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auto wreckers. “And someone said the only difference between big auto wreckers and regular auto wreckers is the big wrecker is 6 feet tall.”

For someone starting out in the recycling business, Todor encour- ages them to get advice from or network with business owners who are keeping their operation up-to- date.

“I had an older uncle in the busi- ness with me and he retired, but then he returned to the business. By then, I had a paper and pencil inventory system and he could not understand it. Now look at how things have changed,” says Todor. “I was in the business 44 years and I would not know how to run it today, I could not go back into the business.”

A Ginny Whelan

Recyclers in New Jersey, a full- service facility, and U-Pull It of Vineland, N.J., a self-service facility, as well as a mobile car crushing company and a trading partners group in the U.S. and Canada, PRO Auto Recyclers. While she was working and building her experience in auto recycling, she also went on to get advanced degrees in educa- tion and business. Together, those accom-

RA’s first woman President VIRGINIA (GINNY) WHELAN earned that position the hard way. She has more than 35 years in the recycling industry including at her family’s business, West Park Auto

plishments prepared her for her role as role as Executive Director of the ARA Educational Foundation (ARAEF). While Whelan was the President of the ARAEF, she founded the ARA University, an online training platform, a primary product offering of ARAEF. Whelan was instrumental in developing her concept of an online training por- tal, and has relentlessly built it with the ARAEF com- mittee from an idea to now having thousands of auto recyclers using the training platform.

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