Most Influential State Association Member



Matt Brown, Brown's Auto Salvage, Vermont

PHOTO: DAVE ABRAMS

Perhaps no state's auto recycling association will be under more pressure than the Vermont Auto Recyclers Association (VARA) this year.

Due to a change in regulation responsibility - from the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Agency of Natural Resources - Vermont auto recyclers will have a new set of guidelines drawn up for them in March 2011.

Auto recyclers did not have an association to voice concerns until Matt Brown - a 19-year old sophomore at the University of Vermont - founded VARA this past spring in response to the shift in regulation and anticipation of new guidelines.

"In past years, several people, including myself have tried and failed to start a state association," said Mark Brown, Matt's father, and owner of Brown's Auto Salvage, (BrownsAutoSalvage.com) Bomoseen, Vt., where Matt works part-time. "Matt was able to organize owners and convince them of the need of an association."

 Tom Purdy, owner of LeBlanc's Auto, Inc., (LeBlancsAutoRecycling.com) Bennington, Vt. and a VARA member, said what Matt has done to establish the association is impressive.

"For a younger person to be that aggressive and follow-through, it makes you wonder … where is he going to be 10 years from now?"

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