Looks Like a Busy Autumn

Thursday, July 26th, 2018 NAFTC Updates
Looks Like a Busy Autumn

Summer is traditionally the busiest travel season. But for the NAFTC crew, the road trip never lets up, and later this fall we have a couple destinations where we hope to see you. Read on for all the details.

California Dreaming

Our first stop on the autumn road trip is the California Automotive Teachers Conference at Rio Hondo College. Taking place at the Whittier campus on October 19th and 20th with exhibits and training sessions, this conference brings together hundreds of automotive trainers from all over the Golden State.

Rio Hondo Logo

The NAFTC will be there with our HEVTE (cut-away Prius) and our new propane trainer. If you’ll be attending the CAT Conference, stop by the NAFTC booth and say hello. And, if you know any California schools or colleges that might be interested in membership, by all means send them our way!

Registration for the CAT conference opens September 1st. Learn more at: www.calautoteachers.com/conferences.html

Las Vegas Gleaming

From California, we’ll be headed across the desert to Las Vegas—like Hunter S. Thompson without the chemicals—for two exciting events. The first is NAFTC Expo II, our annual membership meeting. The second is the annual AAPEX/SEMA show where we are running the alternative fuels section of this annual extravaganza.

NAFTC Expo II is the second of our revamped meeting for our schools, our partners, and other interested parties and will feature train-the-trainer information about two new DOE-funded courses and demonstrate newly developed online course offerings as well as industry presentations and probably a few surprises. The event will be held October 28th and 29th at the Sands Convention Center.

Fountain in Las Vegas

The NAFTC has a limited number of rooms in the LINQ hotel available at a much-reduced rate, but the deal expires on September 14, so we recommend you make your reservations now. The link to our room block is: https://compass.onpeak.com/e/71CAR18/in/rsvp/mSpLSKxxWksqv

Like NAFTC Expo I (see a short video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMeJcFw8O7s), there will be no charge for NAFTC Expo II, our partners and members only need to cover their travel expenses. Every attendee of NAFTC Expo II will also receive free admission into the SEMA/AAPEX show (more below).

More information about NAFTC Expo II, including event registration, may be found at the NAFTC website.


Right after the Expo II finishes, we jump right into the next event. Fortunately, we don’t even have to change hotels.

In partnership with AAPEX, one of the largest shows in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry, the NAFTC is hosting a first-of-its-kind exhibit hall and training venue during the SEMA/AAPEX shows in Las Vegas, October 30 through November 1, 2018. This specialized AAPEX AFV hall has been named the NAFTC Alternative Fuel Vehicle Mobility Garage.

Prominently located at the AAPEX Trade Show Hall in the Sands Convention Center (attached to the Venetian Hotel), Mobility Garage will be AAPEX’s first endeavor into the alternative fuel vehicle arena. The hall will contain more than 30 AFV-targeted trade show booths and training facilities where selected AFV professionals will educate some of the show’s more than 160,000 attendees about various aspects of the alternative fuel vehicle market. This is a really big deal for those of us involved with AFVs!

If your organization is interested in a Mobility Garage trade show booth, please let me know. We can offer a significant discount on booth space if your organization is an NAFTC partner ($2,500 for a 10×10 space, discounted from $4,000). Complete information is available on the NAFTC website.

Share Your Knowledge (and we’ll cover your costs)

AFV training is a key part of Mobility Garage and we will feature a total of 24 sessions, covering a variety of alternative fuel topics. If you are interested in making a 45-minute training presentation, please submit a one-page Word document outlining your suggested AFV-related topic, including your name and organization, contact information, a detailed synopsis of the presentation, and required tools and/or education aids. If your presentation is selected, your travel, hotel, and conference costs will be covered during the AAPEX show. Deadline for presentation submissions is August 10, 2018 and slots are filling quickly.

Submit your proposal to micheal.smyth@mail.wvu.edu. Send me an e-mail if you have any questions about Mobility Garage, or call the NAFTC at (304) 293-7882.

We hope to see you this autumn!