ARA Announces Keynote Speakers, Registration Opens for 71st Annual Convention and Exposition

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced that John Van Alstyne, CEO and President of I-CAR, and Christy Wright, a member of the Dave Ramsey Speakers Group, will be keynote speakers for ARA’s 71st Annual Convention and Exposition. The announcement came as online registration opened for the premier event of the professional automotive recycling industry. ARA’s 71st Annual Convention and Exposition will take place October 22-25, 2014 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

“John Van Alstyne brings two decades of experience and knowledge of the OEM and vehicle technology sector to I-CAR,” said ARA President, Ed MacDonald. “We are excited to provide ARA members with the opportunity to hear from John about the technical-focused education and resources that I-CAR is working on and ways in which professional automotive recyclers can collaborate with the collision repair industry for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.” Van Alstyne will speak to Convention attendees on Thursday, October 23.

ARA also announced that Christy Wright will be a second keynote speaker. Hand-picked by New York Times best-selling author and radio host Dave Ramsey, Wright has served as a business coach, is a certified and experienced life coach, with expertise in issues such as leadership, life balance, setting and reaching goals, time management, and building budgets. “Christy is the ideal speaker to address our members and the challenges associated with running a small business,” said ARA CEO Michael Wilson. Wright will address automotive recyclers on Friday, October 24.

Other highlights of ARA’s 71st Annual Convention include tours of Nissan North America’s manufacturing plant, 12 hours of Exposition with nearly 100 exhibitors, a networking breakfast for the Ladies of the Automotive Recyclers Association, and the Annual Awards Dinner and Presidential Gavel Passing. To register and for more information, visit the 2014 Annual Convention and Exposition website at or call (571) 208-0428.