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NASTF Hits ‘The Road To Great Techs’

"The Road to GREAT Technicians: Let's Get Started" will be the featured topic of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring 2017 General Meeting, which takes place from 1-4 p.m. (Central), on Monday, April 24 in New Orleans.

“The Road to GREAT Technicians: Let’s Get Started” will be the featured topic of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring 2017 General Meeting, which takes place from 1-4 p.m. (Central), on Monday, April 24 in New Orleans.

“Over the past year, the industry has elevated the discussion around the shortage of qualified technicians,” said Chris Chesney, senior director of customer training for the CARQUEST Technical Institute. “Currently, many separate and independent efforts are underway but are not part of an organized, well-structured plan that will effectively serve the industry moving forward. This NASTF discussion will begin our journey on the road to great technicians.”

Mark Saxonberg, chair of the NASTF board of directors, recently retired from Toyota and now president of Saxonberg Consulting Services, will moderate a panel discussion defining the opportunities for this project while providing focus on an NASTF effort resulting in:

  • the creation of a defined curriculum framework
  • support of multiple career paths
  • creation of talent with relevant skills
  • improved activation by industry in near- and long-term

Chesney is the first of several invited panelists to confirm participation. Others will be announced soon. “This session is not intended to be another panel where our industry partners share what they are doing. This session should actually get us going on the road to great techs,” added Chesney.

The NASTF Spring 2017 General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Equipment & Tool Institute’s Tool Tech 2017 presented later in that week at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. No registration is necessary for the NASTF Spring 2017 General Meeting but registration is required to attend Tool Tech 2017 events.

Visit to register for ETI Tool Tech 2017.

The entire afternoon meeting will be webcast by iATN from and will be recorded for future viewing from the NASTF YouTube page,


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