My View of ARNE

Ever been inside a courtroom while in session? Even though each case is different, there’s commonality. Each case has an assigned a court stenographer. When a court stenographer captures what’s said in the court room, there’s no way he or she can report on the way things were said, because they are only authorized to … Read moreMy View of ARNE

Summertime Projects

As it happened this time a year ago, summer has started again. With every summer, banners with graduation notices and well-wishes can be seen at entrances to subdivisions. As with most years, I can truly say I attended multiple graduations for children of my good friends and family. This year alone, I attended two kindergarten … Read moreSummertime Projects

As Proud As I Can Be

Last year while attending the ARA Convention and Exposition in Florida, I discovered that Marty Hollingshead was to be confirmed by the Board of Directors as the next Association Secretary. As an outstanding individual himself, Marty will be joining an outstanding team. While seated in the audience listening to the award winner announcements, my mind … Read moreAs Proud As I Can Be


Congratulations to the Executive Committee of the ARA Annual Convention. That convention was one of the best I’ve witnessed. The association elected Jonathan Morrow as President of ARA at this convention. Jonathan and family owns M&M Auto Parts located in Virginia. Jonathan completed his master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University. Jonathan succeeds David … Read moreCongratulations!

Leadership from Within

My articles this month and next are about Leadership. In these articles, I’ll reference two locations. This month’s article is about the leadership of Jim Butler, GM at Butler Auto Recycling located in Pensacola, Florida. It’s a family-run, family-owned, second generation business. Next month, I’ll show-case the leadership of Shannon Nordstrom from Nordstrom Automotive located … Read moreLeadership from Within

Say, “Goodbye AOL Instant Messenger” and “Hello iCPM”

AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down after 20 years. The pioneering chat app that taught many of us to use instant messaging is now pulling the plug. On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997. AOL dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century. Reason for … Read moreSay, “Goodbye AOL Instant Messenger” and “Hello iCPM”

Who Has Their Hand In Your Pocket?

At a recent meeting, we heard about fraud and how creative and undermining it can be within business walls. Specifically, employee fraud or theft-by-taking. What causes this? Is it sickness? Greed? Jealousy? Addiction? To have an employee stoop that low, there must be a change of the heart. They’ve rationalized that their fraud is somehow … Read moreWho Has Their Hand In Your Pocket?

Making Money

As I travel from convention to convention, I’ve noticed that some recyclers are making money and some are not.  For a self-assessment, which are you?  The recyclers making money are doing some things others may not. “Money-making” recyclers keep a closer eye on expenses backed up by good, record keeping. Better yet, they’re street smart. … Read moreMaking Money