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Board Chair Update - March 2017

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Steve Gibson2017 is full steam ahead! Or maybe a more relevant term would be “rolling coal”! We are full throttle headed towards the end of the school year, and the summer NACAT Conference won’t be far behind. I look forward to seeing you and meeting you at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan this July.

I want to encourage you to run for office in one of NACAT’s leadership positions. NACAT is a volunteer, member-run organization, and we need your help and participation to keep NACAT strong and viable well into the future. You could be the difference maker that helps propel the organization forward.  Some of the current issues and projects the Board and Officers have been working on are:

  • Membership – increasing the number of NACAT members, adding additional member benefits.
  • Marketing – Increasing the “brand awareness” of the NACAT name.
  • Conference improvements – finding ways to make the NACAT Conference even more exciting.
  • Industry Partnerships – identifying like-minded companies to work together with to accomplish NACAT goals (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts).

I challenge you to take that step, and submit your name for one of our open positions. We will be electing a VP/President-Elect, Treasurer, and three NACAT Board members. Contact Pete Kaufmann, NACAT Election Chair ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or visit the election page at

Why is it important to continuously recruit new volunteers and leaders? Consider this:

Fortune Magazine’s annual list of America’s 500 largest public companies (Fortune 500) was first published in 1955. Notable companies on the Fortune 500 list in 1955 included General Motors, IBM, Boeing, and Kellogg’s, each of whom still exist today. Also appearing on the ’55 list were American Motors, Studebaker, and Zenith Electronics. In fact, two thirds of the companies on the original Fortune 500 list had fallen off the list by 1985. In the 1960’s, fewer than 10 new companies were added to the list each year. Today, there are more than 50 new Fortune 500 companies every year*. Much like the world of business, the market for providing instructor training is now more competitive than ever. New members and new volunteers keep the flow of new ideas coming in, and also bring an enthusiasm that builds and drives success. NACAT is in a relatively good place within our industry. But in order to keep NACAT as a leader in instructor training, we need you to volunteer and get involved more than ever before. We need YOU to help make a difference!

Don’t forget – applications are now being accepted for the SEMA-NACAT Education Foundation Award! Now in its second year, this award recognizes instructors who involve the aftermarket in their classroom and curriculum. As we saw with our three 2016 finalists, the level of competition in this award is extremely high! Application information is available on The application deadline is August 15, but don’t delay – get your material submitted ASAP! The three finalists receive air, hotel, and admission to the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, where we will honor them at the SEMA Education Partners Luncheon. The overall winner will also be announced at the SEMA Show, and will receive free registration to the 2018 NACAT Conference at Penn College in Williamsport, PA. I personally cannot wait to see who wins this year. It will be exciting!

I am looking forward to 2017 being a great year!

Steve Gibson

*(Statistics courtesy of the Kauffman Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute)

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