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Dec. 11, 2013—NASTF announced Tuesday that Allen Pennebaker, owner of Orinda Motors in Orinda, Calif., was elected 2014 chair of the NASTF board of directors, becoming the first independent shop owner to chair NASTF since its founding in 2000.

Pennebaker has served on the NASTF board for many years as a representative of the Automotive Service Council of California. Changes to the NASTF bylaws made by the NASTF board of directors in early 2013 allow for industry-wide nominations and open elections when they go into effect on Jan. 1.

Other NASTF board members elected to 2014 officer positions include:

  • Steve Douglas, director of environmental affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, is vice chair.
  • John Lypen, director of industry relations for Motor Information Systems, is treasurer/secretary.
  • Charlie Gorman, executive manager of the Equipment and Tool Institute, becomes the immediate past chair after having served as NASTF chair during the 2013 transition.

Four new members were also elected to the NASTF board of directors, filling four vacancies in four of eight industry categories defined by NASTF bylaws for the purpose of industry-wide diversity.

  • Claude Hensley, owner of Lockman Locksmith, was elected to fill the vacancy in the locksmith category.
  • Donny Seyfer, co-owner of Seyfer Automotive, was added to complete the minimum of three independent technician/shop owner positions and will serve with previous board members, 2014 chair Pennebaker and Bill Moss (owner of Euro Service Automotive), who were re-elected to terms in this category.
  • Chris Chesney, senior director of professional markets for CARQUEST, was elected to represent industry educators.
  • Karen Miller was re-elected for one year into an at-large position on the NASTF board.
  • Mark Saxonberg, manager of alternative fuel vehicles and the environment for toyota, was elected into the additional post designated for an OEM on the NASTF board. Saxonberg will serve with re-elected board members Douglas (2014 vice chair) and John Cabaniss (director of environment and energy of Global Automakers) in representing OEMs.

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