Building a Greener Tomorrow

The 2015 CAR Annual Meeting January 24, 2015

2015 CAR Annual Meeting and Safety Training was held on Saturday, January 24, 2015

The event was free to all members and one guest with additional attendees welcome or a small fee to cover lunch and refreshments and non members are also welcome for a small fee.  The event had over 60 attendees representing more than 20 member yard and several supporting businesses in Colorado.

The day began with networking and breakfast with the attendees visiting with the numerous vendors on site to support our association.  The vendors represented carious providers including insurance, software and disposal services.

The group then was treated to two presentations from Rob Rainwater.  Rob is a popular speaker that has spoken at both national and local meetings throughout the nation.  He shared his insights from over 25 years in the recycling industry to address ways to improve sales and customer satisfaction as well as hiring and retaining staff.  His presentations were well received by the yard owners and their sales associates.

Afterward Amber Elenbaas spoke to the group.  Amber is a third generation recycler currently with Rebuilders Automotive Supply.  She spoke to the sales of catalytic converters and ways to increase sales.  Amber’s presentation was interesting to all.

After lunch the group went into a safety training presentation from Pinnacol Assurance.  The focus of the training was workers compensation fraud.  An insurance  investigator for Pinnacol detailed ways that fraud can be identified and prevented in order to control premium costs of all of our businesses.

After the safety training we moved on to CAR business.  The officers for 2015 were nominated and selected.  Your Colorado Automotive Recyclers Board of Directors for 2015 are:

President:                   Ryan Hochmiller, Active Truck Parts

Vice Presidnet:          Ben Silver, Central Auto Parts

Treasurer:                  Norman Wright, Stadium Auto Parts

Secretary:                   Brooks Massey, Brush Auto Salvage

Directors:                   Greg Daurio, Daurio’s Used Part

 R. Mitch Mitchell, Fair Auto Parts

 Mike Pratt, Mr. Badwrench

 John Teti, Boot Hill Used Truck Parts

 Aubrey Watson, Trade Center

Associate Director:    Joe Carpender, All Recycling, Inc.

Eric Sumpter left the board after many years of distinguished service including two years as CAR President.  We thank Eric for his knowledge and dedication to the CAR Association.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to not one but two recipients for 2015.  CAR recognized Roger and Mary Mitchell for their years of dedication to the recycling industry in Colorado.

Thoughout the day raffle tickets were sold and many great items were presented to the winners.  The grand prize was a 47″ LCD Smart TV which was won by Mike Pratt.  In addition to these raffled items, a number of items were provided by members, exhibitors and sponsors for auction including sporting event tickets, gift  baskets and pieces of art.  Proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets and auction will be used to support the association in a variety of ways including support of our legislative initiatives.

We would not be able to provide the information and training received at the annual meeting without the help of our sponsors.  This year CENTENNIAL INSURANCE, CENTRAL INSURANCE, CAR-PART.COM, MCI CORES, ALL RECYCLING, PHOENIX AUTOMOTIVE CORES  AND REBUILDERS AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY all sponsored and supported our effortsAdditional support was received from BROCK AUTO SUPPLY and COMMERCIAL FORMS by providing raffle and auction items to CAR.

We will also had a number of vendors visit and show us all the newest innovations in the industry.  The vendors that attended to support our event were:

Actual Systems/Pinnacle          Advanced Remarketing Services                  Buddy Automotive

CRUSH U-Pull-It Software                      Dorman Products                            H2O Power Equipment

Hollander                                          James Environmental Mgmt      Panhandle Converter Recycling

PartsTrader LLC                                                SAS Forks                                        S3 Software

Supershear Inc.                                            Vortex Depollution

Afterward we gathered at UNSER Karting and Events for a social get together.  Several members and sponsors of the event attended and had a great time.

We had a great annual meeting this year and hope you plan to attend the 2016 next January!!


Upcoming Events


Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 – 2:10pm

Coors Field, Denver, CO


CAR is planning a social event at the San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015. Come network with your fellow and this is a family event so bring your kids! Or reward one of your employees with a job well done.

Tickets are $27.00 and proceeds will go to support CAR initiatives.  Click here to register.

CAR Legislative News

In 2014 CAR members were successful in helping numerous candidates gain or  retain their seats in Colorado State House and Senate.  These legislators have shown support to issues that effect the recycling industry and also support small business owners in our state.

In 2015 we will continue to monitor and voice opinions on bills that effect CAR members.  R J Hicks of Hick and Associates follows the activities at the Capitol and brings to our attention those activities that impact CAR and our members.  We will keep you all updated on the current bills and will approach our members with recommendations on how we can communicate to those in the House and Senate what we feel is important.  Please check here regularly for updates on these activities.


Check out the newest edition of the CAR Newsletter

The newest edition of the CAR Newsletter is hot off the presses!! Click here to check out the latest CAR News.

Members Only Page: Valuable Information for CAR Members Only!


CAR has been making improvements to the website to better serve the need of our members.  One of these is the addition of a ‘Members Only’ section.  This section contains information and services that can help you to connect with other members to communicate information and share ideas.  Some of the features of this section include:

•    Access to information on Board activities including legislative updates.
•    The CAR newsletter is available providing important information to our members.
•    The Members Only Forum – designed to share information with all members in one easy to to use location.

When originally designed the page assigned a numeric user ID for those that registered.  The page has been update to allow those that wish to choose a more user friendly user ID to create one that is easier to remember!  Just go the registration link and create your new user id.

To sign up or to update your login click here and start sharing in the fun.

If you are already registered please click here and check out the information and applications available.


Why Recycled Parts?

There are countless advantages to buying recycled parts, over purchasing new parts. According to sources, the availability of quality competitive replacement parts saved consumers over $2.2 billion dollars in insurance costs per year. Alternative collision repair parts are anywhere from 26 to 50 percent less expensive than parts issued by automobile companies and also often have longer warranties. The availability of quality alternative collision parts means fewer delays in repairs, which gets consumers and business vehicles back on the road faster. LEARN MORE

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