76 Years Running: ARA’s annual convention and exposition

Toronto, Ontario — Sept. 5th, 2019 — The ARA’s 76th annual convention and exposition is just over a month away. To be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, this year’s event kicks off on Thursday, October 10 and continues through Saturday, October 12. 


The convention offers extensive opportunities for networking, as well as chances to test new industry products. With over thirty educational sessions offered this year, recyclers have ample opportunity to gain further knowledge in their field.


The weekend event will begin the Thursday, with a keynote presentation on the state of the automotive recycling industry led by industry professionals Cris Hollingsworth, Jeff Shroder, Bill Stevens and Jerry Gastineau. Friday features several hour-long presentations with topics ranging from how to market your yard to how to survive a ransomware attack.


Sincerest apologies to those who already slicked back their hair and squeezed into leather pants in anticipation of the previously announced Grease theme, but the ARA is celebrating the Top Guns of the industry. Aviators and bomber jackets will be required to head into the danger zone on Friday night with a Top Gun themed networking and awards dinner.


On Saturday, attendees will be able to attend a keynote presentation in the morning. Women in the industry will have the opportunity to network with each other at the annual Ladies of the ARA meeting. Led by Michelle Coffino, owner of Queen City Metal Recycling and Salvage, attendees will hear about Coffino’s journey in taking her company from $1 million to $10 million.


The event will also feature over 80 exhibitors and concludes with a night of networking at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.


Accommodations will be held at the Westin Charlotte hotel. For more information on the convention or to register, visit their site.

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