The JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER is available to read HERE ON-LINE with information in OEM NEWS from JLR, NISSAN. Also, NASTF@NORTHEAST2015 program to include session on OEM considerations for validating collision shops or repairs.


Five of the fifteen 3-year board of director terms were up for election to the 2015 NASTF leadership. Three current volunteers were re-elected and two new members were elected. John Cabaniss, representing the OEM trade association, Global Automakers, was one of the three re-elected but his January 3, 2015 resignation from the board set up the need (in accordance with the organization bylaws) for the NASTF board to appoint a replacement to serve his new 3-year term.

Julia Rege (pictured left), Director of Environment and Energy for the Association of Global Automakers was appointed to replace Cabaniss in the open seat for the OEM category. Greg Potter (center), newly hired Executive Manager of the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI) was elected to fill the vacancy in the Equipment/Tool category and Jim Von Ehr (right), Manager of Technical Information and Serviceability for Nissan was elected to the vacant at-large seat.

Read more about the 2015 NASTF Board of Directors in the Jan 16 news release.

2015 NASTF COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS APPOINTED – In their year-end meeting, the NASTF Board of Directors made the OEM and independent co-chair appointments to each of the six NASTF committees for 2015:

  • Collision Committee: Gary Ledoux (American Honda) and Tim Morgan (Spanesi Americas)
  • Communications Committee: John Cabaniss (OEM Industry Relations) and Bob Chabot (Manic Media)
  • Education Committee: Jason Kozak (BMW North America) and Rob Morrell (WORLDPAC)
  • Equipment/Tools Committee: Kurt Immekus (VW/Audi) and Greg Potter (ETI)
  • Service Information Committee: Steve Douglas (Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers) and Dave Zwalina (Automotive One)
  • Vehicle Security Committee: Bob Stewart (General Motors) and Claude Hensley (Lock-Man Locksmith)

OEM DIAGNOSTICS & J2534 - NASTF participated in a PTEN (Professional Tool & Equipment News) webcast about J2534 and OEM diagnostics broadcast on December 4th, 2014.  GM, Toyota and VW demonstrated their applications using J2534 interfaces.  Presenters included: Brian Herron (Drew Technologies), Bob Stewart (General Motors), Jill Saunders (Toyota), Kurt Immekus (Volkswagen), Skip Potter (NASTF) and Bob Augustine (Christian Brothers Automotive). CLICK TO PLAY VIDEO

NASTF began dialogue with OEMs on aftermarket access to their education resources in a panel discussion during the NASTF Fall 2014 General Meeting, November 5 in Las Vegas. "There is a disconnect that is frustrating both the OEMs who are already spending money to comply with laws and agreements and technicians who are unsuccessful in their search of specific training topics,” explains Skip Potter, Executive Director of NASTF and moderator of the panel’s discussion." Click this link to download the full press release (pdf file) on this discussion.



Founding NASTF Member, John Cabaniss, has retired from the NASTF Board but not before Bob Chabot of ManicMedia captured John's insights from the past and into the future in a tribute article, JOHN CABANISS: TO SERVE & REPAIR.


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The National Automotive Service Task Force will facilitate the identification and correction of gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, training, diagnostic tools and equipment, and communications to automotive service professionals.

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