became the first executive director for the newly formed Quality Recycled Parts - QRP Midwest. He resigned from that position when he married Martha Bucknell and moved to California. Cowell now works out of his home office, managing eBay stores for several auto recyclers around the country and contin- uing to do some consulting work in the industry.
AUL DAVIS of Wichita, KS, has a pretty simple, yet basic, tenet for a business, one that normally does not rise to the top when asked what your biggest challenge was as a business owner. His response is, “Maintain a safe work environment,” says Davis. “Even though a few accidents happen, most are usually minor. And when they do happen, you review it and find out what could have been done to prevent it.”
P Paul Davis with Past President Ricky Young in 2015.
Even on the telephone one can see the smile on his face when he recalls an accident one of his employees had. He said he came to him with his hand wrapped in a cloth and said, “Boss, I need to go to the ER.” When Davis asked what happened, the employee said his fingers got pinched – “I just did what I’ve told everyone else here not to do,” the employee said.
Other challenges Davis says he’s faced include maintaining a good inventory, attracting good employees and keeping them trained. As for Davis, now that A-Plus Parts and Salvage of Wichita, Kansas, a company he started 35 years ago in 1985 and ultimately had 8 employees, finally sold in 2015, he and his wife will take some trips and then he’s looking to see what type of work he can get into. “I still have a strong attraction to the industry and feel like I have something more to offer.”
What he is offering for now is strong advice for newcomers to the recycling industry.
“Seek advice and knowledge from every possible source. Join your trade association, and save for your retirement,” he says, adding that younger members of the industry really need to focus on that aspect early.
He is proud of his work within the ARA as regional director and serving on ARA committees. In addition, he also served on the Kansas Automotive Recyclers Association, and is also proud to be as past master of his Masonic Lodge.
OB EUBANKS has a knack for winning. Not only did he start the Rusty Acres Automotive recycling facility in Jacksonville, FL in 1973 with two employees, and he grew it to encompass 15,000 square ft. of storage and 15 employees, he decided he wanted to start racing cars as well. Since Rusty Acres specializes in Ford products it’s only fitting that he drives a Ford Mustang in the Sports Car Club of America racing series, winning at Road Atlanta in June and setting a new track record at Daytona in May.
But his racing victories pale when compared to his career as a professional Automotive Recycler. “There have been a lot of highlights, but serving on the ARA Board of Directors is one of the greatest achievements for me. That and our specializing in Ford products, which has brought us a lot of notice.”
Lifetime Honorary Member Bob Eubanks in 2014.
Eubanks has served as an ARA Regional Director and was chair of the Regional Directors. He also has served on the board and was presi- dent of the Florida Automotive Dismantlers & Recyclers Associat- ion (FADRA). “I was on that board for almost 30 years and then when I tried to retire they made me a Lifetime Honorary Member of the board,” says Eubanks, laughing. Like many others, Eubanks has the greatest memories of “the whole business. It’s hard to pick out a favorite. I guess one is just the shared comradery of all the other recyclers and coming together and
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