MERCEDES TRP - During the NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting, March 19 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in New Jersey, a special session by Dan Selke, Safety Supervisor at Mercedes Benz USA will reveal the details of the newly updated theft-Relevant Parts program published by MBUSA on January 30, 2015. Read more in the press release HERE.

COLLISION PANEL NAMED FOR NASTF@NORTHEAST2015 - Five panelists and a discussion moderator have been named for the featured presentation in the March 19 NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting in Secaucus, NJ. Teresa Bolton (ASE) will moderate a discussion of the topic, “Validation of Collision Repair Workmanship: What should OEMs consider? What do shops hope to avoid?”

Farzam Afshar (VeriFacts), John Bosin (I-CAR), Aaron Clark (Assured Performance), Gary Ledoux (American Honda) and Gary Wano (G.W. & Sons Auto Body) will serve as panelists in the discussion, which will seek to discover (1) what may be the most important elements for an OEM to consider when adopting a quality control program and (2) what may concern shops in working under the various OEM strategies.

The collision panel discussion is early on the agenda for the NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting, which begins at 1pm eastern in the Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus, NJ. Pre-registration for the NORTHEAST 2015 Show can be found at While pre-registration is not required to attend the NASTF General Meeting, it is appreciated and will serve to assist in planning. Register at Information about NASTF General Meetings is always available at PRESS RELEASE HERE

The NASTF Education Committee got off to a very productive beginning for 2015, choosing to tackle the issue of OEM training content licensing first. Eventually this will be wrapped into the broader project of publishing a best-practice document intended to assist OEMs with compliance and effectiveness in providing independent access to OEM training resources. Read more about the Education Committee including the minutes of their January 28, 2015 meeting on the committee's webpage,



The JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER is available to read HERE ON-LINE with information in OEM NEWS from JLR, NISSAN. Also, NASTF@NORTHEAST2015 program to include session on OEM considerations for validating collision shops or repairs.


Five of the fifteen 3-year board of director terms were up for election to the 2015 NASTF leadership. Three current volunteers were re-elected and two new members were elected. John Cabaniss, representing the OEM trade association, Global Automakers, was one of the three re-elected but his January 3, 2015 resignation from the board set up the need (in accordance with the organization bylaws) for the NASTF board to appoint a replacement to serve his new 3-year term.

Julia Rege (pictured left), Director of Environment and Energy for the Association of Global Automakers was appointed to replace Cabaniss in the open seat for the OEM category. Greg Potter (center), newly hired Executive Manager of the Equipment & Tool Institute (ETI) was elected to fill the vacancy in the Equipment/Tool category and Jim Von Ehr (right), Manager of Technical Information and Serviceability for Nissan was elected to the vacant at-large seat.

Read more about the 2015 NASTF Board of Directors in the Jan 16 news release.


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