Most Influential State Association Member

Matt Brown, Brown's Auto Salvage, Vermont


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, ( 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., ( 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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