Changing Of The Guard

As my term as President comes to an end, I would like to share some of my thoughts and talk about what we have accomplished as an Association, (Year in Review). I just want to talk about some of the challenges that we have faced, and how the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has responded to … Read more

Can You Keep All The Balloons In The Air?

Business is complicated today and it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Many of my friends say that the reason that I was so successful is because I was so creative, innovative and so willing to try new things. Of me, they have said, “Ron throws 100 things against the wall, and only five of … Read more

I Need Your Prayers

First, I promise if you’ll help me now that I will write about recycling topics that are specific to the Power Source readers.  For now, these two precious people have been heavy on my heart for over a month. My neighbors, Kelly and her daughter, Madison were struck by a car in a hit and … Read more

The Ol’ Bait & Switch

You guys know I like to keep all of you posted on any new and cool information about what’s happening in our industry. But sometimes, I get to tell you about the complaints that I hear from other recyclers! Today I want to talk about a “bait and switch” issue that came up fast. Until … Read more

Shan Lathem Becomes President of Automotive Recyclers Association

MANASSAS, VA – Professional automotive recycler Shan Lathem of Cocoa Auto Salvage in Cocoa, Florida was recently welcomed as the new President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA).  Lathem was formally confirmed as President on September 23, 2022, during the Association’s 79th Annual Convention and Exposition held in Orlando, Florida.  Lathem brings decades of experience … Read more

$500M Seized In Nationwide Catalytic Converter Takedown

Know Your Customer (KYC) more important than ever. Who are you really doing business with? On November 2, the Justice Department took down a nationwide catalytic converter theft ring with forfeiture more than $500 million in assets including homes, bank accounts, cash, and luxury vehicles. The Justice Department News stated, “Federal, state, and local law … Read more