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Posted 4/10/2012

By Levy Joffrion

NASTF Seeking Executive Director

NASTFThe National Automotive Service Task Force is seeking an independent contractor to lead the organization as executive director.

NASTF is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to facilitate the identification and correction of gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, training, diagnostic tools and equipment, and communicate with automotive service professionals.

The executive director will provide the vision, strategic direction and management expertise for the organization. A candidate must be a dynamic, highly motivated individual who can easily cultivate relationships. Previous budgetary and financial oversight experience, strong communication, writing and interpersonal skills are also necessary.

He or she must be able to motivate volunteers to achieve goals and objectives and be skilled in making effective and compelling presentations to large groups. Well-developed analytical, organizational and project management skills are critical. For more information, visit

Four ASA Members Win National Awards

Two service advisers and two technicians associated with ASA shops were among nine recipients of Auto Profit Masters’ 2011 RM Toolkit Top Performers Awards. The contestants competed against hundreds of others in shops that use Auto Profit Masters’ RPM Toolkit, an online dashboard that analyzes production, supply chain and repair professionals’ efficiency.

The service advisers are Peter Saitta Jr. of TLC Auto & Truck in Farmingdale, N.Y., and Chris Harris of Harris Garage in Hayes, Va. The two top technicians are Donald Chase of Harris Garage in Hayes, Va., and Ernie Schwartz of Russwood Auto Center, Lincoln, Neb.

Winners received more than $45,000 in prizes from NAPA, Identifix, Bosch, Interstate Batteries, MotorVac and Quick­Books.

Auto Profit Masters is a repair-shop training company founded by the owners of award-winning Keller Bros. Auto in Littleton, Colo.

Criteria and sponsors for the 2012 competition have also been announced. Is Free New Benefit

Don’t forget to take advantage of a free new benefit for ASA members: LogMyCalls.

LogMyCalls is a call tracking and performance tool for tracking and recording phone calls that come to your business. It will tell you which marketing methods are generating phone calls and which are not. You can access marketing reports, recorded calls and other features by logging into your free LogMy account. Learn more and take a tour of the benefit by visiting

5 Good Reasons To Attend ASRW

New OrleansThere are at least five good reasons to attend Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), which will be held this year in New Orleans Oct. 10-13:
The ASRW Expo! Nearly 300 exhibiting companies will be waiting for you. You’ll find show specials, free on-floor training, product demos and the latest innovations for all professionals in the automotive service and repair industry.

Education/Training – ASRW will include more than 200 hours of comprehensive management and technical training, so everyone in the industry can find something new to learn.

ASRWASA Discount – This is your event with significant registration discounts just for you (ASA membership has its privileges).

Networking – This is your once-a-year opportunity to rub elbows with the brightest minds in the industry, reconnect with old friends, and visit with your best vendors – all in one place.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!  (let the good times roll) – For the first time since the mid-1990s, ASRW is headed to the Big Easy, which means fun, great food and a beautiful city to enjoy!

ASRW includes both NACE and CARS. You won’t want to miss this one!




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