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January-February 2014
First Salvage
When a law enforcement officer visits a salvage motor vehicle dealer, there are usually two possible outcomes. Which one takes place is generally determined by your company's approach to dealing with law enforcement. One outcome can be positive, ending with you satisfying law enforcement's goals as well as your own goals; the other can end in the disastrous "perp walk." A positive outcome can be achieved by understanding that law enforcement investigators and vehicle recyclers have shared goals that often go unrecognized. As auto recyclers and members of the Automobile Recycler Association (ARA), industry goals are frequently in line with as law enforcement initiatives, and there are huge advantages to networking with law enforcement in order to achieve these shared goals.
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You DO Count
Among automotive recyclers, there are many ways, big and small, to contribute to the future of the industry and become empowered with ways to make a difference. If you are considering skipping this article, you may believe it is for other people to read and act upon. Perhaps you think there is nothing YOU can do to make a real difference. But what if everyone felt that way? Without any involvement from individual auto recyclers, the industry you love, your livelihood, would collapse under harsh regulations and legislation passed without consideration of the important role that automotive recycling has for consumers, local communities, and the environment. Is that a desired outcome?
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At the World Table
It started as a simple forum an exchange of ideas and discussion surrounding the automotive recycling industry and ways to improve business. Now, seven years later, the International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling (IRT) has become a global event, bringing together the top leaders in automotive recycling, insurance, collision repair and government in one forum over the course of a few days. Partnership was the theme of the 7th annual International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling, held November 10-12 in Phoenix, immediately following ARA's 70th Annual Convention and Exposition. As newly-inaugurated ARA President and IRT Co-Chair Ed MacDonald welcomed over 70 automotive recyclers and industry leaders from around the globe, he issued a challenge to all in attendance.
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First Salvage
When a law enforcement officer visits a salvage motor vehicle dealer, there are usually two possible outcomes. Which one takes place is generally determined by your company's approach to dealing with law enforcement. One outcome can be positive, ending with you satisfying law enforcement's goals as well as your own goals; the other can end in the disastrous "perp walk." A positive outcome can be achieved by understanding that law enforcement investigators and vehicle recyclers have shared goals that often go unrecognized. As auto recyclers and members of the Automobile Recycler Association (ARA), industry goals are frequently in line with as law enforcement initiatives, and there are huge advantages to networking with law enforcement in order to achieve these shared goals.


You DO Count
Among automotive recyclers, there are many ways, big and small, to contribute to the future of the industry and become empowered with ways to make a difference. If you are considering skipping this article, you may believe it is for other people to read and act upon. Perhaps you think there is nothing YOU can do to make a real difference. But what if everyone felt that way? Without any involvement from individual auto recyclers, the industry you love, your livelihood, would collapse under harsh regulations and legislation passed without consideration of the important role that automotive recycling has for consumers, local communities, and the environment. Is that a desired outcome?


At the World Table
It started as a simple forum an exchange of ideas and discussion surrounding the automotive recycling industry and ways to improve business. Now, seven years later, the International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling (IRT) has become a global event, bringing together the top leaders in automotive recycling, insurance, collision repair and government in one forum over the course of a few days. Partnership was the theme of the 7th annual International Roundtable on Automotive Recycling, held November 10-12 in Phoenix, immediately following ARA's 70th Annual Convention and Exposition. As newly-inaugurated ARA President and IRT Co-Chair Ed MacDonald welcomed over 70 automotive recyclers and industry leaders from around the globe, he issued a challenge to all in attendance.


Kickin' Keynotes
This year, the ARA 70th Annual Convention and Expo showcased three dynamic keynote speakers, from former congressman, J.D. Hayworth to best-selling author Scott Blanchard, and not forgetting Garry Ridge, the President and CEO of WD-40 Company. They touched on subjects that are important to auto recyclers, such as establishing legislative relationships, and building the best team of people you can.


Service Honored
This year's ARA Annual Awards Dinner provided a platform for many new and younger faces to be welcomed into the ARA family. Noticeably on hand this year, were couples with young children and babies, reminiscent for some of the more seasoned auto recyclers of their early days with ARA. A few auto recyclers who had not been to a convention in quite a few years decided to come back this year and realized that there were a lot of new faces around the room. They noted that the older generation that they knew now had their sons and daughters attending the convention.


Three Guys and A Convention
Whether you are a seasoned ARA convention attendee or a newbie, the 70th Annual ARA Annual Convention & Exposition had something for everyone! This year we thought we'd take a look at the event through the eyes of three attendees (with a little creative license on the part of the writer).


 
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