Auto Recycling World / August 2020 / by VRW / Read original article

Auto Recycling is traditionally a male-dominated industry but scratch the surface and you’ll discover many women with various roles within auto recycling, to highlight this, Auto Recycling World spoke to Sandy Blalock, Executive Director of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) in the US, about her background, how she came to be in the position she is today, where she sees the future of the vehicle recycling and how more females are becoming involved in the industry.

Can you provide some background about yourself? Have you always been involved in auto recycling, and how has it come about becoming the Executive Director of ARA? 

My first career was in the medical field; however, our family-owned and operated an auto recycling business since 1984. In 1993 at the retirement of my father-in-law, we decided it was a good opportunity for me to manage the family-owned business in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I did so alongside my two sons until the company was sold in 2010. At that time, I chose to remain involved with the industry as an advocate. I started several state auto recycling associations and continued my work with ARA.

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