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NASTF Addresses Recruiting Techs at General Meeting

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March 4, 2016—The featured topic during the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF)Spring 2016 General Meeting was “Building the Road to GREAT Technicians.”

“The automotive service industry has been very good to me, but I won’t recommend it to my daughters for their career,” said Kevin FitzPatrick, president of Autologic Diagnostics. “And it’s not because of the pay scale. It’s because it’s disorganized and doesn’t take advantage of the most talented kids that come to us.”

On this topic, Rob Morrell, training director for WORLDPAC, moderated a series of presentations from experts including:

  • Kevin FitzPatrick, president, Autologic Diagnostics Inc
  • Bob Augustine, training director, Christian Brothers Automotive
  • Mark Saxonberg, manager, alt. fuel vehicles/envir., industry/govt. relations, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Jill Saunders, engineer tech info & diagnostics, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Kurt Immekus, service publication regulatory specialist, Volkswagen
  • John Latner, training manager, ACDelco
  • Trish Serratore, president, NATEF/AYES
  • Scott Brown, president, iATN
  • Chris Chesney, sr. director of customer training, CARQUEST Technical Institute

“We have many great training programs and several respectable student recruiting programs,” said Morrell. “I hope this discussion compels organization.”

NASTF is inviting all industry stakeholders to engage in the discussion to find a solution to this critical need.

To view the meeting, which was webcast from iATN, click here

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