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Automotive Recycling Magazine
In Tune Auto Recycling
What makes a memorable convention? For those recyclers who have been attending every convention for years, even decades, the reasons vary. It may be a great trade show, talking one-on-one with a session presenter, meeting new friends, or after-hours get togethers with long-time friends, and the list goes on. Yet, one thing remains the same. Each convention has its own distinct feel. This year ARA’s 71st Annual Convention and Exposition, which was held in Nashville, Tennessee from October 22-25 will be remembered by some firsts for attendees. It broke the attendance record set last year in Phoenix, with over 1,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors. It had the largest international representation with participants from UK, Spain, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, and Estonia. It marked the first time in the history of ARA conventions that the Award Dinner and Gavel passing was a themed experience. Exhibitors experienced some firsts as well.
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Excellence in Auto Recycling
For the first time ever, ARA's Annual Awards Dinner was transformed into a themed costume affair. Attendees were transported back in time to the roaring 20's and familiar faces were transformed into those of gangsters and flappers. There was a plethora of boas, stripes, and feathers on hand as the festivities got underway. After a quick reception to warm everyone up with a mini-photo booth to capture the costumed-moment, dinner was served and the annual awards were dished out as well. ARA’s CEO, Michael Wilson, praised the Arizona members who hosted ARA's Annual Convention in 2013 for their contribution to making it the most financially successful convention to-date. He also said their work paved the way for another successful convention in Nashville in 2014. He commented on a few programs that ARA has been working on such as the Certified Auto Recycler (CAR) and ARADirect.
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Turf Wars: Grassroots Efforts on State Enforcement of Illegal Activity
The Automotive Recyclers Association has been working for years at the federal level to make policymakers more aware of the illegal activity engulfing the professional automotive recycling industry. More and more, precedent in state law stands in the way of the laws or regulations that the ARA seeks to influence and improve. When multiple states have similar laws that affect a way of doing business the task gets even more difficult, especially when strong interest groups send expensive lobbyists with financial backing to Capitol Hill and statehouses. Through the participation of auto recycler attendees at the ARA Annual Hill Day who speak with their Members of Congress to educate them about the issues impacting the industry in their home state, some progress is being made. But that is often arduous work.
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Talking Up the Issues
ARA takes the concerns of Auto Recyclers to those who can effect change at the 8th Annual State Legislative Summit & Hill DayMarch 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C. Are you active in the policymaking process at the local or state level? Do you want to learn more about what issues impacting professional automotive recyclers are appearing in state legislatures across the country? Are you interested in learning how other states are tackling the same issues that auto recyclers in your area are facing? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then make your way to Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 16 for ARA's State Legislative Summit!
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