SPRING 2015 GENERAL MEETING @ AASP-NJ NORTHEAST 2015
Validation of Collision Repair Workmanship is the topic for the first featured session in the NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting, 1pm to 4:30pm, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ.
Is self-appraisal enough or should OEM’s insist on third party validation? That is the question to be debated by an industry panel to include an OEM, collision shop owners and third party validation contractors.
Pre-registration for the NORTHEAST 2015 Show can be found at www.aaspnjnortheast.com. While pre-registration is not required to attend the NASTF General Meeting, it is very much appreciated and will serve to assist in planning. Click this link to complete a free registration.
2015 NASTF BOARD WELCOMES 3 NEW DIRECTORS
Five of the fifteen three-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 three-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.
Re-elected to new three-year terms were Allen Pennebaker, owner of Orinda Motors and John Lypen, Director of Industry Relations for Motor Information Systems. Pennebaker represents the Automotive Service Councils of California in the NASTF category for an independent service provider. Lypen holds the board seat for the information service provider.
Directors continuing with unexpired terms include Scott Brown (iATN), Steve Douglas (Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers), Chris Chesney (CARQUEST), Doug Greenhaus (NADA), Claude Hensley (Lockman Locksmiths), Bill Long (AASA), Bill Moss (Euro Service Automotive), Mark Saxonberg (Toyota Motor Sales USA), Kathleen Schmatz (Auto Care) and Donny Seyfer (Seyfer Automotive).
2015 NASTF OFFICERS ELECTED ALSO: Current NASTF officers were re-elected to another one-year term for 2015. Allen Pennebaker continues as NASTF chair of the board, Steve Douglas as vice-chair and John Lypen as treasurer/secretary. Charlie Gorman who has retired as the ETI executive manager will continue in a non-voting position as the immediate past chair of NASTF.
JAGUAR/LAND ROVER - In order to obtain access to security functionality, including programming modules for chip/transponder keys, a licensed locksmith or independent repairer is required to be an active member of the NASTF VSP Registry. Importantly, JLR is currently only able to support yearly subscriptions of the Independent Module Programming with Security Access. The price of the annual (365 day) subscription is $1,550. NASTF VSPs in all 50 states of the USA are eligible for this subscription.
The cut code for a mechanical key is currently supplied-no charge-only to NASTF VSPs who reside in California; and the process is separate from the SDD-Security subscription. That request form is available for download from HERE.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on security programming.
NISSAN/INFINITI - The latest Consult III Plus tool kit is available from Kent-Moore by phone at 800.662.2001. The complete Consult III Plus, which includes the Panasonic Toughbook, is J-54200. The upgrade kit is product number J-47446-V12-B. (The superseded Consult, J-44200, is no longer available.)
For information about the Consult III Plus, visit http://nissanconsult.service-solutions.com/main.htm
Caution: Internet searches and key word searches on tools.nissantechmate.com/ for the Consult III Plus may incorrectly direct you to out-of-date Bosch pages that indicate the J-54200 is not available. Nissan is working with Bosch to correct this error.
The 2015 Committee Co-chair appointments were made and the year's conference call meeting schedule was set by the NASTF Board of Directors. A list of the 2015 co-chairs and an index of NASTF's six committees can be found at www.nastf.org/committees/.
Collision Repair Committee - View information about CRC on the NASTF Collision Repair Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Collision. Anyone wanting to join the CRC should send their request to email@example.com.
The next conference call for the CRC is set for Wednesday, January 21, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Communications Committee - If you would like to join the Communications Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit the NASTF Communications Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Communications.
The next conference call for the Communications Committee is set for Wednesday, March 11, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Education Committee - Visit the NASTF Education Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Education. Anyone wanting to join the Education Committee should send their request to email@example.com.
The next conference call for the Education Committee is set for Wednesday, January 28, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Equipment & Tool Committee - Visit the NASTF ETC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/ETC. Anyone wanting to join the ETC should send their request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next conference call for the ETC is set for Wednesday, February 25, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Service Information Committee - View SIC information from the NASTF SIC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/SIC. If you would like to join the Service Information Committee, email email@example.com.
