Missouri, United States — The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is hosting its 80th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Missouri, United States. The event spans three days and offers a comprehensive program for automotive recyclers worldwide.
The first day begins with important meetings, including the Auto Recycling Training Institute Meeting and the Scholarship Foundation Meeting. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to set up their exhibits at the Exhibit Hall.
Throughout the morning, attendees can participate in various committee meetings and sessions, such as the Affiliate Chapter Meeting, the Annual Convention Educational Programming Committee, and the Interchange Committee. The Industry Relations Committee will also convene during this time.
A Past Presidents’ Luncheon will be held for invited guests, while other attendees can enjoy lunch on their own.
In the afternoon, there will be additional committee meetings, including the Awareness Committee and the Government Affairs Committee. The day will conclude with the Membership/Board Meeting.
The highlight of the day is the Opening Keynote presentation titled “Thriving in an Age of Disruption” by Ryan Mandell, Director of Claims Performance at Mitchell International. Mandell will discuss the technological advancements in the automotive industry and how they impact the auto recycling industry. Attendees can gain valuable insights into industry trends and strategies for adapting to change.
Following the keynote, there will be a session with Ryan Mandell focused on reimagining businesses to capitalize on the growing trends of automotive complexity and electrification.
The Trade Show will officially open with a Ribbon Cutting and PP Reception, followed by the Expo Opening at the Exhibit Hall. There will also be an exclusive International Networking Reception for invited guests, providing valuable networking opportunities.
On Day 2, the program will include a New Member Welcome session and a welcome address highlighting key points of the conference. The featured general session, “The Big Footprint of Small Business,” will discuss the significance of family-owned small businesses in the American economy.
Concurrent sessions will cover topics such as the U.S. shredded scrap shortage, success stories of new CAR program members, building for the future, and credit card best practices. There will also be a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of end-of-life EV batteries.
Other sessions will cover subjects like vehicle needs, self-service safety, and opportunities for independent operators. During the lunch break, there will be Tech Talks covering various topics related to the industry.
The day will conclude with an exposition and lunch in the Exhibit Hall, followed by a Wine and Cheese Social hosted by LARA and a Networking and Awards Night.
Day 3 will feature a Recycler Keynote by Shannon Nordstrom, who will share the inspiring story of Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc. and emphasize the importance of investing in people. The day will include an exhibition hall opening with brunch, a Recycler’s Roundtable, and sessions on parts grading, self-service, and second-life batteries. The event will conclude with a recap and takeaways session, followed by a facility tour.
Throughout the three days, attendees will have numerous opportunities to learn, network, and stay updated on the latest trends and developments in the auto recycling industry.