Professional Automotive Recycler Ed MacDonald, Maritime Auto Parts Ltd. in Truro, NS, Canada, gave his inaugural speech as the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) at the 70th Annual ARA Convention & Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona, November 7-10, 2013. His tenure on the Executive Committee of the Association, where he has served as Secretary, Second Vice President, and First Vice President, continues in a leading role to help shape and guide the Association’s initiatives and directives as determined by the Board of Directors and membership of the ARA. MacDonald is among a select few to serve as ARA President who hail from Canada.
“I have been fortunate enough to be involved with the ARA Board of Directors for 12 years, and the Executive Committee for the last three, as well as the Automotive Recyclers of Canada as a long-term founding member, helping it grow from baby steps to the quantum leap as a truly national association with worldwide recognition. I believe that the effective model of auto recycling in North America, which is based on free enterprise, is the way auto recycling should continue to grow here, and beyond,” says Ed MacDonald.
In his speech, MacDonald said, “I am deeply honoured and humbled to stand before you this evening to accept the ARA Presidential Gavel, to pay tribute to all who have come before me and help pave the way for those who will follow. And for the many hands that hold the keys to the kingdom, I hope during my tenure as ARA President to establish in the ARA individual recycler the collective mindset of these two enduring principles: strength through partnerships, and growth through succession.”
MacDonald, with his longtime partner Lana, purchased Maritime Auto Parts Ltd. in 1988, and are successful owner-operators of the business until last year when their son Andrew MacDonald bought the family business. MacDonald still works alongside Andrew in the business. Maritime Auto Parts Ltd., (www.maritimeauto.com), is a full service auto recycler and parts supplier of new and used automotive parts.