ARA Details Highlights, New Features and What to Expect of the 71st Annual Convention and Exposition

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) urges professional automotive recyclers and industry partners to pick up Locator magazine’s UpFront Summer 2014 edition to read the profile of ARA’s upcoming 71st Annual Convention and Exposition. In an interview with magazine editors, ARA Meeting Planner Kim Glasscock shares some of the new features of this year’s event, details the educational program and entertainment line-up, and explains why professional automotive recyclers cannot afford to miss this annual industry event. 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.

“The ARA Convention is a one-stop shop. Recyclers will get more information over the course of three days than they could in years,” said Glasscock. “We work hard to minimize the time out of the office. This year, we’ve integrated the committee meetings into the schedule rather than have those meetings the day before.” Also new this year is the opportunity to tour Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee manufacturing plant to see where the all-electric Nissan LEAF and other top Nissan models are manufactured.

“The convention helps to keep [recyclers] cutting-edge, competitive and efficient,” added Glasscock. “We encourage them to bring their staff; we offer reduced pricing for additional attendees. That way, they can attend more educational sessions, gaining the most information that they can.” In choosing seminar topics and speakers, ARA leaders prioritized providing attendees with a good mix of topics and focused on seven key areas: business management, future technology, operations, profitability, salesmanship, sustainability, and a global perspective.

ARA’s Annual Convention and Exposition is the premier event of the automotive recycling industry and consistently draws automotive recycling facility owners and managers, industry experts, auction dealers, insurance personnel, rebuilders, body shop personnel, collision repairers, scrap dealers and the press. Other highlights planned for this year include 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.

Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “greener” tomorrow.

To learn more about the Association, visit ARA’s Home Page at or call (571) 208-0428.