On June 9--10, the Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) hosted its Annual Summer Outing at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, IA. According to Sue Schauls, Executive Director of IAR, "The Iowa Automotive Recyclers annual Summer Outing went well as usual. The IAR event draws a crowd of over 100 recyclers from 30+ salvage yards, some from out of state.”
IAR's 2017 Summer Outing commenced on Friday afternoon with a tour of the National Advanced Driving Simulator facility, followed by the opening of the event's trade show exhibition.
After breakfast in Saturday, sponsored by Professional Solutions Insurance Services, four educational seminars were offered. Will Velin from Assured Partners presented "Insurance Protection from Crime," and "How Automotive Recyclers Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits and Save Thousands in Taxes" was discussed by Larry Oxham of the American Society for Asset Protection. Hollander shared a seminar on "eBay Selling," while CarPart.com's Teresa Colbert elaborated on the importance of "Teamwork Among Team Members."
From 11AM-12PM, IAR hosted a Recyclers Roundtable, and Schauls shares, "The era was a big topic at the Recycler’s Roundtable event during the conference. With media and marketing experts telling everyone millennials buying preferences favor the environmentally friendly product, we as auto recyclers, are left wondering how “the original recycler” got left out of that category. Much discussion centered on the need to make consumers aware that buying used auto parts saves money, supports buy local and puts the ECO back in economics of resource conservation through re-use. Used auto parts are good green business!
The trade show reopened for two hours during lunch, and then attendees enjoyed a tour of the local Antique Car Museum, followed by a Yard Tour at Ace Automotive Recyclers in Iowa City.