NASTF General Meetings


2019 NASTF Spring General Meeting Charlotte, NC

In conjunction with the ETI Tool Tech

ToolTech Registration

You do not need to register for ToolTech to attend the NASTF meeting

Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J.M. Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC  28262, United States

May 2, 2019 9am-12pm


Road to Great Technicians - Eating our Young? Statistically the automotive industry loses 42% of trade school graduations within the first two years. The reasons abound but the time has come to do a better job of retaining these "baby technicians" NASTF Education team has identified some of the key issues and speakers to give you the How-To information you need. Topics range from Motor Skill development, On-boarding quicker, Mentoring in a busy environment and what do these technicians want?

SDRM 2.0 Update - Hear how the SDRM Registry is doing and get statistics on use and other things that will definitely be interesting. Team VS will also be presenting a new D1 form and the methodology behind it. 

Team ST update -  What is on deck for the newly formulated Team ST? The team will show you what they have planned for 2019. 

What's Up With YOU? - This was a very popular part of our Spring General Meeting at Tool Tech. Please plan to bring your 1-2 minute story about something exciting or newsworthy happening in your part of the industry. 


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NASTF Fall 2017 General Meeting Presentations
November 1, 2017
Las Vegas, NV
NASTF Spring 2017 General Meeting Presentations
April 24, 2017
New Orleans, LA


Press Release


Parts & People writer Rob Merwin brings additional insight to recent discussions with his welcome coverage of the NASTF Spring 2017 General Meeting. His articles are available online:

NASTF Fall 2016 General Meeting
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Las Vegas, NV


Feature Session: Take the Box Outta the Box

The NASTF Fall 2016 General Meeting featured a technician’s primer on module programming, Take the Box Outta’ the Box, how to configure a J2534 interface device for laptop programming. Presentations were also made from NASTF committees, including Education, Vehicle Security, Equipment & Tool, Collision Repair Service Information and Communications. The entire event was webcast live and recorded for future viewing from the NASTF website.

Take the Box Outta’ the Box provided insight and instruction on J2534 module programming featuring Brian Herron, President of Drew Technologies, Kurt Immekus, Service Publications Regulatory Specialist for VW Group America, Rusty Brown, Project Engineer for Toyota Motor Sales USA, and Bob Stewart, Manager of Aftermarket Service Support for General Motors. Donny Seyfer, co-owner of Seyfer Automotive in Wheat Ridge Colorado, moderated a lively Q & A to wrap up the 90-minute session, which was recorded, intentionally, to encourage technicians in the use of pass-thru module programming. That video for technicians is available on the NASTF YouTube channel,

Pictured (l-r): Brian Herron, Kurt Immekus, Rusty Brown, Bob Stewart & Donny Seyfer discuss SAE J2534 pass-thru devices and how to encourage use by more technicians.



“Building the Road to GREAT Technicians” was the featured topic of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring 2016 General Meeting, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Overland Park, Kansas. “The automotive service industry has been very good to me, but I won’t recommend it to my daughters for their career,” said Kevin FitzPatrick, President of Autologic Diagnostics. “And it’s not because of the pay scale. It’s because it’s disorganized and doesn’t take advantage of the most talented kids that come to us.”

On this topic Rob Morrell, Training Director for WORLDPAC moderated a series of presentations from experts including:

  • Kevin FitzPatrick, President, Autologic Diagnostics Inc
  • Bob Augustine, Training Director, Christian Brothers Automotive
  • Mark Saxonberg, Mgr, Alt. Fuel Vehicles/Envir., Industry/Govt. Relations, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Jill Saunders, Engineer Tech Info & Diagnostics, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Kurt Immekus, Service Publication Regulatory Specialist for Volkswagen
  • John Latner, Training Manager, ACDelco
  • Trish Serratore, President, NATEF/AYES
  • Scott Brown, President, iATN
  • Chris Chesney, Sr. Director of Customer Training, CARQUEST Technical Institute

The challenge of finding qualified technicians is well documented in the automotive service industry and that challenge is expected to become even greater as vehicle technology continues to proliferate.

“It’s essential we figure how to keep the pipeline of new students full and how to make them GREAT technicians for a lifetime,” said Saxonberg.

“We need to drop our brand and affiliations and come together on this,” Chesney challenged. “Our industry needs to adopt a single, common message that will connect with technicians from high school through retirement.”

Presenters portrayed a disorganized industry highlighting several competing initiatives from both the automaker’s and the aftermarket. “We have many great training programs and several respectable student recruiting programs,” noted Morrell. “I hope this discussion compels organization.” NASTF is inviting all industry stakeholders to engage in the discussion to find a solution to this critical need. NASTF’s Education Committee will continue the work begun with this session.

The entire three-hour meeting, including reports from each of NASTF’s six project committees was webcast by iATN from and recorded for future viewing from the NASTF YouTube page,

The NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting featured two important discussions, Cybersecurity and the Future of Auto Repair and SAE J2534 version 5.0 followed by brief presentations from NASTF committees including Communications, Vehicle Security, Education, Equipment & Tool, Collision Repair and Service Information.


Donny Seyfer (Co-owner Seyfer Automotive, pictured center) interviewed Milan Patel (IBM) and Mohan Sethi (Mahle) in the first of two featured sessions, November 4 in Las Vegas at the NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting. Cybersecurity and the Future of Auto Repair examined the complexities of vehicle electronics to identify cyber hacking vulnerabilities of concern to OEMs and to repair shops. No video or audio recording is available but key points of the session are captured in a written summary (click here) contributed by attendee Bob Augustine of Christian Brothers Automotive.


Greg Potter (Executive Manager of the Equipment & Tool Institute, pictured far right) was moderator of the second feature session in NASTF's Fall 2015 General Meeting, SAE J2534 Version 5.0. Jill Saunders (Toyota, near left), Kurt Immekus (VW) and Bernie Carr (Bosch) examined the opportunities and obstacles facing OEMs and tool makers as vehicle interface devices transition from the limited design for emission service to the bumper-to-bumper realm of full diagnostics and programming. No video or audio recording is available but key points of the session are captured in a story by industry writer, Bob Chabot (ManicMedia) in the March 2016 edition of Motor Magazine,

PARTS & PEOPLE writer, Michael Anderson, captured the key points of sessions from NASTF's the Fall 2015 General Meeting in his story "NASTF Meeting Examines Cyber Threats for the Connected Vehicle" published January 2016.

NASTF@AASP-NJ Northeast Spring 2015 General Meeting - Thursday, March 19, 2015, 1-4:30pm ET, Secaucus, NJ (New York City Metro)

Read the post-event summary in a press release HERE. (pdf download)

Watch videos of the event on the NASTF You Tube Channel: Collision Panel, MB TRP, Committee Segment

NASTF@ AAPEX/SEMA 2014. (Fall 2014 General Meeting, Nov 5, Las Vegas)
View the post-event summary in a press-release HERE. (pdf download)
View video of the event from the NASTF YouTube Channel.

NASTF@ ATE 2014 (Spring 2014 General Meeting, March 20, Seattle)
Download the post-event summary in a press release HERE (pdf)
View video of event from the NASTF YouTube Channel.

NASTF@ AAPEX/SEMA 2013. (Fall 2013 General Meeting, Nov 6, Las Vegas)
View the post-event summary in a press-release HERE. (pdf download)
View video of event from the NASTF YouTube Channel.

NASTF@VISION2013 (Spring 2013 General Meeting, March 8, Overland Park, KS)

View the post-event press release HERE. (pdf download)

View presentation videos from the NASTF YouTube Channel.

For meeting reports from past meetings, click here.