Servant Leader
Auto Recycler Ricky Young brings depth of experience and a strong commitment to local community to ARA's leadership team.
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced the selection of Ricky Young, owner of Young’s Auto Center & Salvage, a blend of full service and u-pull-it automotive recycling yards that include crushing operations and five locations, ( as incoming 2011-2012 secretary. 

Young, a longstanding ARA member, is extremely active in the industry as a leading-edge automotive recycler and leader in his community. He is the current President of the Carolina Auto Recyclers (CAR) and has served as the Chairman of North Carolina Auto and Truck Salvage Dealers Association Legislative Committee since 1992. He has also served as an ARA Director-at-Large for several years and serves as a member of the ARA Government Affairs Committee.

Young is the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce House President, a recipient of the Benson “Citizen of The Year” Award, and on the Board of Directors and one of the founding members of numerous community and business organizations in his area.

In fact, service to community is something you will hear Young emphasize from time to time. He believes that all of us can help our community in some way, and he is passionate about inspiring people to do so – not in words, but in deeds.

Young’s Auto Center & Salvage began in 1963 as a service station by Young’s parents, Teeny and Reba Young, in Benson, North Carolina.  Dedication and persistence brought the family business to the top of the automobile recycling industry. In 1972, Ricky took over the day-to-day operations of the family business and pushed it to a new level of trendsetting and excellence, including the introduction of the area’s first mobile crushing units. Today, Ricky leads what has become the largest independent auto salvage dealer in the Carolinas.

Young’s has expanded to six used parts sales locations, U-pull-it Yards, a mobile auto crushing fleet, as well as a global export sales division. Considered to be one of the largest auto salvage and crushing operations in the United States, they strive to uphold their reputation for and dedication to Customer Satisfaction that leads to a high rate of customer loyalty.
“ARA looks forward to the quality of leadership that Ricky Young brings to the table,” says Michael E. Wilson, ARA’s CEO. “His industry involvement is an example of excellence to ARA members and his reach into the local community is to be admired. The Association will benefit from all this experience that Ricky will contribute in his key role in leading our international organization in this crucial economic and legislative climate.”

Caryn Smith is the editor of Automotive Recycling magazine.

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