I-CAR to Combine 30th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Membership Meeting in One Event - aftermarketNews

I-CAR to Combine 30th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Membership Meeting in One Event

I-CAR changes dates for certain 2009 events, given current market conditions.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Given current market realities, I-CAR has revised its event planning for 2009. I-CAR will now celebrate its 30th anniversary at its annual membership meeting, which takes place July 28 through Aug. 1, 2009, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“We had planned initially to coordinate the 30th anniversary celebration with Board and Membership activities in early February, and to hold that meeting at the Omni in DC, as well,” said I-CAR President and CEO John Edelen. “However, we believe that this revised schedule is better for the meeting attendees and the many corporate and individual sponsors who make the I-CAR events possible.

“In these times, when we are all sorting out the impact of the latest developments in the economy on our businesses and on our families, it is unrealistic to expect that customers, sponsors, employees, volunteers, instructors, can support the expense associated with two major events,” said Edelen.

The I-CAR International Board of Directors and I-CAR members will be gathering in February at the I-CAR Training Support Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill., for their Annual Meeting.

Robby Robbs, I-CAR International’s board chairman offered, “This is the responsible thing to do for the industry. The board and our membership will tend to governance responsibilities in February. Come July, we will take the opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the inter-industry founding of I-CAR. We will share this celebration with the inter-industry and seize the opportunity to recognize the contributions of our supporters, customers, sponsors, volunteers and employees over the past 30 years.”

“Thirty years of servicing the inter-industry is a significant accomplishment and we look forward to this momentous occasion by celebrating this milestone with our many industry supporters,” noted Robbs.

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