NASTF has announced topics for its 2019 Spring General meeting, which will be co-located with the Equipment & Tool Institute’s (ETI) ToolTech conference in Charlotte, NC. The NASTF meeting will take place from 9:00 am until noon on May 2, following the close of ToolTech.
The NASTF meeting’s agenda includes a session titled “Stop Eating Our Young,” where experts will discuss selecting, on-boarding, mentoring, and fast-tracking knowledge and motor skill development for young technicians. This comes in response to data indicating that 42 percent of new technicians leave the industry within their first two years.
Also on the agenda …
• The new service technology team will present plans for modernizing NASTF’s web presence and offerings.
• The vehicle security team will discuss the release of the SDRM 2.0 web portal, as well as an addition to the D1 use cases within SDRM that aims to reduce vehicle theft and false reports of thefts.
NASTF general meetings are open to all industry professionals and do not require registration.
ToolTech attendance does require registration. The event will take place April 29 to May 1 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place in North Carolina. ToolTech organizers expect about 150 attendees.
The event will include an opening dinner at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a product showcase and company spotlight, networking opportunities, one-on-one appointments, and OEM and shop owners’ panels. Scheduled speakers include …
• Jeff DeGraff, University of Michigan, clinical professor of business administration, “How to See the Future First.”
• John Waraniak, SEMA vice president of vehicle technology, “Racing to Autonomy, Automotive 4.0.”
• Evan Hirsh, PwC principal and Strategy& advisor, “Emerging Vehicle Technologies.”
• Greg Carfine, Whitebox Inc. strategic accounts director, “Swimming in Amazon.com Without Being Eaten.”