July 15 - 18, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta
20 Hours      144 Sessions*     12 Blocks     4 Training Days
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2019 Presenter Backgrounds

Boyes, David - David Boyes is the President of Today's Class, an ASE Accredited Training Provider which provides online Career Technical Education (CTE) content to more than 30,000 students each year. Today's Class has been supporting CTE for nearly 20 years and currently provides the automotive curriculum and learning management system (LMS) statewide for Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia, as well as for various districts and schools across the country. In addition to automotive, Today's Class offers programs in cosmetology & barbering, health science, and workplace readiness. Over the past 20 years, David has been working to improve outcomes for customers through the implementation of technology across various industries, including education, health care, transportation, and utilities.

Briggs, Randy - Randy Briggs has spent his entire career in the automotive field. His experience spans dealerships, independent repair shops, community colleges, and national training companies. As Research and Development Center Manager for CARQUEST Technical Institute he shares this experience with CTI students through our network of over 60 trainers.

Brown, Geoff - Geoff Brown has recently joined the team here at SAIT from Ford Motor Company of Canada. Previously the technical trainer at the Ford Service School in Calgary AB. During his time at the technical school he was tasked with a real world repair based curriculum. An active volunteer at skills, presenter at the local Alberta instructor conference and a member of a curriculum development team with Ford Motor Company, that was responsible for automatic transmission training to be used globally.

Drummond, Daryl - Daryl is the Service Training Instructor at the Edmonton Service School. He is responsible for a team of instructors across the nation as to how they are to deliver a real world repair based curriculum. Daryl is currently a member of a curriculum development team that is responsible for diesel training that will be viewed globally. He has served the Ford community since the early 90's, and has been involved in many project along the way.

Gibson, Steve - Steve Gibson is the Program Coordinator for Education and Technical Training at K&N Engineering. With 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and a passion for cars, Steve manages K&N's programs with schools to help fuel automotive students towards their own future success. Aside from his job, you can find Steve turning wrenches on his 1971 Camaro in pursuit of a land speed record.

Halderman, Jim - Jim Halderman brings a world of experience, knowledge and talent to his work. His automotive service experience includes working as a flat-rate technician, a business owner, and a professor of automotive technology at a leading community college for over 20 years. He is an ASE certified Master Automotive Technician and "L1" Advanced Engine Performance certified.

Lannoo, Sean - Sean has over 20 years in the automotive industry, is ASE certified and a TIA Advanced instructor. As Sales Technical Training Specialist for Continental Corporation, Sean presents and demonstrates VDO technology and replacement parts programs to professional installers and customers' sales personnel throughout the United States & Canada. Training efforts are to promote the advantages of installing VDO products in the automotive aftermarket, instruct and educate customers on the use of the products, and to capture the sales opportunities with prospective and existing customers. He supports VDO sales personnel with customers for trade shows and training through installer clinics, presentations & demonstrations.

Martin, Tony - Tony Martin is a graduate of the Canadian Interprovincial Apprenticeship system, having achieved Journeyman status as a Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic in 1989. His career has included stints at truck dealerships, chemical plants, refineries, and offshore oil platforms, as well as operating his own mobile repair business. Tony's first teaching job was at Ilisagvik College in Barrow, Alaska (now Utqiagvik), eventually becoming a full professor at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Tony has been a contributing editor for Motor Age magazine since 2006. He recently published Tuning In to Safety, a book that was inspired by his experiences when he returned to private industry in 2013. Tony currently works as a mobile equipment maintenance trainer at the Fort Knox gold mine in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Martineau, Rick - Rick Martineau currently serves as the Director of Education with ConsuLab Educatech located in Quebec City, Quebec. Rick is based in Calgary, Alberta. Rick has spent 20+ years as an instructor at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology). He is a current board member of NACAT (North American Council of Auto Teachers) and hosted the 2002 NACAT conference. Rick is also involved in student Skills competitions at Regional to International levels.

Santini, Al - Al Santini has been involved with automotive education for over 45 years. He has taught at the High School, Area Vocational, and Community College level. He has authored 8 automotive electricity/electronics textbooks with Cengage Learning. Al is currently a Technical Trainer with ConsuLab and a frequent contributor to NACAT over the years. All seminars given by Al are done with the philosophy of giving the participant something they can use tomorrow. Handouts are always provided by ConsuLab.

Santini, Keith - Keith has been teaching high school and college automotive classes for the last 19 years. He is the author of the CDX Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles book and the Drivetrain and Manual Transmissions book. He is also the main video producer for CDX automotive.

Saunders, Merle - Starting out my career I was employed as a line technician in dealerships and later at an independent shop in Ontario Oregon. An injury forced me to stop wrenching for several months. During this time, I was hired to teach high school automotive in Vale Oregon. 31 years later, I retired from Vale High School after being able to teach some of the best students in the country. Over the years I was privileged to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, selected as a Milken educator, Named Oregon Automotive Person of the Year, Radio Shack National Teacher of the Year, and Valvoline Automotive Teacher of the Year. After retirement, I have been a technical editor of an Automotive textbook, and the last three years I mentor new CTE educators in Eastern Oregon. Also, presently working with for ATech Training as an Instructor.

Ward, Curt - Curt Ward brings a wealth of talent, experience and knowledge to his work. Curt is an automotive professor at Joliet Junior College. Before his work at the college, Curt worked as a technical training instructor for the Chrysler Corporation for fifteen years. Prior to his years at Chrysler, he has worked as a technician, shop foreman and service manager in the retail sector of the automotive industry.

*144 sessions is our goal. More or less may occur based upon the training facility. An attendee will always have the opportunity to earn 20 hours of Technical Update Training at the NACAT Conference.
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