Techs having trouble completing jobs because of access to OEM service information and tools continue to post their questions on NASTF's Service Information Request (SIR) on-line response system. To log or file a NASTF SIR, visit www.nastf.org/FileSIR. Review recent SIRs by visiting www.nastf.org/SIRarchive.
The next conference call for the SIC is set for Wednesday, March 25, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Vehicle Security Committee - If you would like to join the VSC, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit the NASTF VSC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/VSC. The next conference call for the VSC is set for Wednesday, February 11, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
ON MY MIND
An Editorial by Skip Potter, NASTF Executive Director
About 20 years ago I adopted the personal goal, "Build something new every day." To me, this means make progress, create new relationships, improve something, invent something, etc. As a trade association CEO, this goal must square, of course, with the mission of the organization and the wishes of the Board of Directors. On this measure 2014 was a good year for both me and NASTF.
- 70.6% growth in supporting members (meaning our newsletter reaches many more industry people)
- 43% increase in the number of committee meetings (for more progress on projects)
- 42.2% growth in the number of LSIDs in the VSP Registry
- 33.3% increase in the number of committee volunteers (for better decisions)
- 30% increase in member/client satisfaction (the number of thank you notes and emails received is my measurement)
Last year was not just about numbers.
- Under revised bylaws, NASTF implemented an all-industry, elected board of directors.
- The two annual NASTF General Meetings are among the most visible and important projects for us. In 2014 I received significant and rewarding compliments from attendees of both the Spring & Fall General Meetings so I feel we are providing value. In fact, with the introduction of a YouTube Channel, videos of our featured sessions have been an exciting and valuable new means for taking that valuable content to the street for those unable to attend in person. Incredibly, the J2534 panel discussion in our Spring 2014 General Meeting has had 2,220 additional views in the nine months since that live event in Seattle.
There is little time to celebrate last year's accomplishments, however. The new year will challenge us to continue with both similar and new initiatives. There is a lot to do:
- NASTF must continue to grow its reach further into the industry: technicians, service writers, shop owners, locksmiths, OEM service support representatives, educators and all the titles in between that make the automotive industry click.
- Implement tighter cyber security standards
- Grow our NASTF Partner revenue
- Integrate the NASTF SIR with the MOU
- Improve the value of NASTF's OEM resource pages (for both technicians and OEMs)
- Publish OEM training/education resource best practice or guideline document
- Introduce enhanced VSP Registry security measures
- Increase involvement with NICB on vehicle theft prevention
- Continue to present valuable content in the Spring and Fall General Meetings
- Introduce process improvement to more efficiently and effectively manage NASTF
- Generate even more positive feedback/testimonials on the value of NASTF to both OEMs and the service sector
Thank you for helping make 2014 a great year and thank you, in advance, for helping NASTF achieve its goals in 2015. Please join me in building something new.
NASTF IN THE NEWS
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 on the NASTF YouTube Channel or HERE to watch it on PTEN's Vehicle Service Pros network.
ROB MERWIN published his take on the education panel discussion from the NASTF 2014 Fall General Meeting in his Jan 1, 2015 Parts & People story titled OEMs and aftermarket need ‘bridge’ to connect education, training resources - Click HERE to read his story.
NASTF IS ON THE ROAD
NASTF@MACS, Orlando, FL - February 5-7, 2015 (Exhibiting)
Texas Locksmiths Association Convention, Plano, TX - February 21 (Exhibiting)
NASTF@Vision, Kansas City, MO - March 5 – 8 (Exhibiting)
The Alabama Locksmiths Convention, Birmingham, AL - March 14 (Exhibiting)
NASTF@AASP-NJ Northeast, Secaucus, NJ (New York City Metro) - Thursday, March 19, 2015, 1-4pm ET (Spring General Mtg)
NASTF@AutoMechanika Chicago - April 25 & 26 (2 NASTF presentation sessions)
Just Cars, Scottsdale, Arizona - May 1 & 2 (Contact: Jim@justcars.us)
NASTF@NACE/CARS Expo & Conference, Detroit, MI - July 24 & 25, 2015 (Exhibiting)