North American Council of Automotive Teachers

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Business Manager Update - January 2018

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One of NACAT’s primary responsibilities is to provide an opportunity for members to gather each year to continue their education. You know this event as the NACAT Conference. I would like to recognize and applaud all who have been involved in the success of forty-four (44) annual conferences. That is right, the 2018 NACAT conference will be number forty-five (45).

Many things must have been done right to achieve such a milestone. You can’t overlook that these conferences were organized and managed by volunteers: the staff of the host school. Taking on the planning and execution of a multiple day conference, in addition to an instructor’s daily tasks, is monumental.

Your NACAT board of directors has recognized this and, over the past couple of years, has made some changes to alleviate some of the burden from the host school. For example, conference registration, banking and accounting are managed through the NACAT business office. The office also handles the conference sponsorship and the tradeshow.

This year, the business office will also take over working with the session presenters and planning the conference sessions. Our goal is to have the session schedule available when you register for the conference so that you may select the sessions you will attend.

Plans are also in the works for future conferences to occur with the support of a corporate partner. A special thanks to Consulab for pioneering such an effort a few short years ago. That experience has paved the way for new and exciting opportunities with partners such as ATech Training and Electude.

What will not change is NACAT’s commitment to provide automotive instructors with the best possible event. The NACAT conference will continue to be THE PLACE for learning, laughs, and long-lasting friendships.

Do you have an idea or suggestion for improving the conference? Please send it to me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Mark your calendars for July 16-19, and I will see you at Penn College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

PS – watch your email for the conference registration to open.

Bill Haas, Business Manager

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