Northwest People & Places - September 2015


     NAPA AutoTech will present Diagnostics Specialist classes on Sept. 14, in Nampa at the College of Western Idaho and on Sept. 17, in Sandpoint at the Holiday Inn. To register, contact Aaron Randall at 509-280-3891.


     After serving 11 years as executive director of the Portland-based Northwest Automotive Trades Association (NATA), Barbara Crest is retiring Aug. 31. During her tenure she also served as president of the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA). Replacing Crest is Cathi Webb, who has been with NATA for several years handling members’ insurance needs. A graduate of Northwood University with a degree in Automotive Marketing & Management, Webb spent 10-plus years in the auto parts surplus business in Michigan prior to moving to Oregon. She served two years at Oregon Automotive Parts Association (which merged with NATA in 2006) and two years at E.H. Burrell Co. before joining NATA. “Cathi brings a wealth of experience with insurance and association issues to her new position,” Crest said. “I am so excited to have Cathi and Laurie (Kolar, office manager) continuing to provide the quality services we offer to members.” The trade association was formed in 1914 as the Pacific Automotive Trades Association (PATA). With the merger of PATA, Oregon Autobody Craftsman Association, and ASA Oregon in 2001, the group became NATA.

     The Northwest Tire Dealers Association (NWTDA) will stage its biennial Tire Expo at the Holiday Inn/Airport in Portland Feb. 4-5, 2016. The event includes a convention, training sessions, and trade show. For details, call Dick Nordness, NWTDA executive director, at 509-948-2433. The group also will hold its annual golf outing Sept. 10, at Colwood Golf Course in Portland. Contact Bill Dodak at 503-889-0321.

     Central Oregon’s largest one-day automotive event, the 32nd annual Oregon High Desert Swap Meet & Car Show, will take place Sept. 9, at Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond. The event draws vendors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and includes indoor and outdoor vendor booths, food and beverages all day, a large antique car show, plus other activities. Visit for complete details.

     NAPA AutoTech will present a Diagnostics Specialist course on Sept. 9, at the ODOT Building in LaGrande and a Dynamic Engine Testing class on Sept. 24 at the same location. Contact Monte Reed at 541-7896-5492 for the two LaGrande classes. On Sept. 23, a Powertrain Diagnostics/Transmissions class will be held at Hillsboro Auto Parts in Hillsboro. Contact Jason Henning at 503-969-5039 for registration.



     ASA Northwest is sponsoring an RLO course on garnering profitable fleet business for repair shops on Oct. 10, in Tacoma. The course, instructed by Dan Gilley, will be offered in morning and afternoon sessions and includes lunch. For details, visit or call 253-473-6970. Special ASA member pricing is available until Sept. 25. Also scheduled are Hybrid Technician Training classes on Oct. 6-7, instructed by Craig Van Batenburg. Classes will be held in the Puget Sound area.

     The 2015 Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance will be Sept. 11-13, at LeMay-America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma. Festivities begin Friday morning with a 100-mile Tour d’Jour that begins at ACM, a Saturday Dinner d’Elegance honoring distinguished collector Steven Plaster, and a Sunday display of automotive art and vehicle design at the Concours. Considered one of the most prestigious concours events in the U.S., this venue draws thousands of attendees to view some of the world’s most spectacular collector vehicles. For complete details, visit

     The Northwest GM Nationals will be Sept. 19, at Pacific Raceways in Kent. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Camaro Club, the show and races are open to all GM vehicles. Proceeds from the event benefit the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund. To register, visit

     NAPA AutoTech will present Dynamic Engine Testing classes in Kent at the NAPA Seattle DC on Sept. 14, in Bremerton on Sept. 15, at the West Sound Technical Skills Center, and in Olympia on Sept. 16, at South Puget Sound Community College. To register, contact Dawnette Moore at 425-919-4558. Other NAPA AutoTech classes in Washington include Diagnostic Strategies, to be held Sept. 15, at the Holiday Inn in Pullman and on Sept. 16, at the Spokane Skills Center in Spokane. Contact Aaron Randall at 509-280-3891 for the Pullman class registration, and Michelle Morehart at 509-536-7027 for the Spokane course. On Sept. 22, a Powertrain Diagnostics/Transmissions class will be held in Longview at Lower Columbia College. Contact Jason Henning at 503-969-5039 for registration.

     All-Star Auto Glass, a locally owned glass repair business based in Seattle, has teamed up with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to support Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Strong Against Cancer Initiative. To kick off the partnership, All-Star will launch new commercials featuring the football star, as well as monthly drawings for the next three years to give away official NFL “The Duke” footballs autographed by Wilson. “We’re thrilled to be working with Russell Wilson on a new advertising campaign to support Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Strong Against Cancer Initiative,” Tom Grim, All-Star’s general manager, said. “This is an organization Russell Wilson is personally involved with and we’re excited to be able to team up with him to provide additional support.”

     The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced dates for its Certified Automotive Training Service (ATS) Instructor Class. ATS will be held at Green River Community College in Auburn Oct. 13-16. The program is a four-day, in-depth hands-on class that industry professionals must successfully complete in order to return to their stores to train technicians, preparing them for certification. TIA has used the train-the-trainer approach to train and/or certify more than 93,000 technicians since 1997. The ATS program includes safety guidelines and step—by-step procedures for all aspects of passenger and light truck service, including proper wheel installation and tire repair, plus a full day of TPMS training. For additional information and class registration, contact Chris Hoogenboom, TIA director of training, at 800-876-8372, ext. 106.

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