By Levy Joffrion
NASTF Names Executive Director
William “Skip” Potter has been named executive director of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF).
“After an extensive search process, the NASTF board selected Potter from an impressive list of candidates,” said Ron Pyle, NASTF chairman. “His background, knowledge and experience make him the ideal choice to take NASTF to the next level.”
Potter assumed day-to-day management of NASTF July 1. He is based in Jacksonville, Fla.
Potter’s professional life has been dedicated to the automotive service industry, with the past 24 years in association management. Most recently he was executive director/CEO of the Chesapeake Automotive Business Association and CEO of the Automotive Aftermarket Employee Federal Credit Union.NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers.
iATN Exceeds 30,000 Files
The International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) Waveform & File Library recently exceeded 30,000 vehicle-specific files, all uploaded by iATN members based on their real-world automotive repair experiences. The extensive library includes waveforms, scan data images, component photos and other vehicle-specific images, documents and videos.Library files are searchable by file type, model year, make, systems, engine size, related components, vehicle condition and keywords, and often include technical information from the linked TechHelp message or forum discussion on iATN, www.iatn.net.
Plucinski Named Executive Director
Clark Plucinski has been named executive director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
Plucinski has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, starting as a collision repair technician in 1970 at a major General Motors Co. dealership. He was co-owner and president of BCP Auto Body Inc. from 1973 to 1996, a four-location repair business located in the metropolitan D.C. area, before becoming executive vice president of sales and marketing for True2Form, a chain of 43 collision repair businesses located in four states.True2Form was acquired by the Boyd Group in 2010 and is now part of the Boyd/Gerber family – the largest collision repair chain in North America with 187 locations. Plucinski has served on the boards of various organizations, including I-CAR and the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
Software Company, Visual Firm Partner
ASA Automotive Systems, which provides software systems and services to tire dealers and auto repair shops, has aligned with Clear Mechanic, developer of automotive repair visual explanation technology. The two firms are partnering to deliver mobile applications, illustration content and web-based tools that will help auto repair centers overcome the challenge of earning a car owner’s trust, and in turn close more complex automotive repair sales.
With the integration of ASA software and ClearMechanic, auto technicians can “visually explain” repair recommendations with real-time photos, videos and expert illustrations.Editor's Note: ASA Automotive Systems is an associate member of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) but is not an ASA product or company.
You Can Listen to Interview
Craig Van Batenburg was recently interviewed by a radio station, and you can listen by going to this link: www.wicn.org and type in “Craig Van Batenburg” in the search field.
Van Batenburg spoke out about the VOLT and other electric vehicles and HEV topics. He is the owner of the Automotive Career Development Center in Worcester, Mass., and a quarterly contributor of Tech to Tech features in AutoInc.WICN 90.5 is in Worcester.
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