ARA is pleased to announce that Sandy Blalock has been named the Association’s new Executive Director. Sandy has been serving as interim CEO for the past six weeks, working closely with ARA leadership and staff during the transition.
“Over the past several weeks, it has been our priority to find the individual best suited to lead ARA given the many challenges facing the professional automotive recycling industry,” said ARA President David Gold. “During this period of transition, Sandy has proven herself to be a stable, unifying presence. She has moved quickly to implement efficiencies within ARA’s operational structure and continues to be a tireless advocate for ARA members and all recyclers. The ARA Board of Directors is confident that we have chosen the right leader to protect and promote the future of ARA and member businesses. I am delighted that she has accepted the position of Executive Director. What she brings to the table in terms of experience in the industry as a yard owner, Past President of ARA, and state association executive is a combination that is truly one-of-a-kind.”
Sandy’s tenure as Executive Director is effective immediately following unanimous approval from the ARA Board of Directors. A professional automotive recycler since 1993, Blalock joined the ARA Executive Committee in 2005 and previously served as President of ARA in 2007. She has served in a number of executive positions at the state level.
“I am excited to take on this new opportunity and continue to serve the industry that has already given me so much,” said Blalock. “I am committed to moving ARA forward in a collaborative, cohesive manner and to working with all stakeholders. I hope to see everyone at our 75th Annual Convention later this year!”