Annual Auto Recyclers IT Convention to be Hosted in Connecticut
Title: IT Convention
Location: Southington, CT
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Description: Annual Auto Recyclers Reunion and Review.
Start Date: 2009-05-15
End Date: 2009-05-16
What is “IT”? IT – aka – Meet Us At IT – is an annual auto recyclers reunion. Unlike the annual ARA (Automotive Recyclers Association) convention, held every year in the fall, the IT convention is
independently hosted and not affiliated with the national association. The first IT convention was held in the spring of 2001 in Virginia and has been hosted all over the country in the past years including Georgia, Texas, Florida and upstate New York. I can not tell the complete history of how the annual event came to be but I do know that it was started by Bill Weaver in an effort to bring auto recyclers from across the country together to learn and share business ideas and experiences. His efforts have been rewarded as IT has turned out to be one of the most successful industry events ever. Indeed, auto recyclers from around the country gather to sit in on informational seminars and to network with other yards and organizations that they may have never met otherwise.
The 2009 IT convention is coming up in May and this year we don’t have to go far to attend. The 2 day event will be held at a local salvage yard in Southington Connecticut, the first time that it will be hosted in New England. Last year the show was hosted in Atlanta Georgia at the Manheim Drive center, http://www.manheimdrive.com/, an absolutely amazing facility. I am sure that the modern technology and the ideal set up of the Manheim Drive center will be hard to beat. However the salvage yard where the event is hosted has a lot of space and I am sure they will be able to accommodate the event comfortably. If you are anticipating coming to the IT convention this year please take a moment to visit the Connecticut Auto Recyclers Association website, www.ctautorecyclers.com for a complete list of salvage yards in the state.
Besides the informational seminars and the industry trade show the IT show is also known for the “IT Auction”. This is a lively event to be held at the Friday night Clam Bake and not only will raise money for the local auto recyclers associations, and the ARA Educational Foundation, it also will contribute a good share of the profits to a local charity. In fact since its inception in 2001 the IT Auction has raised over $500,000. Last year it was able to raised nearly $25,000 to donate to Heat to Hearts, a local children’s charity in Georgia. I can’t wait to see what interesting items are being auctioned off this year and I am sure that the generosity of the attendees will again amount to a substantial charitable donation.
We will be sure to update our blog with photos and details of how the 2009 IT Convention in Connecticut goes down!