and valued. In order to promote their global Green Recycled Parts brand, ARA held a session during the convention to enumerate on all the benefits offered by the brand. Sharing from their own firsthand experience, Mike Swift of Swift’s Tails End Auto Recycling and Dalbert Livingstone of ARA of Atlantic Canada explained how using the brand has helped them promote their inventory in a variety of markets. Jessica Andrews, a member of ARA’s staff, provided background on the program, helped explain the benefits of the brand, and shared samples of promotional materials with attendees. More information on Green Recycled Parts can be found at www.greenrecycledparts.com.

Additionally, ARA’s CAR Program was showcased at the convention as the association shared the updates and improvements they’ve made to streamline the program. Information about the updated program and a walk-through of the point-based system which serves as the new evaluation mechanism for facilities on each CAR standard, as well as step-by-step instructions on completing the CAR application, was presented by CAR Committee Chair Shannon Nordstrom, CAR Consultant Sue Schauls, and professional automotive recycler Ross Lewicki.

ARA has scheduled their 72nd Annual Convention and Exposition for October 7-10,2015 in Charlotte, NC.


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