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Gorman Made Interim Chairman Of NASTF

The NASTF board of directors has voted to reorganize its governance structure in an attempt to attract broader support from the motor vehicle service industry. As NASTF sets out to amend its bylaws to reflect a more technical makeup of its leadership, the board has elected Charlie Gorman, CEO of the Equipment & Tool Institute, to be the interim chairman of NASTF for 2013. Gorman is a past chairman of NASTF.

ASA president and chief staff executive Ron Pyle, who had served as NASTF chairman since 2011, will serve in 2013 as the immediate past chairman of NASTF. Other 2013 officers include Allen Pennebaker, owner of Orinda Motors, as vice chair and Steve Handschuh, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MEMA, as secretary/treasurer.

Directors on the NASTF board include …

Scott Brown of iATN;
John Cabaniss of Global Automakers;
Steve Douglas of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers;
Doug Greenhaus of the National Automobile Dealers Association;
John Lypen of Motor Information Systems;
Karen Miller of Pacific Technology Solutions; and
Tony Molla of ASE.

Among the changes made by the NASTF board this past year are the hiring of Skip Potter as the organization’s first professional executive director, the launch of a technician outreach initiative and formalizing its management of the NASTF Vehicle Security Professional Registry.

Potter, NASTF executive director, said NASTF has come a long way since its conceptual creation in 2000. “The board has taken huge steps in the past year to modernize and advance their organization,” Potter said. “With them, I look forward to attracting more direct involvement in our leadership from both automakers and independent technicians.”

Gorman said: “There is much work to do as we open up the board of director nominating process, transition to a self-sustaining funding model and expand NASTF services to include more of the vehicle service industry. Our goal is to have everything in place by Jan. 1, 2014.”

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