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Fancy a trip to the ARA’s 69th Annual Convention

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Many a good idea has been learnt by UK dismantlers visiting the ARA conference
The Automotive Recyclers Association’s 69th Annual Convention and Exposition takes place October 24-27th and after all the interest from the other side of the atlantic during the CARS show, a number of UK dismantlers expressed interest in the American show - so now’s your chance.


This year the convention is based at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In today’s economy and ever-changing society, we can all use some magic in preparing for what’s ahead. That’s why it’s more important than ever to join your associates from around the world at an event that excels with opportunities to learn of new products and services, experience outstanding educational sessions and network with colleagues!

The ARA have worked hard to assemble top-notch speakers, focusing heavily on building profits, as well as providing you with the tools needed to achieve long-term success. This year’s sessions are targeted and focused on the topics that automotive recyclers have requested. Owners, managers, sales team and staff will gain new ideas, tools and enthusiasm that they will carry back to your facilities and when put to use, will provide magical results.

The backdrop for this years’ convention is the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. What better location to experience the magic than in sunny Orlando, surrounded by the beauty the property provides, and experiencing all ARA has to offer under one roof!

Plan to arrive on Tuesday for an afternoon of fun and networking during their annual golf tournament and then venture out on your own Tuesday night to explore the many restaurants and ven that Orlando has to offer.

Wednesday presents a full day of Committee meetings. Not on a committee? You can sit in on many of the meetings and discover all the “behind the scenes” activity of ARA – as we continue to work toward the betterment of our industry. On Wednesday evening there’s a Yard Tour and BBQ at GreenStar Auto Recyclers. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to tour this state-of-the-art facility, view our Heavy Equipment Display and enjoy some good food!

Thursday brings on business meetings, educational sessions and the annual Past Presidents’ Reception and Exposition Opening. There’s 24 educational sessions presented throughout the day. Get an edge on your competitors as you delve into topics such as: “Fighting Fraud and Theft”, “Workplace Safety”, “Recycled Parts Exporting”, “The Future of the Interchange,” and much more!

Later, join us for the Past Presidents’ Reception and Exposition Opening. Spend the evening visiting with the largest assortment of automotive recycling vendors under one roof. Become reacquainted with old suppliers and discover new vendors to meet your changing business needs.

Friday offers another great day filled with information, discovery and networking. Educational sessions include “Used Tires as a Cash Crop”, “Selling Recycled Parts on eBay”, “The Anatomy of Training,” plus others! And be sure to attend this year’s Keynote Session which promises to be a “throwback” with information, fun and motivation!

Continue your quest in the Exposition Hall during Friday afternoon, discovering new possibilities! Then, prepare to be enchanted during Friday evenings Annual Awards Dinner and Gavel Passing. This will be an evening of recognizing industry pioneers, contributors and achievers – as well as FUNdraising during the Educational Foundation activities and auction.

Saturday promises more great educational sessions including “Engagement Marketing”, “Computers: Adapting Business for Results” and “Competing for Customer Loyalty”. It will be your final opportunity to meet with exhibitors, learn of their products and services, build new business relationships and more!

A number of key UK dismantlers regularly attend the ARA conference. If you would like more details you can visit ARA’s website or if you would like to have chat about getting there, what happens etc etc, give Terry Charlton of Charlton Recycled Autoparts a call on 01223832656. Terry regularly attends and finds the convention of great value when it comes to developing his business and is more than happy to chat to UK dismantlers interested in taking the trip!

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