Tuesday, 31 October 2006 17:00

Open letter to industry from NASTF


Charlie Gorman, chairman of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) has issued an open letter to colleagues in the collision repair industry to tout NASTF's recent accomplishments and goals for the future.

Since November 2000, NASTF has made steady progress on its mission to identify and address any gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, tools, and training for service professionals. NASTF is a voluntary, cooperative effort which benefits everyone involved in the automotive service industry.

NASTF provides a single website reference (www.nastf.org) where anyone can find out how to obtain information and tools directly from OEM sources. Furthermore, NASTF provides a single forum where any service industry problem can be brought to the attention of the proper parties.

Milestones reached

Several important milestones have recently been reached. In July of this year, NASTF was incorporated in the District of Columbia. The NASTF Board of Directors, comprised of representatives of the major stakeholders, has been established. Board members include technicians, shop owners, security professionals, tool companies, training providers, parts manufacturers and distributors, independent information providers, and automakers.

NASTF is partnering with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) to handle administration and management of the new incorporated organization.

Status quo

The major activities of NASTF will continue to be handled through its standing committees: Service Information Commit-tee, Equipment & Tool Committee, Training Committee, and Vehicle Security Committee.

The NASTF Communications Com-mittee will continue to work with the Board of Directors and the other committees to solicit information from, and distribute information to, NASTF participants and other interested parties. The Board will be considering what, if any, new committees or new priorities for existing committees are needed.


Call for help and involvement

To get our new organization focused on the most important issues for you, you need to be involved. Here's how:

1. Get on the NASTF distribution list. Participate in the committees.

2. Help get information to colleagues, constituents, and friends. Include NASTF information in your newsletters. Spread the word.

3. Attend the semi-annual NASTF general meetings.

4. Include NASTF speakers at your next membership meeting. We can provide the speakers.

5. Make suggestions. We are always looking for more promotional ideas and opportunities.

Special efforts

Here are some special efforts that current NASTF participants have taken.

• Matco Tools posted NASTF placards in all of its tool trucks nationwide.

• CARQUEST distributed posters to shops with the CARQUEST and NASTF logos along with a list of OEM service websites.

• Many automotive trainers distribute NASTF information to their students.

• Associations, such as the Automotive Service Councils of California and the Automotive Service Association, distribute information routinely to their members.

• Many organizations include a weblink to the NASTF website on their web sites.

• Many organizations acknowledge their support of NASTF on their web sites or as a footer on their stationery.

To receive NASTF information, sign up for a committee, or pass along suggestions, please contact one of the following: Mary Hutchinson, NASTF manager; (703) 669-6643; email Mhutchinson@ASE Cert.org or Charlie Gorman, NASTF chairman; (815) 943-3810; email cgorman@etools.org.

NASTF is a win-win for the service industry, concluded Gorman.


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