Automotive recyclers from across the state of Ohio met in Columbus this weekend for the 2013 Ohio Auto & Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA) Annual Meeting and Trade Show. This year’s two-day event was hosted by OATRA member Tony Stevens and his staff at All Foreign and Domestic Used Auto Parts.
The weekend’s festivities began on Friday evening with the trade show opening. Automotive recyclers, their employees and families enjoyed a 3 hour block of time to interact directly with exhibitors alongside a hot and cold appetizer buffet and bar.
OATRA leadership put together a packed agenda for attendees on Saturday, with 10 different sessions and speakers on topics such as leadership development, generational differences, communication skills, and the importance of working with industry stakeholders in the collision repair and broader automotive sector.
ARA CEO Michael Wilson spoke on Saturday afternoon, updating ARA and OATRA members about recent association activity and industry news. Wilson provided an update of ARADirect, a new online auction platform available to ARA members and members of ARA affiliate chapters. Wilson also provided comments on recent developments within the automotive sector related to collision repair standards, trends in recycled parts usage, and highlights of what to expect at the ARA Annual Meeting and Convention November 6-9 in Phoenix, Arizona. ARA Regional Director Greg Bender (Speedie Auto Salvage, Dover) and Director of State Government and Grassroots Affairs Jessica Thomas, were also in attendance.
OATRA President Jim McKinney led a legislative roundtable discussion with members regarding the ongoing battle in the state with regards to salvage acquisition. Sandy Blalock, ARA Past-President, spoke to OATRA members about why the outcome of Ohio’s salvage acquisition legislation has important implications for professional automotive recyclers in other states, providing examples from her home state of New Mexico and neighboring Utah.
The meeting concluded Saturday evening with a catered Italian dinner, DJ and inspiring remarks from OATRA President Jim McKinney, who rallied his members for another round of grassroots outreach and mobilization on behalf of the state’s salvage laws. Thanks to everyone who attended!