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Ed MacDonald Becomes the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association


CONTACT: Michael E. Wilson                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                                                    Date: November 11, 2013

Ed MacDonald Becomes the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association

MANASSAS, VA – 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."

“Changes in the marketplace are deluging us on a daily basis and to ensure that ARA is a major player in this economically driven arena, I intend to continue what others before me have begun – the pursuit of long term relationships/partnerships with major stakeholders in our industry. Furthermore, we are principally made up of family-owned businesses. We rightly take great pride in the business model that is based on family involvement. I know firsthand the pride of passing on a successful business to my son, Andrew, who has now taken over the keys of Maritime. He and others like him are now the stewards of and rightful owners of the keys to the kingdom and it is through this succession of experience, wisdom, fresh new creative and dynamic hands that the professional automotive recycling industry will trump all others,” MacDonald said.

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.

Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “greener” tomorrow.

To learn more about the Association, visit ARA’s Home Page at www.a-r-a.org or call (571) 208-0428.

         

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