The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today announced that the Nominating Committee has selected Chad Counselman, owner of Counselman Automotive Recycling of Mobile, AL, as nominee for secretary for 2016-2017. Counselman brings years of experience in the industry to the Association’s Executive Committee and his stewardship of six locations in multiple states – both dismantling and distribution sites—brings a unique perspective to the board. He will be formerly confirmed by the ARA Board of Directors during the ARA Annual Convention and Exposition held October 26-29, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.
Counselman grew up in the automotive recycling business founded by his grandfather James in 1966. He joined the company in 1975 and assumed the role of manager under his father Ed in 1996. With his brother James, they bought the company in 2008. Two years later, Counselman became active fighting for Alabama recyclers by helping to defeat legislation in the Alabama Senate that would have been harmful to the industry. Shortly after, he founded the Alabama Automotive Recyclers Association (AARA) in an effort to unite the industry and provide members with the tools needed to make their voices heard.
Currently Chad is president of AARA, has been a Regional Director for ARA, and was a founding member of RCD, a cooperative transportation network of 23 recyclers that meet every night to swap parts between facilities in Leesburg and Tallahassee, FL and Birmingham, AL. He holds degrees in Business Management and Accounting from the University of Mobile, and is very active in the First Baptist North Mobile church where he is a pastor in charge of mission trips, of which he will direct 15 this year.
“ARA is excited to welcome Chad to the Executive Committee because of his excitement and strong belief in supporting the cooperation of independently-owned automotive recycling companies at ARA’s level of excellence,” said Ricky Young, chairman of ARA’s Nominating Committee. “His innovative techniques and his willingness to constantly look for new ways to build growth for the industry will be a great benefit to ARA and its members.”