President’s Comments | 4 • Mike Swift
Editor’s Note | 6 • Caryn Smith
Final Thoughts | 66 • Michael Wilson
ARA Action | 10 Dashboard | 14
• Robert Counts & Chad Counts
Insure This | 16 • Bill Velin
Lessons Learned | 18 • Ginny Whelan
ISO Standards | 20 • Mary McDonald
That’s My Opinion | 22 • Ron Sturgeon
Coach’s Corner | 24 • Eliakim Thorpe
Word on the Wire | 26 • Andy Latham
Marketing 101 | 28 • Mike French
Tech Knowledge | 30 • Andy Latham
Assignment ARA | 32 • Jim Jennings
Capitol Connection | 62 Crossword Puzzle | 64 Industry Calendar | 65 Advertiser’s Index | 65
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Seasoned Auto Recyclers Career of a Lifetime / 34
Working tirelessly to excel in business while helping others achieve the same opportunity is why these individuals were
recognized as a Lifetime Honorary Member of the ARA. From their recollections we see that some things never change. By Jim Jennings
Prepare Your Business for Bad Weather / 51 With hurricane season in full swing, winter
just around the corner, and strange weather occurring on a regular basis, how prepared is your business for mother nature’s worst? By Tricia Drevets
Tradeshow Exhibitors / 54
The following companies are ready to meet you one-on-one in Baltimore, Maryland and demonstrate how their services can enhance your business operations and your bottom line.
Fighting for Small Business / 44 Passionate about small business, politics,
and the next generation transition, RD Hopper is ready to lead ARA in 2016-17 as the incoming President. By Jim Jennings
Unlocking Key Potential / 48 The difference between doing pretty well
and selling my yard for eight-figures was saying yes to an invitation, the same one I’m giving you today. By Ron Sturgeon
ARA Leadership RD Hopper:
Offers High-Flying Ideas for Success / 58
Gus McLeod is no stranger to challenge. This new-to-the-industry recycler holds an amateur aeronautical record and
was featured on the Amazing Race reality show, both which take strategic risk taking to the max. Now he’s putting that energy into his auto recycling business. By Lynn Novelli
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