ST. JOHS, Fla. (April 10, 2013) — The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will hold its fall general meeting Nov. 6 in Las Vegas during the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo/Specialty Equipment Market Association Show week.
The group, whose purpose is to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers, will hold its meeting at the Sands Expo/Venetian Hotel, which is also the site of AAPEX.
The meeting is scheduled for 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 6.
"NASTF is very thankful that AAPEX is able to accommodate our Fall 2013 General Meeting," said NASTF Executive Director Skip Potter. "The schedule of events in the city that week is very crowded, but the importance of NASTF to our industry makes it all the more critical that NASTF is on that schedule."
Bill Long, president and COO Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, called AAPEX the "premier event of the automotive aftermarket calendar" and said it is "fitting" that NASTF is involved in AAPEX.
"NASTF's growing role in making sure that the independent aftermarket has access to the tools and information needed to work on late model vehicles makes it vital that it has a presence at the most important aftermarket event in North America, AAPEX," said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, and a member of the NASTF's board of directors.
The NASTF General Meetings are free to attend and no pre-registration with NASTF is necessary. However, registration for the AAPEX/SEMA trade shows is highly recommended, the group said.
AAPEX/SEMA registration opens online in May with a discounted rate as low as $25 effective through Oct. 14. To register for a show badge, visit the AAPEX website. NASTF General Meetings provide an opportunity for aftermarket technicians and shop owners to interact directly with key service operations managers employed by the OE vehicle makers, the group said.
The meeting agenda should be available by June.