ARA selects new executive secretary

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Sept. 13, 2012—The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has selected Mike Swift, co-owner of Trails End Auto and Truck Salvage Inc., as its executive secretary for 2012-2013.

ARA’s board of directors will formally confirm Swift during the association’s annual meeting, convention and exposition, which is scheduled for Oct. 24-27 in Orlando, Fla.

Swift has been actively involved with the ARA since 2007 as regional director and member of its Government Affairs Committee. He received the ARA Regional Director of the Year award in 2009 and 2011. Swift also previously served as president of Iowa Auto Recyclers (IAR) in 2008 and 2009, the ARA said.

“I have enjoyed my time as Regional Director during the last five years and I’m looking forward to my new role,” Swift said. “I’m passionate about dealing with the legislative issues facing the automotive industry. I believe it’s time that the manufacturing industry embraces us instead of trying to discredit us. I plan to continue working hard on issues that affect our industry.”

“ARA looks forward to the dedication and passion that Mike Swift brings to the position,” said Michael Wilson, CEO of the ARA. “His involvement, especially in the area of industry advocacy, is an example of the excellence of ARA members and shows his commitment and belief in the automotive recycling industry as a whole. The association will benefit from the experience that he brings to his important role in leading our international organization in this crucial economic and legislative climate.”

The ARA is dedicated to removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the recycling of inoperable vehicles. The organization represents the interests of more than 4,500 auto recycling facilities throughout the U.S. and 14 other countries.

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