A Great 2013 ARA Convention

The 2013 ARA Convention & Expo - in Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 6 - 9 - was a lot of fun! Cindy and I manned The Locator booth at the event. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and customers and meet some face-to-face for the first time. Last year’s show in Orlando was a first for both Cindy and me, so this 2013 event felt almost like a homecoming. Many of the same exhibitors were there, but there were some new faces as well. We had a really great time talking with everyone who stopped by. Thanks for everyone who posed for a photo - you can find them all on our Facebook page or right here on the website, www.partslocator.com/Galleries/.

Phoenix Automotive Cores did a great job welcoming everyone to the Expo on Thursday night. The company posted staff members (there had to be 50) at the convention center entrance, the escalators and down the corridor to the expo hall. The Phoenix Automotive Cores staff clapped and cheered as the guests arrived.

The convention center was very nice and the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix hotel was wonderful. What great customer service!

And, of course being from Iowa the change in weather is always welcome! It snowed about two days before we flew out. It was a brisk 20 degrees when we took off from Omaha on Thursday morning. But the mid-80s Phoenix weather greeted us when we landed.

We are already talking about next year. The 2014 ARA Convention & Expo will be held in Nashville, Tenn. That sounds like a fun trip already. See you next year!

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