FORD TRUCK CLUB NEWS: THE NORTHWEST FORD TRUCK ASSOCIATION BEGINS VIRTUAL MEETINGS

The NWFTA was founded by Joe Hughes (NFTC President) and Steve Hurley i 2003 (17 years ago!). Up until 2020, they held 5 meetings a year starting in February. Their August meeting has been when Ford flies out from Detroit to give members an in-person Ford Update, ending with a golf tournament. Their October Meeting is their end-of-the-year meeting, alternating between Portland and Seattle. It’s typically a meeting during the day, and a dinner for the member and their significant other, entertainment included! (Last year their meeting/dinner was held at the Seattle Museum of Flight! Photos below)
President: Don Beezley,
Vice President: Steve Renner, Gresham Ford
Treasurer: Art Harris, Bowen Scarff &
Geoffery Strother, Nelson Truck Equipment
Secretary: Dan Forward, Bowen Scarff
Board Members: Verle Ketchum, Mullinax Ford;
Mike Ryan, Bill Pierre Auto Centers;
Brian Thomas, Chuck Colvin Ford
Summit Truck Bodies: Robert Jorgensen
Ford Representative: Bob Braukmann

Due to the timing of the Pandemic, NWFTA club meetings March on were canceled for the rest of 2020. Despite that, the NWFTA board meetings meeting were still happening via zoom- during one such meeting one member mentioned that their Church was doing zoom masses to include all the members that could not attend. With that inspiration and the looming pandemic still making holding larger in person club gathering near impossible, it was decided to schedule the first meeting of 2021 a zoom truck meeting! Bowen Scarff Ford’s new maintenance facility in the Seattle/Kent Washington area was chosen as the location to host from as It will allow for 10 people to attend. Speakers will be Kendra Clayton, the NW area CBM and Bob Braukmann, the area Ford Credit Manager. The intention of the meeting will be to connect with members and check how they are weathering the pandemic, and to re-establish the connection and support that the NWFTA offers.
“The idea is, that if we can do virtual, we will do it a little earlier and get everyone up to speed on what Ford is doing, what changes are happening in our industry that need discussion. For example, Ford has added additional CBM’s. Commercial Business Centers has added additional people for parts and service, there has been some changes in the Ford Credit department- so we hope to introduce club to the new players.” Says Don Beezley, NWFTA President
The hope is, if all goes well, to establish a protocol and a process that could be used in future meetings throughout 2021, with or without a pandemic- and hopefully inspire other regional clubs (and Ford CBM/CVC) to establish their own virtual meetings!
This first ever virtual NWFTA meeting will take place on February 11th (the day of FordPros Publication), and there will be updates, a recap and photos from the meeting the following week on www.nationalfordtruckclub.com/news