See You At URG!

I’ll see you at URG, or should I say, you’ll be sorely missed if you fail to attend the biggest Automotive Recycling Industry Conference, known to many as URG. This conference will be the largest turn out in URG history. There are reasons why.

It’s about new acquisitions. How big is Incline Equity Partners? When you come to URG you can see and analyze for yourself. You will see Road-Tested parts, AESOP Auto Parts and our friends at FENIX Parts. It’s my hope and desire to have you bringing as many people as possible from your yards. Talking about FENIX, they have a large group coming to URG.

I can’t wait to hear Ryan Falco and Lee Worman from AESOP do a session on  Sales vs. Production. Chris Daglis will be bringing a large group of recyclers from Australia and the UK.  He is speaking with Georgia Carver on “Recession-Proof Your Auto Recycling Business Through Digital Transformation.”

There are so many great classes from which to choose, such as: Mike Kunkel’s class on, “Peer Group Power”. Mike was recently a guest on the URG podcast. There is also a panel focusing on, “What Would it Take to Put Recycled Parts in Your Shop Today.”

If you want to hear more about that class, go to and you’ll also see descriptions of every class. Industry speakers, such as Jeff Budd, from Mullins Auto and Larry Williams with Fox Auto Parts, Rob Rainwater, and Jen Wilson, Matt Lacy will be doing classes this year at URG. That’s why this Annual URG Training Conference is the premier event of 2023. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one more class, an Open Discussion: “Self-Serve Panel” with Eric Wilbert from Wilberts Inc., Greg Daurio with Daurio Auto-Truck and Lance Thomas from BYOT Auto Parts. Only the best of the best speaks at URG. You don’t want them to miss hearing the #1 Electric Vehicle Trainer in the World speak Saturday morning. This informational session is all about how to safely be around and store an electric vehicle that was previously damaged.

Remember, the URG Scholarship Foundation offers substantial, financial scholarships each year to assist with cost of higher education of auto recycling employees or their children, whether 4-year college or trade and vocational schools. If you know someone who should be applying for this financial assistance, go online to All applications are due by April 14th, 2023. So, you still have time to apply.

As of today, the availability of booths at this conference has decreased. Only 4 booths are remaining. If you haven’t made your reservation for a booth yet, please get it secured today. As of the writing of this column, the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando is about sold out. Good news is there’s lots of other hotels within walking distance of the conference. So, if you are planning to bring a bunch of your counter staff and key people from your center to attend URG’s biggest day, Saturday, you can get tickets secured for those team members. Saturday is all about your yard, perfect for all your team members.

Don’t forget to bring with you an auction item for Friday night. Proceeds from this auction will benefit our URG Scholarship Foundation. On Thursday, there’s plenty of golf available. You can bring or rent your golf clubs for this golf event and spend some much-needed time relaxing in beautiful, sunny Florida. Best of all, you’ll have an opportunity to sign up as an Ambassador, promising to give $11.00 a month to benefit the URG Scholarship Foundation. This foundation is registered as a tax-deductible, 501c3.

If you’re wondering, we will be doing another URG podcast from the floor of the conference. As you can see, there’s going to be lots of training and fun at this upcoming URG training conference. If you want to improve your bottom line, please make sure you come to rub elbows with the best recyclers in the World. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be a member of URG to attend the URG Training Conference. This URG training conference is open to all who want to get better at what they do within the greatest industry in this country…recycling.

See you on the next podcast.


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